Published on October 02, 2018

MaineGeneral recognized for tobacco-free achievements

MaineGeneral Health was recognized for achieving the Platinum Level award in the 2018 Gold Star Standards of Excellence Program for efforts to prohibit smoke and tobacco use on campus and address client tobacco use.  

The award was presented at the 9th annual Tobacco-Free Hospital Gold Star Standards of Excellence Awards Celebration, hosted by the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence’s Breathe Easy initiative, held Sept. 27 at the Maine Hospital Association. 

“We’re proud of this recognition because we are committed to maintaining a tobacco-free environment and supporting tobacco-free lifestyles,” said Chuck Hays, president & CEO of MaineGeneral Health.

Award levels are based on best-practice criteria such as a smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy, annual screening for tobacco use, referral to tobacco treatment and supporting employee education related to tobacco treatment.

At the celebration event, Kenneth I. Lewis, senior director for the Center for Tobacco Independence stated that, “Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death; we applaud these Maine hospitals for taking proactive steps to address tobacco use and exposure within their organizations.”