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CORPORATE HEALTH CARE 'REPORT CARD' INTRODUCED BY SMITHKLINE BEECHAM CLINICAL LABORATORIES

 COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories (SBLC) today announced a new employee health service called "Balanced Health" that provides businesses with a corporate health "report card" and individuals with confidential health evaluations.
 Developed by SBLC and Employee Health Programs, Inc., of Bethesda, Md., a provider of health services and wellness programs, Balanced Health is the first national program to combine employee health risk appraisals with preventative laboratory screening tests and provide a corporate assessment of a work force's potential health and safety risks.
 W. Vickery Stoughton, SBCL president, in announcing the program, said that the use of employee health-risk appraisals, blood testing to screen for clinical risk-factors, and a program of targeted wellness activities "helps both large and small companies reduce their overall healthcare costs and enhance the health of their employees."
 "Balanced Health takes employee wellness to the next level," Stoughton said. "It arms employees with the laboratory testing information and resources they need to reduce risks to personal health and safety and, at the same time, it enables the employer to continually monitor the health of its work force -- and take necessary steps to improve it."
 The Balanced Health program is a dual approach. A confidential health evaluation is sent to the employee at home after the appraisal and blood testing, which identifies potential risks. Summary reports are sent periodically to corporate healthcare decision makers to evaluate groups of employees and thus provide the company with a "Corporate Health Report Card."
 Dr. Ian Macdonald, president of Employee Health Programs, Inc. and a former acting assistant secretary for health in the Reagan administration, said "balanced health offers an advanced program in preventative health services."
 "Preventative health is now widely recognized as one of the best ways to control employee health costs," he said,
 SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories is a unit of SmithKline Beecham (NYSE: SBH). SmithKline Beecham, one of the world's largest leading healthcare companies, discovers, develops, manufactures and markets human and animal pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medicines, as well as clinical laboratory testing services.
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 /CONTACT: Tobey Dichter of SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, 215-454-6201, or at home: 215-922-1633/
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