Kindred Hospital Boston Goes Tobacco Free on April 1

Kindred Healthcare tobacco free logoKindred Healthcare, the largest provider of post acute care in the nation, is committed to a healthy workplace and the safety and wellbeing of employees, residents, patients and visitors at its healthcare facilities. Recognizing the health threat of tobacco and tobacco smoke, Kindred campuses, including Kindred Hospital Boston on Commonwealth Avenue, are going tobacco-free April 1, 2013.

“Each and every day we provide advanced respiratory care for so many of our patients,” says Susan Downey, CEO at Kindred Hospital Boston. “With three decades of experience in ventilator care, and as the largest employer of respiratory therapists, Kindred is recognized as the national leader in pulmonary care. Being a tobacco-free facility is a logical extension of who we are and what we do.” Beginning Monday, April 1, tobacco use will not be permitted on the grounds of the property - including in vehicles. 

Kindred is offering complimentary tools including professional health coaching and nicotine replacement therapy (like specialty gum and patches) to help employees kick the habit and lead a healthier lifestyle. Kindred Healthcare is also a national partner of the American Lung Association, supporting efforts to improve air quality and lung health of all Americans. Kindred’s tobacco-free campus initiative advances this shared goal. “The Lung Association commends Kindred Healthcare as it makes its facilities entirely tobacco free beginning this April,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “Hospitals and other healthcare facilities can play a major role in reducing secondhand smoke exposure to patients, employees and the public when they make their grounds tobacco free. We applaud Kindred and hope other hospitals and organizations will follow their example.”

“Maintaining a tobacco-free campus is another way Kindred demonstrates a commitment to lung health and a dedication to hope, healing, and recovery,” says Downey. To contact Kindred Hospital Boston, call 617-254-1100.