March 29, 2012


Tobacco Free Policy in Effect as of May 1, 2012


JUPITER, Fla. (March 29, 2012) – Effective May 1, 2012, Jupiter Medical Center is implementing a tobacco free policy. As a healthcare leader in the community, Jupiter Medical Center is committed to providing the safest and healthiest environment for all its team members, patients, visitors, physicians and physician office staff.

According to the Florida Hospital Association, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths; an estimated 440,000 deaths per year, or 1200 people each day in the United States. The majority of the hospitals in Palm Beach and Martin counties have voluntarily adopted 100% tobacco free policies in an effort to promote the health and safety of their communities. The Tobacco Free Policy applies to all team members, patients, physicians and visitors.

John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center said, “It’s important that we follow in the footsteps of other healthcare facilities and stop the use of tobacco products on our campus to promote a safe and healthy environment. The new Tobacco Free Policy helps us carry out our mission of delivering excellent, compassionate health care and advancing the well-being of the people we serve.”

As of May 1st, use of tobacco products is prohibited on Jupiter Medical Center’s campus, including parking lots (and inside vehicles), surrounding sidewalks, the 1000, 1002, 1004 buildings, Foshay Cancer Center and Pavilion. JMC Team Members are not permitted to use tobacco at any JMC workplace or offsite locations, i.e., the GE Building, 3000 building, Sleep Center, Niedland Breast Center, Outpatient Imaging, and all Outpatient Rehab Facilities.

Jupiter Medical Center sponsors smoking cessation classes for any interested team members and the community. Classes are offered in April, May and June. For more details or to RSVP, please contact Lorraine Brokaw at LBrokaw@jupitermed.com or call 561-263-4351.


About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 283-bed community Medical Center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in orthopedics and spine, geriatrics, minimally invasive surgical procedures including robotic surgery, emergency services, cardiac services, obstetrics, cancer care and advanced diagnostics. Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center is top ranked in Palm Beach County by U.S. News & World Report, and was recognized as “high performing” in five specialty areas, including cancer, ear, nose and throat, gynecology, kidney disorders, and neurology and neurosurgery. The Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 520 physicians and 700 volunteers. For more information, please call 561-263-2234 or visit the website at www.jupitermed.com.


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