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NC Prevention Partners Recognizes Rex Healthcare for Tobacco Cessation Programs

May 9, 2011

Contact: Melody Hunter-Pillion
(919) 784-4467

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC Prevention Partners has rated Rex Healthcare as a Gold Star Standard Hospital for providing the highest standard of excellence for tobacco cessation programs offered to co-workers. Rex Healthcare is the first Raleigh hospital to ever earn the Gold Star rating. 

"Rex Healthcare is committed to addressing the serious health issues associated with tobacco by helping our co-workers through the difficulty of quitting," said Brian Smith, Rex Healthcare human resources director. "We also know healthy co-workers are more productive and miss fewer days at work. I hope that Rex's efforts will create awareness in the community and perhaps serve as a model to other organizations who want to help people quit and prevent tobacco use." 

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) found that tobacco use affects productivity and absenteeism, increases use of disability leave, and increases overall health care costs among workers. As part of its quit-tobacco system, Rex Healthcare refers co-workers to effective quit programs, provides comprehensive benefits, including nicotine replacement therapy and prescription medication, and offers attractive incentives to encourage co-workers to quit tobacco use.

"Rex Healthcare continues to shine and perform as one of the top health systems in North Carolina," said Melva Fager Okun, senior manager with NC Prevention Partners. "They are doing a great job in supporting their employees in quitting the use of tobacco. I applaud their great effort to create a healthy workplace." 

NC Prevention Partners is working with hospital corporate leaders and staff across the state to enhance tobacco cessation efforts and provide resources to all hospital employees and patients.

NC Prevention Partners' work in NC hospitals is funded by The Duke Endowment and is in partnership with the NC Hospital Association. 

For more information on NC Prevention Partners, visit ncpreventionpartners.org