Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford has won a gold level award for its efforts to create a tobacco-free hospital environment in 2012. The recognition, given by the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network in collaboration with the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine, rewards hospitals for taking ten different steps to eliminate tobacco use on campus and providing tobacco cessation programs for staff and patients. Hospitals are also recognized for divesting from all tobacco investments and recommending community lodging that is smoke-free.
“Our staff strived to ensure Southern Maine Medical Center met all 10 stars this year and we are very proud of this accomplishment,” stated Ed McGeachey, SMMC’s president and CEO. “More importantly, we are proud of the many people in our community that we have helped to quit tobacco-use through our collaboration with Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition. We want people to live longer, healthier lives.”
SMMC was honored at the annual Gold Star Standards of Excellence awards program celebration on March 21, which highlighted the efforts of 29 Maine hospitals and six hospital champions.