Published: 07/19/2013

Evangelical Community Hospital Receives American Cancer Society Award for Tobacco Control

Evangelical Community Hospital has been awarded the American Cancer Society® Excellence in Workplace Tobacco Control Award joining an elite list of other recognized companies and organizations since the award series began in 2010.
The award recognizes Evangelical’s commitment to helping its employees take steps to stay well by providing them with comprehensive tobacco cessation programs and policies and benefits coverage that encourage tobacco cessation at the workplace.
In 2007, Evangelical Community Hospital became a tobacco-free facility prohibiting the use of cigars, cigarettes, pipe smoking and smokeless tobacco on all company premises, which applies to employees, patients, and visitors.
In addition to becoming a tobacco-free facility, Evangelical employees are offered assistance with smoking cessation through prescription coverage for nicotine-suppressive medications. Smoking cessation programs are eligible for a healthy lifestyle reimbursement; where employees receive a capped fee back to cover costs incurred for participation in certified cessation programs.
To be eligible for the American Cancer Society’s Excellence in Workplace Tobacco Control Award, organizations must have more than 1,000 employees and implement a company-wide, smoke-free policy which is enforced across all United States worksites. One-hundred percent of the company’s domestic employees must be offered access to a tobacco cessation program, and all barriers, including employee out-of-pocket expense, must be removed.
Evangelical Community Hospital also received the HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year, making it one of two hospitals in Pennsylvania to be recognized for consistent, positive patient experience.
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 130 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.


The American Cancer Society presented its highest tobacco control award to Evangelical Community Hospital on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The award is presented to organizations that encourage tobacco cessation through creating a workplace environment of wellness and offering programs for employees that provide medical and therapeutic assistance in eliminating tobacco use.
Pictured from left to right: Michael O’Keefe, President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital, Sheila Packer, Director of Evangelical Community Health and Wellness, Dawn Spuesens, Health Initiatives Representative, East Central Division, American Cancer Society, Megan Bollinger, Evangelical Community Health Coordinator, and Pam Foresman, Income Development Representative, East Central Division, American Cancer Society.