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 Houlton Regional 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. Houlton Regional Hospital was recognized at the gold level in the 2016 program.
“We at Houlton Regional Hospital are dedicated to improving the health status of those we support through education, treatment and rehabilitation. We have provided our community with a Smoke-Free Campus to promote a healthier lifestyle and we are very happy to receive this award,” said Janet Vose, Public Relations.
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.