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Avera McKennan Earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard Re-Accreditation

Aug 08, 2019 11:00AM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center has earned CEO Cancer Gold Standard re-accreditation for maintaining a strong commitment to the health of its employees and satisfying the latest comprehensive requirements of the Gold Standard.

 As a leading health organization in our region, we want to be a strong influence for better health and prevention," said David Flicek, CEO and President of Avera McKennan. "There’s no better place to start than among our own employees.”

Employers from many industries are keenly aware of the life-improving impact they can have on health and controlling health care costs when they take steps to address cancer and other chronic diseases. While over 200 private, nonprofit and government employers in a wide range of industries have earned Gold Standard accreditation, Avera McKennan is the only entity in South Dakota to do so. Noteworthy national employers include the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and a number of NCI-designated cancer centers.

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of CEOs founded by President George H.W. Bush, created the Gold Standard to recognize employers for taking exceptional health and wellness measures on behalf of their employees to reduce the risk and burden of cancer. From supporting tobacco cessation efforts to providing health insurance options that include detecting cancer at its earliest stages, the program continues to take bold steps to address cancer, support cancer patients and lift up cancer survivors.