Roper St. Francis Healthcare has been recognized as the newest Gold Star hospital system as part of Working Well, a collaboration between the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and NC Prevention Partners (NCPP). Roper was confirmed as South Carolina’s newest Gold Star hospital system on May 23rd for providing the highest standard of excellence in establishing employee quit tobacco systems and encouraging tobacco cessation.
In order to receive this recognition, Roper implemented five key components of an effective quit tobacco system as recommended by Working Well. These components include policy implementation and enforcement, development of a systems approach to quitting the use of tobacco, tying benefits to living a tobacco free lifestyle, incentivizing employees to stay quit, and evaluating cessation programs for participation and effectiveness. By earning the Gold Star, Roper has been recognized for creating a tobacco-free environment with the best possible support for employees to lead a tobacco free life.
“Smoking and tobacco have affected the health and lives of many of our loved ones” said Roper St. Francis President and CEO David Dunlap. “By providing our teammates with the tools and support they need to live a tobacco free lifestyle, we are making a positive investment in their lives and the people they interact with daily. As patient advocates, our teammates understand the need to be role models of health and wellness in our community. We are committed to ‘Working Well,’ and we applaud all of our teammates who have contributed to helping us achieve this gold level recognition.”
Roper provides employees with tobacco cessation medication, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and other resources free of charge to assist employees with quitting the use of tobacco and staying quit. A follow up system is in place for those employees who have attended classes and have been successful in their quit attempt. Along with free resources and access to assistance, Roper has made their campus and its surrounding buildings tobacco-free. They were a key partner in the implementation of the City of Charleston’s Tobacco-Free Medical Zone in conjunction with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Enforcement of this zone policy is organized by Roper, MUSC, and the city of Charleston. Signage has been purchased and displayed throughout the entire medical zone.
“Roper St. Francis is a perfect example of the success that can be achieved through the teamwork of a diverse and motivated wellness committee”, said Working Well Manager Jen Wright. Various departments across the system representing all levels worked together to implement a comprehensive policy implementation and enforcement plan, but more importantly a supportive culture to assist every employee and spouse live a tobacco free life.”
Jen Wright presented Roper leadership and wellness team with the Gold Star Award on June 18, 2013, during a leadership meeting.