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October 19, 2016

Renfrew Victoria Hospital, celebrating with the Ottawa Heart Institute: 10 years of offering smoking cessation support to patients!

RENFREW, October 19th, 2016 — Renfrew Victoria Hospital is celebrating ten years of partnership with the Ottawa Heart Institute’s Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC). Since implementation of the OMSC at Renfrew Victoria Hospital, nearly 550 smokers have been reached through personalized, best practice tobacco dependence treatment, resulting in increased quit attempts and long-term cessation. An estimated 160 smokers are smoke-free as a result of the support they received while at Renfrew Victoria Hospital.

In 2002, smoking cessation experts at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute developed the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation—an institutional program that systematically identifies, provides treatment, and offers follow-up to patients who smoke as part of routine care. In 2006, UOHI began to assist other inpatient, outpatient and primary care settings to implement the OMSC. Implementation of the OMSC led to an absolute 11% increase in long-term quit rates among hospitalized patients (from 18% to 29% at 6 months). In eastern Ontario, nearly 100,000 smokers have been assisted through Ottawa Model programs, leading to approximately 25,000 people becoming smoke-free.

“Implementing the Ottawa Model at RVH effectively provided us with the approach and tools needed to assist patients who are motivated to quit smoking during their hospital stay,” said Randy Penney, President & CEO, Renfrew Victoria Hospital. “This program has been successful as a result of the determined efforts of our nursing staff, physicians, and the support of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.”

“The success behind the Ottawa Model for Smoking cessation is truly found in the determined teams across Canada, like here in Renfrew, that are providing personalized support to smokers who are trying to quit,” said Dr. Andrew Pipe, co-developer of the OMSC and Chief of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. “As all hospital grounds in Ontario will be required to be smoke-free by January 2018, helping patients deal with nicotine withdrawal when they are admitted and stay smoke-free when they leave will remain an important priority for hospitals in our region.”

Jessica Gilbert, RVH Clinical Nurse Manager of the Acute Care Program and OMSC program coordinator stated that the Ottawa Model for smoking cessation has been of great benefit to patients at RVH.

“We know that supporting our patients to quit smoking at any point in their life can only help to improve their overall health status. The Heart Institute has been a tremendous partner and the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation has provided RVH with the tools and support necessary to deliver quality best practices here in Renfrew,” noted Gilbert.

“Over the years, I have had the chance to counsel and assist many patients with the smoking cessation process. It has been very rewarding to be able to provide comfort and support to help patients stop smoking for good,” added Stephanie Wright, RPN, Smoking Cessation Champion at RVH.

About Renfrew Victoria Hospital

The Renfrew Victoria Hospital (RVH) is a 55-bed community hospital with a staff that includes 450 employees, 70 physicians and 150 volunteers. We are committed to continuously improve the quality of health care and to deliver the highest quality care possible to our patients close to home. RVH forms strategic partnerships with other healthcare organizations in order to provide access to specialized programs and expertise.

About the University of Ottawa Heart Institute

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada’s largest and foremost heart health centre dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing heart disease. UOHI delivers high-tech care with a personal touch, shapes the way cardiovascular medicine is practiced and revolutionizes cardiac treatment and understanding. It builds knowledge through research and translates discoveries into advanced care. UOHI serves the local, national and international community, and is pioneering a new era in heart health.

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Judith Lachance
Promotion and Communication Officer
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
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