One of Only 15 Companies Recognized Nationally
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CHS, an inVentiv Health company (Nasdaq: VTIV), was recently honored by the U.S. Department of Defense as a recipient of the 2007 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award, sponsored by the National Committee of Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve (ESGR), is the highest honor bestowed upon America's employers who provide support to their employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Only 15 companies nationwide were selected for the honor.
The Freedom award recognizes employers who go above and beyond the legal requirement in granting leave and providing support to employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. CHS was selected for the award for its support of Tom Weikert, a staff member who recently completed a 12-month tour of duty in Iraq. In addition to sending care packages, letters and emails to Weikert, CHS also showed its support by continuing his employee benefits -- including health insurance, life insurance and 401(k) plan with company matching -- and by making up the difference in his salary for the duration of his mobilization.
"This is a great honor for our organization," said Norman Stalsberg, president of CHS. "We are humbled by the recognition from ESGR and the Department of Defense and are proud to support our National Guard and Reserve. We commend Tom for his bravery and dedication, and are grateful for the opportunity to show a small fraction of our appreciation and gratitude to our armed forces."
The 15 honorees were recognized at a special ceremony hosted by the Department of Defense and attended by numerous high ranking military and government officials in Washington D.C. on Sept. 12. In addition, Mr. Stalsberg and his fellow honorees were personally thanked by President Bush and Vice President Cheney in separate meetings.
"These employers have provided exceptional support to the men and women serving in our National Guard and Reserve and now, more than ever, we appreciate and thank them for doing much more for these employees than the law requires," said Dr. L. Gordon Sumner, Jr., executive director of the National Committee for ESGR.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, CHS, an inVentiv Health Company, is the leading provider of outsourced marketing services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. CHS has served the majority of the top pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech companies in the world. For more information about CHS, please go to http://www.consultchs.com
About inVentiv Health
inVentiv Health (Nasdaq: VTIV) is the leading provider of commercialization and complementary services to the healthcare industry globally. inVentiv delivers its customized clinical, sales, marketing and communications solutions through its four core business segments: inVentiv Clinical, inVentiv Communications, inVentiv Commercial, and inVentiv Patient Outcomes. inVentiv Health's client roster is comprised of more than 250 leading pharmaceutical, biotech, life sciences and healthcare payor companies, including all top 20 global pharmaceutical manufacturers. For more information, visit http://www.inventivhealth.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks that may cause inVentiv Health's performance to differ materially. Such risks include, without limitation: changes in trends in the pharmaceutical industry or in pharmaceutical outsourcing; our ability to compete successfully with other services in the market; our ability to maintain large client contracts or to enter into new contracts; and, our ability to operate successfully in new lines of business. Readers of this press release are referred to documents filed from time to time by inVentiv Health, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission for further discussion of these and other factors.
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