Congratulations to Tacoma’s Franciscan Health System for being the first Washington State Hospital Association member to require that prospective employees be tobacco-free (TNT, 2-12). I wonder if this will apply to doctors applying for staff membership and employment.
A recent New York Times article states that hospitals in several states have “stopped hiring smokers in the last year and more are openly considering the options.” I’m glad Washington hospitals are beginning to follow the same policy.
As president of Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center’s medical staff in 1978, I instituted a no-smoking policy within the hospital for patients’ benefit. Mary Bridge, now a part of MultiCare Health System, was the first hospital to adopt this policy in our area. I hope MultiCare and its affiliated hospitals will soon embrace Franciscan’s plan for the well-being of both patients and employees.