Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center and POW’R Tobacco Cessation Center have joined together to offer patients who smoke, and would like to quit, a two-week course of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). All patients taking advantage of the benefit will also be referred to the NYS Smokers’ Quitline, 1-866-NY QUITS (1-866-697-8487) for free counseling and an additional two-week supply of NRT. The Quitline is funded by the NYS Tobacco Control Program and offers New York State residents free NRT and access to confidential telephone counseling by trained quit smoking coaches.
“Orange Regional has shown a deep commitment to their patients by partnering with POW’R to provide this free NRT,” said Susan Lennon, Education & Outreach Specialist from POW’R. “We are thrilled to be teamed up with a hospital that clearly cares for the health of its patients beyond their time of stay. Orange Regional’s participation in identifying patients who smoke and want to quit and offering them support, assistance and free medication, will enable these patients to immediately improve their health and ultimately improve their quality of life.”
Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in this country. Each year, 443,000 Americans die of smoking-related illnesses. Years of research has proven that patients listen to their medical providers. When healthcare professionals assist their patients in quitting smoking, successful quit rates increase from 7% to 30%.
For more information about Nicotine Replacement Therapy, call Orange Regional Medical Center’s Respiratory Therapy Department at 845-333-2000.
Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.