Tobacco-Free Policy to begin soon

From Staff Reports

   A joint decision made between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System to make all of their health facilities tobacco-free is scheduled to begin July 1.
   "The decision to adopt a tobacco-free environment throughout our health system was made as a result of indisputable evidence that tobacco use kills," MSHA President and CEO Dennis Vonderfecht said.
   The ban on tobacco products, including smokeless products, will include all buildings, sidewalks and parking lots at hospital facilities. Guests will be allowed to use tobacco inside their vehicles.
   Signs will soon be placed around hospitals reminding patients and guests of the coming policy and reminding them this effort is to promote good health throughout the community.
   MSHA facilities include: the Johnson City Medical Center, North Side Hospital, Johnson City Specialty Hospital, James H. & Cecile C. Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital, the Children's Hospital at JCMC; Sycamore Shoals Hospital; Johnson County Health Center; Indian Path Medical Center and Indian Path Pavilion; Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation - operating the First Assist Urgent Care centers, ValuCare Clinics and numerous primary care offices.