Hospital Chief Proposes Sale to Save Smoking Areas

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WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) – A hospital administrator has asked the Putnam County Development Authority to buy two small areas outside the facility so people can continue to smoke there.

Randy Hodges of CAMC Teays Valley Hospital acknowledged that the deal would amount to a loophole in an accreditation company’s mandate that the hospital move toward being a “smoke-free campus.” The accreditation company determines whether the hospital can serve Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Hodges wants to sell the hospital’s two small outdoor smoking areas to the development authority for $1 so they won’t officially be part of the medical campus.

He told media sources that hospital visitors are typically under stress and are going to smoke, but there are no publicly owned sidewalks or other safe places to light up outside.

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