The Baton Rouge location of the Digestive Health Center of Louisiana (DHCLA) has expanded its smoke-free policy to cover the entire campus. DHCLA consists of Gastroenterology Associates, the Endoscopy Center, and ONE Weigh System and is the most complete and comprehensive gastroenterology health center in the state of Louisiana. Since moving to its present location on Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge in 2005, DHCLA has been a smoke-free building and has recently expanded that policy to the remainder of the campus, including the parking lot and outside grounds.
"As a major provider of health care in the community, our mission is to create a healthier environment for our patients, visitors, employees, volunteers, and everyone who visits our medical facility," said Albert Hart, Chief Executive Officer of DHCLA. "We believe that we are setting a positive example for the Baton Rouge community and the patients, employees, and visitors of the DHCLA facility by implementing the campus wide smoke-free policy."
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five deaths is related to the habit, and even for those who do not smoke, second-hand smoke can still pose a dangerous threat. Recent studies by the American Cancer Society prove long-term cigarette smoking is also associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer. Education and awareness are important in the implementation of any disease prevention program, and the new, campus-wide smoke-free policy is one of many efforts being made by DHCLA.
"The decision by DHCLA to expand its smoke-free policy to the entire campus adds to its already renowned reputation as a place where people go to get well," continued Mr. Hart. DHCLA will continue to base future resolutions on its commitment to promoting good health and well-being in the greater Baton Rouge area.
About Digestive Health Center of Louisiana
The Digestive Health Center of Louisiana (DHCLA) was founded to promote and preserve the health of the Capital Region. Completed in 2005, this state-of-the-art facility brings Gastroenterology Associates and Louisiana Endoscopy Center together under one roof, creating the most complete and comprehensive gastroenterology health center in the state. Additionally, One-Weigh System completes the enhanced medical services provided under the roof of DHCLA. One-Weigh System provides a physician-supervised approach to weight loss and weight management utilizing health care specialists trained in the treatment of overweight individuals. Whether you are a patient, potential patient, referring doctor, or human resources professional, we appreciate the opportunity to serve you. To learn more visit us at www.dhcla.com.