Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate sustained leadership in enhancing workplace health and well-being

WACONIA, MN (Oct. 26, 2020) — Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) announced today that Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, has been chosen as the recipient of the Bill Whitmer Leadership Award from HERO (the Health Enhancement Research Organization) for 2020.

The award, which recognizes sustained leadership in enhancing acceptance, effectiveness, and accountability in workplace health and well-being, is one of five awards given annually as part of the HERO Forum to honor dedication and commitment to the well-being industry, and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of individual leaders in the field. This year’s award was presented Sept. 24 during the virtual HERO Forum20.

“The events of 2020 have driven home the need for leaders who understand the value of well-designed and well-executed health and well-being initiatives. Dr. Hymel has worked tirelessly to advance the field, improve our understanding, and increase adoption of best practices and emerging practices in workplace health and well-being,” said Karen Moseley, President, HERO. “Dr. Hymel has demonstrated what is possible when workplace culture is intentionally designed to unite people for the good of all.”

Dr. Hymel has been with Disney for nearly 10 years, where she is responsible for developing global occupational health and wellness strategy, as well as managing domestic occupational medicine clinics and programs, guest first aid services and wellness programs. Dr. Hymel is one of the architects of Disney’s reopening approach for its theme parks and resorts, which includes enhanced health and safety measures, such as face coverings and physical distancing; increased cleaning and disinfecting across the parks; technology solutions such as mobile ordering and contactless payments to limit contact; cast member training and workplace safety protocols; and guest information and education so they can help do their part during their visit.

Dr. Hymel’s accreditations include a Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University Medical School, board certification in internal medicine and occupational medicine, and a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

“I am very fortunate to work with Disney’s incredible team of experienced health and safety experts, in addition to local health and government authorities, to help promote well-being for our guests and cast members as they return to the magic around the world,” said Hymel. “I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from HERO, and to stand alongside such an inspiring and distinguished group of award winners for 2020.”