KRMC was awarded the Health Leadership Award by Arizonans Concerned About Smoking at its annual ceremony in Mesa last month. The award was in recognition of the hospital instituting a smoke-free policy as early as 2005.
Tobacco use is prohibited in buildings and on the grounds of all KRMC owned, leased and operated facilities. At the beginning of this year, that policy was extended to prohibit employees from using tobacco during their work shifts.
KRMC spokeswoman Jamie Taylor said the policy was instituted for numerous reasons, including protecting the health of visitors, patients and employees.
Connie Pope and Lisa Dreer of the KRMC Human Resources Department are credited with implementing programs, including smoking cessation classes, to assist employees in the transition.
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