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MDI Hospital receives Platinum recognition for efforts to address tobacco

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Bethany Roberge | BDN
Bethany Roberge | BDN
Lynn Leighton, MDI Hospital’s director of care management, accepts the Platinum Level Gold Star Standard of Excellence Award on behalf of MDI Hospital from the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network at a recognition event held at the Maine Hospital Association on Sept. 27 in Augusta.

BAR HARBOR—Mount Desert Island Hospital has been recognized for achieving Platinum Level in the 2018 Gold Star Standards of Excellence Program from the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network for its effort to create a tobacco-free environment and support tobacco-free lifestyles. Program awards were announced Sept. 27 at a ceremony at the Maine Hospital Association in Augusta.

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 support.

“MDI Hospital is proud to be recognized at the platinum level for our commitment to maintaining a tobacco-free environment,” said president/CEO Art Blank.

MDI Hospital is addressing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke through comprehensive policies, education, social norm change, and treatment support. The ten Gold Star Standards of Excellence set forth by the program 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.

During the event, hosted by the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence’s Breathe Easy initiative, 32 hospitals and three individual Gold Star Champions were highlighted for their achievements in advancing their smoke and tobacco-free policies as well as promoting tobacco-free lifestyles.  Maine hospitals participating in the program are recognized at the platinum, gold, silver or bronze level depending on the number of evidence-based strategies they have met. MDI Hospital met all 10 standards for the highest level of recognition.

“Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death; we applaud these 32 Maine hospitals for taking proactive steps to address tobacco use and exposure within their organization,” said Kenneth I. Lewis, senior director for the Center for Tobacco Independence.