•  $20 gift card for first 15 people to register and complete the program

    You can quit smoking. We’re here to help.

    Are you ready to take the first step to stop smoking? Rome Memorial Hospital is ready to give you the support you need to break the addiction.
    Starting Thursday, May 3, the hospital will begin a free three-week series of smoking cessation classes. Register now and you can earn a $20 grocery gift card when you complete the program.
    The program will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting May 3 and ending on May 17, in the hospital’s classroom, 1500 N. James Street, Rome. Use our Bartlett Wing entrance off E. Oak Street for convenient parking and easy access to the second floor classroom.
    “Regardless of how long you have smoked, it is never too late to quit smoking, improve your health and quality of life, and protect the health of loved ones,” said Rome Memorial Hospital Cardiopulmonary Service Line Administrator, Eileen G. Luley, MS, RRT, RPSGT.
    “When you stop smoking, major health benefits for you start right away and you’ll be helping family and friends reduce the health risks associated with breathing secondhand smoke,” Luley added.
    Teaching the class is Rome Memorial Hospital Respiratory Therapist Sharin Chrzanowski, RRT. Sharin has been trained through the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart smoking cessation program. Participants should plan to attend all three sessions for best results.
    Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please call Rome Memorial Hospital’s Education Department at (315) 338-7143 on or before Tuesday, May 1 to register. The class is open to adults 18 and older.
    The program is free and those completing all three classes will be rewarded with a $20 grocery gift card.
    “No doubt about it – quitting smoking is difficult. But, you don’t have to do it alone,” said Luley. “When people make the decision to quit smoking, we want to be there to help.”
    The program is in collaboration with the Oneida County Health Department. The classes offer the information and encouragement people need to understand the addiction and the tools that are available to help them overcome the challenges.
    Smoking cessation class participants may be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement patches provided through The New York State Smokers Quitline. It would be advantageous to call Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS before attending the first class to receive the free “start kit” of nicotine replacement patches.
    “We see the adverse effects of smoking on our patients, including various forms of cancer, chronic lung disease and coronary heart disease,” Luley continued. “But, the risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related illnesses can be reduced if you quit smoking.”
    Research shows that 70% of all smokers want to quit. With some help and determination, people can quit smoking. Are you one of the 70% that wants to quit and has a willingness to try? If you are, then we at Rome Memorial Hospital may be able to help you.
    Anyone who is interested in learning more about smoking cessation can call the hospital’s education department at (315) 338-7143 or contact the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 866-NY-QUITS (866-697-8487) or www.nysmokefree.com. Other information may be obtained by visiting www.smokefree.gov.

    About Rome Memorial Hospital
    Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc., (RMH) Rome Memorial Hospital is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary care to long-term care, Rome Memorial Hospital delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. With its specialized Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital has become recognized as a valuable resource for senior services. Ranked among the top 20 percent of skilled nursing facilities for four consecutive years, the hospital has earned special designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility for providing quality care for older adult patients. Rome Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health.