Hospitals and clinics recognized by OHA for reducing tobacco use in Oklahoma

Posted on: 12/6/19


 
Left, Jordan Cash, FACHE, president, INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center; right, Eric Finley, manager, OHA Health Improvement Initiatives.
Hospitals Helping Patients Quit
(HHPQ), an initiative of the OHA and program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), recently recognized 21 hospital and clinic partners for achieving notable benchmarks in reducing tobacco use in Oklahoma. Organization leaders were recognized during the OHA Annual Convention on Nov. 13.

These visionary hospitals and clinics have made a critical commitment to their patients, employees, and communities to reduce Oklahoma’s leading cause of preventable death, tobacco use and related illness. Each of these organizations has implemented a permanent and standard best-practice protocol for identifying, counseling and referring individuals to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (OTH) for coaching support and nicotine replacement therapy.

Organizations recognized for reaching notable benchmarks in the number of referrals to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline are:
  • Cedar Ridge Behavioral Health, Oklahoma City, 100 referrals
  • Mercy Hospital Logan County, Guthrie, 100 referrals
  • Wagoner Community Hospital, 100 referrals
  • Northeastern Health System, Tahlequah, 150 referrals
  • Ascension St. John Jane Phillips, Bartlesville, 150 referrals
  • AllianceHealth Woodward, 200 referrals
  • Northeastern Health System Sequoyah, Sallisaw, 250 referrals
  • AllianceHealth Seminole, 300 referrals
  • The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City - Perinatal Program, 350 referrals
  • Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, 500 referrals
  • INTEGRIS Deaconess, Oklahoma City, 700 referrals
  • Norman Regional Health System (Porter), 800 referrals
  • Norman Regional HealthPlex, 800 referrals
  • SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex South, 800 referrals
  • INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital, Yukon, 1200 referrals
  • INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City, 1500 referrals
  • SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Oklahoma City, 1500 referrals
  • Mercy affiliated clinics, statewide, 3000 referrals
  • Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, Ada, 4000 referrals
  • INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, 5000 referrals
  • INTEGRIS affiliated clinics, 5000 referrals
Through effective, health care provider-driven tobacco treatment services, HHPQ partner hospitals and clinics have referred more than 40,000 patients to the OTH, resulting in an estimated 28,000 years of life saved and millions of dollars in reduced health care costs as well as personal spending on tobacco products.

The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) supports OHA’s Hospital Helping Patients Quit and the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. For assistance with tobacco cessation efforts, contact HHPQ@okoha.com or (405) 427-9537. For information on the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, click here. (Kelly Willingham)

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