Hospital Properties to be Smoke Free in September – 2010

Smiths Falls, ON – Your health and the health of our communities is a primary concern.  That is why Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is implementing a smoke free property policy as part of our commitment to providing the healthiest environment for our patients, staff, visitors.  The Board of Directors at a recent meeting rendered the decision unanimously to approve such a policy. “This decision sends a clear message to our constituents that prevention is as important as treatment of illness and that we, at the PSFDH, are committed to providing a  safe and healthy environment”, said Tim Carter – Board Chair.

On September 1st, 2010, the two sites of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital will become smoke free.  Smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on the hospital property, inside or out.  All staff, patients, visitors, volunteers will be required to leave the hospital property entirely – including parking lots if they wish to smoke.  Tobacco – related diseases cost the Ontario economy $1.6 billion in direct health care costs and account for 500,000 hospital days per year in the Province.

Todd Stepanuik – President & CEO stated, “As a healthcare leader, it is essential that Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital take a leading role in protecting anyone who comes to our sites from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke”.  Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Ontario.  It is a major risk factor for chronic disease such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and emphysema.  Stepanuik added, “For many years, smoking has been banned within nine metres of any hospital entrance.  We are taking the extra step of banning smoking anywhere on hospital property this fall.”  On September 1st signage at the two hospital sites will be posted stating that all property is smoke-free.

“The medical staff supports and applauds the decision of the Board of Directors to implement the Smoke Free Property Policy” said Dr. P. Roney – Chief of Staff.  He added, “As physicians, we see the impact of smoking on the health of our patients on a daily basis.”

Staff training in smoking cessation is currently underway and physician ordering of Nicotine Replacement Therapy through our hospital pharmacies is in place.  Assistance for Hospital in-patients and for Hospital staff will be provided through the use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy, ongoing education and counselling.  Linda Bisonette, Vice-President Patient Care Services notes, “This program clearly supports our mission of fostering the well being of the people we serve, both patients and staff.”

Thank you, in advance, for your support in maintaining our smoke free campuses and in joining us to combat the number one avoidable cause of cancer in our communities.

For more information contact:

Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
613-283-2330 ext:1130
tstepanuik@psfdh.on.ca

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Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
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