AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital Acheives Gold Star Award for Implementing Tobacco-Free Best Practices

AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital 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, AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital 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.

“We are excited that AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital is continuing their pursuit of a comprehensive worksite culture of wellbeing. This award joins the Gold Medal award, which they previously earned for establishing an environment that promotes and supports physical activity during the workday,” said Jen Wright, Program Director of Working Well at the SC Hospital Association.

“AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital 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 Hannah Prentice-Dunn, Organizational Coach at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their great effort.”

“Our goal is to create an environment that promotes a healthy environment not only for our patients but also our staff. AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital has been a smoke free facility from the time the hospital opened in 2003. We recognized that by changing our policy to tobacco free also eliminates the use of all tobacco products and bans the use of Electronic Cigarettes on our Hospital Grounds. We also appreciate the City of Anderson for enforcing the Healthcare Facility Smoke Free City Ordinance—‘No Smoking within 25 feet of this health care facility property pursuant to City of Anderson Ordinance 10-09. Violators will be subject to a fine’,” said AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital CEO Michele Skripps.

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.  

About AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital:

AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture between AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital and HealthSouth, is a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout upstate South Carolina, the hospital is located at 1 Springback Way and on the Web at About HealthSouth HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 33 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at

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




Stephanie Hudson




Dawn Cunningham



09-29-2015 02:53 (EDT)