Holy Cross Hospital will become a smoke- and tobacco product-free campus as of May 1, 2012 to facilitate a safe and healthy environment, support local ordinances and laws and meet regulatory standards.
"Holy Cross is committed to being a leader in the health care field and this new policy aims to promote the health and wellness of our organization and enhance the quality of life for each other and those we serve," said president and CEO Patrick Taylor, MD.
The use of any tobacco products which include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco will now be strictly prohibited on the Holy Cross Hospital premises.
The new policy extends the "No Smoking" indoor policy to all the buildings on the Holy Cross Hospital main campus such as the Zachariah Family Wellness Pavilion as well as nearby Holy Cross facilities including the Holy Cross HealthPlex, Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center, Orthopedic Institute, Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Diagnostic Imaging Center, Holy Cross Medical Group offices, other medical buildings and parking lots
At the time of admission or appointment, patients will be advised that Holy Cross Hospital is a smoke-free campus and will be offered information and products related to smoking cessation and nicotine replacement. Visitors and outpatients will also be informed about the new policy.
The policy also applies to Associates, private duty nurses/sitters, volunteers, physicians, residents, students, emergency medical staff, vendors, contractors, children and youths.