Yalobusha General Hospital Administrator Terry Varner reported last Friday the hospital and nursing home campus will be designated smoke-free as of July 1.
Varner said the decision was made after careful consideration.
“Our physicians felt the hospital should be a leader in the community in promoting healthy living,” Varner reported about the decision. Employees with the hospital can opt to receive medical help to break the habit from the hospital’s health care provider, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, according to Varner.
Varner said the programs offered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield to help smokers quit were a big factor in the decision.
The only exception to the policy is current nursing home patients who were admitted as smokers. No new patients will be admitted in this category.