FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Linda Johnson
WCA Hospital Public Relations
WCA Hospital Goes Tobacco-Free
Jamestown, New York (Monday, June 22, 2009) - On July 1, 2009, WCA Hospital will join other hospitals across the nation and local healthcare facilities by going Tobacco-Free.
WCA will expand its current tobacco-free policy to include all hospital campuses both indoors and outdoors and service locations owned and operated by WCA Hospital and all grounds and parking lots as well as all vehicles parked in hospital lots (with the exception of private residences).
"WCA Hospital is a recognized healthcare leader whose policies and education are focused on wellness and prevention," said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO. "The expansion of our tobacco-free policy supports and advances the mission of our hospital to improve the health and well-being of the people of Chautauqua County and surrounding areas."
The policy applies to all hospital employees, patients, visitors, students, interns, volunteers, and all other guests. An effort has been underway for several months to alert patients, their families, visitors and WCA Hospital staff to the expanded tobacco-free policy. Support is being given to all who desire to stop using tobacco through smoking cessation programs, nicotine replacement products and counseling from the New York State Smokers Quit Line (1-866-697-8497) and the WCA Hospital Wellness Program at (716) 664-8677.
WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York's largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and American College of Radiology; and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.