Pitney Bowes Recognized for Reducing Health Care Disparities in Workplace
Company Participates in Special White House Roundtable
STAMFORD, Conn., August 08, 2012 - Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) was recognized yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in conjunction with the White House Business Council and the National Business Group on Health, for the Company’s collaboration with UnitedHealthcare (UHC) to reduce health care disparities in the workplace and support a diverse workforce. The Company, along with UHC and seven other U.S. organizations, was honored at a White House roundtable event organized by HHS.
Pitney Bowes worked with UnitedHealthcare to improve the health status of Pitney Bowes employees and engage the Company’s Spanish-preference employees. UHC brought in a dedicated team of Hispanic professionals - Latino Health Solutions (LHS) — to improve the health and well-being of its Hispanic/Latino members. Since its inception, UHC LHS has provided a robust array of culturally-relevant, bilingual health and wellness information, tools, services and resources especially tailored to meet the unique healthcare needs of its Hispanic/Latino members.
Pitney Bowes chairman, president and CEO Murray Martin met with President Barack Obama in 2009 to share with the President how the company’s total value approach to employee well-being has boosted productivity, enhanced employee well-being and saved money. Pitney Bowes was also honored by the National Business Group on Health as recipient of its annual Award for Innovation in Reducing Health Care Disparities in 2012.
Nationally recognized as a leader and innovator in the programming and measurement of employee health and wellness initiatives, Pitney Bowes pursues an integrated approach to providing value-based health care focusing on preventive care, removing barriers to receiving care and providing resources which empower employees to take control of their own health.
About Pitney Bowes
Delivering more than 90 years of innovation, Pitney Bowes provides software, hardware and services that integrate physical and digital communications channels. Long known for making its customers more productive, Pitney Bowes is increasingly helping other companies grow their business through advanced customer communications management. Pitney Bowes is a $5.3 billion company with 29,000 employees worldwide. Pitney Bowes: Every connection is a new opportunity™.
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin: “We applaud Pitney Bowes and the other honorees as forward-thinking organizations for their commitment and ongoing efforts to address and lower health care disparities. They are among a select group of organizations who understand that reducing health disparities in the workplace will lead to improved health, productivity and quality of life of their employees and families. It is our hope that employers all around the country will follow their lead to improve health, productivity and quality of life of their employees and dependents.”
Helen Darling, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health: “We are thrilled that Pitney Bowes has been recognized by us this year for their innovative programs to reduce health disparities and are being honored by the U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MPH. Dr. Benjamin, the White House Business Council and the National Business Group on Health know that good health for the entire population is crucial to quality of life, our standard of living, productivity and the nation’s overall success. Because minorities suffer from more health problems than others and also have access to fewer, high quality, effective services, Pitney Bowes recognizes that they must do much more in a focused way to ensure health equity for all employees and their families.”
Johnna Torsone, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Pitney Bowes Inc.: “We know this is important work, because employee health is a huge driver of quality of life (for employees) and productivity (for Pitney Bowes). It is equally important for leaders to share best practices so that more companies and people can benefit from these efforts and learnings. We are delighted to be honored in this way, to be part of this conversation and are committed to continual innovations in this area.”
Dr. Lew Sandy, Senior Vice President for Clinical Advancement, UnitedHealth Group: “We are honored to work with Pitney Bowes on reducing health disparities in its diverse workforce. A key element in achieving our mission of helping people live healthier lives is developing culturally relevant tools, resources and services that help make the health care system work better for everyone, regardless of their background.”