Palmetto Health Earns Gold Apple

Columbia, SC – Working Well, a collaboration between the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and NC Prevention Partners (NCPP), has recognized Palmetto Health for meeting the Gold Apple criteria.  This is accomplished by providing the highest standard of excellence for delicious, affordable healthy food environments; supported by policy and benefits.  Funded by The Duke Endowment, managed by SC Hospital Association, and informed by NC Prevention Partners’ success in developing infrastructure for effective worksite wellness programs in North Carolina, Working Well is an effort to improve the health of hospital employees across the state of South Carolina by establishing worksite wellness culture where the healthy choice is the easy choice. 

Palmetto Health has been working diligently with their nutrition service partner, Sodexo, in order to achieve the Gold Apple. Through their dedicated partnership, they have implemented healthier food environments in both their Richland and Baptist campuses, including policies that support the environments that make healthier food choices more accessible and more affordable.

Healthier food placed in more prominent locations, discounts on water and zero calorie beverages, nutrition labels and icons to identify healthier items, and a higher volume of healthier choices are just a few strategies Palmetto Health has instituted to make eating healthy more attractive to their employees and guests.  To further support healthy behaviors among their employees, weight management classes, fitness challenges, along with preventative and management health benefits are readily available.

“At Palmetto Health, we are focused on improving the overall health of our community, and that strategy starts internally with our team members who provide that care,” said Palmetto Health CEO Charles D. Beaman, Jr. “We are pleased to receive recognition for important initiatives such as these, and we are rewarded daily when our employees are able to provide extraordinary care to their patients because of their own personal health improvement.”

“Palmetto Health continues to prove the reason they were chosen as a Center of Excellence,” said Working Well Manager Jen Wright. “It doesn’t take long to realize wellness and an employee centered culture exist because these values are supported and modeled by executive leadership.  We look for Palmetto Health to continue to find innovative ways to support the health of their employees and community.”

Wright presented Palmetto Health’s executive leadership and wellness team with the Gold Apple award on July 31, 2012.

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About NC Prevention Partners:

NC Prevention Partners is a leader in reducing preventable illness and early death in North Carolina caused by tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity. We helped North Carolina’s acute care hospitals go 100% tobacco free campus wide. We help employers create healthier workplaces, reduce costs and increase use of preventive health insurance benefits. Our mission as a non-profit is “Prevention first for a healthier North Carolina.”  www.ncpreventionpartners.org

About the South Carolina Hospital Association

Founded in 1921, the South Carolina Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Columbia, SCHA works with its members to improve access, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all South Carolinians. The state’s hospitals and health care systems employ more than 70,000 persons statewide.

About Palmetto Health

Palmetto Health, the largest healthcare system and non-governmental employer in South Carolina, is composed of more than 10,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s vision:  to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves.  The system includes four acute-care hospitals – Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Palmetto Health Richland – as well as an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics and specialty care practices, and a 501(c)(3) foundation. Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, the region’s newest hospital located in northwest Columbia, is scheduled to open in December 2013. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 22 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  For more information, visit www.PalmettoHealth.org.

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