Mid Coast Hospital Highlighted for Creating Tobacco-Free Environments


Steven Trockman, MPH, Director of Community Relations and Outreach, and Marla Davis, RN, TTS-C, proudly display Mid Coast Hospital’s 2012 award plaque from the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network, in collaboration with the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine, held an awards celebration at the Maine Hospital Association on March 21st to recognize hospitals for taking steps to create tobacco-free hospital environments and supporting tobacco-free lifestyles for patients, staff and the community. The annual Gold Star Standards of Excellence awards program celebration highlighted the efforts of 29 Maine hospitals and 6 hospital champions. Among this year’s honorees was Mid Coast Hospital, receiving a silver level award.

The Gold Star Standards of Excellence program is an opportunity for hospitals to be recognized for meeting at least six of ten evidence based strategies, including adopting a tobacco-free campus policy, providing readily available tobacco treatment for staff and patients, and refusing any funds from the tobacco industry. More than 70% of Maine hospitals participated in the 2012 program and were recognized at the gold, silver or bronze level, which is the highest level of hospital participation since the program was first implemented. “By meeting these standards, hospitals all across Maine, both urban and rural, have taken critical steps to provide a healthier environment by addressing the leading cause of preventable disease and death – tobacco use,” said Sarah Mayberry, Director of the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network.

Mid Coast Hospital has been active in helping to change the community culture concerning tobacco free zones since moving to the new hospital in 2001. Signage on the Mid Coast campus communicates the smoke-free policy. “Hospitals have a moral responsibility to model healthy behaviors, as well as to help people who are ready to quit,” says Tobacco Treatment Specialist Marla Davis. “When smokers are hospitalized, they have an opportunity to think about quitting. We want to support their efforts in a caring way.”

The award celebration provided an opportunity for each hospital to be recognized for their efforts to address tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure through policy and procedure changes. Steve Trockman, MPH, Mid Coast Health Services Director for Community Relations and Outreach, attended the event and accepted a plaque highlighting the hospital’s accomplishments.

By addressing tobacco use and removing secondhand smoke from the hospital campus, Mid Coast Hospital is leading the way for healthier communities. To learn more about the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network and the Gold Star Standards of Excellence, please visit www.MaineTobaccoFreeHospitalNetwork.org
To learn more about how Mid Coast Hospital supports tobacco-free environments, and provides smokers with the tools and support needed to quit smoking, call Healthline at (207) 373-6585 or visit www.midcoasthealth.com/healthy

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