PORTLAND, Maine – September 9, 2013 – The Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine recently named MaineHealth the 2013 Smoke-Free Environments Champion. The award recognizes MaineHealth’s efforts “to protect Maine residents from secondhand smoke.”
This year, all MaineHealth member hospitals were recognized – six achieved gold status from the Maine Tobacco Free Hospitals Network for meeting each of the organization’s 10 criteria: Goodall Hospital, Maine Medical Center, Pen Bay Medical Center, Southern Maine Medical Center, Stephens Memorial Hospital and Waldo County General Hospital. Three hospitals received sliver level recognition for meeting eight or nine of the criteria: Miles Memorial Hospital, St. Andrew's Hospital and Spring Harbor Hospital.
“Decreasing tobacco use is one of MaineHealth’s top population health improvement priorities,” said Deborah Deatrick, senior vice president of Community Health, “This recognition is a huge honor. Our hospitals have worked hard to create tobacco-free campuses, to expand capacity to treat tobacco dependence among patients and employees and to help their communities become healthier places to live, work, and play.
A list of the comprehensive criteria used by the Maine Tobacco Free Hospitals Network can be found at http://www.mainetobaccofreehospitalnetwork.org/gold_stars/.
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations working together so their communities are the healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated healthcare delivery networks, MaineHealth member organizations include Maine Medical Center, Goodall Hospital, LincolnHealth, Maine Mental Health Partners, Pen Bay Healthcare, Southern Maine Medical Center, Waldo County Healthcare, Western Maine Health, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Maine Physician Hospital Organization, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Medical Center, Mid Coast Hospital, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland. www.mainehealth.org
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