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Hospitals Pledge Tobacco Free Campuses

August 08, 2006

With the support of the Medical Staffs’ leadership, Providence and Saint John have joined hospitals across Kansas and Missouri in a bi-state effort to become Tobacco Free on Friday, Sept. 1, 2006.

“Because our mission calls us to improve the health of the individuals and communities we serve, we believe that we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue and to promote a healthier environment,” said Greg Madsen, Saint John administrator, who chairs the Kansas Hospital Association Tobacco Free taskforce at the district level and the hospitals’ Tobacco Free taskforce. “This action is also consistent with our Culture of Loving Care service behaviors. Evidence shows us that smoking or breathing secondhand smoke damages nearly every organ in the human body, is linked to at least 10 different cancers, and accounts for some 30 percent of all cancer deaths. We believe our patients, visitors, employees, volunteers, physicians and broader community will see a significant health benefit as a result of this initiative.”

The policy change affects both campuses, including both indoor and outdoor areas, personal vehicles, the Doctors Building (Wyandot Medical), Providence Place, Providence Urgent Care, Bonner Springs Professional Building, WestGlen Primary Care, Bethany Medical Building, Argentine Medical Building, Tonganoxie Family Practice, and Saint John Medical Plaza/Ambulatory Surgery Center.

To quit tobacco on a permanent basis, call 800-281-7777 to learn about educational resources available at the hospitals and in the community.