American Heart Association recognizes Southcoast Health for Gold Level Workplace Health Achievement
Southcoast Health is pleased to announce that it has received Gold level recognition in the American Heart Association 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index
(NEW BEDFORD – August 21, 2018) – Southcoast Health is pleased to announce that it has received Gold level recognition in the American Heart Association 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as a Gold level recipient for the second year in a row,” said Kris Aimone, Wellbeing Program Manager at Southcoast Health. “This award is evidence of the effectiveness of our employee wellness program, HealthQuest, and the dedication of the wellness committee and leadership, who actively support and promote it, and our employees who engage and participate in it,”
The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 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 1,000 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 75% 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 in the Index and help their workforce move toward ideal heart health.
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 wellbeing are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.