CARY, NC (February 3, 2014) – Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, NY, is leading by example when it comes to promoting healthy lifestyle choices and encouraging workplace wellness. The CEO Roundtable on Cancer   has accredited Putnam Hospital Center with the CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM recognizing the firm’s efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members by establishing programs to reduce cancer risk, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings, and ensuring access to quality treatment.


“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of Putnam Hospital Center and their dedication to health care that begins with improving the health and wellness of their own employees,” said Christopher A. Viehbacher, chief executive officer of Sanofi and chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer.


The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of CEOs founded by former President George H.W. Bush, created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading nonprofit, health organizations. The Gold Standard calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to reduce the risk of cancer in the workplace.


“Everyone at Putnam Hospital Center is committed to providing our community with the best resources for preventing, treating and surviving a cancer diagnosis.  The Gold Standard certification further underscores our organization’s commitment to serving the health and wellness needs of our own employees and their family members as well,” Putnam Hospital Center President Maureen H. Zipparo said.


To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials. Today, over four million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of the nearly 160 employers who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.


In addition to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sixteen NCI-designated cancer centers and over sixty other hospitals and medical centers have earned Gold Standard accreditation. CEOs from many industries are keenly aware of the life-improving impact they can have on health and controlling healthcare costs when they address cancer and other chronic diseases.  Gold Standard employers are diverse.  They include: Avis Budget Group, the Harvard School of Public Health, Lowe’s, UMB Financial and the University of North Dakota; insurers such as Aetna, many Blue Cross affiliates, Cigna and State Farm; law firms, such as Cozen O’Connor, Hogan Lovells, Jenner & Block, and Latham & Watkins; and other globally recognized employers including Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Quintiles Transnational, RTI International, Red Hat and SAS Institute.


About Putnam Hospital Center

Since 1964, Putnam Hospital Center, in Carmel, has offered the residents of one of the fastest growing areas in New York State the full services of an acute care, not-for-profit hospital—quality medical, surgical, psychiatric, pediatric and obstetrical/gynecological care as well as 24-hour emergency services. In addition, the county’s largest employer, which is affiliated with Health Quest, offers more than just a community hospital by providing a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services offered through various specialty departments.  These include the Orthopaedic Institute at Putnam Hospital Center, the Wagner Cancer Pavilion, the Cohn-Artzt Ambulatory Surgery Center, the Birthing Center, Emergency Department, PHC Imaging Center with ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, Partial Hospitalization Program for mental health, Blood Management Program, The Center for Wound Healing, PHC Sleep Disorders Center, Pain Management Program and four Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation satellite facilities.  The hospital recently completed a major state-of-the-art facilities expansion with the construction of a new Birthing Center; Ambulatory Surgery/Outpatient Services facility; Emergency Department building; 5-story patient tower  housing the cancer center with radiation oncology, physician offices,  hospital/community conference center and private inpatient beds; and additional surgical suites.


About The CEO Roundtable on Cancer

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to “do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families.” The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard which calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and workplace culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace.  For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ and the web-based accreditation process and support, please visit

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