Quest Diagnostics Earns Gold Status in American Heart Association’s 2021 Workplace Health Achievement Index
Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, announced that it has achieved Gold status in the American Heart Association’s 2021 Workplace Health Achievement Index, ranking the company’s workplace health initiative among the best in the nation. The recognition marks the fourth consecutive year that Quest has earned this distinction.
In 2021, more than 450 organizations nationwide completed the Index assessment, which evaluates the overall quality and comprehensiveness of a company’s workplace health program through a combination of best practices and a snapshot of a company’s aggregate employee heart health. Quest Diagnostics focuses its employee population health strategy on enhancing the experience of care, improving population health and reducing per capita healthcare costs. Quest’s award-winning program, HealthyQuest, provides the company’s more than 60,000 participating employees and family members with laboratory and biometric screening and care connection services to improve their health and save money.
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“Ensuring our employees have access to resources to manage their health and well-being is crucial – especially during the pandemic, when many Americans pressed pause on preventive care visits to the doctor,” said Steve Rusckowski, Chairman, CEO and President, Quest Diagnostics. “We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our data-driven approach, which helps our colleagues and their families identify chronic disease risks, connect to needed care, and empower better physical and mental health. We are also proud to extend these strategies through our Employer Population Health services to enable other organizations to implement employee health strategies based on our model.”
“The pandemic has changed the role that organizations play in keeping their employees and communities healthy and safe,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “Quest Diagnostics is a great example of companies rising to the challenge to support employees’ physical, emotional and social needs while keeping their workforce and communities safe.”
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Quest Diagnostics has also supplemented programs with enhancements to better meet employee needs since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs were designed to be easily accessible, convenient and support the physical, emotional and social needs of employees and range from virtual care (telehealth), diabetes prevention and weight management, mental health screening and support, and connections to care. Additionally, the company has implemented COVID-19 testing and care protocols to promote safety and help employees feel more confident as they continue to work on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Studies show healthy employees are more productive and use less sick time, and organizations who create a culture of health in the workplace can improve employee retention and organizational reputation. Employee health also frequently carries over into better health behavior that impacts both employees and their families, such as nutritious meals cooked at home or increased physical activity.1
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