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ORMC Enhances Patient/Visitor Safety and Goes Tobacco Free

September 04, 2008

ORMC Enhances Patient/Visitor Safety and Goes Tobacco Free

Kissimmee, FL – Beginning October 1st, Osceola Regional Medical Center will implement a new security system, called the Fast-Pass System, which will require all visitors to present photo identification prior to entering the building. This measure is being combined with other security enhancements in order to provide a safer environment for patients, employees and visitors.

“This is a precautionary measure that has been taken as a result of listening to the feedback we have received from our medical staff and employees, says Timothy Cook, Osceola Regional Medical Center’s CEO. “Our goal at this hospital is to provide the best medical care possible in the safest environment possible.

Additionally, to promote a healthier lifestyle and provide a cleaner environment, Osceola Regional Medical Center will be going Tobacco Free on January 1st, 2009. Each year tobacco related conditions account for 7,500 to 15,000 hospital admissions and causes up to 8,000 new cases of childhood asthma. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States and is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke.

“We’re proud to continue to be a leader in the community to promote a healthy environment,” says Timothy Cook, Osceola Regional Medical Center’s CEO. “While we understand that this transition is not an easy one, we feel that is important and will make every effort possible to assist those smokers who decide to take the next step and quit.”

About Osceola Regional Medical Center
Osceola Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art hospital offering the best in advanced medical care through highly trained professionals utilizing the latest in medical technology and equipment and a medical staff of board certified physicians representing all medical specialties.  Services include a 24-hour Emergency Department; Baby Suites Maternity Unit; Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Pediatrics; Orthopedic & Spine Center; Wound Healing Center; Kissimmee Physical Therapy Center; complete diagnostic, imaging and testing services such as Osceola Imaging Center and the Breast Care Center; and specialized facilities for community education.  The hospital completed its new multi-million dollar, 4-story cardiac care tower housing the Heart Institute of Osceola Regional Medical Center, which offers the full range of cardiac care from diagnostics and cardiac treatment including open-heart surgery to cardiac rehabilitation.  For more information visit,