Baptist Easley in Easley, SC, has been recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association and NC Prevention Partners for providing the highest standard of excellence for the tobacco cessation programs offered to their employees. Hospitals receiving this acknowledgment are considered Gold Star Standard Hospitals as a part of the Working Well initiative. Funded by The Duke Endowment, managed by the South Carolina 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 creating worksite wellness environments that support hospital employees’ healthy choices.
In order to receive this recognition, Baptist Easley addressed several components of an effective quit tobacco system that are recommended by NC Prevention Partners. Baptist Easley employees who are interested in quitting can participate in a free four-week program that provides not only education to its staff, but also medications such as nicotine replacement therapy and gum for no charge. Those medications will continue to be free to participants up to 90 days after completion of the program. Baptist Easley also has new tobacco-free campus signage that supports their tobacco-free policy. Baptist Easley received the Gold Star recognition shortly after program implementation and joins only one other SC hospital at this prestigious ranking.
"We are very proud to be part of such an important initiative. Our goal is to have the healthiest hospital based work force in the state. Through cooperation with initiatives like this we will get there,” said Roddey Gettys, III, Baptist Easley CEO.
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 percent 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.