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Tucson Heart Hospital Becomes Tobacco-Free Campus

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Tucson, Arizona – March 12, 2007 – Beginning Saturday, March 17, 2007, Tucson Heart Hospital (THH) will become an entirely tobacco-free environment. All employees, patients, and visitors will be prohibited from using cigarettes or any form of tobacco anywhere on the hospital’s property. Tucson Heart Hospital administrators and staff have been working to prepare for this milestone for months.

The launch of the THH tobacco-free campus will be marked by a health fair for employees and medical staff in the lobby of Tucson Heart Hospital on Tuesday, March 20. Associates will have access to useful information about smoking cessation and nutrition, and watch demonstrations of exercise techniques and stress-relieving activities - all in an effort to support those employees who wish to stop smoking in conjunction with the tobacco-free transition, and promote a healthy lifestyle for all staff. At Noon, Tucson Heart Hospital CEO Ed Myers will be presented with a certificate from the Arizona Department of Health Services certifying that THH has met all criteria to qualify as an official “Quit Zone.”

Carondelet Health Network, located in Tucson, Arizona, is a Catholic, faith-based,nonprofit healthcare system founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The network includes St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Tucson Heart Hospital in Pima County, Holy Cross Hospital in Santa Cruz County, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient medical malls, 16 Carondelet Medical Group primary care offices and the Carondelet Foundation. 

One of the largest employers in the Pima and Santa Cruz Counties, Carondelet Health employs approximately 4,000 and has more than 1,500 physicians on the medical staff. In calendar year 2005, Carondelet Health Network contributed approximately $25 million in community benefit to the southern Arizona region. Carondelet Health Network is a member of Ascension Health. More information is available at www.carondelet.org.

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