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NYAM Recognizes Four New York City Employers as "Age Smart"

New York, NY (February 7, 2014) – The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) announces the winners of its first annual Age-Smart Employer Awards, which honor New York City employers who value workers of all ages. Winners were judged on their organization’s commitment to leverage older workers’ talent while meeting the goals of both the business and its employees. The Age-Smart Employer Awards initiative is led by NYAM and Age-Friendly NYC, and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Winners include Montefiore Medical Center, Pfizer Inc., Renewal Care Partners, and Ristorante Settepani & Settepani Bakery.

“Americans are working longer and expect to make significant workplace contributions as they work beyond conventional retirement age,” says Kathleen Christensen, Working Longer Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “The innovative talent-management practices of the Age-Smart Award winners provide effective models for recruitment and retention of this experienced and engaged workforce.”

“We’re thrilled to have such a compelling group of winners for our first Age-Smart Employer Awards,” says Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, President at NYAM. “For the first time in history, the number of older workers is growing faster than the number of younger people in the workforce. These employers have demonstrated their organization’s commitment to embracing and leveraging the unique talents of a multigenerational workforce.”

Winners were chosen by a third-party selection committee. The selection committee included leaders from both private and public companies such as: Google; Omnicom; City University of New York; Global Coalition on Aging; Greater New York Hospital Association; Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University; NYS Association of Occupational Medicine; Proskauer Rose LLP; FEGS Health & Human Services System; and Future Work Institute.  

“This award recognizes a fundamental part of Montefiore's culture – that each employee, young or old, new or experienced, can make a meaningful contribution to our health system and to providing the best care to our patients and their communities. This is truly an honor,” says Alfredo Cabrera, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Montefiore.

“We are honored that Pfizer has been recognized as an Age-Smart Employer,” said Dr. Jack Watters, Vice President for External Medical Affairs at Pfizer. “We are passionate about supporting the health and wellness of individuals of all ages around the world, patients and caregivers alike. We also have a responsibility to address the needs of the world’s aging population through programs for our employees, as well as broader initiatives such as Get Old, which we developed to support society’s dialogue on aging and living well.”

“My colleagues and I are thrilled that Renewal Care Partners has won an Age-Smart Employer Award,” says Patrick O’Brien, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Renewal Care Partners. “Collaboration across generations advances our mission of bringing renewed well-being and freedom to people giving and receiving long-term care. So our commitment to hiring, developing, and inspiring employees of all ages runs deep. We’re grateful to the Age-Smart Employer Awards Selection Committee for recognizing this commitment and honored to be among the other award recipients.”

"Age-smart hiring is the engine behind a healthy community. Our community and business are sustained by the power of knowledge and the wisdom of age," says Leah Abraham and Antonio Settepani, owners of Ristorante Settepani & Settepani Bakery.

Winners were chosen from an open call for applications. Employers of all types and sizes were eligible to apply. Applicants did not have to be headquartered in NYC, but must have a workforce presence in New York City that has been in operation for at least a year.

Learn more about the winners and view the inspiring videos about their age-smart practices here.

View more photos from the event here.

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Posted on February 7, 2014

Gina Ravosa
Director of Marketing & Communications
The New York Academy of Medicine
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New York, NY 10029
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