West Orange, NJ, May 19, 2015---- Barnabas Health, the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey, has been re-accredited as a CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM employer for 2015. This prestigious designation recognizes the System for its dedication and commitment to maintaining a high standard of excellence in cancer prevention, early detection and quality care for its employees and their families.
"We are exceptionally pleased that our continued efforts to improve the health and wellness of our employees and their families have been recognized by this preeminent organization," said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health. "The CEO Cancer Gold Standard re-accreditation signifies our steadfast commitment to our employees and their families' health and well-being in protecting them against cancer and reducing the risk for other serious medical conditions. Maintaining a culture which encourages healthy lifestyles demonstrates our mission that Life is Better Healthy."
The CEO Gold Standard was created by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer -- a nonprofit organization of CEOs devoted to fighting cancer -- in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading health non-profit organizations and professionals. Today, more than one million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of employers who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation,
a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use, encourage physical activity, promote healthy diet and nutrition, detect cancer at its earliest stages, and provide access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.
"As health care providers, it is essential that we make every possible effort to protect and maintain the health and wellness of our employees and physicians and the patients and families we serve," stated John F. Bonamo, MD, MS, FACOG, FACPE, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Barnabas Health.
As a CEO Gold Standard organization, Barnabas Health is in excellent company with over 150 leading organization members among which are Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Duke Medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson& Johnson, Anderson Cancer Center, The National Cancer Institute, Novartis, and Pfizer.
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, two children's hospitals, a trauma center, a freestanding behavioral health 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 several accountable care organizations. As the second-largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes more than 20,000 employees and over 5,000 physicians – or one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in New Jersey. For more information, visit www.BarnabasHealth.org.
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