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The Cardiac Center of Creighton Honored for New Tobacco-free Policy

The Cardiac Center of Creighton Honored for New Tobacco-free Policy

The Cardiac Center of Creighton University was recently recognized by the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) for implementing a tobacco-free policy. MOTAC officials presented The Cardiac Center with a plaque on Nov. 27 to commemorate the new policy.

“The move toward becoming tobacco-free was motivated by the work of Syed M. Mohiuddin, M.D., director of The Cardiac Center, and Susan K. Walsh, R.N., M.H.S.A., administrative director of The Cardiac Center,” says Athena Ramos, president of MOTAC. "The leadership and dedication they demonstrate by instituting this policy is exemplary. MOTAC is proud to support an organization that makes the positive decision to protect the health of its patients, employees and visitors.”

The Cardiac Center became tobacco-free on Nov. 16, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society's Great American Smoke Out. As a result, no form of tobacco use is allowed on The Cardiac Center property, including the surrounding grounds and parking lot. This policy is also in effect at The Cardiac Center’s off-site clinics in Columbus, Neb.; Onawa, Iowa; and Omaha. To help with the transition, all employees who use tobacco have been offered tobacco-treatment support through The Cardiac Center's own Commit to Quit program. The Commit to Quit smoking cessation program is lead by Tim Grollmes, the only master’s level tobacco-treatment specialist in the region. He can be reached at (402) 280-5287.

“I was going to quit smoking anyway, but smokers always have excuses to keep smoking, so I put it off and put it off,” says Judi Corbin, R.N., a nurse in The Cardiac Center’s Outpatient Clinic and a former tobacco user. “When The Cardiac Center announced it was going smoke-free, I decided that now is the time. This helped me make up my mind to finally do it.”

As the metro area's leader in cardiac care, The Cardiac Center hopes to achieve better health outcomes for faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors by reducing and preventing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Creighton University is also exploring the possibility of a campus-wide, tobacco-free policy. In addition, Creighton University Medical Center hospital will join in the effort as it prepares its employees to become tobacco-free in the upcoming year.

MOTAC is a community coalition comprised of more than 50 health-related organizations, educational institutions and individuals who work together to fight tobacco use through community action. MOTAC's mission is to prevent and reduce tobacco use and the accompanying health and economic consequences through education and public policy. Every month, MOTAC recognizes an organization in the Omaha area that is leading the fight for health by eliminating tobacco use on its property.

Posted: 12/18/06