Augusta, ME – The 10th annual Tobacco-Free Hospital Gold Star Standards of Excellence Awards Celebration, hosted by the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence’s Breathe Easy initiative, was held on November 14th at the Maine Hospital Association. The event, attended by hospital and public health stakeholders from across the state, recognized efforts by Maine hospitals to address tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. Thirty-three hospitals and four individual Gold Star Champions were highlighted for their achievements in advancing their organization’s smoke and tobacco-free policies as well as promoting tobacco-free lifestyles.
Spring Harbor Hospital was recognized for meeting the Platinum Level in the 2019 Gold Star Standards of Excellence Program for efforts to prohibit smoke and tobacco use on campus and address client tobacco use.
Claudia Henry, Director of Clinical Programming for Spring Harbor Hospital, attended the ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the hospital.
All Maine hospitals were invited and encouraged to apply for recognition; those that met at least seven of ten Gold Star Standards were recognized with a plaque. 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, Kristen McAuley, Tobacco Prevention Services Director for the Center for Tobacco Independence stated that, “We applaud the proactive efforts of these honored organizations to address tobacco use, which remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death, these organizations have implemented evidence based strategies that benefit their staff, patients, and visitors.”
For more information about Gold Star Standards of Excellence recognition program, please visit BreatheEasyMaine.org/Gold-Star-Standards-of-Excellence.
The Breathe Easy Tobacco-Free Hospital initiative at the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence is dedicated to providing Maine’s hospitals with the information and resources needed to make all organizations smoke and tobacco-free.
The program is funded by Maine Prevention Services. Maine Prevention Services is an initiative through the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention working across the state to impact tobacco, substance use, and obesity.
Celebration photos are available on Facebook and Google.
2019 Gold Star Standards of Excellence Awardees:
Cary Medical Center
Franklin Memorial Hospital
Houlton Regional Hospital
Maine Medical Center
MaineGeneral Medical Center
Mid Coast Hospital
Mount Desert Island Hospital
New England Rehabilitation
Hospital Northern Maine Medical Center
Pen Bay Medical Center
Redington-Fairview General Hospital
Southern Maine Health Care
Spring Harbor Hospital
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
Waldo County General Hospital
Calais Regional Hospital
Central Maine Medical Center
Down East Community Hospital
Millinocket Regional Hospital
Northern Light AR Gould Hospital
Northern Light Blue Hill Memorial Hospital
Northern Light Charles A. Dean
Northern Light Maine
Coast Memorial Hospital
Northern Light Mercy Hospital
Stephens Memorial Hospital
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Northern Light Inland Hospital
Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Gold Star Champions:
Barbara Crowley, Coastal Healthcare Alliance
Dr. Dena Whitesell, Maine Medical Center
Dr. Timothy Goltz, LincolnHealth
Joanne Fortin, Northern Maine Medical Center