Creating a legacy of clean air for all
Held annually on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout encourages smokers across the country to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day.
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center took part in the national event on Thursday, November 17, 2016 to expand on its commitment of protecting the health of its patients, staff and neighborhood by providing the cleanest environment and air possible.
“The Great American Smokeout is the perfect opportunity for us to renew our commitment to providing a safe, clean, and healthy environment for our patients and staff, as well as promoting health, wellness, prevention, and the treatment of diseases in our communities,” said Jonathan Avery, president of Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.
Legacy Good Samaritan’s Good Health Team provided staff and visitors in the lobby with encouragement, resources and tips on how to quit smoking or help a loved one. Staff were invited to spin the anti-smoking trivia wheel to win a prize; enter the Great American Smokeout raffle for a FitBit; share their story on the inspiration wall; and learn about the many resources that are available to help smokers quit. Anti-smoking cookies and refreshments were also served.
Legacy Employee Health and Employee Relations were on hand to provide support to employees who were interested in quitting. Those interested received free nicotine gum and lozenges, movie tickets for signing the "Great American Smoke Out Pledge," and information about Legacy’s smoking-cessation benefits.
Good Sam also took the opportunity to use the Great American Smokeout of 2016 to renew its commitment to maintaining a completely smoke-free campus. Starting November 17, Legacy Good Samaritan began distributing smoke-free postcards, signage and phrases to help employees politely and sensitively communicate the importance of Good Sam’s smoke-free policy.
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