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Heart Attack: Patients Counseled on Smoking Cessation

What does it mean?
Staff at the hospital should give heart attack patients advice and education about stopping smoking.

Why is it important?
Research shows that a smoker has a greater chance of stopping when a physician or nurse talks about stopping and provides information to the patient while they are in the hospital.

What does it measure?
This measure is used to determine the percentage of patients who had a heart attack that received advice and education while in the hospital about quitting smoking.

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.