Ten Community Programs Named Hospital Charitable Services Award Winners

ATLANTA, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- From boot camps for new fathers to homeless healthcare services to bereavement support for young children, 10 charitable programs were honored for their community impact and named winners of the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program presented by Jackson Healthcare.

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The awards were presented at a dinner in Atlanta to the recipients from hospital community programs serving urban areas such as Denver, San Diego and Baltimore to smaller communities such as Dansville, NY and Pinehurst, NC. This is the third year of the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, sponsored by Jackson Healthcare, the nation's third largest healthcare staffing company. Honorees, referred to as "Programs of Excellence", each received a check for $10,000 to continue the good works in their community.

"These 10 programs are bright lights in their communities and set an example of how to take care of our fellow man in sustainable and impactful ways," said Charles R. Evans, FACHE, chairman of the Awards program. "They are truly innovative and compassionate in their missions to serve the underserved in their cities, small towns and rural areas."

The 2013 winners, designated as setting the standard for others to follow, are:

  • Boot Camp for New Dads, SCL Health System, Denver. This program offers new and expectant fathers hands-on training in child-rearing, focusing on the low-income community where so many children are born out of wedlock and have no male presence in their lives.  
  • Heart Connection, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park, IL. This bereavement counseling program for children helps young people express their loss in a variety of settings and promotes healing for children in Chicago and its suburbs who have to cope with unexpected grief and loss.
  • Developmental Screening and Enhancement Program, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego. This program works with caregivers of children now in foster care to help them children with developmental and behavior needs.
  • Noyes Hospital Diabetes Education Program, Noyes Memorial Hospital, Dansville, NY. This diabetes program in rural western New York State helps the community with self-management and behavior goals to effectively live with diabetes. This region is 50 miles away from the closest diabetes education program.
  • Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy & Law), Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore.  This project offers low-income families and children legal services regarding civil problems surrounding their health and family stability including eviction, denial of public benefits and obtaining special education services for children.
  • Serial Inebriate Program, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. This program aids chronic substance abusers who have been incarcerated, admitted to emergency rooms, detox programs or other treatment programs and helps them reach lasting sobriety to stay off the streets.
  • Baptist Operation Outreach – Mobile Health Care Van, Baptist Memorial Healthcare, Memphis. Medical staff of the mobile clinic provides screenings for common health problems, health and developmental assessments for children, immunizations and other preventive care, diagnosis of medical conditions, treatment of specific diseases and minor injuries.
  • FirstReach, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Pinehurst, NC. In a rural community in south-central North Carolina, workers in this program offer diabetes screenings and educate a population where diabetes is double the state average and the diabetes mortality rate is extremely high.
  • Portrait of a Promise, Kosair Children's Hospital/Norton Healthcare, Inc., Louisville, KY. This program trains professionals who come in contact with babies and toddlers to recognize abusive head trauma or "shaken baby syndrome." It also educates parents before their newborns come home from the hospital to help reduce Kentucky's high rate of child abuse and death among children.
  • Core Health Program, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI. This program provides home visits by community health workers and registered nurses to under-served and uninsured patients for a 12-month period to help them better cope with their diseases. It focuses on vulnerable populations at risk with poor health outcomes.

Four additional programs were honored as "Programs of Promise": Licking Memorial Health Systems' Active Fit in Newark, OH, University Medical Center at Princeton's Partnerships for PIECE in Plainsboro, NJ, Ridgeview Medical Center's Western Communities Area Busing (WeCab) in Mound, MN, and Roseland Community Hospital's Project H.O.P.E. in Chicago, IL. Although too new to report sustainable impact data, they demonstrated clear visions for addressing underserved community health and prevention needs.

Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Services Awards in 2010 to identify such programs, share their stories and make them models for other programs.  Through the awards, Jackson Healthcare also cultivates a community of hospital professionals wanting to encourage and learn from one another, and establish leading practices.

Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in the following five criteria areas:  community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and best practice. Jackson Healthcare will publish an eBook highlighting each of the ten program winners.

About Jackson Healthcare
Jackson Healthcare is the third largest healthcare staffing company in the U.S. and serves more than 4 million patients in over 1,300 hospitals. The company also provides technology solutions that enable total hospital efficiency.  Jackson Healthcare has earned national media coverage by providing innovative solutions to healthcare problems, in addition to championing local, national and international charitable work.  It has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for five consecutive years.

About the Hospital Charitable Services Awards
The Hospital Charitable Services Awards is a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare.  It recognizes hospitals whose commitment to their community—whether defined locally, regionally, nationally or globally—goes beyond "community benefit" and "free care" and has led to innovative efforts to improve community health and increase access to healthcare education and services.  All hospital-funded charitable programs are eligible to participate regardless of the size, tax or ownership model.  Visit HospitalCharitableServiceAwards.org to learn more.

Media Contact: Keith Jennings, Jackson Healthcare, 678-690-7942, kjennings@jacksonhealthcare.com

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