The Outer Banks Hospital was recently recognized by North Carolina Prevention Partners for their ongoing commitment to the health and wellness of its employees, patients and guests. North Carolina Prevention Partners made a site visit in February where they assessed the hospital’s employee health and wellness programs.

The Outer Banks Hospital received the “Gold Star Award” in recognition of offering the highest standard of smoking cessation programs for its staff. The Outer Banks Hospital witnessed a 4% decrease of staff members who smoked, with only 8% of employees who used tobacco products, down from 12 % a year earlier. The hospital promotes a non-smoking campus and recognizes the health benefits of employees who choose not to use tobacco products.

The hospital was also recognized for its nutrition program. North Carolina Prevention Partners awarded The Outer Banks Hospital with the “Gold Apple Award” for creating a culture of wellness by providing delicious, affordable and healthy foods for its staff members and patients. Ken McLean, Manager of Nutrition Services and his dietary team work hard to develop nutritious menus that are affordable, taste delicious and are accessible for staff members. Caloric and nutritional content is displayed on their menus and health conscience preparation is utilized whenever possible.

Outer Banks Hospital wellness initiatives are led by a team of employees known as the Employee Wellness Team. This team of employees has made huge strides in promoting and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices at The Outer Banks Hospital. The team meets monthly to plan activities for the hospital staff. The Wellness Team recently hosted a healthy celebration with golden delicious apples where Hospital President, Ronnie Sloan, presented the awards.

Pictured from right to left: Patricia Minnefield, Director of Patient Business Services; Amy Montgomery, Director of Community Outreach; Susan White, Occupational Nurse; Ronnie Sloan, FACHE, President of The Outer Banks Hospital, Ken McLean, Manager of Nutrition Services; Marie Neilson, Volunteer Coordinator for Hands of Hope and Carol Moore, Scheduler in the Radiology Department.