ANGOLA, IN (WTVB) - Cameron Memorial Community Hospital was one of eight Indiana health care providers who received statewide recognition for their adoption and enforcement of a comprehensive tobacco-free grounds policy at their facilities. For the ninth consecutive year, the Rural Indiana Smoke-Free Environment (R.I.S.E.) awards were presented to the providers as part of the 16th annual Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) conference in Indianapolis, Ind. The theme of the two-day conference is “Adapting for a Healthier Future.”
Recipients of 2013 Rural Indiana Smoke-Free Environment (R.I.S.E.) awards were Bowen Center Angola (Steuben County), Bowen Center Auburn (DeKalb County), Cameron Memorial Community Hospital (Steuben County),Centerstone Greene County General Hospital (Greene County), Hamilton Center, Inc. (Counties include: Vigo--corporate office, Clay, Greene, Hendricks, Marion, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, and Vermillion), Monticello Medical Center (White County), and St. Vincent Jennings Hospital (Jennings County)
“The Indiana Rural Health Association is proud to recognize all of the state RISE award winners for 2013. As children, we were told that good habits start at home. The leadership shown by the RISE award winners demonstrates that good health habits can start at the workplace. These winners are showing their communities that they are leaders in the effort to help everyone adopt healthy habits. Congratulations!” said Don Kelso, Executive Director of IRHA.
The honor represents a collaborative effort involving IRHA and the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission (TPC). Intended to recognize tobacco-free health care facilities serving all rural areas of the state, the award signifies a commitment from ownership, management and staff to take the necessary steps leading to a healthier Indiana.
In order to qualify for the award, the applying facility must show evidence of a comprehensive tobacco-free policy in all buildings, on all grounds and in all organization-operated vehicles. The facility must also submit an explanation of the process through which the policy was achieved and documentation of signage or other forms of enforcement. The awards honor facilities in Indiana that serve primarily rural populations.
“These facilities represent the individuals on the frontlines in the battle for healthier lives. One of the fundamental steps we must take is to protect all Hoosiers from the harmful effects of tobacco use,” said Miranda Spitznagle, Director, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission of the Indiana State Department of Health.