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The Villages® Regional Hospital Recognized for Workplace Health Achievement

Awards | Thursday, September 14, 2017

Contact: Andrea Sellers

The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced this week and Central Florida Health has achieved the Gold award - an exceptional level of recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace at both Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Villages Regional Hospital.

The American Heart Association created the Workplace Health Achievement Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 30 CEOs from some of America's largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees overall health. The Workplace Health Achievement Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs.

More than 800 companies completed the Index assessment this year, and of those companies, 67% received either Gold, Silver, or Bronze recognition. Companies receive benchmarking reports which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so they can advance their annual performance and recognition.

"It is an honor to receive this award," says Juli Romero-Gomez, RN, Coordinator of the "Healthy You, Healthy Us" Wellness Program at Central Florida Health. "It is a true testament to all of the hard work and healthy changes being made individually and system-wide. We look forward to a continued successful relationship with the American Heart Association and to implementing changes that support a culture of great health and well-being for our team members and community."

The Association's Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs while providing a guide for future areas of growth and development. The Index assessment is grounded in data-driven science and a quality improvement framework. According to the Nielsen 2016 Employee Health Survey, robust and comprehensive strategies for well-being are associated with positive impacts on employees' and the surrounding communities' health.