The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index have been announced and Sentara Healthcare achieved Gold level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. This award recognizes the quality workplace employee health programs implemented by Sentara Healthcare, one of the largest employers in Virginia.

Sentara Healthcare Recognized for Workplace Health Achievement

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The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index have been announced and Sentara Healthcare achieved Gold level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. This award recognizes the quality workplace employee health programs implemented by Sentara Healthcare, one of the largest employers in Virginia.

“Sentara Healthcare accepts this award on behalf of our members of the team who work hard to adopt healthy behaviors,” said Dr. Thomas Lundquist, Chief Medical Officer for Optima Health, a division of Sentara Healthcare. In his role of overseeing all Sentara employee wellness programs, Lundquist said, “Year after year, our Mission: Health employee wellness program helps our members of the team improve their weight, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol, and stop using tobacco products. It’s overwhelmingly gratifying to be recognized at this high level by the American Heart Association for the difference our programs and resources make in the lives of our more than 28,000 employees.”

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 30 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 800 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 67% 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.

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 on Life’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.