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Date:5/8/2009

ngs of $2.50 to $3 for every dollar expended.

"I cannot over-emphasize the uniqueness of this effort," Chapman said. "Programs of this scope require a significant investment, and the logistics of management can be daunting in a large healthcare system. I have no doubt that the business community -- not only in North Carolina but nationwide -- will be watching CHS very closely."

Tarwater said promoting healthier lifestyles is vital to any strategy for reining in medical costs.

"Escalating costs are draining wallets, sapping benefit plans and stressing government budgets at all levels," he said. "We must reduce avoidable utilization of healthcare services. I believe this will happen if and when we have a significantly healthier population."

Tarwater added that CHS's commitment to employee wellness is already delivering significant benefits to patients as well as employees.

"There is no question that our patients receive better care as a result of LiveWELL Carolinas!" he said. "A caregiver who is fit, happy and healthy is much better able to heal and inspire other people. We see evidence of this every day. We get a return on our investment every day."


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