A small rural health clinic in Daviess County will receive special recognition at a ceremony on Nov. 21 at Daviess Community Hospital for helping more tobacco users quit with the Indiana Tobacco Quitline than any other hospital or clinic in Indiana.
Daviess Community Hospital Medical Clinic is the first healthcare facility in southern Indiana to use its Electronic Medical Records software to refer patients to the Indiana Tobacco Quitline. Within the first three months after launching the e-referral system, they ranked first in the state for proportion of tobacco users referred to the Quitline.
“Thursday is the Great American Smokeout — the day the American Cancer Society encourages all tobacco users to make a plan and set a date to quit. I am thrilled to announce that on this day Daviess Community Hospital Medical Clinic will be recognized as the number one healthcare facility in Indiana for helping patients quit tobacco through the Indiana Tobacco Quitline,” said Sally Petty, Daviess County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program Coordinator and Daviess County Relay for Life Advocacy Chair. “For those who are ready to quit tobacco, DCH Medical Clinic is the very best place to get help making that plan and setting that quit date.”
Immediately after Daviess Community Hospital Medical Clinic launched their e-referral system, the numbers of Daviess County residents using the Quitline skyrocketed. The proportion of tobacco users receiving Quitline services in Daviess County (.76 percent) during that quarter was more than three times the statewide average (.24 percent). Daviess County had 62 Quitline users between July and October 2013, compared to a total of 49 people from Daviess County using the Quitline in all of 2012.
“Because of Daviess Community Hospital Medical Clinic’s e-referral system, we had more people quitting tobacco in the last four months with the Quitline as we did all of last year,” said Petty.