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La. hospitals launch statewide no smoking campaign

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Baton Rouge, La., (KNOE 8 News) – The Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) has launched the second phase of its Smart Choices, Better Health Hospital Campaign, a hospital workplace wellness initiative. While hospitals continue to work on implementing phase one of the campaign, which focuses on healthy eating, exercise and weight loss, they will begin strategically planning for phase two, which focuses on smoking cessation.

"Our patients trust the physicians and nurses who treat them every day. It is important that while we are taking care of patients, we are also teaching them ways to be healthier," said Kathy Bobbs, president and CEO of Regional Health System of Acadiana in Lafayette and LHA board chair. "One way is to lead by example, and that's why hospitals are committed to this initiative."

Hospital CEOs throughout the state appointed Campaign Champions who attended an orientation in Baton Rouge. These representatives were given the training and resources needed to help employees and the public quit smoking and to help their hospitals become tobacco-free campuses, if they are not already.

"Hospital wellness teams are encouraged to incorporate tools and resources from the orientation into their hospital-specific worksite wellness action plans to help improve the health of their employees and communities," said John Matessino, LHA president and CEO. "Smoking and obesity lead to other serious chronic illnesses and cost the state and taxpayers billions of dollars every year."

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals' Tobacco Control Program and the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) provided resources for hospitals to use in the planning and implementation of their programs.

"As healthcare professionals, we should lead by example in owning our own health, and discouraging tobacco use is key to helping people quit and preventing many future diseases, chronic conditions and diminished quality of life," said Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. "We were proud to become the first 100 percent tobacco-free state agency last year, and I am pleased to see hospitals around the state joining in this important effort to encourage others to kick the habit."

"TFL's partnership with the state's Tobacco Control Program and the LHA is a great step forward for Louisiana," said Tonia Moore, associate director for TFL. "Together, we can help ensure that healthcare providers have the additional resources and tools they need to help patients quit smoking, successfully. Cessation tools, or Quit Smoking Resources, are available by calling 1-800-Quit-Now or by visiting the Smoking Cessation Trust website at"

Since 2012, over 100 hospitals in Louisiana have joined the Smart Choices, Better Health Hospital Campaign. To learn more about the campaign, visit

About the Louisiana Hospital Association

Established in 1926, the Louisiana Hospital Association is a non-profit organization representing hospitals and healthcare provider groups across the state. The mission of the LHA is to support its members through advocacy, education and services. For more information, please visit the LHA website at

Note: See list below for hospitals participating in the Smart Choices, Better Health Hospital Campaign.


Michelle Clement, APR
LHA Associate Vice President of Communications & Public Relations
Phone: (225) 928-0026 E-mail:

Hospitals participating in the Smart Choices, Better HealthSM Hospital Campaign:

1. Abbeville General Hospital, Abbeville

2. Acadiana Management Group, LLC, Lafayette

3. Acadia-St. Landry Hospital, Church Point

4. Allegiance Health Center of Ruston, Ruston

5. AMG Specialty Hospital - Denham Springs

6. AMG Specialty Hospital - Feliciana

7. AMG Specialty Hospital - Lafayette

8. AMG Specialty Hospital - Slidell

9. Ascension Gonzales Rehabilitation Hospital, Gonzales

10. Assumption Community Hospital, Napoleonville

11. Avoyelles Hospital, Marksville

12. Baton Rouge General Medical Center - Bluebonnet, Baton Rouge

13. Baton Rouge General Medical Center - Midcity, Baton Rouge

14. Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital, Baton Rouge

15. Beauregard Memorial Hospital, Deridder

16. Bienville Medical Center, Arcadia

17. Bunkie General Hospital, Bunkie

18. Byrd Regional Hospital, Leesville

19. CHRISTUS Coushatta Health Care Center, Coushatta

20. CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Alexandria

21. CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, Lake Charles

22. CHRISTUS Schumpert St. Mary Place, Shreveport

23. CHRISTUS Schumpert Highland, Shreveport

24. Citizens Medical Center, Columbia

25. Cornerstone Hospital of Bossier City, Bossier City

26. Cornerstone Hospital of Southwest Louisiana, Sulphur

27. Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital, Hammond

28. Dauterive Hospital, New Iberia

29. DeSoto Regional Health System, Mansfield

30. Doctor's Hospital at Deer Creek, Leesville

31. East Carroll Parish Hospital, Lake Providence

32. East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie

33. Franklin Foundation Hospital, Franklin

34. Franklin Medical Center, Winnsboro

35. Greenbrier Hospital, Covington

36. Hardtner Medical Center, Olla

37. Heart Hospital of Lafayette, Lafayette

38. Homer Memorial Hospital, Homer

39. IASIS Glenwood Regional Medical Center, West Monroe

40. Jennings American Legion Hospital, Jennings

41. Lady of the Sea General Hospital, Cut Off

42. Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette

43. Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, Lafayette

44. Lafayette Physical Rehabilitation Hospital, Lafayette

45. Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, Lafayette

46. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Lake Charles

47. Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Covington

48. Lane Regional Medical Center, Zachary

49. LaSalle General Hospital, Jena

50. Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, Houma

51. Louisiana Medical Center & Heart Hospital, Lacombe

52. Madison Parish Hospital, Tallulah

53. Minden Medical Center, Minden

54. Morehouse General Hospital, Bastrop

55. Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Natchitoches

56. North Oaks Health System, Hammond

57. North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital, Hammond

58. Oakdale Community Hospital, Oakdale

59. Oceans Behavioral Hospital of Broussard, Broussard

60. Ochsner Baptist Medical Center, New Orleans

61. Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge

62. Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans

63. Ochsner Medical Center-Elmwood, Harahan

64. Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner, Kenner

65. Ochsner Medical Center-North Shore, Slidell

66. Ochsner Medical Center-West Bank, Gretna

67. Ochsner-St. Anne General Hospital, Raceland

68. Opelousas General Health System, Opelousas

69. Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Lafayette

70. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge

71. P & S Surgical Hospital, Monroe

72. Park Place Surgical Hospital, Lafayette

73. Pointe Coupee General Hospital, New Roads

74. Promise Hospital Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge

75. Promise Hospital of Miss-Lou, Vidalia

76. Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria

77. Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, Lafayette

78. Richardson Medical Center, Rayville

79. Richland Parish Hospital – Delhi, Delhi

80. River Oaks Hospital, New Orleans

81. River Parishes Hospital, La Place

82. Riverland Medical Center, Ferriday

83. Riverside Medical Center, Franklinton

84. Sabine Medical Center, Many

85. Shriners Hospitals for Children-Shreveport, Shreveport

86. Specialty Rehabilitation Hospital of Luling, Luling

87. Springhill Medical Center, Springhill

88. St. Elizabeth Hospital, Gonzales

89. St. Francis Medical Center, Monroe

90. St. Francis Medical Center (North Campus), Monroe

91. St. James Parish Hospital, Lutcher

92. St. Martin Hospital, Breaux Bridge

93. St. Patrick's Psychiatric Hospital, Monroe

94. St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington

95. Teche Regional Medical Center, Morgan City

96. Terrebonne General Medical Center, Houma

97. The NeuroMedical Center Surgical Hospital, Baton Rouge

98. Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, Thibodaux

99. Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans

100. Tulane – Lakeside Hospital, Metairie

101. Union General Hospital, Farmerville

102. United Medical Rehabilitation Hospital, Hammond

103. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, Sulphur

104. West Feliciana Parish Hospital

105. West Jefferson Medical Center, Marrero

106. WK Bossier Health Center, Bossier City

107. WK Pierremont Health Center, Shreveport

108. Willis-Knighton Medical Center, Shreveport

109. Willis-Knighton South & Center for Women's Health, Shreveport

110. Winn Parish Medical Center, Winnfield

111. Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge

112. Women & Children's Hospital, Lake Charles

113. Women's & Children's Hospital, a Campus of The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, Lafayette

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