Notes from the Road: Medical University of SC

Hospital Site Visits began in March, starting with Palmetto Health and following in April with Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  Stops along the route for late April and May include Greenville Hospital System, Laurens County Hospital System, and Carolinas Hospital System.  Site visits are one of the many ways Working Well staff is readily available to assist SC hospitals achieve a Culture of Wellness.

Site visits may include presentations to Executive Management, wellness team meetings, campus tours to take a look at tobacco signage, food environments, and any availability for physical activity that exists for employees.  Hospitals are encouraged to take this time to brag about their successes as well as share any existing barriers to give a clear picture of how Working Well can be most effective.  Site visits are available and encouraged for any SC hospital and can also be beneficial to achieve Executive buy-in if getting a CEO Commitment form submitted has been a challenge.  To schedule a site visit contact Jen Wright, Working Well Manager,

Palmetto Health and MUSC are off to a great start in their Working Well journey.  Both organizations have strong wellness programs already in place and dedicated, knowledgeable leaders guiding the way.  They have successfully formed passionate wellness teams to help them achieve their goals.  The WHASM Recommendations and Action Plans are assisting with prioritizing focus areas and assigning tasks to team members.  Each of these hospitals found a strategy that works best for their organizational structure.  Although there are similarities, each has been able to customize the Working Well tools and resources to fit their specific needs.

Palmetto Health’s visit included a guided tour of both the Baptist and Richland Campuses. Although their policies are governed at a corporate level and encompass both hospitals, the campus tours gave the opportunity to see the differences in environment and enforcement at each. This is the reason behind the recommendation for Systems to take a separate WHASM assessment for each worksite and use the customized recommendations and action plans accordingly. The visit also involved a tour of the food environments including cafeterias, contracted cafés, and vending. A meeting with the myHealth Rewards steering committee which includes, Senior Management, Directors, employee health and wellness staff, along with a representative employee pool from across departments and campuses brought the day to a close.

Palmetto Health Richland has a “best practice” tobacco free campus sign. The “Security cameras are in Use” isn’t really for tobacco free enforcement, but it’s a great bonus that it appears that way!

A rainy day in Charleston didn’t stop a great site visit to MUSC. A campus tour highlighted some great practices as well as some challenges. The visit began with a wellness committee meeting with representatives from various departments and backgrounds.  The energy and passion in the room was unmistakable.  Sodexo is working hand in hand with MUSC employee wellness personnel to enhance the health of the food environments.  Sodexo’s Executive Chef guided a tour of the food environments and a Dietitian highlighted their “Wellness and You” program that is in full swing. A delicious and nutritious healthy lunch, including food grown locally preceded a meeting with Operations Leadership. Wellness team members will begin working on prioritizing WHASM Recommendations using the customized Action Plans to further improve the Tobacco, Nutrition, and Physical Activity policies, systems, and environment.

04-28-2011 10:26 (EDT)