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Care Awards recognizes exemplary efforts on behalf of at risk patients

Annual awards program honors 6 organizations helping to care for a medically under-served populations throughout the country.
Annual awards program honors 6 organizations helping to care for a medically under-served populations throughout the country.Yahoo Images

Queen of the Valley Medical Center Community Outreach Program of Napa, CA was awarded with the $100,000 Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award during Premier Inc.'s annual Governance Education Conference in Miami Beach, Fla. Earlier this week in recognition of its work in helping chronically ill and under-insured patients.

The Cares Award, which is sponsored by Premier and its member hospitals, recognizes exemplary efforts by not-for-profit community organizations to improve the health of populations living at or beneath 200% of
the federal poverty level, are uninsured or under-insured, and have “uncontrolled medical conditions and complex socioeconomic issues.” In addition to treating their physical ailments, the network provides patients with medical case management that includes psychological support for behavioral problems, etc.

"Each year our Cares Award program honors six organizations that are helping to care for a medically under-served population in their community," stated Premier's president and CEO Susan DeVore.. "Through its remarkable services to help some of the most at-risk patients, this year's Cares Award recipient, CARE Network, is making a true impact on providing care transitions for patients and also is helping them manage chronic diseases while avoiding re-admissions."

To date, the program has provided more than $3 million to more than 100 organizations
nationwide since it was founded in 1991. While the winner is given a cash prize of $100,000, five runners-up are also presented with prizes of $24,000 each. This year’s recipients include:

Denali Center, Fairbanks, AK, a 90-bed facility and sole provider of this level of restorative nursing, geriatric care and long-term skilled nursing service within a 250,000 square miles area. Denali Center's nurse practitioner serves as the clinician, educator, coordinator and liaison to residents, families and both nursing and medical staff. In addition, DeVore stated that “Denali Center developed pneumonia and UTI protocols that, in conjunction with the nurse practitioner model of care, have reduced ED visits by 60%, admissions by 82% and re-admissions by 76%.

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), Stone Mountain, Ga., A statewide and national provider of home healthcare equipment, and mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, bath aids and specialized pediatric home medical equipment for patients with disabilities and the “newly” injured, enabling them to “continue attending school, keep a job, attend doctor's appointments and church, prevent falls and become an active member of their community.”

Moving Beyond Depression (Every Child Succeeds) of Cincinnati, OH, a “systemic program of In-Home Cognitive Behavioral Therapy developed by researchers at Every Child Succeeds and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. To date, Moving Beyond Depression has “trained 25 therapists who have treated 650 mothers with 79.7% no longer meeting criteria of major depressive disorders and substantial reductions in self-reported depressive symptoms.”

Project Healthy Grandparents, a community service research project of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University in Atlanta, which provides, grandparents who are raising their grandchildren with health services, counseling and referrals for critical needs, including housing and food through monthly home visits. Caregivers also assess developmental needs of children and help establish early intervention when needed.

Teen Parent Empowerment Program of Washington, D.C, a 40-week intensive program for “at-risk, pregnant young women ages 12-24. In addition to helping young mothers have healthy pregnancies and “excellent birth outcomes,” the program also provides them with “academic support, healthcare education, counseling and pregnancy prevention services to improve their overall health and risk
status.”