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VUMC wins national recognition for employee health care focus

May 26, 2017 | Dagny Stuart

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer has re-accredited Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer for 2017 for VUMC’s efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for employees and their families.

In conjunction with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), VUMC earned the Gold Standard accreditation for taking action in five areas of health and wellness, including discouraging tobacco use, promoting a healthy diet, encouraging physical activity, detecting cancer at its earliest stages and providing access to quality health care, including the ability to enroll in clinical research trials.

VUMC has earned the CEO Cancer Gold Standard designation every year since 2008.

“We are proud to receive this distinguished award which recognizes our efforts to support a culture of wellness for employees and their families,” said Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., Benjamin F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Oncology, Executive Vice President for Research at VUMC, and director of VICC. “A growing body of research indicates that a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of many types of cancer, and we are committed to supporting our employees and their families in their efforts to adopt healthy habits.”

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was created in 2001 after former President George H.W. Bush asked business executives to coordinate efforts to make a difference in the nation’s cancer landscape. The group initiated the award for organizations that take active steps to reduce the cancer risk for employees and their families, including support for early detection and cancer prevention.