A countdown to better health is on at Texoma Medical Center. As a provider of healthcare services it is only natural that TMC and all of its locations become tobacco free.
Beginning November 20, 2008, TMC will not permit the use of any type of tobacco product in its buildings, on its grounds, or in privately-owned vehicles on its property.
For the past few months, TMC has begun to educate employees, patients and visitors to this new policy by posting signs throughout its facilities.
“Our property services department has even created a “count-down” wheel with educational material on the effects of smoking,” says Hattie Powell, TMC Compliance Officer and Tobacco-free Committee chairman.
“We understand that this will be a change for some people and we wanted to give tobacco users plenty of knowledge that this is coming.”
According to Powell, “Our goal has always been to be tobacco-free when we move into our new hospital. But as we’ve been planning for that new facility, it became obvious that there is no reason to wait. The effects of tobacco use are well documented and it only seems fitting that we begin now to help anyone that comes to our campus to be able to breathe freely. For patients, tobacco aids can be prescribed by their physician to help them with their nicotine cravings while in our care.”
In an effort to encourage employees to kick the habit, TMC is reminding them about the availability of participation in several tobacco-use cessation programs.
“We value our employees and want to support them in any way that we can, whether it’s by helping them to quit using tobacco products or to get involved in an exercise program.” says Bill Heinzmann, TMC Human Resources Director and committee member.
On November 20, also the date of the American Heart Association’s Great American Smokeout, TMC employees will be able to participate in a system-wide kickoff that will include education and giveaways.
For more information about Texoma Medical Center, visit us online at http://www.texomamedicalcenter.net.
It’s not unusual for people to say they feel much better after dropping gluten from their diet, even though they don't have celiac disease, digestive experts report.
There's still time to get vaccinated for current flu season, health officials say
The holidays are a time for flavorful food. And with this menu from WebMD, you can keep your calories in check.
Ready to raise a glass for the holidays without raising your calories? From eggnog to a 70-calorie cosmo, WebMD can make it light, festive, and still enjoyable.
These vacation and travel tips will help people with bladder control issues enjoy, instead of dread, their next trip.
There's almost no place or time in most of our lives that's beyond the reach of digital distractions, which can make it incredibly difficult to focus and get things done -- and to carve out quiet time for ourselves. At work, we can go for hours without stepping away from the computer, instead grazing on work, email and social media or cyber-loafing throughout the day. Despite New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's belief that success hinges on taking as few bathroom breaks as possible, working in this way not only drains our energy, but also affects our ability to focus
By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African sign-language interpreter accused of miming nonsense as world leaders paid tribute to Nelson Mandela defended himself as a "champion" signer on Thursday but said he suffered a schizophrenic episode during the event. The interpreter, 34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie, told Johannesburg's Star newspaper he started hearing voices and hallucinating while on stage, resulting in gestures that made no sense to outraged deaf people around the world. The government admitted Jantjie was not a professional interpreter but played down security concerns at his sharing the podium with world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama at the memorial on Tuesday. We accept all that." After the memorial, South Africa's leading deaf association denounced him as a fake, making up gestures to be put into the mouths of Obama and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma.