OHA collaborates with Alliance Health Durant to present successful tobacco treatment initiative at Oklahoma Rural Health Conference

Posted on: 6/14/17

Left to right are: Eric Finley, OHA; Corrine Hunter, Alliance Health Durant; Jean Sampier, Alliance Health Durant; and Sally Crites, Alliance Health Durant, at the 2017 Oklahoma Rural Health Conference. 
OHA staff with the Hospitals Helping Patients Quit initiative (HHPQ) and the Alliance Health Durant Hospital recently presented tobacco cessation system change best practices and lessons learned at the 2017 Oklahoma Rural Health Conference.  

The presentation highlighted the tremendous success of the tobacco treatment program at Alliance Health Durant. Since November 2014, Alliance Health Durant has provided tobacco treatment services to thousands of patients, with more than 700 patients being referred to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline for follow up tobacco cessation services. It is estimated through these quit rates the hospital has saved more than 700 years of life and more than a half million dollars in cost associated with tobacco use and related disease.

“Alliance Health Durant has done a tremendous job with their tobacco treatment program. Not only are they fully committed to providing evidence-based cessation services to their patients, they are continually working to enhance outcomes from their tobacco treatment program. Each year of participation they have at least doubled referrals to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline from the previous year. They have fully embraced this health improvement initiative and should be congratulated for it,” said Eric Finley, tobacco cessation coordinator at the OHA.   

The HHPQ initiative is funded through a grant from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund. Since 2010, Oklahoma hospitals have referred more than 20,000 patients, family members, visitors and health system employees to the Helpline.  

For information on how your hospital can participate in this initiative, contact Joy L. Leuthard, leuthard@okoha.com, (405) 427-9537.

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