June 13, 2012- Detroit Medical Center Announces Nicotine-Free
Detroit Medical Center (DMC) announced today its
implementation of a Nicotine-Free Hiring Policy.
EffectiveJuly 1, 2012, all
applicants hired will be required to complete a nicotine
screening as part of their pre-placement assessment screening
by Occupational Health. This policy applies to all DMC
locations and job titles.
This policy does not impact current employees. It only
applies to those hired on or afterJuly 1,
2012. However, current employees are encouraged
to stop smoking and can take advantage of DMC smoking
cessation services as well as the Michigan Department of
Community Health's Tobacco Program.
"DMC implemented a smoke-free campus policy, in
partnership with several other regional health systems, back
in July 2007. Once again, several of the health systems
have implemented similar policies to focus on health and
wellness strategies, said Deloris Hunt, Chief Human Resources
"The new policy also aligns us with the Vanguard Health
Systems (VHS) Health for Life initiative," Hunt added.
The Health for Life initiative provides healthy living
options that focus on nutrition, exercise, and disease
management. As part of this initiative, DMC introduced
the Lose2Win program in January 2012, healthier food options
in its cafeterias and vending machines, and made fresh fruit
and vegetables fromDetroit's
Eastern Market available on site at several hospitals.
DMC will continue to implement strategies to improve the
health of its current and future workforce. The DMC looks
forward to the planned Spring 2013 opening of a Whole Foods
Store in Midtown near DMC's main campus and will also help
provide healthy options to employees, guests, and the
DMC joins otherMichiganhealthcare employers, including
Oakwood Healthcare System inDearborn,CrittentonHospitalinRochester,BotsfordHospitalinFarmington Hills, andSparrowHospitalinLansingby implementing its nicotine-free
hiring policy. Health systems outside ofMichiganthat have adopted similar policies
include Cleveland Clinic, Akron Children's Hospital inOhio, and St. Luke's inPennsylvania.