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Workplace Wellness Programs
February 8, 2006. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

Strengthening your wellness programs

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    With the aging population and the challenge of recruiting and retaining qualified employees, it is very important that we facilitate the employees we do have in getting and staying healthy. The workplace is the place to influence this action as this reinforces the company as caring for their human resources as well as building employee loyalty and the company's image as an employer of choice. Wellness offerings can no longer be seen as a good thing to do for the employees but as a strategic business investment with ways to document return on investment. Join us as we present the new frontier of Health and Productivity Management as the new tool to control our health care crisis.

    Speakers will provide a different view of the topic and discuss such areas as:
    • The financial impact of low health literacy 
    • How it leads to increased utilization and therefore increasing cost of health care

    Dr. Bruce Hochstadt, National Health Management Practice Leader for Buck Consultants and Samira Kaderali, Senior Consultant and National Practice Leader, Health & Welfare, Canada, will discuss population-specific, targeted health management strategies, including wellness / health promotion and care management. They will review analytical tools to identify group-specific illness burdens, health behavior and lifestyle risks, and clinical gaps in care. Based on such findings, appropriate programs and interventions can be implemented to address identified population deficiencies, improve clinical outcomes, and generate health benefit savings in the United States and Canada. 

    • Dr. Pamella Thomas, Director Wellness and Health Promotion, Lockheed Martin Learn More
    • Dr. Bruce Hochstadt, National Health Management Practice Leader for Buck Consultants 
    • Samira Kaderali, Senior Consultant and National Practice Leader, Health & Welfare, Canada Learn More



    CHROs/VPs/Directors/Heads/Managers of:

    Human Resources, Insurance,
    Health Plans
    and Corporate Wellness

    Any other personal involved with Worplace Health and Saftey



    Buck Consultants, an ACS Company, is a global provider of human resource consulting services that enable our clients to benefit from time and cost savings, access leading-edge technology, mitigate risk, and share the knowledge of subject matter experts. We support our clients’ non-core business functions, so that they can focus on their core businesses. In Canada, we are known in the marketplace as ACS HR Solutions. Combined with our parent, ACS, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, we deliver comprehensive solutions to meet our clients’ business needs.



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    Dr. Pamella Thomas is the director of Wellness and Health Promotion at Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems Company. She has held this position since June 2002 after being medical director from March 1989 providing administrative oversight for medical services to over 7,000 employees located in five southeastern states. In June 2002, her duties were expanded to include health and productivity management as well as disease prevention for over 28,000 employees mainly located in Georgia, Texas and California.

    Dr. Thomas is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Public Health, Emory University since 1992. She served as the chair of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program Advisory Board from 1995 — 2001. She is a preceptor for on-site resident practicum and has trained residents from a number of US Occupational Medicine Programs.

    She has developed a broad-based preventive medicine and wellness program for the employees, retirees and dependents of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, which incorporates a number of community resources. She is also very active in community wellness and prevention efforts from health fairs to serving on the boards of directors of organizations that provide community services, as well as fund raising for the programs. The community represents future employees and dependents. Her efforts were recognized in 2002 by the Institute of Health and Productivity Management, who awarded her and Lockheed Martin the award for Corporate Health and Productivity Management Innovation and Leadership.She is co chair of the executive committee for Healthy Dekalb and on the Governors steering committee of Live Healthy Georgia.

    She is a Certified Physician Executive, a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine,
    a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Managed Care Medicine.

    Bruce A. Hochstadt, M.D.
    Principal, Health and Welfare and National Health Management Practice Leader

    Bruce Hochstadt, M.D., is a Chicago-based Principal and National Health Management Practice Leader of the Health & Welfare Practice of Buck Consultants.

    At Buck Consultants, Dr. Hochstadt has focused on developing and implementing health management strategies for major employers, ranging from analytics that identify group-specific illness burdens, to solutions that correct gaps in care. He and the Health Management Practice at Buck have developed methodologies to help clients objectively evaluate program impact and care management vendor performance using metrics that measure improved clinical outcomes, health benefit cost savings, and program ROI.

    Dr. Hochstadt has spent the last 15 years serving in senior executive roles within the healthcare and financial services industries. He joined Buck Consultants in February 2004 from EJ Financial Enterprises, Inc., a healthcare venture capital and investment advisory firm located in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he was the Director of Private Equity Investments. Prior to EJ Financial, he was with Thomas Weisel Partners in San Francisco, where he was a Principal and senior healthcare equity research analyst.

    He focused on medical management as a Vice President at UtiliMed, Inc., a privately-held health information and utilization management vendor in Northbrook, Illinois, and as a Medical Director at Aetna in Hartford, Connecticut, having founded and then managed its medical underwriting department for six years with responsibility for all group-sponsored health, disability, long-term care (retiree), stop loss and life insurance products.

    Dr. Hochstadt is a member of the CITL (Center for Information Technology Leadership) Advisory Board, chartered by Partners HealthCare System in Boston. CITL is a research organization that helps the healthcare community make more informed IT decisions by examining major issues facing the industry through reports and symposia.

    Education & Achievements

    B.A. in Biochemistry from Harvard University
    M.D. from Boston University
    M.B.A. in Healthcare Management from The Wharton School

    Samira Kaderali, M.P.H.
    Senior Consultant and National Practice Leader, Health & Welfare, Canada

    Samira Kaderali, M.P.H., is a Toronto-based Senior Consultant and is the National Practice Leader in the Health & Welfare Practice of ACS HR Solutions in Canada.

    Samira is currently responsible for the National Health & Welfare Practice in Canada.

    She has managed large employee research-based projects where the project outcomes were focused on increasing employee engagement by approximately 10-15% without increasing current investment in rewards programs.

    Samira has worked extensively on Total Rewards Optimization projects, including employee and leadership research in order to assist clients with maximizing organizational investment in employee rewards programs and employee engagement.

    Samira has been involved with and has managed several strategic benefit harmonization, design, marketing and implementations projects in post-merger situations.

    She has conducted disability audits for clients, including internal policy and process reviews, LTD vendor claim audits, vendor marketing, program design and process mapping to assist clients with managing increasing disability incidence and related costs. Clients that have implemented the recommended solutions have been able to reduce disability incidence.


    Masters of Public Health, Health Policy and Administration, Yale University
    Bachelor of Science, Psychology, McMaster University


    Co-Authored "Measuring and Analyzing Total Rewards" with Alnasir Samji (Towers Perrin HR Services) and Michael Tindall (Excellerate HRO), 2005.

    Authored "Benefits Alignment" in Making Mergers Work - The Strategic Importance of People, edited by Jeff A. Schmidt (2002); A Towers Perrin/SHRM Foundation Publication.

    Speaking Engagements

    TPN Session on Workforce Planning (March 2005)

    EAPAT Seminar on Demonstrating EAP Value Today and Beyond (October 2004)

    FGI Roundtable Discussion on Depression in the Workplace (May 2004)

    TPN Session on Total Rewards Optimization (August 2003)

    TPN Session on Organizational Health (November 2002)



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