MUSC recognized for championing employee health

Chapel Hill, N.C. – The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) was awarded a Hospital Prevention Excellence Award by NC Prevention Partners (NCPP), a public health leader that offers the award-winning worksite wellness program WorkHealthy AmericaSM. Prevention Excellence Awards are given to outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to making the nation a healthier place to live, work and learn. Awards were disseminated during NCPP’s Annual Meeting held Wednesday, June 5th, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Club.

NC Prevention Partners President and CEO Dr. Meg Molloy states, “Successful prevention stems from good health policies. One of the best ways to accelerate the adoption of good healthy policies is by recognizing and sharing the success stories that make them possible.”

As a Working Well Center of Excellence, MUSC has been a visionary leader in creating a culture of wellness on its’ campus. By making delicious, affordable, healthy food the norm and creating an on-site Urban Farm, employees, students and community members have access to fresh, local produce and can learn the benefits of a healthy diet.

MUSC has also worked diligently to create and enforce a tobacco-free policy campus-wide, and served as a driving force behind passing legislation H. 4092, which gives authority to governing bodies of public colleges and universities in South Carolina to legally declare and enforce tobacco-free campuses to include outdoor spaces. MUSC also worked in conjunction with Roper St Francis and the City of Charleston to create a smoke-free medical district in the heart of downtown Charleston, SC. MUSC has shared these and other major accomplishments with their counterparts across the state by hosting site visits, writing blogs and serving as a guest speaker on webinars.

“The Medical University of South Carolina is serving as a leader and role model in the Carolinas and across the country,” said Lindsey Bickers Bock, Program Manager at NC Prevention Partners. “The team at MUSC has done extraordinary things to ensure that the people who work, learn and receive medical care on their campus are surrounded by a healthy environment. Along the way, they have truly embraced the opportunity to share their successes and challenges with other hospitals and institutions of higher education in order to help other organizations make similar changes.”

“We are honored that MUSC was awarded this recognition and consider it to be a milestone in our wellness efforts. It has been a long and challenging journey to get where we are and to know that we are being recognized by our peers for our work was extremely gratifying to all who have committed so much to the working well program.” said Dr. Susan Johnson, director of MUSC’s Office of Health Promotion. “We look forward to continuing this collaboration as we expand our efforts to the business community through a new “Healthy Business Challenge” project.”

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