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For Immediate Release:

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MARY ANN BOHRER
917-941-9907

Quad/Graphics receives prestigious Corporate Health Achievement Award in recognition of health and safety of its workers

(Washington, D.C. – May 1, 2005) The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has named Wisconsin-based printing company Quad/Graphics a recipient of its Corporate Health Achievement Award for 2005. The company was honored for its state-of-the-art onsite medical and fitness facilities, innovative prevention programs for employees and a demonstrated commitment to environmental health.

The Corporate Health Achievement Award (CHAA) recognizes quality occupational and environmental health programs, identifies model programs and outstanding practices with measurable results and encourages organizational self-assessment and continuous improvement.

Only organizations with the most exemplary health and safety practices are considered for the award each year, and in most years only a handful are recognized. This year ACOEM named two recipients: Quad/Graphics, one of the world’s largest printing companies, and automotive leader DaimlerChrysler.

“Quad/Graphics has recently become a great model for companies trying to control double-digit increases in health care spending,” said ACOEM President Timothy J. Key, MD, MPH. “Its state-of-the-art on-site medical clinics, on-site fitness centers, innovative wellness programs and commitment to environmental protection sets it far apart as a truly visionary company.”

Recipients of the annual award are judged on the strength of their health and safety programs for individual employees, their programs to protect the environment, their leadership and management, and for their efforts to create an overall work culture that stresses healthy lifestyles and safety consciousness.

Quad/Graphics has a workforce of approximately 12,000, is the largest privately held printer of magazines, catalogs and other commercial products in the world, and the third largest printer - public or private - in the Western Hemisphere , with nine printing plants located in five states. It was chosen for an award based on a history of innovation and improvement in health and safety initiatives, among them:

  • Electronic medical records and informatics: The company has created a state-of-the-art health data system that protects patient confidentiality but allows research and tracking of key health risks of the employee population. The result is an improved ability to identify health precursors, risks and trends and to monitor the impact of various wellness initiatives in the workplace. Quad/Graphics employees exceed screening and check-up standards established by the National Committee for Quality Assurance in almost every category.
  • Medical facilities: Quad/Graphics is renowned for its advanced onsite medical and rehabilitation facilities, as well as its health and fitness centers, which are extensively utilized by employees.
  • Prevention and wellness investments: Quad/Graphics philosophy of spending up-front on prevention programs results in higher average cost per employee for primary care costs than other local employers, but the long-term impact is an average hospital cost per employee that is dramatically lower.

ACOEM recognized Quad/Graphics for a number of other innovations, including a progressive alcohol and drug abuse recovery program that utilizes peer-to-peer outreach and for placing a high priority on environmental protection.

“Quad/Graphics says, in its mission statement, that ‘its most important asset is its people,’ and we believe its health and safety programs go a long way toward protecting that asset,” said Dr. Key. “The fact that many other businesses from around the nation have visited Quad/Graphics to learn firsthand about its corporate philosophy of health is a testament to the company’s vision and leadership.”

Representatives of Quad/Graphics accepted the award today at a special ceremony during ACOEM’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Corporate Health Achievement Award was established in 1997 as way of encouraging healthier and safer work environments. The ACOEM award program is considered the most rigorous and comprehensive of its kind, requiring extensive documentation from companies of their programs and practices and an onsite visit by a team of ACOEM evaluators.

Companies begin the process by filling out a health and safety self assessment, available at www.CHAA.org. Results of the assessment help companies determine how their programs compare to ACOEM health and safety standards and national best practices.

Applicants in the competition receive detailed feedback from ACOEM on their programs regardless of whether they receive an award, which Dr. Key says is helping raise awareness of best practices and, in the long run, improve standards for employee health and safety.

“Safer, healthier workplaces mean increased productivity, more job satisfaction, stronger bottom-line results, less harmful environmental impact and enhanced community relationships,” he said. “As the nation’s attention focuses increasingly on workplace conditions and their effect on employee health and satisfaction, our award program becomes more relevant as a kind of spotlight that draws attention to the best practices of corporations that are addressing health and safety issues.”

To learn more about the Corporate Health Achievement Award, call 847-818-1800 or visit www.CHAA.org.

About ACOEM
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) represents more than 6,000 physicians specializing in occupational and environmental medicine.  The members of ACOEM are physicians dedicated to the health of workers and the environment.  Founded in 1916, this dynamic medical society encompasses a variety of medical practices united via the College to develop positions and policies on vital issues relevant to the practice of preventive medicine—both within and outside of the workplace.  The College is composed of 31 component societies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Members of the College adhere to an established Code of Ethical Conduct for occupational and environmental physicians.

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