July 27, 2010
NCPP CONGRATULATES CAROLINAEAST MEDICAL CENTER AS GOLD STAR STANDARD HOSPITAL
CHAPEL HILL – CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern was recognized by NC Prevention Partners for providing the highest standard of excellence for tobacco cessation programs offered to their employees. Hospitals receiving this acknowledgment are considered Gold Star Standard Hospitals. NCPP is working with NC hospital corporate leaders and staff to enhance tobacco cessation efforts and resources available to all hospital employees and patients. In order to receive this recognition, CarolinaEast Medical Center refers their employees to effective quit programs (counseling), provides comprehensive benefits (nicotine replacement therapy and prescription medications) and offers attractive incentives to encourage employees to quit tobacco use. These are among several components recommended by NCPP for comprehensive quit-tobacco systems in hospitals. “CarolinaEast Medical Center continues to shine and perform as one of the top hospitals in North Carolina. They are doing a great job in supporting their employees in quitting the use of tobacco,” commented Melva Fager Okun, Senior Manager with NC Prevention Partners. “I applaud their great effort.” NC Prevention Partners’ work in NC hospitals is funded by The Duke Endowment and is in partnership with the NC Hospital Association.
About NC Prevention Partners: NC Prevention Partners is a leader in reducing preventable illness and early death in North Carolina caused by tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity. We helped North Carolina’s acute care hospitals go 100% tobacco free campus wide. We help employers create healthier workplaces, reduce costs and increase use of preventive health insurance benefits. Our mission as a non-profit is “Prevention first for a healthier North Carolina.” www.ncpreventionpartners.org