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Format: 04/25/2014
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West Penn Allegheny Health System Offers The Prevention Plan to its Employees

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Employees of the West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh, PA, are now better able to take steps towards leading healthier lifestyles by participating in The Prevention Plan™, a U.S. Preventive Medicine® program designed to promote healthy behaviors, detect disease in the earliest stages and more effectively manage chronic conditions.

The Prevention Plan™ is available to approximately 9,000 employees who comprise almost 75 percent of WPAHS’ staff. Spouses and domestic partners also will be able to benefit from the program. Participating employees receive individual health assessments, one-on-one health coaching, personalized action plans and timely, relevant health information. The goal is to improve employee health and wellbeing, increase productivity and lower health care costs for the organization.

“Our talented and dedicated employees are our most valuable asset, and we are extremely proud to offer them a preventive health program that not only invests in their personal health and well being but in the future of our health system as well. A healthy and vibrant workforce is the foundation of any successful organization. We believe this new program will ultimately strengthen our ability to fulfill West Penn Allegheny’s mission and sets a great example for the patients who turn to us for their healthcare needs,” said Christopher T. Olivia, M.D., President and CEO of WPAHS.
The program will be offered at each of the seven facilities that make up the health system and will integrate with its on-site lab and physicians’ services. 

 The Prevention Plan will help participants:
• Identify top health risks through an online questionnaire and biometric health screening.
• Follow a personalized action program to reduce health risks, including one-on-one health coaching by registered nurses and health educators.
• Access a personalized website to store medical information, complete educational programs, receive reminders about needed screenings and track personal progress.
 

“U.S. Preventive Medicine is excited about teaming up with one of the leading health care systems in Western Pennsylvania to help its professionals be proactive in their health,” said Christopher Fey, CEO and chairman of U.S. Preventive Medicine. “This program can inspire employers throughout Pennsylvania as well as other states to invest in the health of their employees and use the power of prevention to lower health care costs and improve lives.”
 

About U.S. Preventive Medicine
U.S. Preventive Medicine® (www.USPreventiveMedicine.com) is leading a global preventive health movement focused on saving lives and money by keeping people healthy and better managing chronic conditions before they progress. The company provides an integrated continuum of prevention programs – primary, secondary and tertiary – that are based on the clinical science of preventive medicine. The world’s first preventive health benefit, The Prevention Plan™, moves beyond traditional wellness to identify each individual’s top health risks and design a customized plan of action supported 24x7 by nurse coaches. The company is accredited in wellness and health promotion by NCQA and disease management
 

About West Penn Allegheny Health System
West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) is a physician-led healthcare organization based in Pittsburgh, Pa. Recognized as the healthcare quality and personalized service leader in its market, the organization’s sole purpose is to improve the health of people in the Western Pennsylvania region. West Penn Allegheny Health System’s specialty programs continually receive national and international recognition – particularly in the areas of Bone and Joint, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences and Oncology, which make up the organization’s four Institutes of Excellence. WPAHS employs approximately 12,600 people, and its medical staff consists of 1,658 physicians. The System offers 46 graduate medical programs, two nursing schools, and serves as a clinical campus for the medical schools of both Drexel University and Temple University. WPAHS is also home to the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute, which sponsors interdisciplinary programs to understand, treat and prevent human diseases. The System is comprised of five hospitals, including Allegheny General Hospital on the North Side, West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield, Alle-Kiski Medical Center in Natrona Heights, Canonsburg Hospital in Canonsburg, and Forbes Hospital in Monroeville. For more information visit: http://www.wpahs.org/index.html .
 

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