Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC) went “tobacco free” on January 1, 2014. The hospital will no longer permit employees, physicians, patients or visitors to use tobacco products anywhere on any hospital and clinic properties, including outdoor areas and parking lots.
DRMC is joining hospitals across the country that have already committed to a tobacco-free campus. As a healthcare organization we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients.
Tobacco use can cause diseases such as cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke and more. Secondhand smoke also is linked to cancer and heart disease and according to the U.S. Surgeon General, “there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”
“By becoming a tobacco-free campus, DRMC is reinforcing our commitment to providing a healthy environment for all of our patients, employees and visitors,” says Sherri Johnson, RN, Chief Nursing Officer.
DRMC brought together a tobacco-free team of both tobacco users and non-users to help implement the policy and develop a program to assist employees who use tobacco and wish to quit.
DRMC’s decision to go tobacco-free requires the cooperation of the entire community as we work together for a healthier community.