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Award presented to MUSC for healthy environment

MUSC was awarded a Hospital Prevention Excellence Award by N.C. Prevention Partners, a public health leader that offers the worksite wellness program WorkHealthy America.

Prevention Excellence awards are given to individuals and organizations for making the nation a healthier place to live, work and learn. Awards were given during NCPP’s annual meeting on June 5 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Club.

Meg Molloy, DrPH, N.C. Prevention Partners president and CEO, said, “Successful prevention stems from good health policies. One of the best ways to accelerate the adoption of good healthy policies is by recognizing and sharing the success stories that make them possible.”

N.C. Prevention Partners senior program manager Dr. Melva Fager Okun, from left, presents a Hospital Prevention Excellence Award to MUSC’s Drs. Pat Cawley and Susan Johnson. Representing Prevention Partners also is Dr. Meg Molloy, president and CEO.
N.C. Prevention Partners senior program manager Dr. Melva Fager Okun, from left, presents a Hospital Prevention Excellence Award to MUSC’s Drs. Pat Cawley and Susan Johnson. Representing Prevention Partners also is Dr. Meg Molloy, president and CEO.

As a Working Well Center of Excellence, MUSC has made healthy food the norm by creating an on-site Urban Farm for employees, students and community members to have access to fresh, local produce and to learn about the benefits of a healthy diet.

“We are honored that MUSC was awarded this recognition and consider it to be a milestone in our wellness efforts. It has been a long and challenging journey to get where we are and to know that we are being recognized by our peers for our work was extremely gratifying to all who have committed so much to the working well program,” said Susan Johnson, Ph.D., director of MUSC’s Office of Health Promotion. “We look forward to continuing this collaboration as we expand our efforts to the business community through a new ‘Healthy Business Challenge’ project.”

MUSC officials have also worked to create and enforce a campuswide tobacco-free policy. That policy served as a driving force behind passing legislation H. 4092, which gives authority to governing bodies of public colleges and universities in South Carolina to legally declare and enforce tobacco-free campuses to include outdoor spaces. MUSC, in conjunction with Roper St. Francis and the City of Charleston, also created a smoke-free medical district in the heart of downtown Charleston.

These and other major accomplishments at MUSC have been shared with others across the state through site visits, blogs and webinars.

“The Medical University of South Carolina is serving as a leader and role model in the Carolinas and across the country,” said Lindsey Bickers Bock, program manager at N.C. Prevention Partners. “The team at MUSC has done extraordinary things to ensure that the people who work, learn and receive medical care on their campus are surrounded by a healthy environment. Along the way, they have truly embraced the opportunity to share their successes and challenges with other hospitals and institutions of higher education in order to help other organizations make similar changes.”

June 26, 2013
 
 
 

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