LEWISTON — The Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network recognized 14 hospitals from across Maine for their achievements in advancing their campus tobacco policies and promoting tobacco-free living in their communities at an awards ceremony on March 24. Among the hospitals receiving MTFHN Gold Star Standards of Excellence was Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
CMMC was a recipient of the silver-level distinction for meeting eight of the 10 standards. The Gold Star Standards of Excellence were created to encourage more hospitals to adopt tobacco-free policies, as well as celebrate the success of those institutions that have already pursued model tobacco control measures.
In addition to recognizing the different health care organizations, MTFHN awarded seven individual Gold Star awards for leaders who advocated for tobacco-free efforts at their hospital. Laird Covey, president of Central Maine Medical Center, was a Gold Star Award recipient for his support for employees quitting tobacco with assistance through the hospital wellness program, Healthy Decisions. Central Maine Medical Center provides support at no cost to the employees who are ready to quit using tobacco and adopted a tobacco-free campus policy in 2004.