Berkeley County Hospital Goes Tobacco-Free


Tobacco use is no longer permitted at Jefferson Medical Center in Charles Town, West Virginia. The new anti-smoking ordinance came into action on September 1. Earlier this summer, Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg adopted a similar policy. Both hospitals make part of University Healthcare’s system.

According to Christina DeRosa, Jefferson Medical Centerl president and chief operating officer, the anti-smoking policy applies to University Healthcare satellite office buildings in Ranson, and the new Windmill Crossing building. Smoking is already banned in parking lots, sidewalks and even inside cars behind the campuses.

Berkeley County Health Department approved the change in the anti-smoking policy and they came into action from July 1 2014. The policy bans smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes in most public places in order to protect people from secondhand smoke exposure.

From July 1 Berkeley Medical Center is tobacco-free.

According to Teresa McCabe, vice president of marketing and development for University Healthcare, the major task of their organization is to promote health and are responsable for safety and health of  their visitors, workers and patients. Therefore, they totally supported the Health Department’s idea of tobacco-free campus.

Berkeley County’s board of health approved tougher clean-air restrictions in May current year in spite of numerous protest against it. The new policy also applies to University Healthcare’s satellite campus on Tennessee Avenue in Martinsburg and the Inwood Medical Building campus.

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