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Spring Harbor Hospital a Gold Star for Addressing Tobacco

October 04, 2016

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Contact: Amy Safford,, 207-661-6616
Breathe Easy Coalition: Sarah Mayberry,, 207-874-8774 (office), 207-890-0660 (cell)

33 Maine Hospitals Recognized through the 2016 Gold Star Standards of Excellence Program

At an awards ceremony on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at the Maine Hospital Association in Augusta, Maine, the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine celebrated the efforts of Maine hospitals to address smoking and tobacco use on their campuses. The event highlighted the 2016 Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Program award winners including Spring Harbor Hospital. Thirty-three (33) Maine hospitals and four individual champions are being recognized for their achievements in advancing their organization’s smoke and tobacco-free policies as well as promoting tobacco-free lifestyles in their communities.

“Hospitals are health and wellness role models for their communities, so it is important for them to set an example around reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Sarah Mayberry of the Breathe Easy Coalition. “The Gold Star Standards of Excellence Program is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of Maine hospitals to create policies to address these issues.”

The annual Gold Star Standards of Excellence program recognizes health care organizations for their efforts to address best practice standards around tobacco use, exposure and quitting supports. Spring Harbor Hospital was recognized at the gold level in the 2016 program.

Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the country and a major contributor to health care costs. "Meeting these standards requires hard work and commitment from these health care organizations, and the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine is pleased to be able to honor their dedication," said Mayberry.

Maine Hospitals Being Recognized in 2016:

Gold Level (Meeting all 10 standards) – 30 Hospitals:
Acadia Hospital; Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Bridgton Hospital, Cary Medical Center, Central Maine Medical Center, Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital, Down East Community Hospital, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Franklin Community Health Network, Houlton Regional Hospital, Inland Hospital, LincolnHealth, Maine Medical Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center, Mayo Regional Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Mid Coast-Parkview Health Service, Millinocket Regional Hospital, Mount Desert Island Hospital, Northern Maine Medical Center, Pen Bay Medical Center, Penobscot Valley Hospital, Rumford Hospital, Sebasticook Valley Health, Southern Maine Health Care, Spring Harbor Hospital, Stephens Memorial Hospital, The Aroostook Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital, York Hospital

Silver Level (Meeting 9 Standards) – 1 Hospital:
Redington-Fairview General Hospital

Bronze Level (Meeting 7-8 Standards) – 2 Hospitals:
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland

Individual Gold Star Awards:
Martha Bucklin, Mount Desert Island Hospital; Donna Chamoff, Maine Medical Center; Maura McDonald, Maine Medical Center; Deirdre Sulka Meister, Maine Medical Center

About the Hospital:

 Located in Westbrook, Maine, Spring Harbor Hospital is southern Maine's only nonprofit, private psychiatric hospital and a comprehensive provider of inpatient services for individuals who experience acute mental illness or dual disorders issues. Our 100-bed facility is set on 50 private acres in greater Portland and offers children, adolescents, and adults a comfortable and pleasant environment for psychiatric treatment. We provide 24-hour information and referral, voluntary and involuntary hospitalization and comprehensive discharge planning.

About the Breathe Easy Coalition:

The Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine’s mission is to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke through the promotion of strong voluntary policies that lead to reduced tobacco use and increased tobacco-free living throughout Maine. With funding and support from the Maine CDC Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine, the Coalition works in four targeted environments: behavioral health, colleges/universities, hospitals and multi-unit housing. For more information visit or contact us at 207-874-8774.

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