Franklin Memorial Hospital Meets Gold Star Standards
Recognition given for promoting tobacco-free living
March 26, 2012
Franklin Memorial Hospital was recently notified that it is one of 16 hospitals statewide to receive the Gold Star award for the 2012 Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program.
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 secondhand smoke, but also communicates the critical message that tobacco use is exceptionally hazardous to health.”
At a ceremony held at the Maine Hospital Association on March 21, 28 hospitals throughout the state of Maine were recognized for their achievements in advancing their campus tobacco policy and promoting tobacco-free living within their communities. Based upon the number of ten best practice standards they have met, there were 16 recipients at the gold level, 10 at the silver level, and two at the bronze level.
Franklin Memorial Hospital has been a Gold Star award winner for the past three years.
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