FARMINGTON — Franklin Memorial Hospital is one of 18 hospitals statewide to receive the Gold Star Award for the 2013 Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program.

FMH for cited as meeting all 10 best practice standards around creating a tobacco-free environment and supporting tobacco-free lifestyles.

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

At a ceremony at the Maine Hospital Association on March 27, 31 hospitals throughout the state were recognized for their achievements in advancing their tobacco policy and promoting tobacco-free living. Based upon the number of 10 best practice standards they met, there were 18 recipients at the gold level, 10 at the silver level, and three at the bronze level.

Franklin Memorial Hospital has been a Gold Star award winner for the past four years.

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