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11/1/2012

The same attributes that drive Apache’s progress in operations are bringing new ideas to the company’s wellness and outreach programs.

Maggie's Centre in Aberdeen
An artist’s rendering depicts a proposed Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen.


In the North Sea Region, an employee-driven program to use market prices on offshore platforms to encourage employees to quit smoking is paying dividends for a planned cancer caring center in Aberdeen.
The initiative in Scotland is just one element of Apache’s support for medical research and health care institutions around the globe.

Ed Smith, one of the North Sea Region’s offshore installation managers, first highlighted in 2010 that workers on the Forties platforms could buy cigarettes at significantly reduced duty-free prices because of the platforms’ distance from shore. He concluded this was not consistent with the region’s wellness program.
Although the initial proposal to eliminate tobacco sales on the platforms was not fully embraced during discussions with the workforce, an alternative emerged: raise the rate to the onshore Aberdeen prices and funnel the full difference to cancer-related local charities.

In 2010, nearly $200,000 (£120,000) of incremental revenues from nine months of tobacco sales was divided between Cranes – a local cancer research organization – and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, which is developing a center in Aberdeen as part of a network across the UK. The region also contributed $100,000 (£60,000) from its corporate outreach allocation.

The price increase is having the intended effect: In the first three months, sales volumes declined 12 percent. In 2011, the charity-directed “profits” were 25 percent below the 2010 level on an annual basis, and the region contribution was increased by a similar amount.

With the excess proceeds from offshore tobacco sales and Apache’s corporate contributions now totaling about $500,000 (£320,000), Apache has emerged as the leading contributor to the campaign to build a Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen. A foundation established by Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie is leading the $5 million (£3 million) campaign.

The communications committee representing Mobil North Sea Limited employees who joined Apache at year-end 2011 have voiced their support for the program, which means the proceeds from tobacco sales on the Beryl Field platforms will be funneled to a cancer charity program as well.

“I wholeheartedly agree that the ideal case would be zero sales,” said Jim House, North Sea Region vice president and managing director. “Although that is not the situation, overall this is a very good outcome for the Aberdeen community and in terms of discouraging smoking among our employees.”

North Sea Managing Director Jim House presents a $200,000 check to Colin Montgomerie for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
North Sea Managing Director Jim House presents a $200,000 check to Colin Montgomerie for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

Apache LINC organizes and helps at an annual “Carers Day” at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth.
Apache LINC organizes and helps at an annual “Carers Day” at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth.

Apache Chairman and CEO Steve Farris visits with Juri Gelovani, M.D., Ph.D., at the Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research.
Apache Chairman and CEO Steve Farris visits with Juri Gelovani, M.D., Ph.D., at the Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research.

Several Apache regions as well as the corporate office have made health care and medical research priorities in outreach activities:

  • In Houston, Apache first committed $500,000 to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2005, inspired by the experiences of August Lau, senior scientist in Exploration and Production Technology, who overcame lymphoma through treatment at MD Anderson. Steve Farris, Apache chairman and CEO and member of the cancer center’s Board of Visitors, directed the donation to support development of the Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research (CABIR) at the Red and Charline McCombs Institute for the Early Detection and Treatment of Cancer. CABIR supports computer modeling and imaging algorithms – not unlike the seismic imaging Lau and his colleagues use to find oil and gas – to detect cancer activity at the molecular level and to personalize treatment by determining a tumor’s responses within days, not weeks. In 2010, Apache made a five-year, $1 million pledge to support MD Anderson’s state-of-the-art advanced imaging center as well as to provide funds for its critically important data management efforts and preventative care.
  • In Alberta, Apache Canada has committed $48,000 over three years to help fund cancer research through the Alberta Children’s Hospital Childhood Cancer collaborative – Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) and the Applied Experimental and Therapeutics programs.  
  • Recently, Apache’s Argentina Region donated a high-end Ultrasound system to the Rio Grande hospital in the Tierra del Fuego province.  This new system is capable of doing many different types of ultrasound and Doppler examinations providing high-quality images that increase accuracy of diagnosis. 
  • In Australia, Apache’s commitments have multiple facets, including a longstanding relationship with the Telethon Child Health Institute, where Apache recently extended support for a specific child brain cancer research project that now totals nearly $400,000, and to assist with the institute’s collaboration with MD Anderson.
  • The Australia Region also funded the Liaising, informing and Networking for Carers (LINC) Program since the program started in 2010. LINC provides advocacy and case coordination for families caring for children with life-limiting illnesses and/or complex medical needs. The program works by referring carers and families to support organizations so they gain access to planned and emergency respite, practical help at home, counseling, social support, financial help, career opportunities and education and training.

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