San Diego Business Journal Names ASH One of the Best Places to Work in San Diego

SAN DIEGO   (June 04, 2009)  –  American Specialty Health (ASH), a leading health and wellness organization, has been named one of the best places to work in San Diego for the second time by the San Diego Business Journal .

In its 10th annual "Best Places to Work in San Diego" survey, ASH was named among the five best companies to work for in the large company category. ASH was specifically recognized for its commitment to employee recognition, communication, and "walking the talk" of a health and wellness company.

In addition to traditional medical, dental, and vision benefits, ASH employees receive complementary health care benefits, including coverage for chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and other therapies. Employees can also take advantage of the Healthyroads Coachingr Program for Weight Management, Tobacco Cessation, and Healthy Living.

In addition, ASH offers a variety of programs including Healthyroads Incentives (employees are rewarded with gift cards for engaging in healthy habits), healthy vending machines, step challenges, holiday weight maintenance challenge, and onsite education classes. ASH also offers employees access to an onsite fitness center and discounts to local gyms.

"American Specialty Health would not be as successful as it is today without the unwavering dedication and support from our employees," said George DeVries, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of ASH. "It only makes sense to build a culture of health at ASH where our employees can be rewarded and recognized for doing great work and improving their health in the process." 

Now in its 10th year, the 2009 "Best Places to Work in San Diego" survey was sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal, Kaiser Permanente, ESET, Moss Adams LLP, and Alvarado Hospital. The awards were presented on May 20 at a reception at the Doubletree Hotel San Diego-Mission Valley.

Conducted by Best Companies Group, the award process began early in the year with a panel of independent judges assessing each company in areas including overall corporate culture, employee benefits, health promotions, community service, diversity record, and communication between management and employees. In addition, Best Companies Group surveyed a portion of the participating company's employees. Results from this survey made up a large portion of the participating companies' overall scores.

About American Specialty Health

American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) provides population health management programs including wellness and prevention, fitness and exercise, and specialty network management services to health plans, insurance carriers, employer groups, and trust funds. Based in San Diego, ASH has more than 700 employees and covers over 15 million members.

Healthyroads, Inc. is the wellness and prevention management services subsidiary of ASH. Healthyroads offers a wide range of wellness solutions- including award-winning telephone-based coaching programs for weight management, tobacco cessation, and healthy living, and products and resources through its integrated Web site,

For more information about Healthyroads and other ASH health and wellness programs, visit or call 800.848.3555.

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