Northern Westchester Hospital Receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Accreditation

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The Only Hospital in Westchester County to Receive Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation

Joel Seligman, CEO and President, Northern Westchester Hospital

"Our mission, in part, is to improve and protect the health of individuals in the community through programs that promote healing and wellness, and our staff is a vital part of that community."

Northern Westchester Hospital is the first and only hospital in Westchester County, NY to receive the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing the Hospital’s extraordinary commitment to fighting cancer in the workplace. The Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center at Northern Westchester Hospital also provides state-of-the-art cancer treatment for those in our community.

Christopher A. Viehbacher, chief executive officer of Sanofi, chairs the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of cancer-fighting CEOs who created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading health non-profit organizations and professionals. Today, more than 2.7 million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of employers who have been Gold Standard accredited.

“Our mission, in part, is to improve and protect the health of individuals in the community through programs that promote healing and wellness, and our staff is a vital part of that community,” said Joel Seligman, President & CEO, Northern Westchester Hospital. “We are committed to providing our staff members with programs and tools that help them get healthy and stay healthy. We are extremely proud to receive this accreditation in recognition of these efforts and to be recognized as a Gold Standard employer.”

This honor was made possible by the hard work of the NWH Wellness Committee, volunteer staff members who are committed to making NWH a healthier workplace. The Committee develops wellness programs to meet many employee needs. The most recent initiative, Living Well, provides employees with a free health risk assessment and on-site biometric screenings to learn about their current health status and how to minimize personal health risks. It also provides access to a wellness coach and online tools. Each step towards a healthier lifestyle was encouraged with chances to win health and wellness items and a Grand Prize of two round-trip plane tickets. In addition, nutrition counseling is made available, a fitness reimbursement is offered and customized, on-site smoking cessation programs with free nicotine replacements are available to staff members.

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; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages when outcomes may be more favorable; and providing access to quality care, including participation in cancer clinical trials.

About Northern Westchester Hospital
Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) 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 750 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 a complete list of our services, please visit http://www.nwhc.net.

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, a comprehensive program designed to combat cancer from every angle by focusing on prevention, early detection and quality care. For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ and the web-based accreditation process and support, please visit http://www.CancerGoldStandard.org.

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