American Heart Association recognizes MVP Health Care for workplace health achievement



Scientific, evidenced-based instrument rates and recognizes workplace health programs and workforce heart health

Schenectady, N.Y., October 2, 2018—The results of the American Heart Association 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index have been announced and MVP Health Care achieved gold level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

American Heart Association recognizes MVP Health Care for workplace health achievement
Angela DeFeo (MVP Health Care human resources), Jen Maser (MVP Health Care marketing & communications), Jen DiMarzio (MVP Health Care marketing & communications), Marc Natale (executive director, American Heart Association), Patrick Glavey (executive vice president, Medicare programs at MVP Health Care and AHA board member).

MVP attained silver level recognition in 2017. This year’s gold level recognition reflects MVP’s sustained focus on creating a healthful workplace, and the success of the programs and services it brings to employees.

“Achieving gold level recognition for our employee well-being program from the American Heart Association is a testament to MVP’s sustained dedication to enriching not only our employees’ professional lives, but their personal health as well,” said Lynn Manning, senior leader of human resources for MVP Health Care. “We are committed to ensuring that our workplace culture includes access to resources and activities that offer every employee the opportunity to enhance their physical, mental, financial, and social well-being. We are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts.”

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs as well as the overall heart health of their employees. Unlike other existing organizational scorecards, the Index also scores companies on the heart health of their employees based on Life’s Simple 7® – the American Heart Association’s scientifically validated definition of ideal heart health. The assessment is grounded in data-driven science and a quality improvement framework. According to the Nielsen 2016 Employee Health Survey, robust and comprehensive strategies for well-being are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data.

More than 1,000 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 75 percent received either gold, silver, or bronze recognition. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so they can advance their annual performance and recognition in the index and help their workforce move toward ideal heart health.


About MVP Health Care

MVP Health Care is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health insurer caring for more than 700,000 members in New York and Vermont. Committed to the complete well-being of our members and the communities we serve, MVP makes health insurance more convenient, more supportive, and more personal. For more information, visit, or on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @MVPHealthCare.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.