Amerihealth New Jersey President and CEO Judith Roman Details the Importance of Employee Health

TAVISTOCK, NJ - June 10, 2009 - AmeriHealth New Jersey President and CEO Judith L. Roman on Wednesday evening told a Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group (GSPEG) networking reception that a three-headed health monster of obesity, smoking, and chronic disease not only threatens employers, but their own corporate bottom lines.

"There has never been a more compelling or crucial time for this message than right now," said Roman, whose topic was 'The Case for Wellness: Why Employee Health Matters to Your Bottom Line.' "My hope is that it helps employers take an active role in their employees' health."

Roman spoke to a group of senior executives who gathered at Tavistock Country Club in Tavistock, New Jersey, to learn ways to maintain and improve their bottom line. Investing in the human capital is important in a time when most companies are looking to cut costs while sustaining or expanding business. Unhealthy workers place a great burden on productivity and contribute to soaring health care costs.

According to the federal Department of Labor, health care spending rose 9 percent to $2.4 trillion in 2008. That was more than twice the consumer inflation rate of 3.8 percent. In addition, the Dartmouth Atlas reports that New Jersey has the highest spending in the nation at $59,379 per patient on chronically ill Medicare patients in the last sixth months of life.

"Clearly, this escalation cannot remain unabated," Roman said. "While the solution will need to comprise many component parts, lowering costs through improved wellness can - and should - be a vital part of that solution."

Roman was appointed president and CEO of AmeriHealth New Jersey in 2006, two years after joining the company as vice president of Provider Relations. Prior to joining AmeriHealth New Jersey, Roman held vice president positions at Flagship Healthcare Management and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in New York City and at Oxford Health Plans in New Jersey.

Roman serves as vice chair of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics New Jersey.

Media Contact

Jill Roman
Manager, Public Relations
AmeriHealth New Jersey
(609) 662-2454