10 Washington hospitals receive WSHA’s Community Health Leadership Award
Seattle — The Washington State Hospital Association honored hospitals with awards recognizing their efforts to demonstrate community health leadership during the association’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 12, 2017, at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. The Community Health Leadership Award is among the association’s highest honors awarded to health care organizations in Washington state.
The award is given annually to health care organizations that are serving their communities’ broader health needs in innovative and lasting ways. The recipients aren’t just serving their patients, but they are making their entire communities healthier.
“Health care is traditionally thought of in terms of hospital stays or visits to an outpatient clinic, but a major focus of health care today is community wellness. Our hospitals and health systems have become important community partners, often spreading their services outside the walls of their facilities to reach residents closer to home,” WSHA President and CEO Cassie Sauer said. “The recipients of the 2017 Community Health Leadership Award have developed a diverse array of programs that are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of each community.”
“Each of our winners is setting an example of how Washington’s hospitals and health systems are stepping up with new ways to help their residents live healthier lives,” said Nancy Gorshe, incoming chair of the WSHA Hospital Governing Boards Committee. “We are extremely proud of all of them and the work they have been doing, which continues to make a lasting impact.”
The 2017 Community Health Leadership Gold Award winners and their initiatives are:
- PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center: Integrated Behavioral Health Care
- Providence Sacred Health Medical Center: Respite Care for the Homeless
The 2017 Community Health Leadership Silver Award winners and their initiatives are:
- Confluence Health: Medication Take Back
- Morton General Hospital: Self-Care Groups
- Overlake Medical Center: Active Senior Fair
- Providence St. Peter Hospital: No One Dies Alone
- Seattle Children’s: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
- Trios Health: Camp Trios Empowers Kids with Type 1 Diabetes
- UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center: Managing Pain and Substance Abuse Disorders
- Virginia Mason Memorial: Good Opioid Prescribing Practices for Managing Chronic Pain
More information about the Community Health Leadership Award can be found on the WSHA website at http://www.wsha.org/our-members/awards/community-health-leadership-award/.
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