July 30, 2008
Edward Hospital & Health Services Enters Agreement to Use Gordian’s Personal Health Coaching Services
Today Gordian Health Solutions, Inc., a leading national personal health coaching company, and Naperville, Ill.-based Edward Hospital & Health Services have announced an agreement to provide Gordian's health coaching tools to Edward's nearly 4,500 employees, as well as eligible spouses. To reduce the demand for and cost of healthcare and encourage healthier lifestyles, Gordian offers health coaching, self-health and healthy workplace products to employers, health plans and government entities across the country.
"We are committed to the health and wellness of our team members, and we're proud to offer a comprehensive personal health coaching program to help them meet their health and lifestyle goals," said Paula Sheehan, senior health and productivity coordinator at Edward. "Our partnership with Gordian over the past four years has really helped our employees focus on their health and wellness, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration."
The partnership will provide Edward's employees and spouses with access to Gordian's new suite of health coaching services, called iCoaching. Gordian's state-of-the-art services blend health science, coaching and technology to deliver personalized, one-on-one health coaching, individually tailored websites and other media to help individuals achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles and to address chronic conditions. A paradigm shift from traditional health management approaches that focus on helping individuals with one specific need at a time, Gordian uses a unique, "whole-person" approach - acknowledging that individuals may be simultaneously struggling with a chronic illness, at risk for other health conditions, and seeking to improve overall wellness.
"At Gordian, we strive to encourage healthier lifestyles, improve self-care and enable informed healthcare decisions, resulting in healthier, happier, more productive individuals," said Roger Reed, executive vice president for market operations at Gordian. "We are excited about continuing our work with Edward and its team members, a group that has been recognized for its strong commitment to employee health and well-being."
Edward's iCoaching program participants will be allowed unlimited access to Gordian personal Health Coaches through multiple methods of engagement - telephone, online tools, secure email and/or direct mail - to suit their individual schedules and preferences. In addition, iCoaching participants will have access to a comprehensive suite of tools and information to help motivate them to take charge of their health. Self-Health tools include an interactive Personal Health Analysis, multimedia health lessons and quizzes, a Personal Health Record, community discussion groups and more. Services are built on an integrated technology platform and offered through an online health portal, reflecting Gordian's groundbreaking services in the industry.
About Edward Hospital & Health Services
Edward Hospital & Health Services, located in Naperville, Ill., is a full-service, regional health care provider offering access to complex medical specialties and innovative programming. Edward Hospital has 311 private patient rooms and 4,500 employees, including 1,450 nurses and a medical staff of more than 800 physicians, representing more than 60 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Edward was ranked as the 9th largest hospital in the Chicago area by Crain's Chicago Business in 2008, is the largest employer in Naperville and is the busiest hospital in DuPage County for inpatient discharges, births and emergency visits, according to the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council. For more information, visit Edward online at www.edward.org.
About Gordian Health Solutions, Inc.
Gordian Health Solutions is the nation's leading personal health coaching company. Gordian is pioneering the next generation of individualized, interactive and integrated health solutions to reduce the demand and cost of healthcare and encourage healthier lifestyles. Gordian delivers personalized one-on-one health coaching, individually tailored websites and other media to help individuals achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles and to address chronic conditions. Gordian pioneered the health coaching industry and, with its 12 years of innovative industry leadership, is poised to advance a culture of wellness that will positively impact lives for years to come. For more information about Gordian, visit www.gordian-health.com.