February 19, 2010

VICC once again earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard

VICC once again earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard

Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center have been re-accredited in the CEO Cancer Gold Standard from 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 executives responded by creating the award, which is extended to organizations that take concrete actions to reduce the cancer risk of employees and their families through screenings, early detection and healthy changes in lifestyle.

To earn the two-year accreditation, an organization must establish programs to discourage tobacco use, encourage physical activity, promote healthy diet and nutrition, detect cancer at its earliest stages and provide access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.

Vanderbilt banned smoking from the Medical Center campus in October 2008 and provides free access to the HealthPlus fitness facility for eligible staff members.

Vanderbilt joins nearly 50 other cancer centers, insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms and health care societies in making the commitment to promote healthier lifestyles among employees and their families.

“As an academic medical center, we have an obligation to share our commitment to research and knowledge about cancer with our community, starting with our own employees,” said Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., director of Vanderbilt-Ingram.

“We are delighted to receive this recognition for our programs to encourage healthy lifestyles and early screening and our dedication to provide the best cancer care available to our wonderful colleagues and their families.”