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IBM Executive Dr. Martin Sepulveda Wins Prestigious National Business Group on Health Award

Saturday, March 13, 2010 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, March 12 The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit group of more than 280 large U.S. employers, today awarded its 8th Annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in Value Purchasing to Martin Sepulveda, MD, FACP, IBM Fellow and Vice President of Integrated Health Services. The award, which recognizes Dr. Sepulveda for his leadership and commitment to employee health, productivity and overall well-being, was presented at the Business Group's annual Health Agenda Conference held in Washington, DC.

"Dr. Sepulveda is truly one of the nation's great innovators and visionaries in corporate health, productivity and employee benefits, as well as a national leader in the promotion of primary care and patient safety," said Pamela Hymel, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Senior Director, Integrated Health, Corporate Medical Director, Cisco Systems, Inc., who serves on the Business Group Board of Directors' Award Committee. "At IBM, Dr. Sepulveda has built upon the company's proud heritage of excellence and long history of leadership and commitment to employee health, well-being and workplace safety and has carried it to new heights. We are delighted to honor him with our highest award."

Dr. Sepulveda recently became the first physician to be named an IBM Fellow, the company's highest technical achievement. As vice president of IBM's Integrated Health Services organization, he is responsible for implementing employee well-being programs for IBM employees around the world. Under his leadership, IBM has developed and implemented award-winning health and lifestyle improvement programs for employees and families. Additionally, IBM has developed the most creative program for promoting young dependents' health as well as tackling adolescent obesity. Dr. Sepulveda was also instrumental in the development of a "total health management" framework that has since become a national model for other employers around the globe.

"Dr. Sepulveda has contributed very substantially to new thinking about employee health, productivity, vitality and human capital," said Helen Darling, President of the National Business Group on Health. "Throughout his career, he has developed new policies and established programs that have redefined what is important when companies are trying desperately to control costs, improve the quality of life and get the highest return on investments in human capital. We congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award."

About the Award for Excellence and Innovation in Value Purchasing

The Business Group annually awards individuals, organizations or programs that encourage the efficient use of health care resources in addition to improving quality and affordability; encourage excellent practices that are started by or involve large employers; or have a proven track record of increasing value in health care through superior purchasing practices or have developed approaches, methodologies and tools that enable outstanding health benefit management practices.

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues. The Business Group identifies and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.

SOURCE National Business Group on Health
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