Newsroom | 26 August 2015

Cigna Recognizes Richland County Government, South Carolina for Commitment to Employee Health and Wellness


Jill Holliday, 860-226-2094
Richland County Government
Beverly Harris, 803-576-2065

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., August 26, 2015 - Cigna has selected Richland County Government, South Carolina, as a winner of the annual Cigna Well-Being Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and wellness of its employees through a workplace wellness program. Richland County's Human Resource Department developed a five-year health and wellness strategic plan. The Cigna MotivateMe program identifies and tracks key metrics and analyzes and pinpoints trends to help improve employee health care. Employees who participate in the program receive a $600 premium reduction for the year and it's tracked through Cigna's MotivateMe program.

"Cigna is honored to recognize Richland County's leadership in driving affordability and personalization for their employees. Cigna has always been a leader in health improvement in the workplace and we are committed to recognizing programs such as Richland's," said Charlie Pitts, General Manager for Cigna.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. employers lose more than $225 billion each year in productivity due to employee health problems. Cigna created the Well-Being Award to recognize employer clients that have a positive impact on the health and well-being of their workforce.

"The health and wellness of Richland County employees and retirees has been one of our top priorities for many years," said Dwight Hanna, Richland County Human Resources Director. "We're extremely honored to be selected as a winner of the Cigna Well-Being Award."

Hanna said the combination of Cigna's technology platform and first-class professionals assigned to work with the County has resulted in numerous benefits. Cigna helped Richland County automate its wellness program, eliminating the reliance on paper records. Additionally, various wellness incentive options have helped many employees and retirees achieve healthy lifestyle goals.

"Cigna has been an awesome partner for Richland County," Hanna said.

Applicants for the award are evaluated based on the core components of their wellness program, including the goals, implementation, incentives, leadership engagement and employee participation. All applications are reviewed and judged by an internal review committee from Cigna.

About Richland County

From its agrarian roots to its establishment as the legislative hub of South Carolina, Richland County today boasts a vibrant military community at Fort Jackson, several acclaimed educational institutions, award-winning hospital systems, the South Carolina State Museum, a cutting-edge urban scene in downtown Columbia and a plethora of recreational activities, all nestled between its many rivers and lakes.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 88 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit