Montefiore Medical Center was recently recognized by the New York City Health Department for its achievements in tobacco control as part of the Department’s Tobacco-Free Hospital’s Campaign. As one of the first hospitals to join the Campaign, Montefiore has enhanced both its environmental policies and its employee cessation programs, and was thereby awarded a Bronze Star – the first in the Bronx and the second New York City hospital to achieve this distinction. ”We commend Montefiore’s effort to help New Yorkers quit smoking by creating a tobacco-free campus for staff, patients and visitors, and providing employees with the best possible tobacco-cessation services,” says Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.
To achieve Bronze Star status, Montefiore:
- Affirmed their commitment to have a corporate “Culture of Wellness”;
- Communicated and enforced their tobacco-free campus policy to employees, patients and visitors; and
- Assessed and upgraded their employee cessation services.
This exciting achievement displays Montefiore’s commitment to the wellness of their employees and to creating a healthy environment for the entire community.
Commissioner Farley said, “Smoking is still the leading cause of premature preventable deaths in New York City. While the adult smoking rate is at an all-time low (14%), there are still an estimated 850,000 New Yorkers who smoke.”
Next, Montefiore will review and assess their patient quit tobacco systems. The Department of Health looks forward to seeing Montefiore’s continued progress in this Campaign.