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Memorial Achieves AHA Gold Level Status

The results of the American Heart Association 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index have been announced and Memorial Health achieved national Gold Level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

Memorial is one of 776 organizations that completed the Index assessment this year, evaluating the period of July 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Of the organizations that completed the Index assessment, 35% received gold recognition, the highest percentage to date, 29% silver and 25% bronze.

Debbie Stubbs, Director of the Wellness Center for Memorial Health shares, “Our Wellness Team is proud to be recognized with this gold level status from the American Heart Association. It truly is a reflection of Memorial’s dedication to building and developing a culture of health and wellness among our 1000+ employees. And the timing is perfect, as we recently opened our new Wellness Center within the Memorial Outpatient Pavilion – the new center allows us to provide enhanced programs and services to champion wellness for our team, as well as our community members.”

The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, created the Index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 45 members from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index is a web-based scorecard that looks at organizational best practices and aggregates employee health data to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs. Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.

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 through Life’s Simple 7®, the American Heart Association’s definition of ideal cardiovascular health based on seven risk factors. Life’s Simple 7® includes smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.