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Monday, March 24, 2014 - INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center earns first OHA WorkHealthy Hospitals Gold Star

Left to right: Craig W. Jones, president, OHA; Joy L. Leuthard, manager, health improvement initiatives,OHA; Anissa Chadick, employee wellness system director, INTEGRIS Health; Kim Olson, coordinator, tobacco treatment systems, INTEGRIS Health; Bruce Lawrence, president and CEO, INTEGRIS Health.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, became the first hospital in Oklahoma to receive Gold Star recognition for Tobacco Freedom from Prevention Partner’s WorkHealthy America℠.

Collaborating with Prevention Partners in North Carolina, the OHA adopted WorkHealthy America℠ , an initiative that was created in North Carolina and has been enormously successful there. Beginning in July 2013, Oklahoma has tailored this initiative, entitled WorkHealthy Hospitals, to fit Oklahoma hospitals’ needs for worksite health improvement.

INTEGRIS was the first hospital system to become fully engaged in WorkHealthy Hospitals and has proven to be a model of success in employee wellness and specifically in tobacco cessation.

Through WorkHealthy Hospitals (WHH), OHA assists hospitals to improve the health of their employees through four components: Culture of Wellness, Nutrition/Food Environment, Physical Fitness and Tobacco Free Environment. Consultation is provided to make permanent system and environmental changes that will sustain health improvement and assure long range results.

In 2010, OHA and INTEGRIS partnered to implement a comprehensive tobacco free effort including an evidence-based tobacco cessation model throughout the INTEGRIS Health system. This OHA initiative, Hospitals Helping Patients Quit (HHPQ), was a five-year grant funded through the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) to support Oklahoma hospitals in leading a tobacco free culture in their communities through reducing illness, disability and death due to tobacco use. WHH was newly funded and HHPQ was funded by TSET for another five years beginning July 2013.

In 2005, all INTEGRIS Health system hospitals implemented a tobacco-free policy. Two years ago, they modified that policy to be more comprehensive and incorporated additional restrictions of all nicotine and tobacco products, which include new products on the market such as “vaping” devices and electronic cigarettes.

With the leadership of Bruce Lawrence, INTEGRIS president and CEO, INTEGRIS became the pilot hospital system to implement an evidence-based tobacco cessation model for patients and employees beginning in October 2010. Over the past three and a half years, cessation services to employees and their dependents has expanded and improved to be more effective. Prior to this time, very few INTEGRIS employees participated in tobacco cessation classes and with little success. To date nearly 130 employees have been helped with their nicotine addiction and with far greater success – and more than ever participated prior to this new benefit.

Through consultation and education, OHA assisted INTEGRIS hospital administrative and clinical staff to implement the following:

Adoption of the nationally recognized and evidence-based treatment model as outlined in the USPHS Clinical Practice Guidelines: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. This guideline has been endorsed by more than 65 major health agencies, organizations and professional associations. The Guideline recommends identifying each tobacco user and assessing their “readiness to quit,” and provide appropriate over-the-counter or prescription medications as well as support.

Referring patients to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline for effective ongoing one-on-one coaching support, nicotine replacement therapy (if appropriate), education and support. One recommendation of the Guidelines is for health providers to fax a referral to the Helpline, with patient/employee approval, and the Helpline coach proactively calls them back to enroll in the program.

Since the HHPQ initiative began, INTEGRIS has referred more than 6,400 tobacco users to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, including both employees and patients, the largest number made by any health provider in Oklahoma. Of those referrals, 38 percent enrolled in the program to develop an individualized tobacco treatment plan -- a percentage that is higher than the national average.

Assessing and supporting the development and implementation of tobacco free campus policies and procedures to cultivate a healthy, tobacco free culture in their organization.
Working closely with hospital staff to tailor these systems to their own organization.

Prevention Partners conducts “validation calls” for Gold Star awards to verify that all standards are met. Additional Gold Star calls will be continuing for the INTEGRIS Health system as others have met the Tobacco Fee standards as well. INTEGRIS Baptist’s Gold Star award has also been recognized nationally and been reported to the CDC. The CDC, which endorsed WorkHealthy America℠, monitors the progress of these efforts nationally in conjunction with Prevention Partners.

Congratulations to INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center for setting the Gold Star standard in tobacco free hospital environments for Oklahoma! (Sydney Tomlinson)

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