Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge Achieves Gold Star Award for Implementing Tobacco-Free Best Practices

COLUMBIA, S.C. –Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge was recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s (SCHA) Working Well initiative and Prevention Partners for achieving the highest standard of tobacco-free excellence by creating a tobacco-free workplace and providing high-quality tobacco cessation programs for employees. Organizations are awarded with Prevention Partners’ Gold Star for this achievement. In order to receive this recognition, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge has a tobacco-free worksite policy, refers its employees to effective quit programs and counseling, provides comprehensive cessation benefits (nicotine replacement therapy and prescription medications), and offers incentives to encourage employees to quit tobacco. These are among several evidence-based components recommended by Working Well and Prevention Partners for comprehensive quit-tobacco systems at worksites.

“Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge sets a high bar in terms of their cessation program for employees. Employees are provided every opportunity to be successful in quitting the use of tobacco, and all employees are protected from exposure to secondhand smoke at the workplace,” said Lindsey Bickers Bock, Strategic Coaching Senior Manager at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their great effort.”

Sarah Kirby, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge COO said, “Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, like all Palmetto Health facilities, is focused on helping our community, including our team members, live healthier. In addition to being a tobacco-free facility, we are assisting team members with becoming tobacco-free through a comprehensive program. Our ultimate goal is to improve the experience for our patients with a tobacco-free environment while improving the health of our team and reducing their health risks associated with tobacco use.”

Prevention Partners works with the SC Hospital Association’s Working Well Initiative to engage corporate leaders and staff throughout SC to enhance and sustain employee wellness efforts. These efforts are generously funded through the Duke Endowment and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

About Palmetto Health:

Palmetto Health, the largest health care system and one of the largest employers in South Carolina, is comprised of more than 12,000 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 seven acute-care hospitals— Baptist Easley, Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey—as well as an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics and specialty care practices and a 501(c)(3) foundation. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 23 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit or call 803-296-CARE (2273).

About Working Well:

Working Well is a statewide strategy to improve workplace wellness policies, systems and environments around tobacco cessation, healthy nutrition and increased physical activity so the healthy choice is the easy choice for employees across South Carolina.

About Prevention Partners:

The nonprofit Prevention Partners builds healthier communities through a suite of products that guide schools, workplaces, hospitals and clinics to address the leading causes of preventable disease: tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity.



Lisa Watts




Emily O’Sullivan




Tammie Epps


06-27-2016 04:06 (EDT)