Farmington Hills, MI (November 13, 2006)--- Botsford General Hospital will turn on the no-smoking sign in November of next year, and even smokers who step outside the hospital won’t be able to light up. Botsford joins the growing list of hospitals that are becoming smoke-free by banning smoking on any hospital property. Botsford’s smoke-free policy will go into effect beginning November 16, 2007.
Beginning Thursday, November 16, 2006, Botsford will launch a one-year smoke-free “count down” campaign leading to the ban of smoking on the hospital campus. Barbara Palmer, Corporate Vice-President of Human Resources says, “Although the inside of the hospital has been smoke-free since the late 1980’s, the new policy expands the smoke-free areas to also include any and all exterior grounds of the hospital campus.” Palmer said that the hospital chose to implement this policy to continue a commitment to help promote healthy lifestyles.
As part of this initiative, a committee has been working on logistics such as signage, increased assistance for those who want to quit and other opportunities to create a healthier smoke-free environment at Botsford.
Botsford General Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital and Emergency Department Settings. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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