National Business Group on Health Honors 50 U.S. Employers with “Best Employers: Excellence in Health & Well-Being Awards”

Two Employers Named to Prestigious List for First Time

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Business Group on Health presented 50 employers with 2019 Best Employers:  Excellence in Health & Well-Being awards at its Workforce Strategy 2019 Conference in San Diego this week.

Now in its 15th year, the Best Employers:  Excellence in Health & Well-Being awards recognize employers with exceptional commitment to improving their employees’ overall well-being, productivity and quality of life. The awards program incorporates a wide range of well-being contributors including financial security,  mental and physical health, social connectedness and community involvement.

Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, commented: “We are pleased to recognize these 50 companies for their commitment to well-being as integral to their  workforce strategy. Companies worldwide are embracing a holistic, employee-centric approach to well-being to deploy the most engaged, productive and competitive workforce possible. Our annual awards program aims to shine a spotlight on the innovative and committed organizations leading the way.”

LuAnn Heinen, vice president, well-being & workforce strategy, National Business Group on Health commented: “It’s inspiring to see how companies have evolved their understanding and their investment in well-being over the last 15 years. Today’s winners reflect a perspective on work, life and health that resonates today. Kudos to our US and Global winners.”

Winners of the 2019 Best Employers: Excellence in Health & Well-Being awards include:

  • 19 Platinum: Organizations who have recognized a connection between workforce well-being and key business outcomes and implemented a strategy with demonstrated results across several dimensions of well-being;
  • 22 Gold: Organizations with a strong commitment to holistic well-being and related metrics;
  • 9 Silver: Organizations with emerging well-being strategies, often with a focus on physical health.    

The winners in each category are:


American Express
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Cleveland Clinic
CNO Financial Group, Inc.
CVS Health
Dell Technologies
Humana Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kaiser Permanente
Marriott International
Merck & Co., Inc.
Nemours Children’s Health System
Ohio Health
Texas Health Resources
The Hartford
UnitedHealth Group


Cerner Corporation
Compass Group North America
Delta Air Lines
Erie Insurance
Georgia Power Company
Goldman Sachs
Health Care Service Corporation
Nestlé in the U.S.
NextEra Energy, Inc.
Paychex, Inc.
PepsiCo, Inc.
Quest Diagnostics
Target Corporation


American Airlines
BNY Mellon
DaVita Inc.
Huntington National Bank
Kronos Incorporated*
University of Virginia*
*denotes first time winner

The National Business Group on Health also presented four Special Recognition awards to companies that have demonstrated exceptional engagement and impact within one area of well-being:

Community Involvement

Emotional Health
Cerner Corporation

Financial Security

Linking Health & Well-being to Business Performance

Global Distinction Awards

The Best Employers: Excellence in Health & Well-being Global Distinction program recognizes companies with established approaches to positively impacting the physical, psychological and emotional health, well-being and productivity of their global employees and their dependents. Global Distinction awards were presented to:

AECOM- Canada
Baker Hughes, a GE company- Nigeria
Dell- Ireland
Medtronic- Ireland
Nielsen - Spain
Unilever- Canada

About the National Business Group on Health®

The National Business Group on Health is the only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on health policy issues and optimizing workforce strategy through innovative health, benefits and well-being solutions. The Business Group keeps its membership on the leading edge of innovation, thinking and action to address health care cost and the delivery, financing, affordability and consumer experience with the health care system. Business Group members, many of whom have operations globally, include 73 Fortune 100 companies, and provide health coverage for more than 60 million workers, retirees and their families in over 200 countries. For more information, visit

Ed Emerman