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American Heart Association Recognizes UF Health Central Florida for Workplace Health Achievement

Awards | Friday, November 1, 2019

Contact: Andrea Sellers

The results of the American Heart Association 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced this month and UF Health Central Florida achieved Gold level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. UF Health Central Florida is a not-for-profit healthcare system and the largest most comprehensive provider of healthcare services in the region. UF Health Central Florida provides services to Lake, Sumter, and Marion counties through inpatient acute hospital services at UF Health The Villages® Hospital and UF Health Leesburg Hospital, inpatient rehabilitation services at UF Health The Villages® Rehabilitation Hospital, geriatric-psychiatry services at UF Health Leesburg Hospital Senior Behavioral Health Center and diagnostic laboratory services at several UF Health Alliance Laboratory locations.

The American Heart Association created the index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs.

“This is the third consecutive year that our organization has earned Gold level recognition,” says Juli Romero-Gomez, RN, Coordinator of the Health You, Healthy Us wellness program. “It is an exceptional accomplishment which acknowledges the culture of health in our workplace.”

Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.

“Each year, the point requirement for the Index goes up and our organization must have new initiatives in order to maintain our gold status,” continued Juli. “This award is a true testament to all of the hard work and healthy changes being made individually and system-wide.”