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Genesis HealthCare receives Viverae’s 2012 Vanguard Award for developing a healthier workplace culture

For Immediate Release
February 11, 2013

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Genesis HealthCare receives Viverae’s 2012 Vanguard Award for developing a healthier workplace culture

Dallas, February 11, 2013
– Viverae presented Genesis HealthCare with the 2012 Vanguard Award for developing an exemplary culture of health within its workforce.

Awarded annually since 2009, the Viverae Vanguard Award honors an organization that has successfully implemented Viverae’s best practice guidelines in developing their health management strategy.

Genesis' Living Well program succeeded by rewarding enrolled employees with a health plan premium differential credit. Viverae’s best practices show that premium reductions are consistently the most effective incentive when it comes to getting employees to join the program. Genesis HealthCare went above and beyond the program’s framework by designating Wellness Champions; a group of employees who helped their co-workers achieve their goals, while acting as health advocates on behalf of the workforce.

Karen Halsted, Genesis’ Vice President of Corporate Human Resources, accepted the award from Michael Nadeau, Viverae’s CEO. During the ceremony, Nadeau said, “Genesis HealthCare’s population is an example of notable success across Viverae’s entire product platform. They have embraced performance-based, total-population health management, and their employees have seen the results.” He added, “this makes me extremely proud. It’s why we do this. This is why we get up in the morning.”

"Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and many Genesis locations hold regular activities in support of the Living Well program," Halsted said. "Employees who are striving to adopt a healthier lifestyle and save on medical premiums receive encouragement and support from Viverae health coaches, their management team and fellow co-workers. As a result, we are finding that our Living Well program helps employees improve their health and creates camaraderie and fun in the work place, which translates into happier and more productive employees."

To learn more about Viverae’s best practices and to develop a healthy workplace culture at your organization, contact us at 214-827-4400 or visit


About Genesis HealthCare
Genesis HealthCare is one of the nation's largest skilled nursing care providers with more than 400 skilled nursing centers and assisted living residences in 28 states nationwide. Genesis also supplies rehabilitation therapy to over 1,500 healthcare providers in 46 states. Visit our website at

About Viverae
Founded in 2003, Viverae (viv-AIR-a) is a national leader in health management solutions. Dallas-based Viverae provides partners a platform to tie health behaviors to health insurance premiums, and support members with the tools and resources needed to create a healthy lifestyle. Designed to manage client programs from beginning to end, Viverae’s solutions are a unique combination of comprehensive health assessments, employee incentives, creative engagement strategies and proprietary software. To learn more, visit