Erlanger Kicks Off 2013 American Smokeout Day As A Tobacco-Free Health System

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Beginning Thursday, all Erlanger Health System properties will be tobacco-free.   

“We chose Nov. 21, Great American Smokeout, to honor those making the decision to live tobacco-free,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, Erlanger Health System president and CEO.  “As a tobacco-free workplace we are committed not only to our patients’ health but also to the employees and partners who work here.” 

Erlanger has joined numerous other companies, including other local health care facilities, to be completely tobacco-free.   The use of all tobacco products will be prohibited at all Erlanger campuses, physician practices, medical facilities, parking lots and garages and inside vehicles parked on the properties. Out of respect for Erlanger’s neighbors, many who are also tobacco-free businesses, Erlanger officials have directed those who work at Erlanger facilities to refrain from using tobacco products within a three block radius.  Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, pipes and any device designed to transmit or convey tobacco smoke (e.g. electronic cigarettes) or related inhalant. 

“As the region’s leading health care system, Erlanger continues to serve as a prime example for the health in our communities,” said Erlanger’s Chief Medical Officer, James Creel, M.D.  “While we are encouraging our patients to make healthy decisions and appropriate lifestyle changes, it is only fitting that our employees, volunteers, physicians, vendors and contractors we partner with also take the necessary steps to make it a healthy and safe working environment.” 

The care of patients remains Erlanger’s number one priority.  That includes providing assistance to those who use tobacco products. Other individuals who work, visit, or partner with Erlanger are encouraged to refrain from using tobacco products while on its properties.  Information on smoking cessation products and a free cessation program is available for employees. 

Erlanger visitors who use tobacco products may contact the American Lung Association at 800 548-8252 or www.ffsonline.org, visit the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, call the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine for a free quit coach at 800 Quit-Now or http://health.state.tn.us/tobaccoquitline.shtml , or ask their physician how they can participate in a tobacco-free lifestyle. 


Dr. T. Darrell Weldon To Head Hutcheson Hospital Board

Hutcheson Medical Center, Inc. announced Thursday that Dr. T. Darrell Weldon has been appointed as chairman of the board for Hutcheson Medical Center, Inc.   Dr. Weldon will also serve as chairman of Hutcheson Health Enterprises, Inc. and will continue his duties as chairman of The Hospital Authority of Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties.   Other board appointments ... (click for more)

Alexander, Burr Release “Innovation For Healthier Americans” Report

Senators Lamar Alexander and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Thursday released a report on the challenges to getting safe treatments, devices and cures to patients more quickly and effectively, examining what is working, and what isn’t, at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. The senators are soliciting feedback on their report as Chairman Alexander ... (click for more)

Chance Loftis Set To Be Freed From Jail After Jury Finds Him Guilty Of Only Misdemeanor Charge

Chance Loftis is set to be freed from jail on Monday after a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon found him guilty of only a minor charge. Instead of murder in the death of 46-year-old Donald Rogers, the jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole found him guilty of the lesser charge of reckless endangerment. He was found not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in the beating ... (click for more)

1 Dies In House Fire In Rhea County

Rhea County Fire Department officials said one person died in an early-morning house fire on Saturday. The call came at about 6:30 a.m. The brick residence is on Fisher Road. S tate arson investigators were on their way. This is Fisher road (click for more)

It's Time To Insure Tennessee - And Response

Tennessee has a problem.  What is the value of saving the lives of 1,000 Tennesseans each year? That is exactly what can be expected if 176,000 Tennesseans gain health insurance through Insure Tennessee. A New England Journal of Medicine study showed that expansion of Medicaid was associated with a 6% reduction in yearly mortality for people in the 34-65 age group. Statistically, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What About The Ashes?

I attended my fifth funeral in the month of January the other day and, while I wish a lot of my friends would hang around a little longer, I was amused by the conversation in the pew before the service began. The question was “ … then what do you do with the ashes?” More and more people are being cremated and asking their loved ones to scatter their ashes -- more properly called ... (click for more)