San Francisco

Healthcare CEO Peer Group

2nd Wednesday of the month  |  8:30 – 11:30 am  |  San Francisco, CA


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Opening Discussion Topic:

COPING with COVID and Help for Your Employees to Eat Better at Home

With “sheltering at home” becoming the new normal, the way we work, cope and eat, for many, will become synchronized activities. During our Groups’ Discussion we’ll look to hear how:

  • you’re coping with this new normal
  • how your staff is – especially those with kids
  • and what changes you’ve already made to your workflow that you think might be keepers for the longer term.

Particularly with many “work spaces” located in (or near) employees’ kitchens, in these stressful times it might be easy to mindlessly (and frequently) “commute” to the refrigerator.

A number of years ago an ABL Member with hundreds of “at home” transcriptionists lamented that bariatric surgery was a separate line item on their P&L – that exceeded their profits! To assist employers in helping their employees make healthier “food decisions” 200 times a day, Castlight Health’s nutrition partner, Zipongo, makes it easier for employees to eat well. Particularly since multiple studies have shown, food is four times more effective than exercise for weight loss, and demonstrated that diet is the leading factor in managing, treating, and even reversing chronic diseases like diabetes, pre-diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity/ overweight and more. Our Featured Guest Speaker, Dexter Shurney, MD, President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and CMO/SVP of Zipongo, will discuss the “Food Benefits Management” category created to tackle chronic disease, and Zipongo’s personalized nutrition solution that helps employees take the guesswork out of healthy eating. From a business perspective, Dexter will also share what’s attracted 13 investors, in 7 rounds, over the past 10 years, to invest $46 million in Zipongo.

RSVP today. And please alert us to any Hot COVID News and WFH issues we should be sure to share and/or discuss in our Zoom Table.

Dexter Shurmey, MD, is the President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and CMO and SVP of Clinical Affairs for Zipongo. He was also the CMD of the Employee Health Plan for Vanderbilt University, CMO/VP for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Editor of the Journal Managed Care of Physicians. He was also the most recent Chair of the Business Strategies Committee for the CDC/National Diabetes Education Program, and the co-author of Integrating Wellness into Your Disease Management Programs.

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Benefits of ABL

Members are able to stay abreast of industry trends that affect their business and keep ahead of the curve in their rapidly changing industry.  Connections made within the Round Tables – and throughout the  ABL Organization – further accelerate business growth, Members experience full value and a solid return on their investment of time and fees when attending Round Tables on a regular basis. .

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