UMMC Gets Gold Award from AHA as a Fit-Friendly Company for Third Straight Year

For immediate release: January 11, 2011


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Employees are embracing the fitness and wellness programs at UMMC, and the American Heart Association (AHA) has recognized the Medical Center for the third straight year -- 2008, 2009 and 2010 -- with an award for its efforts to promote the health of employees.

The AHA has again awarded the Medical Center with the Start! Fit-Friendly Company Gold Level Award in 2010. The AHA award reads:

"As a Gold Level Award recipient, you have not only recognized the importance of a healthy workplace for your employees but have taken important steps to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace. Promoting a wellness culture by providing support to employees and implementing physical, nutritional, and cultural changes are extraordinary efforts, and we commend you and your employees."

"We are extremely honored and excited to be recognized by the AHA as an employer with a strong commitment in the health of our employees," says Melissa Frisch, MD, MPH, medical director of employee health and safety.

"This recognition will enhance our ability to continue attracting highly qualified staff, even in the face of shortages in certain health care professions," says R. Keith Allen, senior vice president for human resources. "But more importantly, this encourages all of us who work at UMMC to continue to value our own health and well-being."

For more information on these programs, please contact Employee Health Services at 410-328-0958.