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    Centura Health Enhances Smoke/Tobacco-Free Workplace Policy

    November 20,2014

    (ENGLEWOOD, COLO.) Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, will enhance its smoke/tobacco-free workplace policy to no longer hire tobacco users, effective January 1, 2015. In 2012, Centura Health became smoke- and tobacco-free at all its entities and facilities, so the use of tobacco products on Centura Health premises is already prohibited. As Centura Health moves upstream to manage health, the enhanced policy demonstrates its continued commitment to create and maintain a healthy workplace.

    Tobacco use is undeniably dangerous to a person’s health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use leads to disease and disability and is the leading preventable cause of death. Modifying its existing policy to reflect a tobacco-free hiring workplace in Colorado and Kansas is the latest step Centura Health is taking to promote the health of its workplace and help associates control their health care costs.

    The change to the smoke/tobacco-free workplace policy does not apply to current associates. Under the enhanced policy, applicants selected for a position after January 1 will be tested for tobacco as part of their post-job offer screening. Applicants who test positive for tobacco use will be eliminated from consideration and may be eligible to reapply for job opportunities at Centura Health following 90 days after their last test result. Learn more about Centura Health’s tobacco-free hiring workplace.

    Centura Health encourages its associates to actively manage their health and wellness and provides resources to help them be successful through a number of tools including CaféWell, the Centura Health Quitline, the Profile Employee Assistance Program, and the classes and wellness coaching available at Centura Health entities.

    “As the region’s leading health care system, we are deeply committed to improving the health of our communities, especially as we move upstream to manage health,” said Gary Campbell, president and CEO, Centura Health. “It is important that we serve as a role model by internally promoting the benefits of health and wellness to create and sustain a healthy workforce. By inspiring one another to achieve our own level of health and wellness, we will truly optimize health care value for consumers.”

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    About Centura Health
    Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 17,100 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 15 hospitals, six senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, we are making the region’s best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. We’re Centura Health, and we’re here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit Centura Health website.

    Media Contact
    Jennifer Wills
    jenniferwills@centura.org
    303-804-8222



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