Union Pacific Names Chief Health and Medical Officer
John T. Kelly, M.D., Ph.D. to Lead Union Pacific's Award-Winning Health Services Department
Omaha, Neb., May 13, 2005 Union Pacific today named John T. Kelly, M.D., Ph.D., vice president and chief health and medical officer. In this position, Dr. Kelly will lead Union Pacific’s world-class health programs and develop strategies to protect and improve the health and wellness of all Union Pacific employees.
"Our vision is to become the ‘Healthiest Company in America,’" said Barb Schaefer, senior vice president - Human Resources. "Dr. Kelly will play a key role in our strategy. With his help, we will continue to build on the success of our health and wellness initiatives while developing new and visionary practices to enhance our culture of health, safety and quality of life."
Dr. Kelly received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Kelly was senior vice president, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. He has held senior executive positions with a number of organizations including the American Medical Association and Aetna. He has served on the clinical faculties of the University of California, San Francisco; University of Chicago; and University of Pennsylvania.
One of Union Pacific’s award-winning health and wellness initiatives is "HealthTrack" – a program that enlists early identification, education and intervention (including smoking cessation, weight loss, and diabetes management education) to address 10 health risk factors. Through HealthTrack, employees have free access to more than 535 fitness centers system-wide and a 19,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness facility in the new Union Pacific Center in Omaha, Neb.
In field locations, Union Pacific integrates its health messages and programs into the business structure of its mechanical shops and transportation service units. Health screenings and health fairs are conducted during regular business meetings. A network of on-site regional health coordinators and occupational health nurses ensures that wellness activities are part of employees’ daily lives.
The recognition Union Pacific has received for its wellness initiatives includes:
- National Business Group on Health’s President’s Award for Healthy Lifestyle and Weight, 2005
- The Surgeon General’s recognition of Union Pacific’s Smoking Cessation Program in a press release regarding "The Health Consequences of Smoking," 2004
- Health and Human Services – Innovation in Prevention Award, 2003
- American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s Corporate Health Achievement Award, 2003
- Institute for Health and Productivity Management – Corporate Health and Productivity Management Award, 2001
- WELCOA Well Workplace Platinum Award, 2001
- WELCOA Well Workplace Gold Award, 1992, 1996, 1999
- C. Everett Koop National Health Award, 1994, 1997, 2001
- International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals’ Employer of the Year Award, 2000
Union Pacific is an industry leader in occupational ability and disability management. These programs are integrated throughout Union Pacific via a network of case management nurses, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and occupational physicians.
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all major West Coast ports and eastern gateways, and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America.
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