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Posted: 2012-11-07

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center plans to mark the Great American Smoke out with an event aimed at educating employees and visitors alike about the benefits of smoking cessation.

The event will be held in the Main Campus Atrium on November 14, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with information provided by the American Cancer Society, Conemaugh Employee Wellness and Cardiac Services departments, as well as free food, chair massages, prizes and giveaways. 

Beginning January 1, 2013, Conemaugh Health System hospitals will implement tobacco-free employee work shifts.  This means that employees are not permitted to use tobacco products of any kind from the time they report to work until their shift is over.   “Our company cares about the health and well-being of our employees,” says Steve Tucker, President of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. “Scientific evidence shows that smoking is dangerous to our health, and that many health issues are associated with secondhand smoke which affects our nonsmoking employees, patients and visitors.  We believe that maintaining a tobacco-free shift sets an example to businesses, community leaders, organizations, and residents of our service area.” 

In response to an increased number of complaints from patients and communitymembers regarding employees smoking on the perimeter of campuses and thesmell of smoke on employees after smoke breaks, the Conemaugh Health System decided to implement the tobacco-free policy.  Tobacco-Free policies are a rapidly growing initiative at healthcare organizations throughout the country, including Cleveland Clinic, UPMC Hamot and Geisinger Health System.  

Since announcing plans for this new policy, many employees have taken advantage of the smoking cessation classes offered by the health system’s Employee Wellness and Cardiac Rehabilitation departments.  If you would like more information regarding the Smoking Cessation classes, please contact Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation department 814-534-1990.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121
Email: abradle@conemaugh.org