March 31, 2008
MAURY REGIONAL HOSPITAL CAMPUS TO GO TOBACCO FREE
COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Hospital (MRH) and
its affiliate facilities will be tobacco-free effective
May 1, 2008. All patients, visitors and employees will
be asked to refrain from using tobacco on the premises.
While the hospital has prohibited smoking within buildings for several years, this new policy also applies to the campus grounds of all MRH owned or operated facilities. Several Middle Tennessee hospitals have already taken this step, including Vanderbilt, St. Thomas Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center.
“As a health care provider, Maury Regional Hospital has a responsibility to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles. Becoming a tobacco free campus is an important step in our ongoing commitment to improve the health, wellness and overall quality of life of our community,” said CEO Robert Otwell.
The hospital will offer assistance for inpatients who smoke. During a patient’s hospital stay, he or she will be offered nicotine replacement options, including gum, lozenges and patches. For patients whose symptoms are not controlled with one of these products, their physician will be contacted to prescribe an alternate replacement.
Maury Regional Hospital also offers smoking cessation classes for those who would like to quit. For more information about classes, call 931.381.1111, extension 2334.
Maury Regional Hospital is recognized as a 2007 Thomson Top 100 ® Hospital. The 275-bed not-for-profit regional medical center established in 1953 is located in Columbia, Tennessee. The hospital has a medical staff of 171 physicians, representing more than 30 specialties, and serves approximately 260,000 residents in southern Middle Tennessee with affiliate facilities in Spring Hill, Hohenwald, Lewisburg and Waynesboro. For more information, visit www.mauryregional.com.