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Franklin Square Commemorates Going Tobacco-Free
June 25, 2008 (Baltimore, MD)—To launch becoming tobacco-free on July 1, 2008, Franklin Square Hospital Center will hold a commemorative event on June 30, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. All hospital employees, visitors and the community are invited to participate.
“As a hospital, we have a responsibility to promote a healthy environment and healthy lifestyles, and becoming tobacco-free supports that,” said Carl Schindelar, president of Franklin Square Hospital Center. “It also upholds our mission, which is to provide the highest quality healthcare and education to our communities.”
Franklin Square announced its plans to go tobacco-free in January 2008. The hospital expanded the smoking cessation courses it offers to the community and encouraged employees who smoke to use the free courses for support. Since then, many employees have given up the habit, in preparation for the move to a new smoking policy as well as to improve their personal health.
“I’ve heard many positive stories from employees who have taken this opportunity to quit smoking,” said Schindelar. “I’m really proud of them. I applaud their efforts and encourage them to share their successes with fellow employees who might need a little extra support with this challenge themselves.”
One such person who will share her own personal story at the event is Susan Rogers, a Franklin Square employee and former long-time smoker. Susan quit smoking with the help of smoking cessation courses and has been smoke free for 18 months. Carl Schindelar and Tony Sclama, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs, will also speak at the event, which will conclude with the hauling away of park benches in an area outside the hospital where smoking is currently allowed.
Members of the press are invited to attend the commemorative event. Please contact me for additional details.