Midland, MI - October 17, 2012
Catherine Baase, M.D., chief health officer for The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), was recognized today by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the National Business Group on Health as the recipient of the 2012 Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award.
The award honors the achievements of individuals who demonstrate excellence and leadership in implementing programs that improve the health and productivity of the workforce. Dr. Baase was recognized for her longstanding contributions to the field of health and productivity on a global basis. She has driven a global program at Dow that includes detailed metrics and continuous health improvement, and is regarded as one of the nation’s top experts, paving the way and providing a model for others to follow.
“Dr. Baase leads a passionate team at Dow that shares a commitment to the bottom line impact of a healthy, high-performing workforce,” said Neil Hawkins, Dow’s vice president of EH&S and Sustainability. “She and her team achieve results by valuing individuals. Their policies and programs put the well-being and potential of our people as the top priority.”
“Dr. Baase was one of the early pioneers in workplace health and productivity management and has worked to not only advance health and wellness initiatives at Dow, but also has contributed greatly to the literature and scientific studies documenting the positive impact of quality workplace wellness programs,” said Barry Eisenberg, executive director of ACOEM.
“As a corporate medical director, Dr. Baase has been an inspiring leader, visionary and role model for the nation. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor her work and career,” said Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health.
In combination with her role at Dow, Dr. Baase is active in a number of associations that underscore a shared interest in building healthy communities. She serves as chair for the Board of Directors of the Michigan Health Information Alliance (MiHIA), Inc. She is also active with the Partnership for Prevention, the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative and the ACOEM Health and Productivity Committee.
Earlier this year, Dr. Baase was honored with the 2012 President’s Award from the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM). The IHPM was created in 1997 to establish the full value of employee health as an investment in workplace productivity and business performance. Dr. Baase was recognized for her outstanding leadership and innovation in this field.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) represents nearly 5,000 physicians specializing in occupational and environmental medicine. Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation’s largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, disability management, research and education. For more information visit www.acoem.org.
About the National Business Group on Health
The National Business Group on Health (the Business Group) is the nation’s only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers’ perspective on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members’ most important health care and health benefits challenges.
Business Group members are primarily Fortune 500 companies and large public-sector employers – representing the nation’s most innovative health care purchasers – that provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. The Business Group fosters the development of a safe, high-quality health care delivery system and treatments based on scientific evidence of effectiveness. Business Group members share strategies for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care, increasing productivity and supporting healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.
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