Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center and all Novant Health hospitals, outpatient centers and physician
practices became tobacco-free on April 2, 2007. Patients, visitors, employees, physicians
and volunteers are not permitted to smoke inside or outside of facilities.
"Our decision to create a tobacco-free atmosphere supports our mission
of improving the health of our communities one person at a time," said Jacque Gattis,
Novant Health's Chief Human Resources Officer. "Years ago, our hospitals and clinics
took important steps in prohibiting tobacco use inside our buildings. We are now
extending this restriction to our entire grounds and campuses to further advance
health and safety."
Most hospital campuses in North Carolina have either become 100 percent tobacco-free or
are planning to implement that change in the near future.