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Excellence in wellness programs earns Caromont the gold


Once again, CaroMont was recognized by NC Prevention Partners (NCPP) for providing the highest standard of excellence for comprehensive wellness programs offered to their employees in the areas of physical activity and healthy food environments.

“CaroMont is committed to providing work environments that encourage staff to make healthy choices,” said Andrea Serra, VP Wellness Development. “That’s the relatively easy work. The real story is how our staff have engaged in changing their health behaviors. Their commitment and results are truly inspirational.”

Hospitals receiving these acknowledgments are considered Gold Medal and Gold Apple Hospitals respectively. Funded by the Duke Endowment, NC Prevention Partners is working to improve the health of hospital employees across the state of North Carolina by creating worksite wellness environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice.

CaroMont Health addresses how policy, the environment, education, benefits, and incentives support healthy employees. The Gold Medal recognizes hospitals for establishing a culture of wellness where being active is the norm by providing access and opportunity for physical activity during and after the workday. The Gold Apple is awarded to hospitals that provide delicious, affordable and healthy foods to all employees all the time. Caromont also received the Gold Apple for nutrition in 2012.

Serra commented that it took a great deal of work to get the award but it could not have been achieved if it were not for staff taking on the challenge and their personal commitment to live a healthier lifestyle.

“CaroMont Health has set a high bar for all North Carolina worksites in terms of their employee wellness program. They provide their employees every opportunity to be active and eat healthy,” commented Anne Thornhill, Director at NC Prevention Partners. “I applaud their great effort.”


About NC Prevention Partners:

NC Prevention Partners is a state and national leader in guiding schools, hospitals and workplaces to improve their culture of wellness by improving policies and environments that address tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and obesity. For more information, please visit

About CaroMont:

CaroMont is an independent, not-for-profit healthcare system located in Gaston County, North Carolina. It is the county’s largest employer employing nearly 4,000 employees and is supported by a medical staff of more than 300 physicians. Caromont is comprised of eight affiliates including Gaston Hospice and Caromont Medical Group, 43 primary and specialty practices and its flagship facility, Caromont Regional Medical Center (CRMC), a 435-bed magnet hospital for nursing excellence.

CaroMont is a viable health care entity that provides the community with high quality care at a minimal cost and is committed to ensuring that every man, woman and child in Gaston County is given every opportunity to live a happier and healthier life. Caromont has been recognized for its quality and overall performance by the following experts:

  • Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals 2012
  • Top Performer in the Joint Commission Key Quality Measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical cal in 2010.
  • HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for 4 years in a row, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • A 2011 Top Performing Hospital for providing high quality, efficient care as a part of the Premier Healthcare Alliance QUEST program.

CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C., and can be reached at (704) 834-2000. Additional information is available at .