For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
August 25, 2009
South Weymouth, Mass., August 25, 2009 -- On September 1, 2009, South Shore Hospital will implement a new Tobacco-Free Environment Policy that prohibits the use of tobacco and tobacco-like products on all South Shore Hospital locations. Becoming tobacco-free supports our mission to protect the health of everyone who comes to the hospital, and creates a healthier South Shore Hospital community overall.
Tobacco-free areas will include all South Shore Hospital-owned and leased buildings, properties and grounds, such as:
- Building entryways
- Campus walkways
- Parking garages
- Parking lots
- Vehicles on South Shore Hospital property
South Shore Hospital’s new tobacco-free environment policy will replace its current policy, which limits smoking and the use of tobacco and tobacco-like products to specially designated outdoor smoking areas. South Shore Hospital established a Tobacco-Free Environment Transition team to develop the new policy to help guide the hospital through implementation and enable a smooth transition for all. The group includes clinical and non-clinical staff, as well as smokers and non-smokers.
“Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, and second-hand smoke is proven to be a serious health hazard,” said John Walsh, MD, emergency department physician and liaison to the Tobacco-Free Environment Transition team. “We are joining the more than 50 percent of hospitals in Massachusetts who have already implemented this policy with great success. We hope to lead by example and we are here to help people stop smoking.”
South Shore Hospital is offering the “You CAN Quit” smoking cessation program to the public to help people stop smoking or using tobacco. The class is run by Maria Parisi, RN, a certified tobacco-cessation nurse. Both group and private sessions are available. For further information on the “You CAN Quit,” program, call (781) 624-8904.
South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 820-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,500 people, supported by a team of 500 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. Please call (781) 624-MORE or visit www.southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.