Franklin Memorial Hospital Meets Gold Star Standards
Has been a Gold Star award winner for four consecutive years
April 2, 2013
From left: Sara Preble, Healthy Community Coalition program coordinator; Sarah Mayberry, Maine Tobacco Free Hospital Network Director; and Christine Bruen, HCC program associate.
Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) is one of 18 hospitals statewide to receive the Gold Star award for the 2013 Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program. FMH was cited as meeting all 10 best practice standards around creating a tobacco-free environment and supporting tobacco-free lifestyles.
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 27, 31 hospitals throughout the state of Maine were recognized for their achievements in advancing their tobacco policy and promoting tobacco-free living. Based upon the number of ten best practice standards they met, there were 18 recipients at the gold level, 10 at the silver level, and three at the bronze level.
“Meeting these standards requires hard work and commitment from these health care organizations, and the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network is pleased to be able to honor their dedication,” said Sarah Mayberry, Maine Tobacco Free Hospital Network Director.
Franklin Memorial Hospital has been a Gold Star award winner for the past four years.
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