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Seven EMHS hospitals are once again being recognized by the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network for excellence in creating a tobacco-free environment for patients, employees, and the community. 
“This is wonderful news,” commented Robert Thompson, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer for EMHS. “Tobacco use is a leading cause of many known chronic health issues in Maine and healthcare providers should be leading the charge against tobacco use. I am so pleased to see that our EMHS hospitals have taken a leadership role.”  

The following EMHS hospitals received a gold star award, the highest level of recognition given by the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network: Acadia Hospital in Bangor, CA Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Mercy Hospital in Portland/Westbrook, Sebasticook Valley Health in Pittsfield, and The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle. Blue Hill Memorial Hospital earned the second highest honor with a silver star award.

The Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network has recognized hospitals for reducing tobacco use since 2007. The organization was initiated by the Partnership for a Tobacco Free Maine and the American Cancer Society of New England. Other partners include the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, Healthy Maine Partnerships, Maine Hospital Association, and MaineHealth.


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