In an effort to provide healthy environments for its patients, guests, physicians and employees, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center and the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center will become smoke-free campuses as of March 1, 2005.
“Smoking is dangerous and the health risks of cigarette smoking and harm caused by secondhand smoke are well documented,” said Gary Honts, chief operating officer. “It is only appropriate that in our environment, we take the necessary steps to protect patients, employees and others who visit our campus.”
The hospital currently offers smoking cessation classes to support the staff that will be affected by this decision. Classes for the general public are scheduled to begin March 8 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on the hospital’s south campus at 22 Bethea Drive. Classes will include stress modification techniques, weight management and alternative ways to remain a non-smoker. While the class will meet as a group each time, one-on-one sessions with the instructor are available for participants who need more individualized attention. The four-session program costs $75.
Each year more Americans are killed by cigarettes than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide and illegal drugs. Smoking is associated with cancers of esophagus, larynx, kidney, pancreas and cervix. It’s also a major cause of heart disease, bronchitis, emphysema and stroke. Not only do cigarettes wreak havoc on the smoker’s body, second-hand smoke exposes others to at least 60 carcinogens, including formaldehyde and benzo[a]pyrene, and six developmental toxicants, including nicotine and carbon monoxide. Well over 400,000 premature deaths in the United States each year are attributable to cigarette smoking.
To Register for Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s smoking cessation program, call 689-8285.
Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for nearly thirty years. The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation.
Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission o n Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest accreditation agency. To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit www.hiltonheadmedctr.com.