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Danbury Hospital Campuses Will Be Smoke Free Effective November 19th

Monday, October 26, 2009 - Danbury, CT

Danbury Hospital announces that it will implement a smoke-free policy on all of its campuses effective November 19, 2009 coinciding with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. ” Danbury Hospital’s buildings have been tobacco-free for many years, and starting November 19th, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted anywhere on Danbury Hospital property – inside or outside (includes parking lots, garages, or on our grounds), and this policy applies to all employees, patients, visitors, medical staff members and vendors.

As members of the health care community, we witness the devastating toll that tobacco takes on the lives of our patients, family and friends,” said Marianne Mitchell, APRN and coordinator of Danbury Hospital’s “Quit Now” smoking cessation program. “The new policy is an effort to create a healthier community and to promote a higher level of care by addressing a serious public health issue that surround tobacco use and dependence.”

To help this cause, the Hospital continually offers smoking cessation programs and other complementary alternative medicine programs that are made available to our employees and the people in the community. For more information about Danbury Hospital’s smoking cessation programs, call 203-739-8161.

As a healthcare organization, Danbury Hospital’s primary mission is to advance the health and well-being of the people and communities it serves. By adopting a smoke free policy, we are setting an example of wellness and prevention that is important in facilitating positive health outcomes for our patients, staff and community.

Benefits of a Smoke-Free Environment:

  • The Danbury Hospital smoke-free campus policy is an effort to create a healthier community and to promote a higher level of care by addressing a serious public health issue that remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States accounting for approximately 1 of every 5 deaths (438,000 people) annually.
  • An additional 50,000 people died from exposure to secondhand smoke, and tragically, each day, approximately 1,100 kids become regular, daily smokers, according to the American Lung Association.
  • The smoke-free policy supports a national priority mandated by the Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona to provide an environment free of involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke.

Starting Thursday, November 19, 2009:

  • Smoking will not be allowed anywhere on Danbury Hospital property – inside or outside (includes parking lots, garages, or on our grounds).
  • The policy applies to all employees, patients, visitors, medical staff members and vendors.
  • The smoke free campus initiative includes no tobacco use of any kind on any of Danbury Hospital campuses (including off-site facilities).
  • Danbury Hospital provides smoking session programs to help you quit smoking for good. To learn more, call 203-739-8161.

Danbury Hospital will be a Best Place to Breathe starting November 19th, and that’s a good thing for the health and well being of our patients, visitors, and employees and the people in the communities we serve.

To learn more about Danbury Hospital’s Smoke Free Policy, visit our website at www.danburyhospital.org. For more information or for a schedule of upcoming smoking cessation programs offered by Danbury Hospital, call 203-739-8161.

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with New York Medical College, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disorders and radiology. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board certified in their specialties.

In the area of cardiac care, Danbury Hospital is ranked number one in Connecticut for cardiac surgery and in the top 5 percent nationally for overall cardiac care by HealthGrades®. This is the second consecutive year for the national award.

Danbury Hospital is nationally ranked in the Top 5% in the Nation for Women’s Health and a recipient of the 2009/2010 Women’s Health Excellence Award for providing services to women and is in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for overall clinical performance by HealthGrades®, a leading independent health care rating organization. It is the only health care facility in Connecticut ranked among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance five years in a row. For more information, go to www.danburyhospital.org.




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