MMC goes smoke free

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Marshall Medical Center, an affiliate of Maury Regional Hospital, will be tobacco-free effective May 1. All patients, visitors and employees will be asked to refrain from using tobacco on each of MRH facilities' premises.

While MMC and MRH have prohibited smoking within buildings for several years, this new policy also applies to the campus grounds of all MRH owned or operated facilities. Several Middle Tennessee hospitals have already taken this step, including Vanderbilt, St. Thomas Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center.

"Marshall Medical Center is dedicated to encouraging healthy lifestyles. The tobacco-free policy is an important step in our commitment to improve the overall quality of life of our community," said CEO Phyllis Brown.

The hospital will offer assistance for inpatients who smoke. During a patient's hospital stay, he or she will be offered nicotine replacement options, including gum, lozenges and patches.

For patients whose symptoms are not controlled with one of these products, their physician will be contacted to prescribe an alternate replacement.

Maury Regional Hospital also offers smoking cessation classes for those who would like to quit. For more information about classes, call 931.381.1111, extension 2334.

Marshall Medical Center, an affiliate of Maury Regional Hospital, offers a 24-hour emergency department as well as surgical, primary care and diagnostic services. Marshall Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission and has 27 physicians on the medical staff.