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Aegis Health Group Revealed Next Generation of Employer-Based Health-Improvement Strategies at Nashville Conference
Date:6/26/2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- "The only way to flatten the trajectory of healthcare spending is to fight disease" was the overriding sentiment at last week's I3 (insight, innovation and impact) Conference sponsored by Aegis Health Group. This statement made by keynote speaker Wally Gomaa, president of Trajectory Health, effectively summed up the reason that hospitals and employers must begin (or continue) working together to positively impact the health and lifestyle choices of Americans.

During his presentation, Gomaa pointed out that the United States is the ninth fattest country in the world, but has the second highest expenditures on healthcare. This can be largely attributed to metabolic syndrome, a compilation of risk factors that put people at significantly greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and other life-threatening diseases. The risks for metabolic syndrome can easily be detected and addressed through lifestyle changes and other medical therapies. Risks include elevated fasting glucose, high blood pressure, waist circumference, decreased HDL ("good" cholesterol) and elevated triglycerides.

"We simply cannot turn our backs on our responsibility as healthcare leaders to help people take charge of their health before they end up in the hospital, which must include a combination of risk awareness, education, intervention and personal support," said Henry Ross, CEO of Aegis Health Group. "Hospitals are perfectly positioned to take the lead in their communities by providing employers and employees with the tools they need to promote better health."

At a time when healthcare costs are one of the single biggest expenses many employers face, partnering with the local hospital has been shown in markets across the nation to save employers meaningful dollars in employee health costs, absenteeism, healthcare premiums, workers' compensation and other healthcare-related expenditures.

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