WCGH honored for creating tobacco-free environment

Apr 09, 2013
Tina Dickey of Waldo County General Hospital, right, accepts the Gold Level award from Sarah Mayberry, director of the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network. As co-chair of the WOW Council at the hospital with Vicci Babson, she also accepted the Gold Star Champion award for that group.

Waldo County General Hospital was honored recently as one of 18 hospitals in the state to meet all 10 standards for creating a tobacco-free environment and supporting tobacco-free lifestyles.

“Hospitals should be health and wellness role models for their communities, so it’s important for them to set an example around reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Sarah Mayberry, director of the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network.

The 10 Gold Star Standards of Excellence include creating a 100-percent tobacco-free campus, implementing evidence-based treatment strategies, divesting from tobacco industry stock, promoting smoke-free lodging options for visitors, and providing tobacco treatment and medication benefits for employees.

The Works on Wellness Council at Waldo County General Hospital was also honored with a Gold Star Champion award for its efforts to create a tobacco-free environment.

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