For the past two years, the Cleveland Clinic has refused to hire smokers. This non-profit American research and treatment health centre (consistently rated as the #1 heart institute in North America) introduced this groundbreaking no-smoking hiring initiative as a way to walk the talk about the health and wellness of not only the 50,000 patients admitted each year, but of its 1,800 employees.
But now the head of the Cleveland Clinic says he wants to take this bold hiring policy one step further – and some are saying this would be going too far. Dr. Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, the heart surgeon who is the Clinic’s CEO, told the New York Times that if it were up to him, he would not only stop hiring smokers. He would also stop hiring obese people. Continue reading