Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) has earned a 2017 CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ re-accreditation for its commitment to fighting cancer in the workplace. This is the fifth year NWH has received this accreditation since becoming the first and only hospital in Westchester County to receive it in 2012. The hospital’s Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center provides state-of-the-art cancer treatment for the community.
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ is a workplace-wellness accreditation program that encourages and recognizes organizations that take concrete actions to address cancer in their workplace by focusing on cancer risk reduction, early detection and high-quality care. These requirements are based on scientific evidence, and the program is reviewed annually to ensure that it remains comprehensive and up-to-date.
“We are honored to receive this re-accreditation for the fifth time,” said Kerry Flynn Barrett, vice president of Human Resources at NWH. “It is a testament to our commitment to staff health and wellness, and to our staff’s active engagement in a range of wellness activities and programs that are offered in collaboration with our Wellness Committee.”
Through NWH’s wellness initiatives, staff have the opportunity to participate in monthly Lunch & Learns, annual biometric screenings; wellness activities such as Zumba, rock climbing, kayaking, and stress reduction; as well as smoking cessation, on-site Weight Watchers at Work, discounted gym memberships and annual wellness fairs.
To earn Gold Standard accreditation, employers must take concrete actions to reduce the risk and burden of cancer by prohibiting tobacco use and supporting tobacco cessation efforts; promoting physical activity, healthy nutrition and weight management; providing health insurance options that include detecting cancer at its earliest stages, access to quality care, and participation in cancer clinical trials; promoting employee awareness of these initiatives; and supporting the needs of cancer survivors in the workplace.
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About Northern Westchester Hospital:
Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), a member of the Northwell Health, provides quality, patient-centered care that is close to home through a unique combination of medical expertise, leading-edge technology, and a commitment to humanity. Over 650 highly-skilled physicians, state-of-the-art technology and professional staff of caregivers are all in place to ensure that you and your family receive treatment in a caring, respectful and nurturing environment. NWH has established extensive internal quality measurements that surpass the standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) National Hospital Quality Measures. Our high-quality standards help to ensure that the treatment you receive at NWH is among the best in the nation. For more information, please visit www.nwhc.net and connect with us on Facebook.
About Northwell Health:
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 22 hospitals and over 550 outpatient facilities. We care for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 62,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and about 3,900 physicians, including more than 2,800 members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.
About The CEO Roundtable on Cancer:
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to "do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families." The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, which calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and workplace culture and take extensive, concrete action in five key areas of health and wellness to address cancer in the workplace. For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ and the no-cost, web-based accreditation process, please visit www.CancerGoldStandard.org.