Since 2011, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) has used funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work with Prevention Partners to support the NYC Tobacco-Free Hospitals Campaign. This campaign was designed to help every hospital in New York City achieve excellence related to comprehensive tobacco-free environments and cessation systems for patients. This quality improvement initiative was aligned with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Meaningful Use criteria and the Joint Commission Tobacco Measures set. Since 2011, twelve hospitals have participated.
The highest level of achievement from NYCDOHMH recognized healthcare systems that achieved the highest evidence-based standards for supporting tobacco-free employees and patients in the hospital and at outpatient facilities. Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System was the first to achieve this recognition. In 2016, three more hospitals were recognized: Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, and Long Island Jewish Forest Hills. Six hospitals currently have been recognized for excellence in quit-tobacco systems for employees and in-patients: Staten Island University Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Leslie Smith, Strategic Coaching Senior Coordinator