Seven Washington hospitals or health systems receive WSHA’s Community Health Leadership Award
The Washington State Hospital Association honored hospitals with awards recognizing their efforts to demonstrate community health leadership during the association’s Annual Member Meeting Oct. 11, 2018, 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 have demonstrated they are not only serving their patients, but are making their entire communities healthier.
“Historically, hospitals were thought of only as places where people went when they were acutely ill or hurt. Hospitals still provide critically important acute care, but they offer much more to their communities,” WSHA President & CEO Cassie Sauer said. “Hospitals are valuable community partners, working in collaboration with community groups to make residents healthier.”
“This year’s award winners showcase a diverse array of programs that serve their communities in unique ways, helping vulnerable populations, increasing access to care and working to improve overall well-being,” said Nancy Gorshe, chair of WSHA’s Hospital Governing Boards Committee. “We are very proud of these programs, which have improved the health of Washingtonians in communities across the state.”
The 2018 Community Health Leadership Gold Award winner and its initiative is:
The 2018 Community Health Leadership Silver Award winners and their initiatives are:
- Jefferson Healthcare: Population Health Department
- Summit Pacific Medical Center: Care Coordination with an Integrated Model
- UW Medicine: Tele-Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
The 2018 Community Health Leadership Bronze Award winners and their initiatives are:
- MultiCare Health System: Health and Medicine Academy
- Newport Hospital & Health Services: Healthy Kids Snack Bags Program
- Providence Mt. Carmel Hospital: Evaluation and Treatment Center Collaborative
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/.