M. D. Anderson Awarded CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation
Honor Recognizes Commitment to Employee Health and Well-beingM. D. Anderson News Release 01/12/07
Recognized as an organization that promotes workplace wellness with the goal of combating cancer, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has been awarded the CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation. M. D. Anderson is the first NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and the first health care system in the nation to receive this accreditation.
Founded in 2001, the CEO Roundtable on Cancer was established in a response to a challenge from former President George H.W. Bush, who called on a group of executives to "do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your corporate families." The Roundtable focuses on three key cancer-fighting objectives: risk education, early detection, and quality care. Only 12 companies in the nation have received the distinction.
"To be recognized for the emphasis we place on our employee's health and well-being in the fight against cancer and to be the first healthcare system to receive the distinction is an incredible honor," says Georgia Thomas, M.D., executive director of the Department of Employee Health and Well-being. "In recent years, as the research between healthy lifestyle habits and one's risks for cancer has become only more evident, M. D. Anderson has reinvigorated its emphasis on the wellness of our employees."
M. D. Anderson offers its employees gym membership discounts, smoking cessation programs, cancer screening opportunities, the use of exercise equipment stationed around the institution and healthy choices in the cafeteria.
"Still, the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation challenges us not only to maintain these programs, but to expand upon them, to meet the needs of our diverse employee population. Our commitment to the principle of CEO Cancer Gold Standard is permanent, as it fully embodies our mission to eliminate cancer, and that starts with M. D. Anderson employees and their family members," Thomas adds.
New health-conscious programs already underway for employees in 2007 include: "Rock Steady," a weight management group, and employee walking and running clubs. Also this year, M. D. Anderson plans to expand on the number of exercise equipment stations that already exist across the campus in work areas.