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Healthcare facilities receive awards for tobacco-free policies


Eleven Indiana health care providers received statewide recognition for their adoption and enforcement of a comprehensive tobacco-free air policy at their facilities. Two LaGrange County health care providers were among this select group of 2012 Rural Indiana Smoke-Free Environment (R.I.S.E.) award recipients – Parkview LaGrange Hospital and The Bowen Center of LaGrange.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Rural Indiana Smoke-Free Environment (R.I.S.E.) awards were announced as part of the 15th Annual Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) conference. The theme of the two-day conference is “Partnering for Better Communities.”

ParkviewLaGrange Hospitaland The Bowen Center received the award for their outstanding efforts in taking an active role in the health and well-being of rural Hoosiers through the implementation of tobacco-free policies.

The honor represents a collaborative effort involving IRHA and the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH-TPC). Intended to recognize tobacco-free health care facilities serving all rural areas of the state, the award signifies a commitment from ownership, management and staff to take the necessary steps to lead Hoosiers toward a healthier Indiana.       

In order to qualify for the award, the applying facility must show evidence of a comprehensive tobacco-free policy in all buildings, on all grounds and in all organization-operated vehicles. The facility must also submit an explanation of the process through which the policy was achieved and documentation of signage or other forms of enforcement. The awards honor facilities in Indiana that serve primarily rural populations.

The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission exists to prevent and reduce the use of all tobacco products in Indiana and to protect citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke. Learn more about TPC's efforts at

The IRHA is a not-for-profit corporation developed for the purpose of improving the health of all Indiana citizens in rural settings. Comprised of a diverse membership, the IRHA is committed to recruiting a diverse, grassroots membership with intrinsic strengths important to the task of providing meaningful forums, all of which involve the delivery of health care services in rural settings. For more information, visit www.indiana