Chickasaw Nation Medical Center is state and national leader in helping patients quit tobacco

Posted on: 4/13/16


The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center (CNMC), Ada, has become one of the leaders in the nation for providing patients with tobacco cessation services. The CNMC has adopted tobacco treatment best practices recommended by OHA, the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), and Joint Commission. In doing so, the CNMC is working to help combat Oklahoma’s number one cause of preventable death: tobacco related illness and disease, which kills more than 6,000 Oklahomans and costs our state $1.16 billion in health care costs annually, according to data from Oklahoma’s State of the State Health Report.

The CNMC was the first health system in Oklahoma and amongst a handful of hospitals in the nation to fully integrate clinical tobacco treatment into their electronic health records system, including electronic referrals to the state quit line.

“By building a sustainable tobacco treatment system, the CNMC has taken proactive steps to help curb the disease, disability, and high health care cost associated with tobacco use in Oklahoma. Furthermore, not only has the CNMC built a great model, but they are having a tremendous success, referring more than 1,000 patients to receive services from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (1-800-QUIT NOW), which greatly increases the patient’s chances for successfully quitting,” said Joy Leuthard, manager of health improvement initiatives at OHA, whose team helps hospitals around the state implement best practices for tobacco prevention and cessation services.

Additional support and resources for the tobacco cessation program at CNMC have been provided by the OHA’s Hospitals Helping Patients Quit program, which is funded by TSET. 

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