Paterson, NJ [November 17, 2009] - As of November 19, 2009, the date of the traditional Great American Smokeout (GASO), St. Joseph's Healthcare System - which includes St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ, St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital in Wayne, NJ, and St. Vincent's Nursing Home in Cedar Grove, NJ - will be taking the positive step of officially becoming smoke-free, inside and outside.
The new policy will prohibit the use of tobacco by patients, visitors, medical staff members, vendors and employees, on all hospital and nursing home grounds, including driveways and parking areas/parking garages. St. Joseph's Healthcare System is among 75% of New Jersey hospitals, identified by the New Jersey Hospital Association, to go completely Tobacco Free. It is estimated that by GASO 2010, more than 85% of New Jersey hospitals will be Tobacco Free.
"As a healthcare organization, St. Joseph's primary mission is to protect the health and safety of our patients, guests, and employees, all the while promoting and supporting a community culture of healthier living," said William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph's Healthcare System. "Health and wellness are priorities for St. Joseph's Healthcare System, and we are proud that our tobacco-free environment will reflect this."
Click on the video below to watch as Robert C. Amoruso, MD, FCCP, Chairman, Department of Medicine, St. Joseph's Healthcare System discusses Living Well Smoke Free.