Roper St. Francis Receives Gold Apple Award

CHARLESTON, SC - Roper St. Francis was recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s (SCHA) Working Well initiative and Prevention Partners for achieving the Gold Apple award. The Gold Apple is awarded for providing and promoting healthy, affordable and delicious food and beverage options for employees and represents the highest standard of nutrition excellence at the workplace.  

In order to receive the Gold Apple recognition, Roper St. Francis provides access to healthy options that are determined by sound nutrition criteria, prices healthy options competitively to motivate purchases, markets healthy food and beverages with icons or other easy-to-read labels, and provides benefits such as nutrition counseling and education to support employees in their health improvement efforts. These are among several evidence-based components recommended by Working Well and Prevention Partners for a healthy food environment at the workplace.

“Roper St. Francis sets a high bar in terms of their healthy food and beverage options for employees. They provide their employees every opportunity to make a healthy choice in their food venues,” says Taylor Pritchard, Strategic Coaching Senior Coordinator at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their commitment.”

“We constantly are looking for ways to proactively keep our teammates and patients healthy,” said Matt Severance, Chief Operating Officer for Roper St. Francis and Chief Executive Officer of Roper Hospital. “It’s exciting to receive this recognition, and we celebrate our teammates in Food and Nutritional Services who have championed this effort. Collectively, we are committed to making Roper St. Francis and our broader community a healthier, better place to live.”

Prevention Partners works with the 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.

About Roper St. Francis:  

Roper St. Francis is Charleston’s only private, not-for-profit hospital system with a specific focus on community outreach. The healthcare system has three hospitals strategically located across the region: Roper Hospital on the Charleston peninsula, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital in Mount Pleasant. The system intends to build a fourth flagship hospital in the Carnes Crossroads section of Berkeley County. Roper St. Francis is the Lowcountry’s second largest private employers with more than 5,500 teammates. The healthcare system has a robust, active medical staff of more than 800 doctors representing most medical specialties and provides services in more than 90 locations in seven counties. Learn more 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.


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10-28-2016 11:05 (EDT)