Ameritox joins Hero Health Hire to promote employment of disabled veterans

November 11, 2011

BALTIMORE, Md. – Nov. 11, 2011 – AmeritoxSM announced today that it has joined Hero Health Hire, a coalition of companies and other entities in the health care industry that are united with the goal of employing disabled veterans.  Launched in Washington, D.C., at an industry summit that included the U.S. Secretary of Labor, members of Congress, and representatives of a number of government agencies and the military, Hero Health Hire includes companies, associations, and hospitals from across the spectrum of health care that collectively employ thousands of employees.  Each has committed to working to help veterans find and retain jobs in health care.

“Ameritox is proud to be part of this important, united effort to help disabled veterans secure meaningful job opportunities,” said David Mack, vice president of human resources at Ameritox, the nation’s leader in Pain Medication Monitoring Solutions ®. “Veterans have a lot to offer Ameritox and other companies – they are dedicated workers, with unique backgrounds and skill sets.”

Each month, tens of thousands of “Wounded Warriors” – brave men and women in our military who have been injured or become ill during service – transition out of the military only to struggle as disabled veterans in the civilian workforce. For many, they may be interviewing for a job or writing a resume for the first time, unsure of how military skills and experiences might translate or what accommodations may be needed for transition to a civilian workplace.

The health care industry – including insurers, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers and hospital networks – is considered the fastest growing industry in our economy, requiring talented individuals to help meet multi-generational health care needs. The industry is also uniquely positioned to understand and support the needs of our nation’s Wounded Warriors.

Hero Health Hire unites the health care industry with government agencies and the military to understand and eliminate the barriers to employment facing Wounded Warriors, as well as developing ways to the support them in their transition.

Retired Maj. Gen. Elder Granger joins Hero Health Hire

The Hero Health Hire initiative also recently announced that retired Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, M.D., has been named honorary chairman of the initiative. Granger, currently co-founder and president of The 5Ps LLC, served the military for 37 years, most recently as deputy director of TRICARE Management Activity for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. In his role, Granger will provide valuable insights as partner companies establish their internal programs, serve as a liaison to the military community to help raise awareness about the program, and provide additional support as the program expands.

“I am honored to join the Hero Health Hire initiative and help our nation’s disabled veterans and all veterans find meaningful employment opportunities with America’s leading health care businesses,” said Granger. “Hero Health Hire comes at a critical time for our veterans, and I look forward to working with these businesses to recruit more disabled veterans and assist them in their transition.”

About Hero Health Hire:
Hero Health Hire, founded in 2011, is a coalition of health care industry organizations dedicated to helping disabled veterans obtain and maintain positions within the workforce that are well-suited to their skills, presenting professional, financial and personal stability for them and their families into the future. Participating organizations include Magellan Health Services, AGIS Network, AmeritoxSM, APS Healthcare, Apollo Health Street, BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana, CareCore National, Centene Corporation, Cigna, Express Scripts, Health Net, Horizon Healthcare of New Jersey Inc., Humana Military Healthcare Services, Independence Blue Cross, Logisticare, Loyola Recovery Foundation, Regence, TriWest Healthcare Alliance and ValueOptions. For more information about the initiative, including resources for disabled veterans and information on joining the Hero Health Hire program, visit www.HeroHealthHire.com.

About Ameritox:
Ameritox is the nation’s leader in Pain Medication Monitoring Solutions®, offering specialized laboratory testing and reporting services. Ameritox’s expertise and innovative science provide physicians with insights and support to enhance and optimize the care of chronic pain patients. Ameritox offers the most thorough pain medication monitoring lab process – Rx GuardianSMwith Rx Guardian CDSM, the only pain medication monitoring with a proprietary normalization algorithm and a reference database of pain patients clinically assessed for medication adherence. Patient results are compared against this database, helping physicians assess whether patients are taking their pain medications correctly. Monitoring through urine drug testing helps physicians make more informed clinical decisions and manage the risks and complexities associated with prescribing pain medications. Ameritox is headquartered in Baltimore, Md. with laboratory facilities in Midland, Texas and Greensboro, N.C. Ameritox can be found online at www.ameritox.com, on Twitter @Ameritox, or on Facebook at facebook.com/ameritox.

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