Hospitals put out smokes for new year
ALTOONA – There will be less smoke in the air around most of the region’s hospitals when 2013 arrives on Tuesday.
Altoona Regional Health System is banning tobacco and says it won’t hire tobacco users.
At Conemaugh Health System facilities, tobacco use will be prohibited for employees, contracted workers and volunteers. Conemaugh properties have been smoke-free zones since November 2007.
“As the leading health care organization for a pretty big region, we need to lead by example,” Memorial Medical Center President Steven Tucker said when the new policy was announced in September.
“We strongly believe this is the right thing to do for our community,” Altoona President and CEO Jerry Murray said. “Tobacco use is unhealthy for the users and those around them. As a health care system, our mission is to model healthy behaviors.”