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Banner Good Samaritan's
Family Learning Center
Helping Employees, Patients and
Community be Tobacco Free
On January 1, 2010 all Banner Health Care facilities became smoke-free campuses. Terry Ratner, RN Health Educator, from Banner Good Samaritan's Family Learning Center led the way in helping her site become a tobacco free facility. Terry implemented the ASHline referral program at the Learning Center and created a two month tobacco cessation "information station" at the entrance of the Learning Center. During those two months, Terry and her staff of volunteers manned the information station and referred over 90 individuals to the quitline! Employees, patients, and patient's family members visiting the hospital stopped by the Learning Center to inquire about quitting tobacco and many were interested in being referred to ASHLine for tobacco cessation coaching. Terry was the top referring individual with 62 referrals for the month of November and 40 referrals for the month of December. "The most exciting aspect for me was to see employees who after years of smoking came to seek out information and desired to quit! After being referred to ASHLine, employees shared with me that they found the coaching and medication assistance very helpful."
Currently, Terry is working with ASHLine to implement a referral process in which the hospital medical staff can refer their patients and their families to the Learning Center where a brief intervention and referral to ASHLine during their stay at Banner Good Samaritan can get them on the road to becoming tobacco free.
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