Disney HERO: Chief Medical Officer Awarded for Pandemic Protocol

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Not all heroes wear capes…some of them work at Disney Parks! One Disney Parks executive is being recognized with a HERO award after all of the work she has done amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) announced today that Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, is being recognized with the Bill Whitmer Leadership Award. Dr. Hymel has been with Disney for over a decade and was a leader in the reopening approach for all of the Disney Parks worldwide after each was shuttered due to the pandemic.

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Below is the official announcement from Disney Parks, Experiences and Products:

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products’ Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel was recently honored with the Bill Whitmer Leadership Award from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), which recognizes sustained leadership in workplace health and well-being. For nearly a decade as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hymel has guided the segment’s global occupational health and wellness strategy, and most recently, Dr. Hymel helped lead the development and implementation of enhanced health and safety measures across our parks and resortsin response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“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 Dr. Hymel in the press release. “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.”

HERO President Karen Mosely shared some more context surrounding the decision to award Dr. Hymel with this prestigious honor.

“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 Mosely. “Dr. Hymel has demonstrated what is possible when workplace culture is intentionally designed to unite people for the good of all.”

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Click here to read Dr. Hymel’s statement on Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort theme park operations amid COVID-19. To read Dr. Hymel’s response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s approach to reopening theme parks, click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Hymel for receiving the HERO Bill Whitmer Leadership Award! 

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