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St. Joseph Health System-Sonoma County Partners With Aegis Health Group to Bring Health-Management Program to Area Employers
Date:8/3/2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Joseph Health System-Sonoma County, which includes Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, a 279-bed acute-care facility on California's northern coast, and its 80-bed sister facility, Petaluma Valley Hospital, selected Aegis Health Group to design and implement a health-management program aimed at local employers. The program includes an on-site employer relations specialist responsible for developing partnerships with employers in Sonoma County to improve the health of their workforce.

"Employers are looking for ways to offer effective health-management programs to their employees as a way to rein in escalating healthcare costs, and hospitals are trusted health resources for their communities," said Henry Ross, chief executive officer of Aegis Health Group. "Through this initiative, Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley Hospital are responding to a need that is present in workplaces across the country."

Participating employees will have the opportunity to complete personal health profiles about family history, lifestyle and current health. Using proprietary Aegis software, the data is used to predict future health risks for each participant. The hospitals will then offer specific prevention and education programs to help reduce or eliminate those risks. Employers receive the data in aggregate, which protects the private information of employees.

Employers that offer health-management initiatives to their employees can realize significant savings in healthcare premiums, absenteeism and workers' compensation claims, in addition to increased morale and productivity. This program allows the hospital and employers to become true partners in health.

"Prevention is a prominent piece of healthcare-reform discussions," said Ross. "Hospitals like Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley and the businesses with which they wo
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