Union Medical Center Achieves Gold Star Award for Implementing Tobacco-Free Best Practices

Union, S.C. – September 1, 2016 – Union Medical Center 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, Union Medical Center 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. 


“Union Medical Center 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,” says Taylor Pritchard, Strategic Coaching Senior Coordinator at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their great effort.”


“We’re extremely pleased to be recognized in this way,” said Paul Newhouse, President of Union Medical Center. “We strive to provide excellence in health and keeping our associates healthy plays an important role in that.”


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 Union Medical Center:

Union Medical Center is a 143-bed hospital located in Union, SC. Its mission is to provide quality health care to the residents of Union County through emergency, outpatient, laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy services. Beginning in 1921, Wallace Thomson Hospital dedicated itself to serving the needs of Union County. In 2015 Wallace Thomson Hospital became Union Medical Center (UMC), a division of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS). Other services are available through SRHS, including an integrated healthcare delivery system, which encompasses coordinated care of medical services; access to a multi-specialty physician group; and increased efficiencies and access to the most advanced technologies.


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 | 336.501.8579 | LisaW@forprevention.org



Emily O’Sullivan | 803.454.6969 | eosullivan@scha.org  



Jessica Pickens |  864.706.5624 | JPickens@srhs.com

09-29-2016 03:06 (EDT)