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Published on February 07, 2012

Local Employers Receive “Flu Fighter” Awards from Adventist HealthCare, LifeWork Strategies

Employers in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. demonstrate commitment to fighting flu

Rockville, MD - Adventist HealthCare and LifeWork Strategies are pleased to recognize local employersin Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia that are helping to fight the flu with the first annual “Flu Fighter” awards. The 33 winners of the 2011 awards are being recognized for their efforts to protectthe health of their employees and our community.

“We are proud to recognize these local businesses for their critical role in improving the health of ourcommunity,” said Dr. Gaurov Dayal, Chief Medical Officer for Adventist HealthCare. “Annual fluvaccinations are the best defense against the flu. Congratulations to all of this year’s Flu Fighter award winners.”

To be considered for the Flu Fighter award, employers were required to submit an application showingtheir actions to keep their employees healthy. Each employer earned points based on their responses toquestions regarding their policies and practices aimed at protecting their workforce and the communityfrom flu. All award recipients offered a flu vaccination clinic at their office, most covered the cost. Eachaward winner also provided resources, such as paid sick leave, hand-washing posters and surface cleanerin the workplace to prevent the spread of the flu. The majority of recipients also had a formal workplacepolicy on sick leave and return to work, specific to the flu and the contagious illness.

"Since we work with our clients to develop programs that promote the health and well-being of theirorganizations, it's only natural that we would be committed to doing the same for our own employees,”said Richard Silberstein, President, Silberstein Insurance Group, local winner and sponsor of the 2011 FluFighter Awards. “We're honored to be part of this group of employers who share a similar vision for ahealthy workforce.”

LifeWork Strategies will host a breakfast to recognize the winners of the 2011 Flu Fighter Award onThursday, February 9, 2012 at 9:00 a.m at the headquarters of Adventist HealthCare. As part of theprogram, Debra Illig RN, MBA, CLNC, Executive Director Quality & Patient Safety, AdventistHealthCare, will provide opening remarks and introduce Ellen Shannon PhD, RN, Medical ScienceLiaison at Sanofi Pasteur, who will address updates on influenza and prevention strategies.

“Flu Fighter” award winners

1. Adventist HealthCare

2. Aronson, LLC

3. Association for Professionals in InfectionControl and Epidemiology, Inc.

4. BTS, LLC

5. BioReliance

6. Choice Hotels International

7. City of College Park

8. City of Gaithersburg

9. Communications Electronics

10. Community Associations Institute

11. Congressional Country Club

12. Corporate Network Services

13. Frederick County Public Schools

14. GEICO

15. Hyatt Dulles

16. Industrial Bank

17. Infectious Diseases Society of America

18. InfoMed, LLC

19. IntelliDyne, LLC

20. Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered

21. Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union

22. Montgomery College

23. Montgomery Hospice

24. National Cable and Telecommunications

25. Nutricia North America

26. Praxis Engineering

27. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital

28. Silberstein Insurance Group

29. Tenable Network Security

30. Verizon Wireless

31. Washington Adventist Hospital

32. Washington Real Estate Investment Trust

33. William C. Smith + Co.

 

LifeWork Strategies, a member of Adventist HealthCare, delivers comprehensive behavioral health and wellness programs toemployers. Our high quality programs include EAP, work/life, training & wellness services to help individuals live healthierand more productive lives. To learn more, visit http://www.lifeworkstrategies.com

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated, health-care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largestemployers in the state of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving thehealth of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includesShady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist RehabilitationHospital of Maryland, Adventist Home Health Services and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.

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