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Maricopa Integrated Health System Receives OSHA Voluntary Protection Program "STAR Site" Designation

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Jul 24, 2013) - Maricopa Integrated Health System is proud to announce that it has received the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR designation by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department. The VPP "STAR Site" designation recognizes the exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management culture of employee safety which exists throughout Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), the public health care system serving Maricopa County and the State of Arizona.

OSHA STAR Status places MIHS among only 14 hospitals nationwide that currently hold this designation. MIHS is also the first hospital in the State of Arizona to achieve this prestigious honor. MIHS President & CEO, Betsey Bayless, accepted the award on behalf of all MIHS employees in a special award ceremony on June 27th with members of Maricopa Medical Center staff present. Also, during the ceremony, employees joined around the flag pole in front of the hospital for the official STAR Status flag raising ceremony

VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) highest program of recognition across all United States OSHA organizations. It recognizes employers and workers in private and federal workplaces who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems.

"We carefully inspected the facilities of Maricopa Integrated Health System and found a safety culture communicating safety as a top priority on a daily basis and best practices were utilized throughout the campus," said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. "Their team should be proud of the advances they have made in order to ensure a safe working environment."

To qualify for VPP status, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants and sites earning the "STAR Site" designation are re-evaluated every three to five years in order to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.

About Maricopa Integrated Health System
Maricopa Integrated Health System is headquartered in the heart of Phoenix and is the public health care system serving Maricopa County and the State of Arizona. The cornerstone of MIHS is Maricopa Medical Center (MMC), a major teaching hospital with a history dating back more than 100 years. Best known for its critical care services, Maricopa Medical Center is the only hospital in Arizona with Adult and Pediatric trauma centers verified by the American College of Surgeons. MIHS is also home to the Arizona Burn Center, one of the largest Burn Centers in the United States, as well as the Arizona Children's Center, an attendant care program and two in-patients psychiatric care centers. MIHS also operates eleven Family Health Centers across Maricopa County and is one of the Valley's foremost employers with 4,500 employees.

About ADOSH Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) operates under an approved plan with the U.S. Department of Labor to retain jurisdiction over occupational safety and health issues within Arizona, excluding mining operations, Indian Reservations, and federal employees. This jurisdiction encompasses approximately 2.1 million employees and 130,000 public and private establishments. For more information on ADOSH, Consultation Partnership Programs and the Industrial Commission of Arizona, please visit http://www.ica.state.az.us/ or call (602) 542-5795.