Free Smoking Cessation Program at St. Catherine Hospital

(GARDEN, KAS.) Smoking Cessation is a free, eight-part health program at St. Catherine Hospital, 401 E. Spruce Street, starting Wednesday, November 5 at 12:00 pm.

The program is designed to help those who would like to stop smoking and will be presented by licensed, clinical psychologist, Susan Krigel, Ph.D. The presentation is one of a several health and wellness presentations offered by St. Catherine Hospital through its membership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), the outreach arm of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Krigel is a member of the MCA staff.

The Smoking Cessation program utilizes materials from the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center and will cover topics like addiction, medication options and relapse-prevention over the eight sessions.

"This program respects each participant's right to make their own decisions while providing tools and resources to quit and stay a non-smoker," explains Krigel.

Smoking Cessation is open to the public and anyone who would like to give up smoking is encouraged to attend.

"Nicotine addiction can be one of the hardest habits to break," explains St. Catherine Nurse, Heather Wright-Renick, R.N. She adds, "We're excited to offer a program that makes it easier for smokers in our community to kick the habit and improve their health."

To participate in the Smoking Cessation program on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm from November 5 through January 21 please call 620-272-2360.

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About St. Catherine Hospital
At St. Catherine Hospital, health care is not merely a business. It's a calling. St. Catherine Hospital is 132-bed Joint Commission-accredited regional health care center in southwest Kansas that is ahead of the curve in health care technology, using the latest innovations to care for the health of our community. Our growing medical staff and multiple clinic sites include a wide range of specialists to care for you and your family. For more information, please visit St. Catherine Hospital website.

About the Midwest Cancer Alliance
The Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), the outreach arm of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, is a membership-based organization that brings together cancer research, care and support professionals to advance the quality and reach of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship in the Heartland.