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SMMC Receives Gold Level Award for Being Tobacco-Free


One of 31 Maine Hospitals Recognized for Addressing Tobacco

On March 27, the Maine Tobacco Free Hospital Network recognized 31 Maine hospitals through the annual Gold Star Standards of Excellence program, during an event at the Maine Hospital Association.  Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) received a gold level award for meeting all ten best practice standards around creating a tobacco free environment and supporting tobacco free lifestyles. 

"Hospitals should be health and wellness role models for their communities, so it's important for them to set an example around reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke," said Maine Tobacco Free Hospital Network Director Sarah Mayberry. "The Gold Star Standards of Excellence program is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work of Maine hospitals to address this issue."

All Maine hospitals that meet at least six of the ten standards are invited to apply, and they are recognized at the gold, silver or bronze level depending on the number of standards they have met.  Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death and a major contributor to health care costs.  The recognized hospitals are addressing this issue through comprehensive policies, education, social norm change, and treatment support.  The ten Gold Star Standards of Excellence include creating a 100 percent tobacco free campus, implementing evidence-based treatment strategies, divesting from tobacco industry stock, promoting smoke free lodging options for visitors, and providing tobacco treatment and medication benefits for employees.

“As a member of the MaineHealth system, SMHC is committed to ensuring our communities are the healthiest in America,” said Steve Keegan, vice president of ancillary services. “This includes ensuring that our patients, visitors and employees can enjoy a smoke-free environment at all SMHC facilities.  As part of our commitment to the community, SMHC offers a ‘Be Tobacco Free’ Smoking Cessation program at no charge in addition to other support materials and resources to help patients, employees and community members quit smoking.  We are honored by this gold level recognition for our efforts.”

The recognition event for these Gold Star hospitals included remarks from Maine Hospital Association (MHA) President, Steven Michaud, who shared that the MHA Board adopted a position statement supporting tobacco free hospitals in fall 2012.

"Meeting these standards requires hard work and commitment from these healthcare organizations, and the Maine Tobacco Free Hospital Network is pleased to be able to honor their dedication," said Mayberry.  Learn more about the Maine Tobacco Free Hospital Network and Gold Star Standards of Excellence by visiting or calling (207)874 8774.

Photo Caption:
Cardiac Rehabilitation RN and Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Deborah Brown (right) accepts the Tobacco-Free Gold Award on behalf of Southern Maine Medical Center.  SMHC was recognized for meeting all ten best practice standards around creating a tobacco free environment and supporting tobacco free lifestyles.

The thirty-one recognized hospitals included:

Gold Level (met all 10 standards):
Acadia Hospital, Calais Regional Hospital, Cary Medical Center, CA Dean Memorial Hospital, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Franklin Memorial Hospital, Goodall Hospital, Maine General Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, Mayo Regional Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Parkview Adventist Medical Center, Pen Bay Medical Center, Sebasticook Valley Health, Southern Maine Medical Center, Stephens Memorial Hospital, The Aroostook Medical Center, Waldo County General Hospital

Silver Level (met 8 9 standards):
Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Central Maine Medical Center, Houlton Regional Hospital, Mid Coast Hospital, Miles Memorial Hospital, Millinocket Regional Hospital, Penobscot Valley Hospital, St. Andrews Hospital, St. Mary’s Health Systems, Spring Harbor Hospital

Bronze Level (met 6 7 standards):
Down East Community Hospital, Mount Desert Island Hospital, Redington-Fairview General Hospital

Gold Star Champion Awards:
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)
View and download photos from the 2013 Gold Star Standards of Excellence event at

About The Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network
The Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network (MTFHN) is an initiative of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, a non-profit coalition supported by the federal grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that funds the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine, the Maine CDC’s tobacco prevention and control program.  MTFHN provides free resources and technical assistance to Maine medical institutions to support hospitals in adopting tobacco-free policies.  To learn more, please visit us at or by contacting the MTFHN at (207)874-8774 or   

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including a 150-bed acute care medical center in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit


Media Contacts:
Sarah Mayberry
Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Program Director

Leslie Roberts
SMMC – Director, Marketing & Communications
(207) 283-7232


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