Mayo Regional Hospital honored for addressing tobacco use
DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Center for Tobacco Independence’s Breathe Easy Initiative held the annual Tobacco-Free Hospital Gold Star Standards of Excellence Awards ceremony on Sept. 27 to celebrate the efforts of Maine hospitals to address smoking and tobacco use on hospital campuses. This year 33 hospitals from across the state and three Gold Star champions were recognized for achievements in advancing campus smoke and tobacco-free policies as well as promoting tobacco-free lifestyles.
Mayo Regional Hospital was recognized for meeting the Gold level in the 2017 Gold Star Standards of Excellence Program for efforts to prohibit smoke and tobacco use on campus and address client tobacco use. All Maine hospitals were invited and encouraged to apply for recognition; those that met at least seven of 10 Gold Star Standards were recognized with a plaque. Award levels are based on best practice criteria such as a smoke and tobacco-free campus policy, annual screening for tobacco use, referral to tobacco treatment and supporting employee education related to tobacco treatment.
“We applaud the ongoing efforts of Maine hospitals to address tobacco use and exposure by meeting the Gold Star Standards,” said Sarah Mayberry of the Maine Health Center for Tobacco Independence. “Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Maine and the U.S., the recognized hospitals are taking important steps to address this issue for patients, staff and the community.”
The awards ceremony provided an opportunity for hospitals to share successes and challenges of efforts to create smoke and tobacco-free campus environments and support and encourage tobacco-free lifestyles. While many acknowledged challenges faced when first adopting new campus policies and initiatives, all shared that addressing tobacco use on campus is an important health and environmental strategy as a healthcare provider.
For more information, please visit www.MaineTobaccoFreeHospitals.org/GSSE.
Photo courtesy of Mayo Regional Hospital
HOSPITAL HONORED FOR ADDRESSING TOBACCO USE — Sarah Mayberry, left and program coordinator of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, presents Mayo Regional Hospital Community Outreach Coordinator Hillary Starbird with a plaque as the hospital reached the Gold level in the 2017 Gold Star Standards of Excellence Program for efforts to prohibit smoke and tobacco use on campus and address client tobacco use.