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Institute honors Eastman for wellness

Staff report • Oct 29, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Eastman Chemical Co.’s efforts to promote wellness for employees and their families have earned the company a leadership award from the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) for innovative, value-based health benefits.

Factors in the Kingsport-based chemical, fiber and plastic maker’s selection for the award include preventive health care benefits and a variety of low- to no-cost programs that help employees and their families manage their health.

Services offered by Eastman range from on-site health screenings and flu shots to programs such as lifestyle coaching, diabetes education and chronic condition management.

Eastman also provides on-site fitness centers and offers group exercise classes. IHPM presented the award to Eastman through its Value-Based Health Initiative. The mission of the initiative is to define and promote value, instead of cost, as the basis for health management and benefit plan design.

“We are honored to receive this award from IHPM in recognition of our work in value-based health,” said David Sensibaugh, director of Eastman Integrated Health.

“Eastman has been working with employees to build a culture of health because we believe good health is good business. Eastman’s health plan design has a strong focus on prevention, including covering services like colonoscopies and mammograms at 100 percent, along with many programs to help employees maintain and manage their health,” Sensibaugh said. Sean Sullivan, president of IHPM, said: “Eastman Chemical Company joins the distinguished ranks of last year’s winners — Intel, Procter & Gamble and Marriott — as a leader at the expanding value-based movement that is transforming health benefits and programs from costs into investments in their human capital.”

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