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MMC Among 11 MaineHealth Hospitals and Affiliates Recognized for Tobacco-Free Initiatives

Deirdre Sulka-Meister, N.P., right, accepts MMC's Gold Star award from Sarah Mayberry, Program Coordinator with the Breathe Easy Coalition.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network (MTFHN), an initiative of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, today recognized Maine Medical Center alongside 10 other MaineHealth hospitals and affiliates through its 2016 Gold Star Standards of Excellence program at an awards celebration in Augusta. This annual initiative recognizes hospitals for addressing tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke through best practice policies and procedures.

Maine hospitals that met at least seven of the 10 standards were recognized at the gold, silver or bronze level depending on the number of standards they met. 100 percent of all MaineHealth hospitals, including Maine Medical Center received “Gold Star” awards.

Three Maine Medical Center (MMC) nurse practitioners – Donna Chamoff, Maura McDonald and Deirdre Sulka Meister – were recognized as MTFHN Gold Star Champions for providing intensive tobacco treatment at the bedside for MMC patients and their continued leadership and advocacy for tobacco-free environments and resources at MMC.

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