ACS Technologies Achieves Gold Star Award for Tobacco-Free Best Practices

ACS Technologies 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, ACS Technologies 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. 

“ACS Technologies 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 Taylor Pritchard, Strategic Coaching Senior Coordinator at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their great effort.”

“We’re honored to receive the prestigious Gold Star Award from Prevention Partners for excellence in workplace tobacco prevention,” said Marvin Owen, President of ACS Technologies. “Here at ACS Technologies, we truly value our team members and their overall wellness, so we’re always looking for ways to improve our workplace for everyone. Our wellness committee, made up of a group of our staff, has been working hard to put together initiatives to keep our team educated and moving forward in their journeys to better health. We’re excited to partner with Prevention Partners and Working Well to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy, tobacco-free work environment.”

Cary Ashworth, Senior Director of Human Resources, adds, “Taking care of our employees, much like taking care of our customers, is a hallmark of our company. Leadership at ACS Technologies places great emphasis on creating a healthy work environment. Our leaders, along with a dedicated team of employee volunteers, have done a great job over the years of enhancing ACS Technologies as not only a great place to work, but also a healthy place to work.”  

Prevention Partners works with SCHA’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 the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. 

About ACS Technologies:

Founded in 1978, ACS Technologies® is the leading provider of information management software and service solutions to nearly 50,000 churches, schools, and organizational offices. With brands such as ACS™, PDS™, The City, Realm®, and HeadMaster™, ACS Technologies enables churches and schools to manage every vital area of their ministry from finances to relationships, from events and groups to giving and serving. Whether online, desktop, or mobile, the passion that drives ACS Technologies is maximizing technology's value for ministry. ACS Technologies is a privately held company headquartered in Florence, South Carolina, with offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Seattle, Washington.

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.



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01-27-2017 03:03 (EST)