Northwell cancer care receives top marks

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Northwell Health has earned CEO Cancer Gold Standard re-accreditation for the fifth consecutive year for maintaining a strong commitment to the health of its more than 61,000 employees and satisfying the latest, comprehensive requirements of the Gold Standard.

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of CEOs founded by former President George H.W. Bush, developed and administers the Gold Standard, an employee wellness accreditation program that addresses cancer prevention in the workplace.

“Since 2011, I have been honored to receive this accreditation for our health system for promoting healthier behavior,” said Michael Dowling, CEO and president of Northwell Health. “We believe that fostering a health-conscience work environment is key to supporting a positive corporate culture.”

Northwell Health received re-accreditation following an extensive evaluation to ensure it continued to satisfy specific requirements in corporate culture and health benefits with established policies and programs to reduce cancer risk by prohibiting tobacco use and supporting tobacco cessation efforts; promoting physical activity, healthy nutrition and weight management; providing health insurance options that include detecting cancer at its earliest stages, access to quality care, and participating in clinical trials; promoting employee awareness of these initiatives; and supporting the needs of cancer survivors in the workplace.

Programs and services of the 21-hospital health system assist its employees and community residents in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyles include wellness events, health screenings, and health navigation services.

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