Gold Star Standards of Excellence

The Breathe Easy Gold Star Standards of Excellence program recognizes Maine health organizations that are addressing tobacco use and exposure by implementing strategies that support tobacco treatment and prevention.  As leaders in health, Maine healthcare organizations, behavioral health organizations, and hospitals seek to optimize the health of patients, clients, and the surrounding community; these organizations provide key community support and are exemplary role models of healthy behaviors.

Hospitals, healthcare organizations, and behavioral health organizations are committed to providing as healthy and safe of an environment as possible for their patients, clients, staff, providers, and visitors, this program gives these organizations recognition for leading the way by supporting tobacco-free environments and lifestyles. Those organizations who have received awards in past years are encouraged to reapply for continued recognition and ongoing commitment to addressing smoking and tobacco use.

Congratulations to the 2024 Gold Star Standards of Excellence Awardees

44 Maine Organizations and 4 individual Gold Star Champions are being recognized this year for their commitment to addressing tobacco use, secondhand smoke exposure, and nicotine dependence.

2024 Honorees

Learn more about the organization level awardees:

2024 Gold Star Champions:

  • Jennifer Bartlett, RN, Northern Light AR Gould Hospital
  • AnniPat McKenney, LincolnHealth
  • Malinda Scannell, RN, MSN, ANP-C, University of Southern Maine
  • Penn Whiteside, PMHNP-BC, University of Maine at Farmington

Organizations that meet at least 5 of the 10 evidence-based standards will be recognized during the Maine Tobacco Treatment and Prevention Conference in June 2024.

2024 Award Levels
•    Platinum: 10 Standards
•    Gold: 8-9 Standards
•    Silver: 6-7 Standards
•    Bronze: 5 Standards

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