PSFDH to become Smoke-Free – March 1, 2014

For Immediate Release – February 24, 2014

 Media Release

RE: Hospital Properties to be Smoke Free – March 1, 2014

Smiths Falls, ON – Your health and the health of our communities is a primary concern. That is why Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is implementing a smoke free property policy as part of our commitment to providing the healthiest environment for our patients, staff, physicians, volunteers and visitors. “This decision sends a clear message to our constituents that prevention is as important as treatment of illness and the we at the PSFDH are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment”, said Lynda Hendriks, Chair, Board of Directors.

On March 1st, 2014, the two sites of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital will become smoke free. Smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on the hospital property, inside or out. All staff, patients, visitors, volunteers will be required to leave the hospital property entirely – including parking lots if they wish to smoke. Tobacco – related diseases cost the Ontario economy over $1.6 billion in direct health care costs and account for 500,000 hospital days per year in the Province.

Linda Bisonette, President & CEO states, “as a healthcare leader, it is essential that Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital take a proactive role in protecting anyone who comes to our sites from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. We know smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Ontario. It is a major risk factor for chronic disease such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and emphysema.” For many years, smoking has been banned within nine metres of any hospital entrance. “We are taking the extra step of banning smoking anywhere on hospital property this March..” On March 1st signage at the two (2) hospital sites will be posted stating that all property is smoke-free.

“The medical staff supports and applauds the decision of the Board of Directors to implement the Smoke Free Property Policy” said Dr. P. Roney, Chief of Staff. He added, “As physicians, we see the impact of smoking on the health of our patients on a daily basis.”

Staff training in smoking cessation is currently underway and physician ordering of Nicotine Replacement Therapy through our hospital pharmacies is planned.

Thank you, in advance, for your support in maintaining our smoke free sites and in joining us to combat this avoidable cause of cancer in our communities.

About PSFDH:

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (the “Hospital”) is a fully accredited acute care health care organization located on two state-of-the-art sites. The hospital is situated in the heart of the Rideau Canal region and proudly provides health services to more than 44,000 people in the surrounding communities. The hospital delivers a broad range of primary and secondary services and programs such as emergency care, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, general and specialty surgical services, dialysis as well as laboratory and infection control services.

For more information:

Linda Bisonette, BScN, MHS, CHE
President & CEO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 2H9
613-283-2330 ext. 1110
Great War Memorial Site
33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
Tel: (613) 267-1500
Smiths Falls Site
60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
Tel: (613) 283-2330

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