Vassar Brothers Medical Center Achieves CEO Cancer Gold Standard™

Vassar Brothers CEO Cancer Gold Standard news conference

In this photo: Dr. Michael Caldwell, Dutchess County Commissioner of Health; Sandi Cassese, Vice President for Oncology and Ambulatory Services, Vassar Brothers Medical Center and American Cancer Society NYS Lead Legislative Ambassador; Lillian Jones, American Cancer Society Regional Vice President; Dr. Daniel Aronzon, President and CEO, Vassar Brothers Medical Center; and Charlie North, President and CEO, Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce.

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American Cancer Society Urges Companies in New York and New Jersey to Work Toward CEO Cancer Gold Standard

Poughkeepsie, NY (January 26, 2011) – In its effort to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays, the American Cancer Society is encouraging employers throughout New York and New Jersey to strive to achieve the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, a process through which employees learn about how to live healthier lives by preventing and detecting cancer early.  The American Cancer Society is available as a resource that can actively assist companies with the planning and implementation of worksite wellness policies and practices to help achieve this prestigious accreditation.

The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet, and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.

The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ is the CEO Roundtable on Cancer’s first initiative.  The CEO Roundtable on Cancer is a nonprofit organization comprised of chief executives from mayor American companies.  The mission of the organization is to make continual progress toward the elimination of cancer as a disease and public health problem.  The CEO Roundtable works in collaboration with the American Cancer Society to encourage widespread adoption of worksite policies and practices that impact cancer incidence and mortality rates. 

Recently, Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY received CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing the organization’s commitment to taking concrete actions to reduce the cancer risk in its employees and their families through screenings, early detection, and healthy changes in lifestyle and in the workplace. Vassar Brothers is the only organization in the Hudson Valley to achieve the designation. 

"The American Cancer Society and Vassar Brothers Medical Center are partners in so many ways, including promoting early detection and prevention of cancer and with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, that their distinction as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard workplace just seems like a natural progression and tangible demonstration of their commitment to reducing the overall burden of cancer," said Lillian Jones, American Cancer Society Regional Vice President. "Congratulations to Vassar Brothers Medical Center on achieving this high honor and thank you for all that you do in the fight against cancer." 

“Everyone at Vassar Brothers is committed to providing our community with the best resources for preventing, treating and surviving a cancer diagnosis. This Gold Standard certification further underscores our organization’s commitment to serving the health and wellness needs of our own employees and their family members as well,” said Dr. Daniel Aronzon, President and CEO of Vassar Brothers Medical Center. 

For more information about how the American Cancer Society can help worksites achieve the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.


About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit