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Geisinger among 63 employers in nation recognized for promoting healthy workplaces, lifestyles

DANVILLE, Pa. – The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, recognized Geisinger Health System with its 2014 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award for its ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging employees and families to pursue and maintain healthy lifestyles. Geisinger was among 63 United States employers to receive the award.

Winners of the 2014 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards were honored in one of two categories: Platinum, for exemplary workplace well-being programs, cultures and results; and Gold, for making cultural and environmental changes and developing comprehensive programs that support employees’ healthy lifestyle goals. Geisinger received the Gold award for the third consecutive year in recognition of its robust Employee Wellness programming. Geisinger joins Bank of America, Baylor Health Care System, CVS Caremark, MasterCard, State Farm and Target, among others in the Gold category.

“At Geisinger, it is our firm belief that a healthy workforce is a more productive, but more importantly, a much happier workforce,” said Amy Brayford, Chief Human Resource Officer, Geisinger Health System. “We are proud to be recognized for our efforts on behalf of our employees and their families because it affirms our commitment to the health, happiness and wellbeing of our employees as a top priority throughout our organization.”

Geisinger began cultivating a culture of wellness among employees in 2006 with the implementation of the Employee Wellness program. This program aims to motivate Geisinger family members to be active partners in achieving healthy lifestyles. This year marks year three of the organization’s expanded focus on employee population health management, including the incentive-based MyHealth Rewards program, which moves employees toward healthy lifestyles through education, awareness and health/wellness coaching to achieve and maintain personal wellness goals.

“Employer interest in wellness and health improvement programs continues to grow nationwide, especially as more and more organizations see the business value these programs can deliver ,” said LuAnn Heinen, Vice President of the National Business Group on Health, who has overseen the awards program since its inception. “This year’s honorees, including eight first-time winners, are clearly leading the way and should be proud of their efforts to build a healthier workplace and workforce.  We congratulate all of them for their creativity, commitment and dedication.”

The National Business Group on Health is the nation’s only non-profit membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues, while being the voice for large employers on national health care issues.

About Geisinger Health System

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest rural health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeast Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 21,000 employees, including a 1,100-member multi-specialty group practice, eight hospital campuses, two research centers and a 467,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $7.4 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.