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Tobacco cessation program available at Jamestown Regional Medical Center

JRMC partnered with the North Dakota Department of Health’s Quit Line to connect admitted patients to tobacco cessation services.

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Jamestown Regional Medical Center is now offering tobacco treatment for patients admitted to the hospital.

JRMC partnered with the North Dakota Department of Health’s Quit Line to connect admitted patients to tobacco cessation services.

This treatment is important, said Dr. Rachael Renschler, podiatrist/foot and ankle surgeon and chief of the JRMC Specialty Clinic. Tobacco and nicotine use delays and interrupts the healing process.

“Whether the patients in our hospital are recovering from surgery or the flu, recovery has fewer complications and is faster without tobacco use,” she said. “Offering this treatment while a patient is already in our care supports them in their immediate recovery as well as their long-term health.”

JRMC received a grant from the North Dakota Department of Health to offer the supplies, training and patient education for the program. Respiratory therapists Gretchen Trebas, Erin Stewart and Nicole Brandvold are trained to support patients in the tobacco-cessation journey.

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“This program is important to me because most people know they should stop using tobacco but aren't sure how to go about it," Brandvold said. "Our training has taught us how to help so that we can give our patients the best care possible. We are excited to support our patients.”

Though the program is year-round, the state offers a special event this month.

"It's Quitting Time" is the North Dakota Department of Health's Tobacco Free program. The program encourages tobacco and e-cigarette users to set a quit date during "It’s Quitting Time" on June 14-20.

The tobacco cessation program is also available to outpatient individuals, who don’t have to be admitted to JRMC. The program is available at no cost to inpatients and includes two weeks of nicotine replacement therapy. The price for outpatient is $50 for the initial one-hour meeting and $25 for each additional half hour follow-up meeting.

To learn more about tobacco cessation at JRMC, call 952-4858.

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