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Published on February 14, 2013

Washington Adventist Hospital’s Tobacco Cessation Program Recognized as a Best Practice in Maryland

Takoma Park, MDWashington Adventist Hospital's inpatient Tobacco Cessation Program was highlighted as a best practice at the 2013 Maryland Million Hearts Symposium on Wednesday, February 13. The symposium brought together the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Delmarva Foundation, the Quality Improvement Organization, and key stakeholders aimed at maximizing Maryland’s efforts to prevent and control heart disease.

Tobacco cessation plays an important role in lowering one’s risk for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, a smoker’s risk of developing coronary heart disease is two to four times that of a nonsmoker’s. Those who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day have more than double the risk of having a heart attack compared to those who have never smoked.

The Maryland Million Hearts Symposium featured keynote presentations that focused on why it is crucial to leverage statewide resources and partnerships to improve cardiac health. Julinda Massey, Tobacco Cessation Coordinator at Washington Adventist Hospital, and Judy Lichty, Regional Director of Health & Wellness for Adventist HealthCare, presented on Washington Adventist Hospital’s Tobacco Cessation Program, sharing best practices including providing counseling, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), and collecting follow-up data from patients.

“Our program strives to keep open and ongoing communication with patients, accommodating their needs to ensure their continued success,” said Massey.

Washington Adventist Hospital established its Tobacco Cessation Program in 2003. Patients are monitored and receive follow-up for up to one year at the intervals of two weeks, three months, six months, nine months and one year, in order to track each patient’s progress and minimize relapse.

“In addition to our inpatient program, our ongoing tobacco cessation classes and support groups allow us to extend the reach of supporting those who have quit smoking and help those who are going through the process of quitting,” said Lichty.

Washington Adventist Hospital also promotes smoking cessation through its tobacco free campus policy. This policy prohibits smoking and the use of any type of tobacco on the Washington Adventist Hospital campus and applies to all patients, visitors, employees, contract workers, volunteers, and physicians.

“Washington Adventist Hospital is dedicated to promoting a healthy community and a healing environment for all of our patients,” said Joyce Newmyer, President of Washington Adventist Hospital. “Our Tobacco Cessation Program and tobacco free campus are vital to this mission.”

For more information about Washington Adventist Hospital’s Tobacco Cessation Program, visit www.WashingtonAdventistHospital.com. For information on classes and support groups, visit www.AdventistHealthCare.com/calendar or call 800-542-5096.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 252-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing hundreds of open-heart surgeries and thousands of heart catheterizations each year. The Hospital is the first accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Center in the DC Metro Area. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system based in Rockville, Maryland, that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

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