SCHA accepts Trailblazer Award

On June 8, 2011, the SC Hospital Association was granted NC Prevention Partners Trailblazer Award. This award is issued to a business that is leading the way in creating a culture of wellness that supports employees being healthy at work. On behalf of the SC Hospital Association, the Working Well team attended NC Prevention Partners Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill on June 8th and accepted the Trailblazer Award.

Working Well manager, Jen Wright, states “We [the Working Well team] are proud to accept this award on behalf of the SC Hospital Association. It’s an honor to be recognized for something we have worked so diligently on, but we are just getting started. We have learned from the best practice sharing and examples set by our Working Well hospitals, how to engage our employees and improve the health and wellness of the SCHA staff. The outstanding work of our SC hospitals has made this possible.”

The SCHA began participating in Working Well in January 2011 but completed their first worksite wellness assessment in 2009 by using NC Prevention Partners WorkHealthy America assessment tool. By completing the three modules within WorkHealthy America, staff from the SCHA was able to assess their current programming, policy, and environmental structures related to employee health and wellness in the three areas: tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity. The SCHA scored D, D, and F, respectively. Since mid 2010, the SCHA has improved their grades to C’s across the board, which reflect the small but effective changes made in the policies and environment. Some the changes include joining a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, encouraging employees to park in the back of the parking lot, distributing an employee e-newsletter that discusses various topics related to health, enhancing the tobacco-free campus and working toward a tobacco-free zone policy, offering weekly lunchtime Pilates classes on company time, and those are just a few.

Through Working Well, the SCHA is more aware of the importance in creating a culture of wellness as well as the need to actively encourage employee participation in current programming and resources made available to them. “We need to Walk-The-Walk to show the importance and value of this initiative. We want to understand the ins and outs of the process of culture shift so we know exactly what our hospitals are going through.   We need to lead by example and show them that anyone can accomplish success, no matter the size or structure of the facility,” says Jen Wright.

The SCHA and Working Well hopes to have 100% participation from hospitals across the state before the end of the three-year grant. Currently, 36 hospitals are committed to Working Well and range from small, for-profit facilities to large, not-for-profit facilities to rural county facilities. If your facility is interested in joining Working Well and creating a culture of wellness at your organization, please contact Kendyl Schultz 803.744.3531 or Jen Wright 803.744.3553.

06-21-2011 11:28 (EDT)