FMH meets gold standard


FARMINGTON — Franklin Memorial Hospital has been notified that it is one of five hospitals statewide to receive the Gold Star award for the 2010 Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program.

At a ceremony to be held at the Maine Hospital Association on March 24, 14 hospitals throughout the state will be recognized for their achievements in advancing their campus tobacco policy and promoting tobacco-free living within their communities.

The Gold Star Standards of Excellence is a 10-step written policy that encourages the adoption of voluntary tobacco-free policies. Appropriate signage posted at key locations and services for employees and patients needing assistance for nicotine withdrawal symptoms are among the 10 requirements.