Hospitals announce they’re going tobacco free
Saint John Hospital and Cushing Memorial Hospital are going smoke-free.
In a letter to community members dated Monday, the rival Leavenworth hospitals announced their respective campuses would become tobacco free on Friday, Sept. 1.
"Because our missions call us to improve the health of the individuals and communities we serve, we believe that we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue and to promote a healthier environment," said the letter, signed by Bob Edwards Jr., chief executive officer at Cushing, and Greg Madsen, administrator at Saint John.
The hospitals said the decision, made with the support of their medical staffs, was part of an effort among hospitals in Missouri and Kansas to become tobacco free.
"In the metropolitan area, virtually every hospital including our neighboring facilities are supporting this initiative," the letter read.
The new policy affects the hospitals' entire campuses, including indoor and outdoor areas, personal vehicles, the Saint John Medical Plaza/Ambulatory Surgery Center, Cushing Medical Plaza and Medical Arts building and primary care sites.