ACOEM Announces Best Corporate Health Programs

Five companies have been selected as recipients of the 2002 Corporate Health Achievement Award presented by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Bristol-Myers Squibb, New York; Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis; International Business Machines (IBM), Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Kerr-McGee, Oklahoma City; and Vanderbilt University's Health and Wellness Division, Nashville. The award is designed to provide national recognition and honor to organizations within North America that have superior employee health, safety, environmental and management programs and to encourage continued self-assessment.

Bristol-Myers Squibb was selected based on its policies and guidelines for employees relating to reproductive health and cytotoxic drug handling. The company also is noted for its medical surveillance program for early detection of potential occupational-related health effects.

Eli Lilly was selected based on its health and wellness policies and programs for employees. In particular, the company's employee assistance program, in-house physical therapy and Lilly Exposure Guidelines have been designated as model programs.

IBM was selected based on its programs in case management of occupational and environmental injuries, toxicologic assessments and broad application of information technology to widely disseminated health promotion programs.

Kerr-McGee was selected based on its health and wellness policies and programs for employees; specifically, its computer-assisted medical examination program for surveillance and wellness.

Vanderbilt's Health and Wellness Division was selected based on its programs in physician wellness and its focus on the overall health and wellness of university faculty and staff. Vanderbilt is the first higher education institution and academic medical center to receive the award.

Any manufacturing, service, government or for-profit or nonprofit organization employing more than 1,000 employees is eligible to apply for the award. Competing organizations are judged on how they integrate excellence and commitment to ensure that their programs are comprehensive and innovative. Letters of intent to apply for the award are due July 31. Completed applications must be received by ACOEM no later than Oct. 2. To obtain an application package, contact Doris Konicki at (847) 818-1800, ext. 383, or dkonicki@acoem.org.

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