Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) and the UCLA Health System have entered into
an agreement to make the UCLA Health System an approved provider of the
Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease™ in southern
California. The program helps individuals improve what they eat, how
they respond to stress, how much activity they engage in, and how much
support they receive as part of a program designed to prevent, treat and
reverse heart disease by effecting lifestyle changes.
"UCLA is pleased to be able to offer the Ornish program, and we are
working towards developing our first site for the program," said Dr.
David T. Feinberg, president, UCLA Health System, and chief executive
officer, UCLA Hospital System.
Healthways will design staff and participant curricula, build the
program's online presence, and train all staff, while the UCLA Health
System will provide the staff, facilities and billing. Services will be
delivered at the Westwood campus that will be designed specifically to
optimize the patient experience.
In July of last year, Healthways announced that it had entered into an
exclusive partnership with Dr. Ornish to operate and license his
lifestyle management programs. The Ornish programs have been proven
effective in treating and reversing the impact of coronary artery
disease, Type 2 diabetes and early-stage prostate cancer, chronic
diseases that drive disproportionate medical costs and health-related
lost productivity in businesses and communities throughout the country.
The goals of the program are consistent with new trends in so-called
value based reimbursement systems that provide incentives for improving
patients' underlying health in a potentially more cost-effective manner.
"Healthways is proud to partner with both Dr. Ornish and leading
organizations such as UCLA Health Systems to rapidly expand
accessibility to this truly life-changing program," said Ben R. Leedle,
Jr., president and chief executive officer of Healthways.
About Dean Ornish, M.D.
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit
Preventive Medicine Research Institute an Clinical Professor of
Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish
received his M.D. from the Baylor College of Medicine, was a clinical
fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and completed an
internship and residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts
General Hospital. He earned a B.A. in Humanities summa cum laude
from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate
Dr. Ornish was appointed by President Obama to the White House Advisory
Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health
in 2010 and by President Clinton to the White House Commission on
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy in 2000. He chaired the
Google Health Advisory Council 2007-9.
The Ornish diet was rated #1 for heart health by U.S. News & World
Report in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
For over 36 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research
demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes
may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs
or surgery. He directed the first randomized controlled trial
demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse
the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research
showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression,
"turning on" disease-preventing genes and "turning off" genes that
promote cancer and heart disease, as well as the first study showing
that these lifestyle changes reverse aging by lengthening telomeres, the
ends of our chromosomes which control aging. He is the author of six
books, all national bestsellers, including: Dr. Dean Ornish's Program
for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love &
Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.
He has received numerous awards, including the University of California,
Berkeley, "National Public Health Hero" award; the Outstanding Young
Alumnus Award from the University of Texas, Austin (1994); the Jan J.
Kellermann Memorial Award for distinguished contribution in the field of
cardiovascular disease prevention from the International Academy of
Cardiology; a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological
Association; the Beckmann Medal from the German Society for Prevention
and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases; and the Bravewell
Collaborative Pioneer of Integrative Medicine award. He gave a keynote
speech reviewing the science of integrative medicine at the Institute of
Medicine's first Summit on Integrative Medicine at the National Academy
Dr. Ornish was honored as "one of the 125 most extraordinary University
of Texas alumni in the past 125 years"; chosen by LIFE magazine
as "one of the fifty most influential members of his generation";
recognized as "one of the most interesting people of 1996" by People
magazine; and described in Forbes magazine as "one of the seven
most powerful teachers in the world."
Healthways is the largest independent global provider of well-being
improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one
person at a time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to
produce and measure positive change in well-being for our customers,
which include employers, integrated health systems, hospitals,
physicians, health plans, communities and government entities. We
provide highly specific and personalized support for each individual and
their team of experts to optimize each participant's health and
productivity and to reduce health-related costs. Results are achieved by
addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of everyone in a
given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary technology
infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years and now
serve approximately 45 million people on four continents. Learn more at www.healthways.com.
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