June 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm
Detroit Medical Center will no longer hire smokers as of July 1
All hired workers must pass a screening for nicotine use before they start their jobs, the DMC said.
The nicotine-free hiring policy does not apply to the existing 14,000 employees, who are still encouraged to stop smoking and use the DMC's smoking-cessation services or the Michigan Department of Community Health's Tobacco Control Program, the company said in a statement.
The DMC joins the Dearborn-based Oakwood Healthcare System, Farmington Hills-based Botsford Hospital and Rochester-based Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in adopting a nicotine-free hiring policy. Lansing-based Sparrow Hospital has such a policy as well .
Nonsmoking policies will eventually become the norm, especially at health care companies, said Fred Brown of market researcher Ducker Worldwide in Troy.
"More and more companies are doing this, more so in the United States," he said.
A Henry Ford Health System representative said in a Wednesday email that the Detroit health care provider is not considering such a policy at this time. A Royal Oak-based Beaumont Health System spokeswoman said in an email late Wednesday that "We have discussed it, but a decision has not been made yet."
The DMC initiative helps focus on improving employee health, DMC Chief Human Resources Officer Deloris Hunt said in a statement.
"The new policy also aligns us with the Vanguard Health Systems' Health for Life initiative," Hunt said, referring to the DMC parent company's effort to boost nutrition, exercise and disease management.
Since July 2007, the DMC, Henry Ford, Oakwood and St. John Providence Health System have banned smoking in their buildings and outside on their grounds.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120614/BIZ/206140343#ixzz1xo5fjRgG