Farmington Hills, MI (November 9, 2007)--- On November 16, Botsford Hospital will join other Michigan hospitals by turning on the no-smoking sign on the hospital campus. Smoking and the use of tobacco products will not be allowed anywhere on the hospital campus, including inside or outside the hospital buildings, Botsford Hospital's off-site locations, in hospital vehicles, and in personal vehicles on hospital property.
For more than a year, Botsford has been preparing employees, patients and visitors about the new policy. Barbara Palmer, Corporate Vice-President of Human Resources says, "We have offered discounts to employees on smoking cessation classes and nicotine replacement, and we have held various informational meetings and events about the new policy. We also placed signage throughout the hospital reminding everyone of the hospital's plans to become tobacco-free."
Botsford will hold a tobacco-free launch event for its employees on November 15 to answer last minute questions and provide assistance for those who want to quit. There will also be some fun activities and giveaways.
Botsford Hospital, an independent 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 2006 Governor's Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford's Web address is www.botsford.org.
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