RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 10, 2018) – The American Heart Association announced that Regional Health has earned AHA Silver Level Workplace Health Achievement recognition.
“We know that good health is good business, and you have reached an important milestone in building a culture of workplace health,” AHA Chief Executive Officer Nancy Brown, wrote in a letter to Regional Health. “Studies show that worksites (that have) a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce. “
The AHA Workplace Health Achievement Index allows organizations to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs and heart health of their employees.
The key factors contributing to optimal heart health include smoking cessation, maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, eating a healthy diet, managing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and keeping blood sugar at a healthy level. Scientific research shows that improving these seven factors can lead to significant reductions in heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other health problems.
Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, headquartered in Rapid City, provides community-based health care covering 32 specialty areas of medicine in more than 20 communities in two states. Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 25 clinics and more than 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health hospitals in Rapid City, Spearfish and Sturgis have been rated as four-star hospitals by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For more information, visit regionalhealth.org.
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