(HICKORY - October 2018) – The results of the American Heart Association 2018
Workplace Health Achievement Index have been announced and Catawba Valley Health System (CVHS) achieved Silver
level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health
in the workplace.
CVHS was the highest-performing organization in the county, along with
the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
The American Heart Association created the Index with its
CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s
largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches
to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index uses science-based
best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of
their workplace health programs. A unique feature of the Index is that
it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating
companies that securely submit aggregate health data.
More than 1000 companies completed the Index assessment this year and,
of those companies, 75 percent received either Gold, Silver or Bronze
recognition. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them
to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their
annual performance and recognition in the Index and help their workforce
move toward ideal heart health.
Marcus Osborne, director of wellness for CVHS, said, "Catawba Valley
Health System prides itself on the care it provides to our community and
it’s exciting to be recognized for the care we give our employees.
We provide services to many local companies that share a desire to improve
the well-being of their employees, and it’s gratifying to lead by
example in caring for our own staff in the same way."
The Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies
to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs as well
as the overall heart health of their employees. Unlike other existing
organizational scorecards, the Index also scores companies on the heart
health of their employees based onLife’s Simple 7®–the Association’s scientifically validated definition of ideal
heart health. The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health
Achievement Index assessment is grounded in data-driven science and a
quality improvement framework. According to the
Nielsen 2016 Employee Health Survey, robust and comprehensive strategies for well-being are associated with
positive impacts on employees’ health.
Photo cutline info: (l to r) Marcus Osborne – Director, CVHS Wellness
and Rehabilitation Management; Patti Moore – Wellness Dietitian,
CVHS Health 4 Us; Eddie Beard – CVHS President and CEO; Marques
Fitch – VP of Health, American Heart Association; Myra McDonough
– Health Coach, CVHS Health 4 Us; Taylor Young – American
Heart Association, Hickory Heart Ball