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OSMH promotes healthy living with new smoke-free policy

12/9/2010 12:00:00 AM

(Thursday, December 9, 2010 - Orillia, ON)  – Patients and staff at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) are going to have to walk a bit further beginning in January to light a cigarette.

 

OSMH has set its sights on a cleaner, safer and healthier future for patients, staff and physicians, and is working towards making the hospital a 100 per cent smoke-free campus.

 

The move to a smoke-free campus originally began in 2007, when OSMH implemented a singled designated smoking area just outside the entrance to the ground floor of the hospital. Effective January 19, 2011, the final phase in our implementation means that staff, physicians, volunteers, patients and visitors, students or contractors will no longer be permitted to smoke on OSMH property; this includes the grounds, buildings, vehicles, parking lots, gardens and community sites including the Children’s Development Services and OSMH Foundation.

 

OSMH is making this change to ensure our patients, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers have a safe and healthy environment when they come to the hospital.

 

“As a health care facility dedicated to providing excellent care, and committed to a healthy and safe environment, we have a responsibility within our community to lead by example,” says Elisabeth Riley, President and CEO. “Going smoke-free sends a clear message to our community that prevention is just as important as the treatment of illness.”

 

Over 50 per cent of hospitals in Ontario, and four out of six within the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN), have already become smoke-free and more are planning to do the same. OSMH is proud to join them in their effort to promote healthy active living.

 

“We recognize that changing habits is never easy, and wherever possible, OSMH will support both our staff and patients, who will be challenged by this initiative when they come to our hospital,” Riley said.

 

The hospital is working with clinical areas to produce medical directives that will provide medical support and management to patients during their hospital stay. Smoking cessation assistance is currently available for staff through the Occupational Health & Safety department.

 

To help educate the community about the change that is coming, information signage displaying the campaign’s them of Cleaner Air – Inside and Out will be posted in the coming weeks at all entrances and exits. These signs will serve as a reminder to all staff, physicians, volunteers, patients and visitors for the next few months at which time they will be replaced with permanent signage.

 

 

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario (just 114 kilometres north of Toronto) and serves more than 440,000 residents in North Simcoe Muskoka. OSMH provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and paediatric care, oncology, complex continuing care, mental health and rehabilitation services. While it remains Orillia’s community hospital, OSMH has a new role as a regional healthcare centre. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.

 

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

 

Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

T: (705) 327-9179

E: tadyni@osmh.on.ca      

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