Hospital receives Smokeout Award
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MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 15 -- American Cancer Society representatives visited Schuyler Hospital recently to celebrate the evidence-based work being done by the hospital to reduce tobacco use in Schuyler County. Schuyler Hospital CEO Andrew Manzer was presented with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout Award by Diana Cahill, the Society’s regional vice president of the Southern NY region. Cigarette smoking is the primary known preventable cause of premature death in the U.S. with nearly one of every five deaths being smoking related. This surpasses the combined death toll due to alcohol, car accidents, suicides, homicides, HIV disease, and illicit drug use. Cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and 1/3 of all cancers including lung, lip, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, larynx, cervix, uterus, bladder and kidney are attributable to tobacco smoke. In Schuyler County, lung and bronchus cancer accounts for 15.8% of all cancer cases and 28.4% of all cancer deaths. This, hospital officials have stressed, highlights the crucial need for prevention and cessation of tobacco use. Schuyler Hospital received the Great American Smokeout Award to recognize efforts that improve the delivery of evidenced-based interventions to tobacco-using patients through the clinical setting in order to decrease the burden of tobacco use on the community. The clinical staff at the hospital has worked over the past several years to put policies in place to insure that: - 80% of inpatients are asked about tobacco use; advised to quit and assisted in their attempts by the clinical staff - 80% of inpatients who ask to speak to a cessation counselor are counseled - 80% of cessation consults ordered by a patient’s doctor are completed - Inpatients who consent are automatically referred to the New York State Quitline through faxed referral at discharge - A written policy to address tobacco dependence with patients is in place - Tobacco free grounds policy These efforts, on behalf of the entire hospital, have been stewarded and championed by Karen Hetrick, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services to insure that these policies have been developed, implemented and enforced. “Schuyler Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the health of this community,” said Cahill. “They are implementing ongoing interventions that will begin to reduce the devastating impact of tobacco use on Schuyler County.”The Odessa File