Published on September 12, 2017

American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement | DOHC

American Heart Association recognizes Desert Oasis Healthcare for workplace health achievement

Scientific, evidenced-based instrument rates and recognizes workplace health programs and workforce heart health

(September 12, 2017 – Palm Springs, CA)
The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced today and Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC), an affiliated group of Heritage Provider Network (HPN), earned Silver level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

Desert Oasis Healthcare has roots as one of the first medical groups formed in the desert communities in 1981. Today, DOHC is continually advancing with changes in the healthcare market, providing primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, and much more to more than 70,000 member/patients and their families living in the greater Coachella Valley and the surrounding desert communities of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 30 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. A unique feature the Index offers is the ability to calculate an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data.

More than 800 companies completed the Index assessment this year and, of those companies, 67% earned either recognition of Gold, Silver, or Bronze status. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition.

“We are pleased to be recognized for building a culture of health and wellness in the workplace, and in the communities we serve every day. In fact, we have a variety of programs available that focus on employee health and enrichment, volunteerism in the community, and just plain fun that we feel is important for a positive work/life balance.”

Dr. Marc Hoffing, Medical Director of DOHC

The Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows companies to measure the effectiveness of their workplace health programs, as well as the overall heart health of their employees. Unlike other existing organizational scorecards, the Index also offers the ability for companies to score the heart health of their employees based on Life’s Simple 7® – the Association’s scientifically validated definition of ideal heart health. The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index assessment is grounded in data-driven science, and a quality improvement framework. According to the Nielsen 2016 Employee Health Survey, robust and comprehensive strategies for well-being are associated with positive impacts on employees’ health.

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Barry Dayton
Director of Marketing
Desert Oasis Healthcare

About Desert Oasis Healthcare

Formed in 1981 as one of the first medical groups in the desert communities of southern California, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) continues to advance with changes in the healthcare market. DOHC provides primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, clinical research studies and other services to more than 60,000 members/patients living in the greater Coachella Valley and the Morongo Basin of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The multidisciplinary and comprehensive care programs of DOHC are committed to educating individuals on preventive health care in their daily lives, reflected in the DOHC motto, "Your Health. Your Life. Our Passion." For more information, visit

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.