Sibley Memorial Hospital to Go Tobacco-Free
January 11, 2008
Sibley has announced that effective March 3, 2008 the hospital will prohibit smoking or the use of any tobacco products on the hospital campus, both inside and out, which will include parking areas and sidewalks on hospital property.
"Our commitment to a tobacco-free campus is consistent with the hospital’s mission of promoting wellness. This initiative will provide a healthier environment for our patients, employees, physicians and visitors. We are dedicated to the people we serve and we believe it is the right thing to do," says Robert L. Sloan, President and Chief Executive Officer.
By making our campus tobacco free, we are addressing the number-one health risk today. "We are pleased staff members have taken advantage of the smoking cessation aids made available and that many have been successful. We are committed to improving the health of the people who work here and those we serve," says Dianne McCarthy, Director of Rehabilitation Services and chair of the Tobacco-Free Campaign.
Tobacco use is a proven health and safety hazard, both to smokers and non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke. Sibley asks for community support in its tobacco-free initiative.
Serving Washington, DC since 1890, Sibley Memorial Hospital is a 328-bed acute care nonprofit hospital. Sibley is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and is licensed by the District of Columbia Department of Health and Human Services.