2020 Hospital & Healthcare
Gold Star Standards of Excellence Program
Welcome Healthcare Organizations - new to GSSE this year!
Applications & guidance documents will be available for download via
Breathe Easy website.
Please email your completed application, supporting documents & questions!

Due to the pandemic,
there will not be an in person celebration for 2020.
Awards will be announced the week of November 2nd.
Social media announcements and press release will be during the week of the Great American Smokeout (November 19th)
*Important Application Information*
If your organization received a GSSE award in 2019 you may not need to submit an application this year. Please review your previous application, if there are no changes to the standards or updates to the application email BreathEasy to express interest in being recognized in 2020 without submitting an application.
Standards previews are now available on the website but keep an eye out for additional communications in mid-September regarding application release! Please don't hesitate to email Michelle if you have any questions in the meantime!
Breathe Easy conducts the Gold Star Standards of Excellence (GSSE) recognition program annually to encourage and support Maine’s hospitals and healthcare organizations that are addressing smoking and tobacco use by creating and maintaining smoke and tobacco-free policies. As leaders in health care, Maine hospitals and healthcare organizations seek to optimize the health of patients and the surrounding community. Both provide key community support and are exemplary role models of health care excellence. Tobacco-free campus policies are examples of this commitment that benefits patients, employees, and the entire community.

To learn more about all of our GSSE programs (Behavioral Health, Higher Education, Hospitals & Healthcare), see a listing of past awardees and view celebration photos,
please visit our website!
The Breathe Easy Initiative is a program of the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence supported by funding from Maine Prevention Services, Maine CDC, DHHS.