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Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania Earns American Heart Association Workplace Wellness Honors

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By: Anthony Matrisciano
April 18, 2012
Pictured at the recent awards presentation are, left to right: Dr. Nina Taggart, Vice President of Clinical Operations for BCNEPA; Lori Chase, Senior Division Director, American Heart Association; and TJ Fjelseth, Vice President, Human Resources for BCNEPA.

Fourth consecutive Platinum Level Award

April 18, 2012, Wilkes-Barre, PA- Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) was recently recognized for its leadership in creating a culture of workplace wellness for its employees.

For the fourth consecutive year, the American Heart Association (AHA)has awarded BCNEPA its top honor for employers, the Start! Fit Friendly Company Platinum Award.  AHA received nearly 14,000 applications from companies seeking Gold or Platinum status.  BCNEPA is one of only 195 Platinum honorees selected nationwide.

Awarded annually, Start! Fit Friendly designations recognize companies that support employees’ physical activity, promote healthy eating options, and offer constant education and incentives around healthy lifestyle choices.  The Platinum level award is the highest honor granted by the American Heart Association nationwide.  BCNEPA’s Blue Health Solutions wellness program, which is available to any company that does business with BCNEPA, was cited as a key factor in the award decision.

BCNEPA’s Start! Fit Friendly Company Platinum Award follows the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) announcement that it, too, has recognized BCNEPA withits Gold Level 2012 Well Workplace Award.  BCNEPA was recognized by WELCOA for fully embracing its responsibility for maximizing the health and well-being of its employees.

“We initiated our wellness programs for the benefit of our employees, because they are our most valuable resource,” said Dr. Nina Taggart, Vice President of Clinical Operations for BCNEPA.  “Earning honors like these from such respected organizations emphasizes the value of these programs. It speaks to our commitment as an employer to support each employee in leading a healthy lifestyle.”

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association headquartered in Wilkes-Barre.  It offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to approximately 600,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  The company’s mission is to provide innovative solutions that support more affordable health care, promote personal accountability for health and wellness, and offer superior service and partnership to employers, members, and providers.