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Published on February 20, 2015

Spartanburg County Selected as Finalist for RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Community Health Efforts Recognized as Spartanburg County Advances in Prize Selection Process

Spartanburg, SC (Feb. 19, 2015) — Spartanburg County was chosen today as a finalist for the third annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize. As a finalist, Spartanburg County is one-step closer to the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, which honors communities whose efforts illustrate an enduring commitment toward building a Culture of Health for all residents.

Selected from more than 340 communities across the country, Spartanburg County joins 14 other finalist communities. Winners will be announced this fall.

The Mary Black Foundation, Road to Better Health and United Way of the Piedmont submitted the proposal on behalf of Spartanburg County.

“We are pleased to have advanced as a RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalist. Spartanburg is being recognized again for our bold approach to improving community health,” said Molly Talbot-Metz, Vice President of Programs at the Mary Black Foundation. “This kind of recognition validates the work we are doing and the accomplishments we have achieved, but it also inspires us to do more to address our most challenging health issues.”

To earn prize finalist status, Spartanburg County had to demonstrate how its efforts to improve health outcomes for residents reflect the six RWJF Culture of Health Prize criteria, which include:

• Defining health in the broadest possible terms.

• Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term solutions.

• Cultivating a shared and deeply held belief in the importance of equal opportunity for health.

• Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners and community members.

• Securing and making the most of available resources.

• Measuring and sharing progress and results.

“The RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalists are transforming their communities to make them healthier places to raise a family, provide jobs, and educate their children,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO. “These inspiring finalists are one step closer to being named 2015 Prize winners this fall.”

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is one pillar of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The rankings show communities where they can improve; the roadmaps show communities how to take action to expand opportunities for healthier choices; and the prize honors communities that represent solutions-driven leadership at its finest. Together, these pillars serve as a platform for the Foundation’s vision to build a Culture of Health, now and for generations to come. Find out more at and

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Featuring a full spectrum of services, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) is comprised of three hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, a multi-disciplinary physician group, a vibrant post-acute division, and is home to Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. With more than 300 physicians and 5,900 associates on staff, SRHS serves 11 counties in South and North Carolina. Spartanburg Medical Center was ranked No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina by U.S. News and World Report; the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer; and the American Nurses Association lists SRHS among the nation’s top 7 percent of hospitals for excellence in nursing.


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