Even at the highest end, healthcare can be frustrating. But executive health programs have emerged as a solution—here are 10 of the best programs around the country.

Illustrations By Joel Kimmel

01. Cleveland Clinic Executive Health

A key reason to choose the Cleveland Clinic’s program is the relatively long-term executive health experience of its doctors. This means that beyond being experts in their fields at a top national medical center, the clinic’s doctors also understand “the stresses and pressures that executives face every day,” notes Dr. Richard Lang, department chair of preventative medicine and a staff physician in executive health. A central focus of the program is creating a space where executives, especially men, feel comfortable talking about their health and lifestyle.

Contact: 866.320.4573, my.clevelandclinic.org/wellness/executive-health

02. COOPER AEROBICS, HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Cooper’s unique approach is its complete focus on prevention. “It is all we do,” says Dr. Tyler Cooper, CEO. Cooper has a long history of wellness and preventative services (it was founded in 1970 by Tyler Cooper’s father), and claims to be “the first organization to prove the benefit of exercise.” The center’s 30-acre Dallas campus caters to busy executives seeking a one-day preventative screening, as well as individuals who want to focus on improving overall fitness, diet and health habits through a stay at the center’s hotel. Clients at Cooper Aerobics are said to be “getting Cooperized, which is the simple process of getting healthy,” says Cooper.

Contact: 972.560.2667, cooperaerobics.com

03. Duke Executive Health

As with many of the best executive health programs, Duke’s program benefits from access to the resources of one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. The Durham, N.C., program features the standard battery of health screenings, as well as regular follow-ups throughout the year to ensure ongoing health and wellness. The core of the program is a team approach: Patients receive services not just from physicians, but also from an entire group of medical professionals, including dieticians and physiologists.

Contact: 919.660.6606, dukeexechealth.org

04. Johns Hopkins Executive & Preventative Health

The Johns Hopkins program is comprised of a team of doctors (including Dr. Bimal Asher, director) specializing in preventative care and patient-doctor communication, among other areas. One-day consultations include everything from an EKG and comprehensive blood testing to eye, ear and dermatology screening and nutritional counseling. A host of optional tests are available as well, including a colonoscopy, exercise stress test and body-fat analysis. The biggest advantage of the program? Access to Johns Hopkins University’s world-renowned, Baltimore, Md., medical center.

Contact: jhehp@jhmi.edu, 410.955.9819, hopkinsmedicine.org/executive_health

05. Mayo Clinic Executive Health

“Our program is built around prevention and wellness and healthy lifestyles,” says Dr. Kurt Carlson of the Rochester, Minn.-based center (Mayo also has programs in Florida and Arizona). All new patients are put through a series of exams, particularly a cardiovascular screening. The focus is on finding and preventing common ailments first. “Stress management can be a key concern for executives,” Carlson says. “We don’t have a package. Our goal when patients call in is, if they have a unique problem, we reach out to our resources everywhere in the clinic.”

Contact: executivehealth@mayo.edu, 507.284.2288, mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/executive-health-program

06. MDVIP

MDVIP is a network of more than 700 doctors around the country, which often results in travel savings for patients. The network also means that as patients travel, they are able to access personalized medical services almost anywhere in the country. Patients are “paired with a doctor who is local to you, and who can typically offer same-day, extended appointments,” chairman and CEO Bret Jorgensen says. As proof of the quality of care, Jorgensen points out that MDVIP has a 94 percent retention rate and a readmission rate (the rate at which patients must return to a hospital after an illness) of just 1 percent.

Contact: 855.530.2885, mdvip.com

07. Mount Sinai Hospital Executive Health

The Mount Sinai program in New York connects its clients with the most experienced medical professionals from one of the nation’s top hospitals. “We only allow senior-level physicians to participate,” says Sarah Pesce, director of business development. “The patient leaves at the end of the day with real peace of mind.” Because of Mount Sinai’s size, clients have access to imaging equipment, tests and specialists on a same-day basis. Unlike some executive health programs, which encourage an à la carte approach, Mount Sinai bases its treatment on a set program designed around screening for preventable illnesses including heart, pulmonary, ophthalmic and dermatologic evaluations.

Contact: 212.241.8000, mountsinai.org/patient-care/executive-health-program

08. New York University Tisch Center for Men’s Health

The mantra at NYU’s Tisch Center for Men’s Health is “competency and compassion” in medical care, says Dr. Steven Lamm, medical director of the New York facility which, as the name implies, focuses on men’s health. The new center boasts innovative technology such as palm-print scanners to access patients’ medical records, “yet there’s really a sense that you are in an academic setting” and have the support of an institution, notes Lamm. The intent is to “care for men in health and in illness,” he says, adding that the conventional executive health exam is “almost useless” without follow-up. Instead, the Tisch Center treats screening “as a springboard for ongoing care.”

Contact: 646.754.2000, med.nyu.edu/menshealth

09. Northwestern Executive Health

Northwestern University’s executive health program in Chicago offers a standard executive physical as well as 24/7 concierge medical care. Services include guaranteed same-day or next-business-day appointments, an annual executive physical, multiple annual wellness checkups, email and phone consults, and expedited specialist care through the university’s medical center—all tailored to fit the schedule and lifestyle of a busy executive.

Contact: 312.926.1300, northwesternexecutivehealth.com

10. Penn Personalized Care

The University of Pennsylvania’s executive health program is modeled on concierge services. The Philadelphia center includes 24-hour phone support, personalized care programs for each patient and a battery of doctors available to patients for basic health screenings or emergencies. “I have all of the resources of the Penn health service almost at a snap of the fingers,” says Dr. Gary Dorshimer. One of the head physicians of the program, Dorshimer has burnished his credentials as head physician for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team and internist for the Philadelphia Eagles football team.

Contact: 610.731.1429, pennmedicine.org/personalized-care