ATLANTA, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifty-two hospital programs throughout the U.S. were named finalists for/in the Hospital Charitable Services Awards. The Awards program is sponsored by Jackson Healthcare and recognizes community health programs that impact underserved groups in innovative, sustainable ways.
Charles R. Evans, FACHE, who serves as chairman of the Awards program, recognized the 52 finalists in a conference call on November 5, 2015.
Finalists for the 2015 season were selected from a pool of nominees that spanned 33 states and included 101 hospital-sponsored programs.
Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in five criteria areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, replicability and leading practices. Finalists represent only those nominees that remain in consideration for the awards.
Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare established the Awards program in 2010 to help hospital programs develop new standards for community benefit and health. The company also founded and hosts a national conference focused exclusively on hospital charitable services.
Award recipients — designated as Programs of Excellence — will be announced at a banquet after the national hospital charitable services conference on February 9, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. These programs will share in a $100,000 award fund. Additionally, $2,500 grants will be awarded to Programs of Promise, which are newer programs that demonstrate a clear vision for addressing community need in innovative ways.
The 2015 season finalists included:
- AccessHealth Spartanburg — Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (South Carolina)
- Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program — Brooks Rehabilitation (Florida)
- Becker County and White Earth Mental Health Crisis Team — Essentia Health St. Mary's (Minnesota)
- BRIDGES A Center for Grieving Children — MultiCare Health System (Washington)
- Care Transitions Intervention Program — Sharp Healthcare (California)
- Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education (CILSE) — Kennedy Krieger Institute (Maryland)
- Charlevoix Area Hospital School Nurse Program — Charlevoix Hospital (Michigan)
- Childhood HEAL Center — Erlanger Children's Hospital (Tennessee)
- Community Exchange TimeBank — Lehigh Valley Health Network (Pennsylvania)
- Community Navigator — Sutter Medical Center (California)
- Food to Overcome Outcomes Disparities (FOOD) — Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York)
- Fostering Healthy Communities — Mercy, ProMedica, and University of Toledo Medical Center (Ohio)
- Generation With Promise — Henry Ford Health System (Michigan)
- Get On Board Active Living (GOAL) — Indiana University (Indiana)
- Global Health Program — Mass General Hospital (Massachusetts)
- Healthy Eating Initiative — Texas Health (Texas)
- Healthy Sundays — Catholic Health Services (New York)
- Healthy West Kendall — West Kendall Baptist Hospital (Florida)
- Heart to Play — Licking Memorial Hospital (Ohio)
- Inova Ewing Forensic Assessment & Consultation Teams — Inova Health System (Virginia)
- Island Hospital Foundation's Community Mental and Behavioral Health Initiative — Island Hospital (Washington)
- Kids Place — Licking Memorial Hospital (Ohio)
- Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile — Phillips Eye Institute (Minnesota)
- Maternity Connection — Samaritan Health Services (Oregon)
- Medical Respite Program for Homeless Adults at Pinellas Hope — St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System (Florida)
- Mental Health Services — Saint Anthony Hospital (Illinois)
- Minnesota Immunization Networking Initiative (MINI) — Fairview Health Services (Minnesota)
- Mobile Care Chicago Dental Van Program — Roseland Community Hospital (Illinois)
- Mobile Health Services — Norwegian American Hospital (Illinois)
- MyGULFCare — Sacred Heart Health System (Florida)
- Northern Utah HOPE Suicide Prevention Task Force — McKay-Dee Hospital, Intermountain Healthcare (Utah)
- Partnerships for a Healthier Community — Baptist Health (Florida)
- Project SEARCH — Seton Healthcare Family (Texas)
- ProMedica Food Reclamation — ProMedica (Ohio)
- Reach Out and Read — Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) (Pennsylvania)
- Rideout Healthy Kids School Assemblies — Rideout Health (California)
- Safety Ambassador Program — Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Jersey)
- Sequatchie Valley Health Initiative — Erlanger Health System (Tennessee)
- Snider Community Heart Watch — Fairfield Medical Center (Ohio)
- St. Francis Primary Care Clinic at Valeo — St. Francis Health (Kansas)
- Telehealth Lactation Consulting Program — Baptist Health (Arkansas)
- The Medical Home Project — Lehigh Valley Hospital (Pennsylvania)
- The Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB — Mercy, ProMedica, and University of Toledo Medical Center (Ohio)
- Third City Community Clinic Integrated Network — CHI Health St. Francis (Nebraska)
- Tidelands Community Care Network — Tidelands Health (South Carolina)
- Tipping the Scale Adolescent and Advocacy Intervention Mentoring Program — Baptist Health (Florida)
- Union Parish: Together We Can Be Bully Free — Union General Hospital (Louisiana)
- Universal Parenting Place — Baptist Memorial Healthcare (Tennessee)
- Up-Team (Utilizing a Pharmacy Technician to Achieve Optimal Medication Reconciliation) — Princeton Healthcare System (New Jersey)
- Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA) — Franciscan St. Margaret Health, Hammond (Indiana)
- Wellness Without Walls — Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (Tennessee)
- Windsor Connection Resource Center (WCRC) — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (Vermont)
To learn more about the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, visit www.jacksonhealthcare.com/awards.
About Jackson Healthcare
Jackson Healthcare is built on a simple idea — that talented professionals with a shared purpose can improve the lives of patients, families and communities. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company has risen to a place of prominence among the largest healthcare staffing and technology companies in the U.S. It currently serves more than seven million patients in over 1,300 healthcare facilities.
In addition to serving health systems and providers, Jackson champions local, national and international charitable work. It founded and sponsors the Hospital Charitable Service Awards, which honors programs that set new standards for health and wellness in their communities through education, access and delivery. Atlanta Business Chronicle named Jackson Healthcare the city's "Best Place to Work" in 2014 and 2015 and "Healthiest Large Company" in 2015.
Visit JacksonHealthcare.com to learn more.
SOURCE Jackson Healthcare