Gold Star Standards of Excellence

As leaders in health care, Maine hospitals seek to optimize the health of patients and the surrounding community. They provide key community support and are exemplary role models of health care excellence. Tobacco-free campus policies are examples of this commitment that benefits patients, employees, and the entire community. The Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network, an initiative of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, wants to recognize those hospitals that have worked hard to make their campus a 100% tobacco-free environment.

 

10 Point Policy Plan/Standards of Excellence

  1. The hospital campus is 100% tobacco-free, well-marked with clear signage communicating the policy at all campus and building entrances and other high traffic areas.  Tobacco use by staff, patients and visitors is prohibited at all time sin and on the hospital's property including in vehicles, in parking lots, at all satellite sites or other properties the hospital owns and rents, including off-site meetings and conferences.  (Tobacco refers to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, cigares, pipes and all other non-FDA approved nicotine delivery devices, such as electronic cigarettes.)
  2. The hospital has implemented policies and procedures to reduce patient and employee exposure to thirdhand tobacco smoke. (Thirdhand smoke is the tobacco smoke residue that lingers on clothing, hair, skin and surfaces after a cigarette as been extinguished and can be harmful to infants, children and nonsmoking adults.)
  3. Written policies and procedures that detail the hospital's tobacco-free policy, including enforcement and employee expectations, exist.
  4. Advertising or promotion of tobacco products is not allowed on the hospital's campus or satellite facilities.  This includes hospital publications and magazines subscribed to by the hospital for placement in waiting rooms.
  5. Information about tobacco dependence and treatment, secondhand smoke, and local/statewide treatment resources are readily available to patients and visitors.
  6. All patients admitted to the hospital are screened for tobacco use, tobacco status is documented and patients are offered comprehensive treatment services lduring their stay.  This includes tobacco dependency counseling/coaching, bedside interventions, clinical assessment and management for patients experiencing nicotine withdrawal, offering FDA-approved tobacco treatment medications, and referral to counseling post-discharge.
  7. The hospital supports evidence-based education and training on tobacco dependency and treatment for employees to provide counseling and education to tobacco users.
  8. Tobacco treatment services are a covered benefit in the hospital health insurance package for employees and dependents.  Benefits include coverage for counseling and medication therapy for quitting tobacco, with minimal,, or no barriers to utilization.
  9. The hospital makes available information about 100% smoke-free local lodging to allow visiting patients and families to make healthy choices regarding their lodging.
  10. The hospital has a written policy stating it refuses all donations from the tobacco industry and divests itself of all tobacco company stock.

MTFHN Gold Star Standards of Excellence Application

Each year, MTFHN invites all Maine hospitals to participate in the Gold Star Standards of Excellence program, if they meet at least six of the ten Gold Star Standards.  Hospitals that have previously been recognized are encouraged to apply each year to be highlighted for ongoing efforts.  The application for the 2014 Gold Star Standards of Excellence program can be downloaded here.  Completed applications are due to the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network by October 23, 2014.  Additional support for completing the application can be found in the 2014 application guide document and by viewing our August 2012 webinar slides and other presentation on our SlideShare page are available to support your efforts.

MTFHN Gold Star Standards of Excellence Awardees

The following hospitals have shown their commitment to maintaining a healthy environment and protecting their employees, patients, and visitors from secondhand smoke by implementing tobacco-free policies on their campus. We congratulate their efforts and have awarded them the following Gold Star Standard of Excellence award.

2013

The 2013 Gold Star Standards of Excellence program saw the highest level of participation yet from Maine hospitals, with nearly 80% (31 hopsitals) participating, view photos here. Learn more about the 2013 program by reviewing the Network's press release and program booklet.

 

Gold: 10 Stars 

Acadia Hospital, Bangor

Calais Regional Hospital, Calais

Cary Medical Center, Caribou

CA Dean Memorial Hospital, Greenville

Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor

Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington

Goodall Hospital, Sanford

MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta/Waterville

Maine Medical Center, Portland

Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft

Mercy Hospital, Portland

Parkview Adventist Medical Center, Brunswick

Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockland

Sebasticook Valley Health, Pittsfield

Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford

Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway

The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle

Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast

Silver: 8 to 9 Stars

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Blue Hill

Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston

Houlton Regional Hospital, Houlton

Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick

Miles Memorial Hospital, Damariscotta

Millinocket Regional Hospital, Millinocket

Penobscot Valley Hospital, Lincoln

St. Andrews Hospital, Boothbay Harbor

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Lewiston

Spring Harbor Hospital, Westbrook

Bronze: 6 to 7 Stars

Down East Community Hospital, Machias

Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor

Redington-Fairview General Hospital, Skowhegan

Gold Star Champions:

Laird Covey, Central Maine Medical Center

Carolyn Burgess, Goodall Hospital

Barbara Perry, Maine Medical Center

Breathe Free Program, Parkview Adventist Medical Center

Jim Fortunato, Redington-Fairview General Hospital

Be Tobacco Free Program, Southern Maine Medical Center

Works on Wellness Council, Waldo County General Hospital

2012

View photos here and learn more about the 2012 program by reviewing the Network's press release and program booklet.

 

Gold: 10 Stars 

Calais Regional Hospital, Calais

Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital, Greenville

Cary Medical Center, Caribou

Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor

Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington

Houlton Regional Hospital, Houlton

Mercy Hospital, Portland

Miles Memorial Hospital, Damariscotta

Penobscot Valley Hospital, Lincoln

Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport

Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford

Spring Harbor Hospital, Westbrook

St. Andrews Hospital, Boothbay Harbor

Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway

The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle

Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast

Silver: 8 to 9 Stars

Goodall Hospital, Sanford

Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft

Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick

Millinocket Regional Hospital, Millinocket

Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor

Northern Maine Medical Center, Fort Kent

Redington-Fairview General Hospital, Skowhegan

Sebasticook Valley Health, Pittsfield

St. Mary's Health System, Lewiston

York Hospital, York

Bronze: 6 to 7 Stars

Inland Hospital, Waterville

Maine Medical Center, Portland

Gold Star Champions:

Pam Alexander, Redington-Fairview General Hospital

Craig Cormier, Cary Medical Center

Patricia Gulnac, Goodall Hospital

Kathleen Mulligan, Mount Desert Island Hospital

Houlton Regional Hospital Respiratory Department

Mayo Regional Hospital Wellness Team

2011

Gold: 10 Stars

Calais Regional Hospital, Calais

Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth

Mercy Hospital, Portland

Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick

Miles Memorial Hospital, Damariscotta

Parkview Adventist Medical Center, Brunswick

Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport

Spring Harbor Hospital, Westbrook

St. Andrews Hospital, Boothbay Harbor

Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway

The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle

Silver: 8 to 9 Stars

Down East Community Hospital, Machias

Cary Medical Center, Caribou

Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston

Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor

Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford

The Acadia Hospital, Bangor

Bronze: 6 to 7 Stars

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Lewiston

York Hospital, York

Individual Gold Stars:

Cary Medical Center: Rebecca Bowmaster

Eastern Maine Medical Center: Helen McKinnon

Mid Coast Hospital: Marla Davis

Pen Bay Medical Center: Carla-Jo Kaler

Stephens Memorial Hospital: Sharon Buffington

St. Mary's Health Systems: Maria Pete and Jennifer Smith

Togus VA Medical Center: Dr. Melanie Thompson

2010

10 Stars

Spring Harbor Hospital

The Aroostook Medical Center

Parkview Adventist Medical Center

Franklin Memorial Hospital

Miles Memorial Hospital

Mercy Hospital

9 Stars

Pen Bay Medical Center

Mount Desert Island Hospital

St. Andrew’s Hospital

8 Stars

Calais Regional Hospital

Penobscot Valley Hospital

Central Maine Medical Center

Waldo County General Hospital

7 Stars

Redington-Fairview General Hospital

Hospital Individual Gold Stars

Redington-Fairview General Hospital: community team

Waldo County General Hospital: Wellness Council

Central Maine Medical Center: CEO Laird Covey

Penobscot Bay Medical Center: Sue Low

Mount Desert Hospital: Kathleen Mulligan

Mercy Hospital: Frederica Jackson and Mary Fink

Please see our Flickr photostream for photos of the 2010 Event.

2008

10 Stars
Mercy Hospital

9 Stars
Northern Maine Medical Center

8 Stars
Southern Maine Medical Center
Central Maine Medical Center

2007

10 Stars
Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital & Nursing Home
MaineGeneral Medical Center – Augusta
MaineGeneral Medical Center – Waterville
Northern Maine Medical Center
Riverview Psychiatric Center
Sebasticook Valley Hospital

9 Stars
Mayo Regional Hospital

Penobscot Valley Hospital

8 Stars
Down East Community Hospital
Franklin Memorial Hospital
Mid Coast Hospital