Working Well announces Centers of Excellence

Working Well, a three-year grant funded initiative that aims to improve worksite wellness through policy, environment, and systems change related to tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity, proudly announces eight hospitals from across the state of South Carolina as Centers of Excellence. These eight facilities, Baptist Easley, Beaufort Memorial, Carolinas Hospital System, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Hilton Head Hospital, Laurens County Health Care System, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and Palmetto Health were chosen as Centers of Excellence because of their innovative leadership and commitment in the realm of employee wellness and their desire to improve population health in their community. 

These facilities represent the unique hospital structures across the state, including urban, rural, for-profit, non-profit, small county facilities, and large hospital systems. Jen Wright, Working Well manager, states "The diversity represented by our 8 Centers of Excellence is a true testament to the versatility of Working Well and the readiness of SC hospitals across the state, regardless of location or logistics, to once again bring their unique strengths to the table and blaze a trail for others to follow. The commitment and leadership of our SC hospitals to establish a Culture of Wellness at their facility and therefore improve population health is astounding, but not surprising. SC hospitals have a proud history of working together for the common good."

A Working Well Center of Excellence will provide leadership within the healthcare industry, business community, and community at large by committing to fulfill the following duties and responsibilities.

• Attend bi-annual meetings at SC Hospital Association headquarters to network, share, and plan with other Centers of Excellence
• Participate in quarterly conference calls hosted by the SC Hospital Association to discuss such topics as barriers and challenges, innovative ways to overcome obstacles, current successes, sharing of best practices, etc.
• Serve as a leader for other facilities and businesses in their region, throughout SC, and across the country. This includes, but is not limited to, hosting hospital tours and open houses as a way to showcase employee wellness efforts, successes, and challenges.
• Share best practices as a guest speaker for Working Well webinars, workshops, conferences, and public presentations appropriate to Working Well pillars.
• Attend at least one webinar for each pillar of Working Well in addition to being a guest speaker and presenting during webinars, workshops, conferences, and other public presentations.

Anna Fleming, HealthWorks manager, is thrilled Palmetto Health is being recognized as a Center of Excellence. "Palmetto Health is honored to be recognized as a Working Well Center of Excellence. We have a robust employee wellness program with a vision to engage our employees and their families in a culture of health improvement that is life changing.  Palmetto Health encourages healthy lifestyles among our employees as well as our community members.  Being highlighted as a Center of Excellence as a result of our ongoing wellness efforts confirms that Palmetto Health is moving in the right direction."

The feeling of being a Center of Excellence is the same no matter the size of the facility. Holly Mlodzinski, Hilton Head Hospital's Clinical Nutrition Manager and Wellness Coordinator, is also excited to be highlighted as a Center of Excellence. "Since health and wellness has become increasingly important, we recognize the tremendous impact it has on our employees at Hilton Head Hospital.  Being designated as a Center for Excellence presents a great opportunity for the hospital to promote employee wellness and improve quality of life for all employees, which can ultimately help reduce health care costs and loss of productivity at work."

07-29-2011 10:11 (EDT)