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Left to right: Donna Winfrey, director of Benefits for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; Elaine Gordon, Vice President for Priority Initiatives, Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society; Gary Shorb, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, and Carol Ross-Spang, senior vice president of Human Resources for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has received CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing the organization’s extraordinary commitment to the health of its employees and their families.
Christopher A. Viehbacher, chief executive officer of Sanofi, chairs the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of cancer-fighting CEOs who created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading health non-profit organizations and professionals. Today, more than 3 million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of employers who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.
"We are honored to receive the CEO Roundtable on Cancer's Gold Standard accreditation," said Gary Shorb, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. "We consider it a privilege to bring benefit to our community by providing outstanding care to patients and their families. However, we also know that for us to take the best care of our patients, we need to first take care of ourselves – physically, emotionally and spiritually."
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by prohibiting tobacco use at the workplace; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages when outcomes may be more favorable; and providing access to quality care, including participation in cancer clinical trials.
About The CEO Roundtable on Cancer
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to "do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families." The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard, a comprehensive program designed to combat cancer from every angle by focusing on prevention, early detection and quality care. For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ and the web-based accreditation process and support, please visit www.CancerGoldStandard.org.