Gold Star Awarded to Durham Regional Hospital
4/19/2012 11:19 AM
Durham Regional Hospital is the 32nd North Carolina hospital to earn the Gold Star for excellence in tobacco cessation programs for their employees. Here are some highlights of their program:
- Durham Regional Hospital enforces their 100% tobacco-free campus policy.
- All new hires are screened for tobacco use and encouraged to enroll in the Live for Life program.
- All employees who complete an HRA with a health check nurse and indicate they are tobacco users are automatically referred to receive a consultation.
- Duke University Health System's Live for Life program provides regular group or individual quit tobacco counseling sessions and has a quit rate of 21.4%.
- Employees receive over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy and FDA-approved prescription medications at no cost.
- Follow up with tobacco users enrolled in the program takes place at 3,6, and twelve months.
To earn the Gold Star, hospitals must complete the WorkHealthy AmericaSM Tobacco module, receive a grade of "A" or higher, and have their status verfied by NC Prevention Partners' staff. The WorkHealthy AmericaSM Tobacco module and Patient Quit Tobacco System are both available to North Carolina hospitals at no charge thanks to a grant from The Duke Endowment. To learn how to get started on improving your tobacco cessation programs for employees or patients, please contact Heather Berdanier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture above L-R: Lauren Updyke, Kelly Gehle