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RMC Receives Gold Apple Award and Gold Star Award for Implementing a Healthy Food Environment and a Tobacco-Free Worksite

8/17/2015



The Regional Medical Center (RMC) was recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s (SCHA) Working Well initiative and Prevention Partners for achieving the Gold Apple and Gold Star awards. 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. The Gold Star is awarded for achieving the highest standard of tobacco-free excellence by creating a tobacco-free workplace and providing high-quality tobacco cessation programs for employees.

 
  RMC receives national Gold Star and Gold Apple awards: (L to R, Front Row) Brian Kendall, MD, RMC Chief Quality Officer; Jennifer Wright, of the SCHA Working Well Program; Tim Maynard, RMC Health and Wellness director; RMC President & CEO Tom Dandridge; Rebecca Fuller, RD, LD, CNSC, Clinical Nutrition manager; Julia Yawn, Chief Nursing Officer; and Andrew Hook, Dietetic intern. Back Row: Dante Turner, Sous Chef; Arden Weathers, MD, Chief of Medical Staff; Dan Avosso, MD, Vice President; Chuck Mewshaw, Vice President of Physician Practices; and Larry Germany, Food and Nutrition Services director. 
In order to receive the Gold Apple recognition, RMC 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. RMC 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 Kara Van de Grift, Organizational Coaching Manager at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their commitment.”

In order to receive the Gold Star recognition, RMC 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. RMC 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,” Van de Grift adds, “I applaud their great effort.”

“Having a tobacco-free environment and nutritious food options are two of the many ways we help patients and visitors have a pleasant hospital stay and we encourage a healthy workforce,” said Thomas C. Dandridge, president and CEO of RMC.

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.

"It's exciting to see RMC taking the role of community health leader and leading by example. Their team exudes passion and commitment as evidenced by their work to not only meet but exceed the Gold Apple and Gold Star standards," said Jen Wright, Working Well Program Director at the SC Hospital Association. "We look forward to our continued collaboration in pursuit of improving population health in SC."



About the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties (RMC)

The Regional Medical Center, in Orangeburg, S.C., is a 286-bed acute-care facility, employing more than 1,200 healthcare professionals. Serving Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and surrounding areas, RMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and has Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. RMC offers a 24-hour emergency department and a full-range of high-quality medical services such as same day surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics, cardiology, cancer care, dialysis access and the latest in diagnostic imaging. RMC recently affiliated with MUSC Health, the largest academic teaching facility in S.C., to further enhance select healthcare services for patients in the region. For more information, visit www.trmchealth.org.

The Regional Medical Center also operates nine Primary Care practices, three Cardiology practices, an Orthopaedics practice, two Surgery practices, an Internal medicine practice, an Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology practice, and an Obstetrics/Gynecology practice, as well as after-hours Urgent Care with physician, lab and X-Ray in Santee and Bamberg. RMC’s Mobile Services van provides digital mammography throughout the region.

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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