"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

CEOs Against Cancer

Recently, I joined a group of 23 other CEOs in Maryland who have come together through the American Cancer Society to prevent cancer and save lives.  Today, we had a series of presentations and meetings at WMHS to raise awareness about how to stay well, get well, find cures and fight back against cancer. 

We are already doing a great deal through our employee wellness programs, our screenings, being a smoke free campus, availability of and access to cancer studies, healthy eating and offering comprehensive exercise programs, as well as our advocacy programs related to healthier lifestyles for our employees and their families. 

I have pledged WMHS support in this fight against cancer due to its prevalence in our region.  When you hear statistics like one in every two men and one in every three women will face cancer in their lifetime, it becomes staggering.  Cancer truly affects everyone in some way and it has a direct impact on our workforce.  It is my intention to ensure that we pull out all stops to help our staff stay well by fostering a culture of health and wellness at WMHS.  Where better a place to start but here?

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