ATLANTA, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- From medical-legal services for veterans to HIV prevention to using art to help at-risk teens process their feelings, ten charitable programs were honored for their community impact and named Programs of Excellence through the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program presented by Jackson Healthcare.
The awards were presented at a dinner in Atlanta to representatives from hospital community programs serving urban areas such as Miami, Houston and Chicago to smaller communities such as Bloomington, Indiana and Mt. Vernon, Kentucky. Honorees, referred to as "Programs of Excellence", each received a check for $10,000 to continue the good works in their community.
"These ten 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 2014 winners, designated as setting the standard for others to follow, include:
- AIMS for Veterans: Access Innovations for Medical-Legal Services for Veterans, Bruce Carter, Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center, Miami, Florida. The program delivers coordinated care to veterans with mental and behavioral health issues and other chronic health conditions.
- Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter, Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Myers, Florida. A multi-agency collaboration, the program serves as a voluntary pre-arrest diversion program for those exhibiting symptoms of behavioral health disorders and are at risk of arrest or future involvement with the criminal justice system.
- Countywide Stride Run/Walk Series, Rockcastle Regional Hospital, Mt. Vernon, Kentucky. Organizes run/walk events in which participants receive incentives for completing the series. Funds raised go to health-related charities and community development causes.
- Developmental Support Project of the Community Wellness Program, Saint Anthony Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Supports patients and families in the early identification and treatment of developmental delays and behavioral concerns.
- Garden on the Go, Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, Indiana. A year-round mobile produce deployment program that provides residents in disadvantaged and underserved neighborhoods access to high-quality, affordable fruits and vegetables.
- I Sing the Body Electric, Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville, Illinois. A three-phase program that enables high school teenagers to communicate healthy lifestyle messages to their peers through art.
- Memorial Hermann Health Centers for Schools, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, Texas. Offers children access to primary medical care, dental care, mental health therapy, health education and nutritional counseling.
- Positive Link HIV Services, Indiana University Health Bloomington, Bloomington, Illinois. Encompasses 14 HIV prevention and service programs serving more than 20 predominantly rural counties.
- Stroke Wellness, Brooks Rehabilitation, Jacksonville, Florida. A fitness program for individuals post-stroke.
- Youth Heart Watch, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Identifies young people with potential serious heart problems that have not previously been recognized, then determines the best way to treat them.
Five additional programs were honored as "Programs of Promise": Charlevoix Area Hospital School Nurse Program in Charlevoix, Michigan, Domestic Violence & the Role of the Healthcare Provider in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Georgetown Community Care Network in Georgetown, South Carolina, MGH-Mbarara Anesthesia Collaboration in Boston, Massachusetts and The Mobile Food Market in Malden, Massachusetts. 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 hospitals and communities. Through the awards, Jackson Healthcare also cultivates a community of hospital professionals seeking to learn from and encourage one another in leading industry practices.
Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in the following five criteria areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and best practice.
This is the fourth year of the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, sponsored by Jackson Healthcare, the nation's third largest healthcare staffing company.
About Jackson Healthcare
Jackson Healthcare is the third largest healthcare staffing company in the U.S. and serves more than five million patients in over 1,300 healthcare facilities. The company also provides technology solutions that enable total hospital efficiency. Jackson has earned national media coverage by providing innovative solutions to healthcare problems, in addition to championing local, national and international charitable work. Atlanta Business Chronicle has recognized the company as one of the Best Places to Work for seven consecutive years. Visit http://www.JacksonHealthcare.com/about to learn more.
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 HospitalCharitableServicesAwards.org to learn more.
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