DCMH received recognition from the American Heart Association

American Heart Association Recognizes Decatur County Memorial Hospital for Workplace Health Achievement

Scientific, evidenced-based instrument rates, recognizes workplace health programs and workforce heart health

Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) has achieved a national silver
level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace, according to the American
Heart Association 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index. DCMH is one of 776 organizations that completed the
Index assessment this year, evaluating the time period of July 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, created the Index with its CEO Roundtable,
a leadership collaborative of more than 45 members from some of Americas largest companies who are committed
to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees overall health. The Index is a web-based
scorecard that looks at organizational best practices and aggregates employee health data to evaluate the overall
quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs. 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.
While we spend our days supporting the health and well-being of our community, it is essential that the health and
well-being of our staff is equally prioritized, said CEO Rex McKinney. These individuals are not just staff; they are
neighbors and friends who serve an incredibly important role in our community. We are committed to creating the
best environment possible in which they can do their jobs.
A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating
companies that securely submit aggregate health data through Lifes Simple 7, the American Heart Associations
definition of ideal cardiovascular health based on seven risk factors. Lifes Simple 7 includes smoking status,
physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. Companies receive benchmarking
reports that allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance
and recognition.

Founded in 1922, Decatur County Memorial Hospital provides a wide range of valuable services to the community
including high-value patient-centered care, leadership and education. DCMH is accredited by the DNV.GL
(International Healthcare Accreditation). To learn more about our history, management and services, visit dcmh.net
or call 812-663-4331.
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to
ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by
millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the publics health and share lifesaving resources.
The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us
on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

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