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For Immediate Release:

Contact: Doris Konicki
847/818-1800, ext. 383

Occupational medicine society recognizes IBM
for best corporate health program

CHICAGO, May 2, 2002-The American College of Occupational and Environmental Health (ACOEM) has selected International Business Machines (IBM) as a recipient of the 2002 Corporate Health Achievement Award (CHAA). The company was selected based on its exemplary programs in case management of occupational and environmental injuries, toxicologic assessments, and broad application of information technology to widely disseminate health promotion programs.

The Award was present April 17 during ACOEM's annual American Occupational Health Conference in Chicago, Ill. Martin J. Sepulveda, MD, Vice President, Global Occupational Health Services, accepted the Award on behalf of IBM.

ACOEM, an international medical specialty society of more than 6,000 occupational and environmental medicine physicians, recognizes the best corporate health programs in American through the CHAA competition. The Award honors and provides national recognition to North American corporations and institutions exhibiting excellence in employee health, safety and environmental management, and recognizes the finest health programs in America. Competing organizations are judged on their commitment to, and excellence in, creating comprehensive and innovative health and safety programs. Examiners look for measurable results in 23 quality categories covering four areas - healthy people, a healthy environment, a healthy company, and management and leadership.

IBM has an impressive breadth of programs focusing on maintaining and enhancing the health of its employees. The review committee was particularly impressed with IBM's Toxicologic Assessments, the use of information technology to widely disseminate health promotion activities, and its management of health care benefits through the use of nurse case managers to improve the quality of life. Also, IBM has an exceptional case management program for monitoring occupational and environmental injuries and illnesses. The dedication and commitment of the health care staff in assuring the highest quality of care and benefits was evident.

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