By CBN on October 18, 2016 E-Headlines
In today’s healthcare environment, we don’t often hear about companies offering more benefits at less cost. But for employees of Redmond-based Hayden Homes, the cost of a skin cancer screening co-pay was one less health care expense they needed to absorb this year.
On September 28, Central Oregon employees of Hayden Homes received free skin cancer screenings along with paid leave during their workday to undergo the screening, which took place at Bend Dermatology. The event was so well-attended that Hayden Homes is partnering with Bend Dermatology to schedule a second employee screening.
“Given that 40 percent of our employees work outdoors year-round, it was an easy decision to offer skin cancer screenings as a critical first step toward early detection,” said Dennis Murphy, CEO of Hayden Homes. “We recognize that happy and healthy employees contribute to our long-term success.”
Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties all have significantly higher incidence rates of melanoma than the national average. What’s more, a recent study published in the clinical journal CUTIS revealed that employee skin cancer screening programs are an important and effective method for examining high numbers of people quickly and efficiently.
“The great news is that of the 40 plus Hayden Homes employees who were screened on September 28, not one received a skin cancer diagnosis,” Murphy added. “However, we feel strongly that annual screenings ensure our employees have the information they need to protect themselves and detect cancer early when it’s more treatable.”
Hayden Homes, the largest privately held homebuilder in the Northwest, has been building homes throughout the Northwest for nearly 30 years. The organization supports local communities by employing local contractors and vendors and contributing annually to philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build. In 2015, Hayden Homes contributed more than $2 million to charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 Non-Profit, First Story. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies – Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes – have built in over 300 communities and in 65 cities and towns throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho.