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Barnabas Health Corporate Care Receives Risk & Insurance Teddy Award

11/06/2015

Toms River, NJ (November 6, 2015) - Barnabas Health Corporate Care, a leader in occupational health and workers' compensation clinical care, was recently recognized by Risk & Insurance® with the Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Award, also known as the Teddy Award, at the annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference. The most innovative, creative and respected magazine in the industry, Risk & Insurance covers the people, stories and risks that embody the essential functions of risk management and commercial insurance.

Barnabas Health Corporate Care received the award in recognition of its initiatives and efforts to enhance and expand the internal Barnabas Health workers’ compensation program, reduce workplace injuries and decrease overall workers’ compensation costs across the system.

“We are elated to have received the most prestigious award for workers’ compensation in the United States,” said Joe Hicks, President and CEO, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network and Corporate Care. “The mission of Barnabas Health is focused on creating centers of excellence across all disciplines within health care. We are proud to have established Barnabas Health Corporate Care as an industry leader in the area of occupational medicine and to be able to offer this quality of clinical care to our employees and to employees from businesses in our market area.”

Named for President Theodore Roosevelt who introduced and promoted the first significant piece of workers’ compensation legislation in the United States in 1908, the Teddy Award program identifies and honors companies and public entities that have exceptional workers' compensation and disability management programs. Applications are judged upon key criteria, including: performance, sustainability, teamwork and innovation.

Barnabas Health Corporate Care Receives Risk & Insurance Teddy Award

From left, Caroline Burhenne, PMA Cos. account manager for Barnabas Health; Keith Lavin, manager, Corporate Care; and Caryl Russo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Care.

“The traditional way of providing workers’ compensation care in the hospital setting was not optimal. By re-evaluating our efforts, implementing a team-oriented approach and focusing on the system’s strength of providing health care, we’ve been able to make significant improvements in what was already a quality program,” said Caryl Russo, Senior Vice President, Barnabas Health Corporate Care. “As a result, we’ve experienced a reduction in total incurred costs per claim, a decline in the total number of Lost Time Claims, and a significant reduction in the number of lost days per claim while the number of employees across the system has increased. We’re pleased to be recognized for our efforts and accomplishments in this area. More importantly, we’re proud to take real steps to ensure that Barnabas Health employees stay safe on the job.”

As a recipient of the Teddy Award, Barnabas Health Corporate Care is highlighted in the November issue of Risk & Insurance magazine and will participate at the annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference taking place November 11 to 13 in Las Vegas.

Barnabas Health Corporate Care Receives Risk & Insurance Teddy Award

Back Row: Keith Lavin, manager; Elaine Blandino, director, Caroline (Cari) Burhenne PMA account manager for Barnabas Health.
Front Row: Caryl Russo, senior vice president, Dr. Richard Yoon, medical director, Dr, Tanisha Taylor, senior medical director.

For more information about Barnabas Health Corporate Care and occupational health programs, visit http://www.barnabashealth.org/Specialty-Services/Occupational-Medicine.aspx.

About Barnabas Health
Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the region, with more than two million patient visits and delivery of more than 20,000 babies annually. The system includes seven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston (four are teaching hospitals); two children’s hospitals, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, a trauma center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations. As the second-largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes more than 21,000 employees, over 5,200 physicians, and 500 residents and interns. For more information, visit www.BarnabasHealth.org.

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