Franklin Memorial Hospital Meets Gold Standard
Recognition given for promoting tobacco-free living
March 15, 2010
Franklin Memorial Hospital has been notified that it is one of five hospitals statewide to receive the Gold Star award for the 2010 Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program.
At a ceremony to be held at the Maine Hospital Association on March 24, fourteen hospitals throughout the state of Maine will be recognized for their achievements in advancing their campus tobacco policy and promoting tobacco-free living within their communities.
The Gold Star Standards of Excellence is a 10-step written policy that encourages the adoption of voluntary tobacco-free policies. Appropriate signage posted at key locations and services for employees and patients needing assistance for nicotine withdrawal symptoms are among the ten requirements.
“Franklin Memorial Hospital is pleased to receive this recognition and set an example for other organizations in our community,” said Rebecca Ryder, FMH president/CEO. “Keeping our campus tobacco-free not only impacts the health of employees, patients, and visitors by reducing exposure to second-hand smoke, but also communicates the critical message that tobacco use is exceptionally hazardous to health.”
In addition to Franklin Memorial Hospital, other recipients of the gold standard are Spring Harbor Hospital, Aroostook Medical Center, Parkview Adventist Medical Center, Miles Memorial Hospital, and Mercy Hospital.
Silver award winners include: Calais Regional Hospital, Penobscot Valley Hospital, Waldo General Hospital, Central Maine Medical Center, Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Mount Desert Island Hospital, and St. Andrews Hospital. Redington-Fairview General Hospital was the lone recipient of the bronze standard.
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