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Orange Regional Medical Center Announces its Plan to Become a Smoke-free Campus in May 2007

April 18, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center has announced plans to become a smoke-free campus effective May 7. A smoke-free campus means that smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the hospital campuses, including; buildings, grounds, parking lots or in vehicles on the property of Orange Regional Medical Center.

In commemoration of the November 16th Great American Smokeout, officials at Orange Regional Medical Center have announced plans to become a smoke-free campus in May of 2007. A smoke-free campus means that smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the hospital campuses, including; buildings, grounds, parking lots or in vehicles on the property of Orange Regional Medical Center effective May 6, 2007.

Presently, smoking is not allowed inside any hospital building. Executive Director of Public Relations/Marketing Rob Lee says, “Moving entirely toward a smoke-free campus will be consistent with the mission of the hospital to improve the health of the community. It will also align us with the growing tendency among hospitals, including some in our region, to be smoke-free. Our goal is to provide a healthier environment for everyone including employees, patients, volunteers, visitors, physicians and students.”

Smoking is the leading cause of heart disease, lung disease, cancer and many other illnesses. The hospital remains committed to providing an environment free of second-hand smoke, which is a risk for everyone. VP of Human Resources Deborah Carr says, “Quitting smoking can be very difficult, but the hospital will be there to help. We will support the efforts of employees who want to quit smoking by offering smoking cessation education and cessation programs prior to the May implementation date.”

The hospital will also develop additional patient education programs and resources to help patients refrain from smoking during their hospital stay. Information is available for anyone interested in quitting smoking today through the New York State Smokers” Quitline 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487).


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