UM Upper Chesapeake Health Receives Gold Recognition on the American Heart Association's Workplace Health Achievement Index


University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) received Gold recognition on the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index. UM UCH has received recognition from the American Heart Association for various programs yearly since 2012.

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index recognizes more than 900 organizations across the United States for investing in the health of their workforce and workplace. Building a workplace culture of health, including a healthy workplace environment, can lead to increased productivity, less absenteeism and reduced cost growth trend in health expenditure.

The achievement index is a web-based portal that fuses health content, personal health data and consumer engagement opportunities that evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. Of the organizations that completed the Index assessment, 27 percent received Gold recognition, 26 percent Silver and 29 percent Bronze. Recognition designations are determined by data submitted, as well as the overall heart health score of their employees.

“A healthy workplace culture is important for all organizations but particularly for one that focuses on health care,” said Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, president/CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. “It is truly an honor to be recognized with Gold recognition by the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index.”

The achievement index was created in 2016 by the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable–a leadership collaborative that has grown to more than 45 members who collectively represent more than 10 million employees and their family members—to implement evidence-based approaches to workplace health, empowering employees and building stronger corporate cultures.

The index also integrates Life’s Simple 7®,the American Heart Association’s definition of ideal cardiovascular health based on seven risk factors, into the scoring process. Life’s Simple 7® includes smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure.

For more information about the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index , visit

About University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health includes the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center on its Bel Air campus. Most recently, it opened The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center in Bel Air offering services for behavioral health. The Senator Bob Hooper House in Forest Hill is an assisted living facility that specializes in hospice. The University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital has been operating in the community for over a century and is located in Havre de Grace. The leading health care system and largest private employer in Harford County, UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers a broad range of health care services, specialty care, technology and facilities to the residents of northeastern Maryland. Visit for more information.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   

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