BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital has been recognized for achieving the Gold Star Standard of Excellence from the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network for its effort to create a tobacco-free environment and support tobacco-free lifestyles.
The Gold Star Standard of Excellence program encourages and awards Maine hospitals for meeting best practice standards for maintain and encouraging a tobacco-free environment.
“Hospitals are 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 Breathe Easy Coalition Program Coordinator Sarah Mayberry.
Maine hospitals participating in the program are recognized at the gold, silver or bronze level depending on the number of evidence-based strategies they have met. MDI Hospital met all 10 standards. “MDI Hospital is proud to be recognized at the gold level for our commitment to maintaining a tobacco-free environment,” said President/CEO Art Blank.
Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the country and a major contributor to health care costs. MDI Hospital is addressing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke through comprehensive policies, education, social norm change and treatment support. The 10 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.