The results of the American Heart Association 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced recently and Cullman Regional has achieved Silver level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. Cullman Regional was scored on seven different pillars including leadership, policies and environment, communications, programs, engagement, partnerships and reporting outcomes.

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data.

More than 1000 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 75% received either Gold, Silver, or Bronze recognition. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition in the Index and help their workforce move toward ideal heart health.

“Cullman Regional is proud to receive this recognition from the American Heart Association,” Cullman Regional CEO, James Clements said. “We will continue to strive towards improving the overall health of our workplace, employees and the communities we serve.”

Unlike other existing organizational scorecards, the Index also scores companies on the heart health of their employees based on Life’s Simple 7® – the Association’s scientifically validated definition of ideal heart health. The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement 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 wellbeing are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.