On October 25, at their quarterly gathering, the North Country Tobacco Treatment Network presented their Appreciation Award to Troy King, RN, CTTS. Troy is RN Care Manager & Tobacco Treatment Specialist at Northern Adirondack Medical Home, University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Health Network. The presentation included remarks by Troy’s colleague Angela Bashaw, Director of Programs and Practice Support, Outpatient Medical Services, University of Vermont Health Network, Alice Hyde Medical Center. Angie remarked,
“The tobacco cessation work here at Alice Hyde Medical Center would not be what it is without a dedicated specialist like Troy. As a member of our Care Team, Troy’s work is an important part in helping us provide quality care to our patients. I can always count on Troy willingly accepting opportunities and providing ideas to help our providers manage their patients’ tobacco cessation attempts. We appreciate his team effort.”
As key members of Alice Hyde’s Tobacco Dependence Treatment Team, Troy and Angie have led system-level change to significantly increase providers’ consistent use of the evidence-based 5A tobacco intervention. With Angie’s leadership, Alice Hyde has incorporated the intervention into EHR screens, reports, and quality measures. Since 2015, the Heart Network has provided technical assistance to the team through the Health Systems for a Tobacco Free NY project, a grant funded by NYS DOH through a subcontract with Glens Falls Hospital.
In addition to Troy’s work with Alice Hyde, he is supporting Community Connections of Franklin County’s effort to start an ongoing tobacco cessation support group in Malone. Ann Morgan, NCHHN Executive Director, praised Troy’s contributions to that effort, stating “Troy brings a lot of knowledge and energy to the Community Connections project. He is quick to offer ideas and assistance and will play a key role helping to connect tobacco users to the program.”
Troy also participates Alice Hyde’s new Wellness Committee, and helped lead Alice Hyde’s recent Great American Smokeout day.
Thank you Troy, for your dedication to the health of our communities!