CDH Becomes Smoke-free

NORTHAMPTON — Effective Nov. 15, the Cooley Dickinson community — defined as the hospital campus, the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, the affiliated CDPA physician offices, and off-site facilities where Cooley services are offered — became smoke- and tobacco-free environments.

Richard Corder, vice president of Operations & Facilities Management, said that the organization’s transition — which was intentionally timed with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out on Nov. 16 — and the steps that have taken place over the past year have been based on best practices gleaned from other health care organizations and the work of a committed group of hospital staff.

“We’re making these changes for all the right reasons,” said Corder. “Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s vision for the future is to build a model community hospital. One of the measurable goals toward attaining this vision is our continued commitment to the health of our employees, patients, and the community we serve.”

Corder adds that best practices also indicated that supporting people who want to kick the habit is critical. Cooley Dickinson offered a six-week Freedom from Smoking program that began in October.

The American Cancer Society also offers a toll-free QuitLine that can be accessed by calling (800) 227-2345.