Smoking Cessation Clinic Offered at BBC

January 14, 2013

Holiday resolutions are a whole lot easier to fulfill if there is a support system in place—one like Bronson Battle Creek’s smoking cessation program.  In February, BBC will again host the American Cancer Society’s ‘Fresh Start’ program, a free, four-part smoking cessation clinic Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 5, 7, 12, and 14.  The classes will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in hospital’s Cancer Care Center conference room. Participants should enter from the cancer center’s main entrance off of Emmett Street.

This is a behavior-modification training program that can be used in conjunction with many ‘quit’ methods and nicotine replacement therapies.  It consists of four successive lessons that help the participant understand nicotine/tobacco addiction and then to guide her or him to successfully quit the habit. Class topics include ‘Understanding Why and How,’ ‘Mastering the First Few Days,’ ‘Overcoming Obstacles,’ and ‘Staying Quit and Enjoying It Forever.’

“Research shows that smoking increases a person’s chances of developing emphysema, heart disease, and lung and other cancers,” says Deb Pierce, RRT of the BBC pulmonary rehabilitation center.  “But by quitting smoking, no matter how long you have been indulging, does decrease your risk of smoking-related diseases, and it does improve your health as well as those around you.”

Anyone resolving to quit smoking in 2013 should call (877) 462-2247 to register or to receive more information about the classes.

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer. 


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