Improving Community Health

Non-medical, non-emergent needs are often intricately tied to personal health and well-being. Hospitals are working to address basic, social and personal needs as a way to improve their communities' health. They are working not just to mend bodies, but also to make people and communities healthier.  The impact of a hospital extends far beyond the four walls of a brick building, from food and shelter, job training, smoking cessation classes, literacy programs and so many other resources that ultimately improve the long-term health of communities. 

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, at anytime, to anyone. And it is almost always fatal. This is why Allina Health launched Heart Safe Communities, an effort to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest by placing automated external defibrillators wherever people live, work and play. Heart Safe Communities helps educate citizens about sudden cardiac arrest and improving heart health; raise money to place AEDs in the hands of emergency medical service, fire and police personnel; make AEDs available in businesses, schools and other public gathering places; and train people how to use AEDs and perform CPR.

From birthing classes to flu vaccine clinics to healthier living workshops, Copley Hospital's Wellness Center in Vermont provides a variety of health improvement services for all ages. The Wellness Center houses several nurses, diabetes educators, dietitian and "quit smoking" coaches; all with a focus on wellness/prevention and education to help people personally manage their health

Livingston Regional Hospital in Tennessee is very active in supporting community organizations, schools and area businesses when possible to build awareness of health issues and provide health education. LRH is pleased to partner with Boy Scouts of America to sponsor the Career Explorers Program. Through application and interview process, a select number of students interested in health care are chosen to job shadow in clinical areas of the hospital. The purpose of this program is to allow students to gain experience and knowledge in various clinical settings and enable them to choose their career path.

Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Oregon sponsors the CATCH program in local schools to combat childhood obesity. CATCH is a Coordinated Approach to Child Health, adding healthy eating and physical activity to the school environment and drives the message home to parents through family and community outreach. When schools embrace CATCH, and they fully implement it, it works in the fight against childhood obesity. CATCH reaches preschool through middle school aged children and teaches healthy habits for a lifetime.

Simi Valley, a suburban enclave north of Los Angeles, is experiencing a dramatic rise in heroin use, claiming more and more young people as victims. Simi Valley Hospital has responded by activating an acute detox program, and is working directly with local high schools and police to intervene and prevent addiction from taking further root in the community.

Running is an increasingly popular exercise. Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Running Strong series in Massachusetts is offered periodically throughout the year to help athletes avoid injury and maximize performance. The series includes running clinics in the fall, health screenings in March, clinics in April and a summer lecture series on subjects like strengthening and nutrition.

Healthy Living-Community Education programs at LRGHealthcare in New Hampshire are offered year round. They offer healthy living and prevention resources, as well as awareness and access to valuable health care information about important health topics, including women's health issues, injury prevention, smoking cessation and nutrition and physical activity opportunities for all ages.

Dental students at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry are required to spend a minimum of three weeks designing, implementing and evaluating a community health project. Many are school-based dental health education and tobacco-related projects, while others include cancer and hypertension screening, and fluoridation campaigns. Hundreds of community-based projects have positively impacted the oral health of Mississippians.

Improving Community Health Michigan’s Spectrum Health dedicates $6 million every year to Healthier Communities to provide programs and services for underserved residents of West Michigan. The priorities of Healthier Communities include:

  • Helping at-risk adults self-manage chronic diseases
  • Improving children's health
  • Reducing infant mortality

Arkansas’s Northwest Health System offers the Healthy Woman program, designed by women, for women. The program aims to empower all women with the knowledge and confidence to make informed health care decisions and maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit through health education events. Members can take advantage of free seminars, health fairs, educational programs and interactive events designed for women.

The goal of the Trinity Hospital Twin City Fit for Life Program is to provide a multi-agency means to reduce the number of overweight and obese adults of all ages. More than 67% of serious illnesses are preventable, but lifestyle changes must occur to stave off diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Fit for Life helps people make those lifestyle changes.

South Georgia Medical Center Foundation’s partnership with Kohl’s Cares established “Connecting Kids,” to address children’s health and wellness issues. Among the program’s successes: distributing fruits, vegetables and other healthy snacks to YMCA’s “Food and Fun” program and Boys & Girls Club’s “Triple Play” program; an annual Bike Rodeo to teach bike safety; distribution of funds to local schools for physical education equipment.

Massachusetts General Hospital’s Food for Families program identifies pediatric patients in the communities of Chelsea and Revere outside Boston who have experienced hunger and food insecurity. The program connects those patients and their families to food resources that ensure access to healthy foods.

Let’s Go!, a program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, aims to increase physical activity and healthy eating for children from birth to age 18 through policy and environmental change. Let’s Go! partners with schools, community organizations, businesses and others to reach families where they live, learn, work and play to reinforce the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

The Consumer Library Information Prescription is a free medical information service provided by the Atlantic Health System Libraries to all patients, their families or caregivers and the public. The health system’s expert medical librarians are able to access accurate, easy to understand, relevant and up-to-date resources on topics such as conditions, diseases, procedures, including surgery and tests, as well as recent research via consumer health and medical libraries on behalf of patients and community members.

At Phoenixville Hospital, their goal is to promote a healthy community. The Community Health Education department provides a variety of health promotion programs, with a focus on disease prevention, self-care for health and illness and utilization of community resources. More than 14,000 individuals participate in over 800 programs annually. Activities take place both on the campus of the hospital as well as off-site, including churches, schools, senior centers, worksites and other accessible locations. They also collaborate with area civic, business and religious organizations.

The “Live Light Live Right” program at Brookdale Hospital inspires children to take charge of their health by thinking and acting differently. The multidisciplinary, replicable model is backed by science and key components include: medical care by specialists at the hospital’s obesity clinic, nutritional and behavioral counseling, tailored physical fitness programs with trainers, patient care coordination and referrals, educational seminars and workshops for physicians and community organizations and specialized summer programs for the children.

Grand Lake Health System provides a variety of convenient outreach programs that promote good health among all area citizens – not just patients. The goal is to educate people so they gain the skills and knowledge to keep themselves and those around them healthy. Many of the classes, services and facilities have evolved from a doctor, healthcare provider or local resident making a suggestion. Surveys and research on health issues and trends are also sources of ideas for new initiatives. An example is the Grand Health Challenge, a weight-loss challenge with the goal of encouraging participants to adopt healthier habits including healthier diets, various exercise classes and motivational meetings.

St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital is holding an inaugural 5K Run for Stroke Awareness. The competitive run/walk begins at the front doors of the hospital and both before and after the race, participants and community members are invited to receive free blood pressure screenings and BMI measurements. Information also will be available about stroke, chest pain and cardiac catheterization, and a booth will be set up to assist with Medicaid enrollment for anyone who qualifies. The event will raise awareness about stroke prevention and treatment, as well as funds for Good Samaritan’s stroke services.

Woodhull Hospital participates in the North Brooklyn Health Network Asthma Program serving poor, multi-ethnic medically underserved communities that have specific disparities to quality asthma care. The program includes education about environmental triggers, self-management strategies and a family-centered approach.

Transforming the health of South King County is a partnership with local public health entities and Seattle Children’s Hospital to work on obesity prevention and tobacco control, particularly among area youth. Seattle Children’s is actively engaged in establishing community networks to maximize the impact they can have in obesity reduction.

The Community Diabetes Care Center at Community Medical Centers provides personalized care, education, counseling and treatment to help patients self-manage their blood glucose levels. Individual assessments, a pregnancy program for expectant mothers with diabetes, screenings and informational literature and are provided in English and Spanish.

Realizing most hospital stays today are not a result of disease but of unhealthy lifestyle choices, St. Dominic's takes an active role in teaching individuals to take responsibility for their own health. Disease prevention and reducing or eliminating risk factors within each individual are at the forefront of all St. Dominic's outreach services. Their wellness programs encourage patients to reach and maintain a healthy weight, to stay active through exercise, enrichment and social activities, and to seek more holistic approaches to optimal health and well-being. One example is the St. Dominic's Healthy Weight Advantage program that approaches the task of weight loss with a commitment that goes well beyond traditional diet plans and offers a full range of options designed to help people lose 10 to more than 200 pounds. The program even includes a medically supervised option that is offered exclusively in hospitals and medical centers and is designed for people who want to lose a significant amount of weight.

Project Sun Safe is a community education program for all ages that focuses on sun safety and reducing the risk for skin cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 65 to 90 percent of melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. For many years, Hoag's Project Sun Safe Program and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation have partnered together to educate the community about sun safety.

Castle Rock Adventist Hospital’s “CREATION Health” program is about wellness, and wellness is more than health or the absence of disease. Wellness is being mentally fit, physically healthy, spiritually vital and socially content. CREATION is an acronym representing Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal Relationships, Outlook, and Nutrition. Castle Rock offers resources in these eight areas/strategies to help patients and community members enjoy and sustain optimum whole-person health.

Kish Health System offers the community wellness programs designed to help people quit smoking. The Courage to Quit program helps participants learn about addiction, withdrawal, medications, cravings, avoiding triggers and the health benefits of being smoke-free. The fee is $25 a person, but then the money is refunded at the end of the program if a participant attends all classes.

It is the mission of Castle Rock Adventist Hospital to educate and nurture the health of the people in their communities, and one of the ways they do this is by providing educational events and screenings. Classes are regularly held on the hospital campus and physicians and health care providers also teach classes at other venues in the community. Classes range from menopause management, emerging treatments for spine and back pain, understanding digestive health and the hows and whys of having annual breast exams. Along with providing an educational program, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital supports local communities by participating in health and wellness fairs, and events for the general public.

Greenwich Hospital has made a commitment to community health and this can be seen through a variety of programs and services. One such program is their Stroke Education Forum, which is open to community members who have had a stroke, have had a loved one suffer a stroke or those who just want to learn more. The forum holds monthly meetings facilitated by a Greenwich health care professional on a variety of different stroke-related topics including nutrition and safety, emotional support and medication management.

Olean General Hospital’s Community Outreach program is based on a dedication to provide access to excellent health care and a commitment to educate the community on various health and wellness programs to promote a healthier lifestyle for all community residents. The outreach program has a number of initiatives ranging from a day camp designed for kids to participate in plenty of fun activities while learning to prevent and control their asthma. At the end of the camp kids will have increased confidence and improved awareness of their asthma and new ways to cope with their condition. Another example of OGH’s outreach work is the “Ask the Pharmacist” program that was implemented to help individuals who take multiple medications better understand their dosage, reactions, things to avoid with certain medications and if there may be a cheaper generic form of medication. OGH offers this program once per quarter at local senior organizations and community centers.

The Health Promotion Center at Glens Falls Hospital works to improve the health and well-being of the people and communities in the region. The center’s present work focuses on strategies to make it easier for people to eat well, be tobacco free, physically active and obtain preventive care. Through these programs, HPC staff work collaboratively with school districts, businesses, communities, hospitals and health care provider practices to support healthy lifestyles for our patients and community members. Specific strategies focus on policy, systems and environmental changes that reduce risks for chronic disease and improve quality of life for both children and adults.

Wishard Health Services/Eskenazi Health’s Prescription for Hope program was created because the hospital felt they were releasing patients – specifically those with gun, stabbing or assault wounds – back into the same environments in which their injuries occurred and without intervention those patients are likely to return with a similar injury. Wishard teams up with various community partners to develop health, education and employment opportunities for program participants that help these patients develop effective life skills for responsible behavior and reduce repeated criminal activity, arrest and traumatic injury and create safer homes and neighborhoods. By implementing a number of violence prevention programs, including Prescription for Hope, Wishard is working to reduced recidivism (repeat behaviors) for patients who have been in the hospital due to a violent injury and in doing so are hoping to create a safer, less violent community.

Children’s National Medical Center’s IMPACT DC (Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia) Asthma Clinic provides comprehensive asthma care and education to children who recently have been to the emergency department, were hospitalized for asthma or who have trouble controlling their asthma. The clinic typically sees children for a 90-minute visit within two weeks of an ED visit or hospitalization. Clinic staff partner with families to provide tailored asthma education and develop a unique care plan for each child. Staff also provide short-term case management services to help families transition from episodic asthma care to ongoing asthma care in a medical home. The goal of the program is to dramatically reduce the need for ED visits and hospitalizations for asthma and is considered a success with a 40% drop in ED visits for asthma among asthmatic DC children.

Fletcher Allen’s evidence-based tobacco cessation program offers group classes to patients and community members that are facilitated by a Fletcher Allen Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Groups offer peer support, free nicotine replacement and information about other resources on stress management, weight management and relapse prevention strategies. A tailored and individual quit plan helps patients begin a tobacco-free life.

Mahogany’s Child is a health program at Miami Valley Hospital dedicated to African-American women with the mission to educate, remove barriers and provide resources in order to empower them. This program was designed to educate women on healthy behavior and to emphasize the importance of early disease detection to help women make informed health care decisions and create a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families. In order to do this, Mahogany’s Child taps into the beliefs, attitudes and values of the African-American population in a culturally sensitive manner.

Emerson Hospital partners with Westford Health and the local police departments to host the Family Health & Wellness Expo. The expo is designed to promote the well-being of local families and ensure the protection of public health through disease prevention and health maintenance. The event features free screenings, including skin cancer; lipid profile/cholesterol (with a 12-hour fast required); prostate-specific antigen; thyroid function; pediatric concussion testing; and glaucoma. Additionally, community members receive safety tips from the Westford Police Department, flu shots, fitness demonstrations, children’s activities and more. 

Cedars-Sinai Health System’s Healthy Habits program partners with schools and community organizations year-round to teach good habits early in life and help families adopt healthier lifestyles. Cedars-Sinai health educators present 10-week workshops on nutrition and fitness in second-grade classrooms and refresher courses in third and fourth grades and middle school. Lessons are reinforced through parent workshops and teacher trainings. The program is focused toward children, parents and teachers in low-income, underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods where most elementary students qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches and the goal is to reduce the risks and impacts of obesity in communities of need.

Christiana Care Health System sponsors the Latina Outreach for Cancer Prevention initiative and, through this effort, hosts “Latinas Fuertes Y Saludables – Latinas: Strong and Healthy,” an annual health conference that includes cholesterol and diabetes screenings, mammograms, flu shots, HIV testing and blood pressure checks and is held entirely in Spanish.  Additionally, they have implemented a promotoras program where lay Hispanic/Latina community members receive specialized training to provide basic health education to community members to connect the Hispanic community to services provided at Christiana Care.

Hillsboro Area Hospital’s MOVE! program is an exercise and weight management curriculum designed by and for military veterans. Each veteran completes a physical fitness assessment and is given a pedometer and a punch card for 25 free visits to the rural area’s fitness facility. MOVE! meets twice weekly for eight weeks. Participants learn the importance of regular exercise, good nutrition and eating with moderation. The vets are given homework assignments and urged to keep personal journals of their food consumption and exercise routines. Each meeting includes physical workouts, using the gym, track, pool and cardio equipment.

Citizens Memorial Hospital’s Senior Health Center was established in partnership with other community organizations in recognition of the need for affordable and accessible health and fitness opportunities for local seniors. The Senior Health Center offers health and fitness-related services designed for individuals 55 and older. Membership is free; services include open pool time, exercise equipment, strength-building classes, blood pressure monitoring, walking trails and computers to access health information.

Speak to a Nurse is a free community service offered by Centura Health and provides communities across Colorado with a direct link to health care resources by connecting patients with with caring, expert nurses. Call center nurses have many years of experience providing both hands-on care and answering questions over the phone. People can call for information about staying well, assessing symptoms or with questions about a particular illness or disease and there is never a charge for calling. Referral specialists can help callers find a doctor utilizing a detailed database of thousands of physicians, as well as find health-related community resources in Colorado and Kansas. Callers can find services such as home or hospice care, senior living options, support groups or disease-specific organizations.

Parma Medical Center’s Health Education Center offers diabetes counseling for their patients and community. A board-certified diabetes nurse educator teaches a series of programs which are designed for the individual person and also families of people with diabetes or pre-diabetes to help them learn to live with the disease. Additionally, the hospital sponsors a support group – the Diabeaters – which is free of charge and meets weekly.

Miami Valley Hospital’s Mahogany’s Child program is dedicated to promoting the health of African American women. This program was designed to educate women on healthy behavior and to emphasize the importance of early disease detection. Mahogany’s Child’s mission is to educate, remove barriers and provide resources in order to empower African American women to make informed health care decisions and create a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families. In order to do this, Mahogany’s Child taps into the beliefs, attitudes and values of the African American population in a culturally sensitive manner. The Mahogany’s Child program directly addresses multiple Healthy People 2010 goals of women’s health.

Munroe Regional Medical Center developed the “Prestige 55 Program” to fill a gap in services for healthy seniors in their community, including easy-access to social, leisure, wellness and health prevention activities. The goal of the program is to help older adults get access to everything they need to be healthy – from preventative care and prescription assistance to patient education and facilitation of exercise and community involvement.

Methodist Hospital of Southern California’s School Partnerships program reaches out to children and teenagers who are at risk for health problems. Working with school nurses gives the hospital a greater opportunity to access and potentially impact the health of students. They host monthly networking meetings for school nurses to discuss priority health issues and needs, and school nurses can utilize the hospital for resources and continuing education.

Knowing it’s better to establish healthy habits while you’re young, Sarasota Memorial concentrates its efforts to prevent disease in our future leaders – by teaching the basics in elementary, middle and high schools. From teaching classes on good nutrition and hygiene to stress management, self esteem and sports safety, Sarasota Memorial offers a range of programs that promote healthier behaviors at all grade levels.

Southeast Alabama Medical Center’s Hearts ‘n’ Motion program is a free, three-hour cardiac-wellness event at the local civic center designed to encourage attendees to get active, stay active and eat healthier. Attendees have access to a variety of health screenings and measurements, have the opportunity to engage in a question an answer forum with cardiologists and sample healthy meals prepared by the culinary arts department.

STEP Express is a free program sponsored by Sanpete Valley Hospital and Select Health designed to help students work toward a healthier lifestyle through health education and physical activity. Hospital employees lead activities and teach six different lessons about positive food choices and meal planning. Sanpete’s STEP Express programs serve more than 370 fourth grade students each year.

San Francisco General Hospital has a robust community wellness program. One specific initiative is their Health Food Environment program. The initiative is designed to help staff, patients and community members have access to healthy, sustainable and environmentally-friendly food. Promoting health food and nutrition is fundamental to the effective treatments, and through “garden giveaways” hospital-grown vegetables are made available to participants in hospital-based chronic and acute disease management groups as well as the hospital’s smoking cessation program.

Sparrow Health System’s Fitness Initiative Targeting Kids (FITKids) program was developed to reduce the problems and illnesses associated with excess weight by teaching at-risk children and families how to improve nutrition and physical activity by maintaining a healthier lifestyle. FITKids leadership and staff work with middle school teachers to create fun, interactive activities that strive to increase intake of fruits and vegetables; decrease intake of sugar-based drinks; and balance caloric intake with calories expended through physical activity.

The health and development of a child's mouth and teeth are as important as any other part of the body, yet tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. Poor oral health in children has been linked to poor performance in school, poor social relationships and less success in later life. Seattle Children's works to improve kids' oral health by promoting awareness and improving access to care and has joined the University of Washington to provide dental services at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry.

Chadron Community Hospital has created a culture of wellness in the organization, leading to receipt of the Governor’s Excellence in Wellness Award. The hospital’s wellness program has demonstrated excellent results with tobacco cessation, mental wellness and physical activity and nutrition supports. Wellness programs are supported and successful through the key components of strong leadership buy-in and having an established wellness committee. The hospital believes that the key to success is to have a good balance of fun programs and promotions with ongoing strategies like supportive policies and environmental supports for wellness.

Mount Auburn Hospital’s My Life, My Health initiative is a chronic disease self-management program designed to help people do the “every day things” that allow them to remain active, mobile and living independently.  The program is a six-week, free workshop for adults who are living with, or caring for someone with, one or more persistent health condition.  Participants learn strategies to help improve communication with doctors, handle stress, increase energy levels and make educated decisions about their illness and treatment.

Tanner Health System partners with local urologists to offer free prostate cancer screenings to area men. Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer among men and the second-leading cause of cancer-related death, but fortunately prostate cancer is extremely treatable if detected early. The free community screenings provide an invaluable opportunity to detect prostate cancer early and Tanner Health encourages men age 50 or older, or men under age 50 with a family history of prostate cancer, to take advantage of this potentially life-saving opportunity

Memorial Hospital offers a free, six-week program for the community that provides a comprehensive outpatient group approach to tobacco cessation. The goals of the program are to help individuals develop a better understanding of tobacco use, how to overcome the tobacco addiction, methods to cessation and how to live a tobacco-free life. The program is designed to provide individuals with a step-by-step approach to tobacco cessation in a group format.

Labette Health’s Rector Diabetes Education and Resource Center is a 2,000-square-foot building with classroom space and a demonstration kitchen, plus a mix of high-tech fitness equipment and interactive media kiosks. Core programming of the Rector Center is the Healthy Kids Initiative, which screens children at area schools and refers at-risk children to their physicians and Rector Center programming. The program was designed for at-risk children at area schools where approximately 41 percent of the students screened were overweight or obese. The goal is to help raise awareness and combat the rising incidence of diabetes in the county, and the Rector Center has served 2,442 visitors, including 163 diabetes screenings and 140 kids referred to physicians.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center collaborates with local elementary schools and the Prince William Courage soccer team to support the Courage F.U.N. (Fitness, Understanding Health & Nutrition) Project designed to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. Forty fourth and fifth graders participate weekly to learn new soccer skills from Courage coaches and learn about healthy living and eating from Sentara health care professionals. Sentara provides wellness instruction, as well as support with measuring fitness goals. Students participate in height, weight and body fat measurements and complete fitness challenges that complement those utilized in their health and physical education classes. This allows the students, parents and coaches to celebrate the positive changes gained through participation in the program.

As part of Allina Health’s Wellness Program, Mercy & Unity Hospitals partner with community organizations to conduct health fairs, educational presentations and health screenings in schools, businesses, clinics, churches, civic groups and Lion and Lioness events. The screening programs identify people who are at risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Within a few weeks after the screening, a personalized risk analysis is sent to a patient’s home along with a letter of recommendation for further follow-up care. Additionally community members are able to access clinical blood tests and respiratory/pulmonary testing through the wellness program.

Saint Clare's Health System established a Violence Prevention committee comprised of members of the local school systems, legal systems, social services and other leaders interested in violence prevention throughout Morris County. This Violence Prevention Committee and the Safe Start program are supported by funds made available through Catholic Health Initiatives and are working to decease violence and to promote and support families in the community through developing educational materials on the importance of positive childhood experiences. Safe Start educates new parents on the importance of children having a safe loving environment in which to grow, the benefits for children and families in the community when the number of violent incidents are reduced, the impact of violence and trauma on brain development is discussed along with parenting styles and positive discipline methods.

Raising a baby for the first time can be overwhelming, especially when faced with limited financial resources. University Health System launched the Nurse-Family Partnership, a program to help first-time mothers successfully adjust to this huge change in their lives, and make good decisions for their babies and their own health. The program partners new moms with registered nurses for two years and includes home visits every two weeks, beginning early in the mother’s pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday. Nurses educate new moms on prenatal care, infant care, child development, nutrition, parenting skills and the importance of planning future pregnancies.

To increase the number of people screened for diabetes, the Christian Hospital Diabetes Institute provides more than 5,000 free diabetes screenings each year at area businesses, churches and civic organizations. The Christian Hospital Diabetes Institute helps patients and community members with their diabetes diagnosis, treatment and management. Specially trained clinicians and dietitians teach patients about eating healthy, exercising and taking medicines correctly.

Stroke and Heart Disease are the number one cause of death in Idaho. To raise awareness of stroke risk factors and prevention – Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center partnered with the Boise Hawks for the first annual “Strike Out Stroke.” Saint Alphonsus nurses provided free blood pressure checks, information on risk factors and health related giveaways at the Hawks Stadium.

Intermountain Healthcare’s commitment to innovation is seen through its Healthcare Transformation Lab, a unique place where creative people can consider, discuss and experiment with new technological ideas. It is a physical place where the teams of clinicians at Intermountain can bring forward-thinking ideas, build prototypes and proofs of concept for a diversified portfolio of technology ideas that are able to enhance the care provided to patients. Clinicians work with lab engineers and architects to design, test and evaluates new innovations designed to change healthcare. The Healthcare Transformation Lab allows caregivers to work side-by-side with information technology experts to discuss challenges in providing high-quality care and design solutions that respond to those needs and improve care for patients.

Harrington HealthCare’s diabetes education program provides both inpatient and outpatient education on diabetes self-management. Sessions are offered both individually and through group classes for those with pre-diabetes and diabetes, along with their family and loved ones. Core topics reviewed and discussed include: what diabetes is, meal planning, physical activity, using medications safely, developing strategies to address healthy coping and economic concerns related to diabetes, practical problem solving, goal setting and, finally, the critical role of support. Additionally, more detailed nutrition therapy is available and provided by a registered dietitian on such items as basic/advanced carbohydrate counting, including the use of carb to insulin ratios as well as to address those who may have additional medical concerns due to gluten intolerance and/or kidney dysfunction.

Onslow Memorial Hospital sponsors Lighten Up Onslow, a free, community-wide weight loss program designed to help patients, families and their community becoming healthier through exercise and good nutrition. The Lighten Up Onslow website offers many resources such as healthy recipes, cooking videos, exercise videos, a listing of local events and more.

The goals of the Heart Health and Wellness Expo, annual educational outreach event held by Underwood-Memorial Hospital, are to increase awareness of the importance of heart health, to encourage cardiovascular wellness, to discover hypertension, hyperglycemia and hypercholesterolemia and to counsel participants in appropriate action to protect and maintain their health. Free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and blood sugar are performed. Physician lectures, educational information and exhibits bring the importance and value of improved cardiovascular health closer to the community we serve.

Martha Jefferson Hospital created the Elementary School Standards of Learning program after a community needs assessment identified behavioral risk factors, including tobacco use and obesity, that were negatively impacting youth in their community. The program includes fitness and nutrition modules and addresses topics like hand hygiene, proper nutrition and healthy snacking, importance of exercise, risks of smoking, drugs and alcohol. While the SOL program began in just one local elementary school, Martha Jefferson Hospital has been monitoring its success and has steadily grown the program, expanding to several other local elementary schools.

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center Health Education Raises Opportunities (HERO) program brings a collaboration of experts into classrooms to teach about important health topics. The topics provide age-appropriate information on a specific health issue; teach children to identify signs of a disease process; or offer a way for children to improve their personal health and that of their families. A unique feature is the program’s emphasis on instructing children to be “teachers” within their families

Evanston Regional Hospital’s Healthy Woman is a community program that empowers women with the confidence to make informed health care decisions for themselves and their families. Four events are held each year, including an annual conference with a well-known keynote speaker, a dinner with a local speaker or performer and an anniversary celebration. The program helps women make good health choices, while creating a strong connection between families in the community and the hospital.

Sparrow Health System’s Fitness Initiative Targeting Kids (FITKids) program was developed to reduce the problems and illnesses associated with excess weight by teaching at-risk children and families how to improve nutrition and physical activity by maintaining a healthier lifestyle. FITKids leadership and staff work with middle school teachers to create fun, interactive activities that strive to increase intake of fruits and vegetables; decrease intake of sugar-based drinks; and balance caloric intake with calories expended through physical activity.

Caring for the community is the mission of Suburban Hospital’s Community Health and Wellness Department. Whether it’s partnering with the area schools, conducting health screenings for the area’s underserved population, or providing seniors with a safe environment in which to better their health. One such example is Suburban Hospital’s support of the African American Health Program’s faith-based initiative, Glorifying Our Spiritual and Physical Existence for Life Program. For the past five years, Suburban’s Community Health and Wellness Department has provided the G.O.S.P.E.L. Heart Health Symposium with free health professional consultations and cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings.

Mon Health System contributes to community wellness and well-being in many ways, through sponsorships and support of community programs as well as through providing staff support and employee volunteers. One such example is the Mon Health sponsored Girls on the Run of Monongalia County program, which combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education. The programs instill self-esteem and strong values through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training – all of which are accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff and the community.

As part of the on-going effort to educate and inform the Bronx Community at large on the various health topics, as well as to respond to community inquiries on health-related topics, St. Barnabas Hospital developed the Community Alliance for Healthcare Awareness. This group unifies local community schools, as well as community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and childcare facilities. The group meets at the hospital facilities on the last Wednesday of every month to discuss various relevant health topics of interest for these organizations and the community.

Increasing the number of youths and adults at a healthy weight is a top priority for Lancaster General Health. Their commitment to improving the health of the community they serve in seen through a number of programs, including the Eat Well for Life program, which labels cafeteria food with green, yellow and red flags to help diners make educated choices; the Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition, a 250+ member group that helps individuals and families make the healthy choice the easy choice; a Corporate Wellness Team that provides guidance to employers wanting to start their own Employee Wellness Program; and ShapeDown, a 10-week program that helps overweight children learn positive ways to make healthy eating easier for the whole family.

The hospitals of Sunrise Health – Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital – have partnered together to raise funds, food and donate their time to southern Nevada’s food bank, Three Square. During tough economic times, more and more people in the community are not receiving proper nutrition, which can lead to serious health conditions. Through this partnership, the hospitals and broader community are working to end hunger in southern Nevada. In addition to charitable donations, Sunrise Health employees volunteer their time at Three Square’s distribution center and collect non-perishable food items throughout the year.

The Huntington Hospital Community Asthma Program provides an overview of asthma triggers and asthma medications. The program offers free asthma education for adults and parents of children diagnosed with asthma. Asthma education is taught in English or Spanish. Additionally, the clinic offers a free asthma evaluation for children, adolescents and adults. All participants are screened, evaluated and treated by an asthma/allergy specialist or pulmonologist.

Pen Bay's health education programs include more than 60 free clinics, medical screening days and educational outreach opportunities in addition to 75 classes and support groups. These include free community health education through Pen Bay's Picker Family Resource Center; free and low-cost blood pressure, colon cancer and other screenings; free and low-cost flu vaccinations; and the Zing! Program to encourage children to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits.

Lowell General Hospital considers increasing health literacy and understanding medication usage a core part of keeping patients and the community safe. They have continued ongoing efforts to increase education and understanding around medication usage and safety to the general community, with a focus on the elderly in collaboration with the Lowell General Hospital pharmacists. Additionally, they provide health information resources in various languages to meet our community's needs. Efforts include: providing Get Med Smart home medication lists in Spanish and Portuguese, medication safety information provided to the community through Get Med Smart presentations, and stroke and influenza education information available in Spanish, Portuguese and Khmer.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center partnered with Garden State Urban Farms to bring nutrition/wellness education and access to healthy foods to the area. What began as an indoor farmers market has grown into an earth box garden and farm in an empty lot owned by NBIMC. The working farm produces organic vegetables, fruits and herbs. More than 1,500 children have been educated on healthy nutrition and farming, and more than 200 women who visit the WIC clinic weekly have access to healthy food. The Beth Garden also provides opportunities for work and volunteering.

The Louisiana Hospital Association recently launched the second phase of its Smart Choices, Better Health Hospital Campaign, a hospital workplace wellness initiative. While Louisiana hospitals continue to work on implementing phase one of the campaign, which focused on healthy eating, exercise and weight loss, they will begin strategically planning for phase two, which focuses on smoking cessation. Hospital leaders throughout the state were given the training and resources needed to help employees and the public quit smoking and to help their hospitals become tobacco-free campuses, if they are not already.

Aurora Healthcare's innovative healthy-aging program, Center for Senior Health and Longevity, addresses the unique health care needs of older adults. Compassionate senior resource RNs provide home visits to assist seniors whose preference is to live at home or in the most independent setting, as well as to help coordinate care as seniors move between care settings. The Center fosters intergenerational care and respect, and provides expertise and geriatric education to more than 400 clinical caregivers in Wisconsin through free "Going from Good to Great in the Care of Seniors" conferences.

Chester County Hospital's organizational structure is designed to embrace and ensure that education is a fully integrated element of their service delivery system. In particular, the department of Community Health and Wellness Services is charged with facilitating programs and services that address important health issues relating to lifecycle, health promotion, early detection and management of chronic disease. The hospital hosted 375 educational events that were attended by more than 10,000 individuals and also participated in numerous other collaborative events throughout the year, such as local festivals, where several thousand more people were in attendance.

In 2011, Lowell General Hospital set the goal of increasing chronic disease management tools and prevention education, as well as reaching more individuals in the Greater Lowell community with classes, seminars and screenings. They were successful in meeting the goal through a combination of intervention and prevention programs including: monthly cardiovascular risk screenings, monthly CPR, AED and first aid classes, mall walking and river walk programs to help increase physical activity, monthly blood pressure screenings and education, diabetes self-management programs and other outreach programs.

The LRGH Healthcare Community Education Department participated in 184 preventive health and safety programs and special events in the last fiscal year, reaching more than 4,100 people. Programming is designed to address identified community needs, including, but not limited to chronic disease prevention and care, tobacco cessation, obesity, health care for seniors, CPR training, alcohol and drug abuse prevention and community safety and injury prevention initiatives.

Camp Nokose was started by St. Mary's Hospital and Health Care System to help address the needs of grieving children in the Athens community. Camp Nokose is a day-long experience where campers learn that the feelings they are experiencing surrounding their grief are normal and shared by others. They participate in a range of activities in which they created lasting memories of their loved one, learned to express their feelings through journaling and gain an understanding of life and death through therapeutic activities. At the end of the camp, a closing ceremony was held in which campers and their parents or guardians released balloons containing written messages to their loved one. The camp is free and open to any grieving children in the community.

Clarinda Regional Health Center's Home for the Holidays program was initiated by the emergency medical services team and offers free, roundtrip transportation services for patients from a care facility to a family gathering and back during the holiday season. The hospital volunteers its medical expertise and ability to transport medically needy or bedfast-care facility residents to what is a rare and/or sometimes last visit home. The program runs from the week of Thanksgiving through the last week of December.

WellSpan York Hospital's "Get Fit! Have Fun!" attracts 25-30 kids every Tuesday (from March through October) in an inner city neighborhood. The program, run by the hospital's family medicine residents, is designed to combat childhood obesity through reaching children early and helping them become active and adopt healthy habits. Weekly activities feature four stations, where kids, ages 4 to 14, spend 15 minutes at each. The stations include an obstacle course, a relay race, some type of game, and a sports activity such as soccer or football. Children complete health surveys and have their baseline height and weight recorded at the both the beginning and end of the program.

Carrington Health Center launched a Faith in Action, a volunteer-based program that provides services to enable individuals to maintain a healthier and more independent lifestyle. The program's focus is broad and can be age or disability specific or can focus on informal care including help with everyday activities such as transportation, shopping and other errands. Faith in Action volunteers also provide friendly visiting, respite for caregivers, light housework and telephone reassurances.

Because Fulton County Medical Center recognizes the paradigm shift toward preventative health care services and the growing need for wellness-related activities, it has grown its Community Wellness program by 450 percent. Previously serving 150 visits per month, the program now has grown to over 700 visits per month. This was achieved by adding Community Wellness and Silver Sneakers programs, as well as adding group exercise programs in the local senior citizens centers, churches, businesses, community groups and to the hospital's own employee wellness program. It is the Fulton County Medical Center's hope that increases in these types of resources for the community will contribute to improve health, well-being and quality of life for its community. 

Yampa Valley Medical Center's SportsMed Concussion Management is a community-based approach to concussion management, partnering with physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, coaches, school counselors, nurses, teachers and families. It includes pre-season cognitive testing to measure brain processing, speed, memory and visual motor skills. The coordinated effort allows for the best possible outcome for the athlete or individual and promotes a safe return to play or work.

TriHealth was recently recognized for its innovative and effective employee wellness promotion. As an early proponent of employee wellness promotion, TriHealth created a Lifestyles Department as a step toward improving the health of the greater community. Efforts evolved into a comprehensive program that provides incentives for employee health care insurance premiums, helps employees with chronic diseases manage their conditions and encourages engagement in physical, intellectual, social and spiritual wellbeing to help employees and their families live a well-rounded, happy and healthy life.

Texas Children's Hospital and the Houston Bar Association's Houston Volunteer Lawyers today announced the formation of a medical-legal partnership (MLP) that will provide Texas Children's low-income patients and patient-families with critical legal assistance. This is the first partnership of its kind to be offered in the Houston area.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities of the Ohio Hospital Association recently recognized Memorial Hospital for its leadership in improving the health of its community through outreach and wellness promotion. Memorial Hospital has expanded on more than 13 years of wellness programming, including several employee wellness services and activities for the broader community, as well as a robust childhood obesity initiative.

Valley County Health System hosts an annual "Celebrate Being a Woman" event that promotes living a healthy lifestyle and features health-related presentations by medical personnel, a complimentary meal and access to more than 40 health-related vendors. Celebrate Being a Woman provides an opportunity to highlight what's new in women's health to area women at no cost. The event enables hundreds of women each year to talk to professionals and to one another about the real-life issues they face.

The First Step Resource Center at St. Patrick Hospital incorporates a children's advocacy center and an adult sexual assault response team. The hospital coordinates with medical and mental health providers, social service professionals, patient advocates and law enforcement and prosecution officials to pursue the truth in child abuse and adult sexual assault investigations. The team investigates and prosecutes, as well as provides assessment, treatment, education and prevention. First Step ensures an effective, efficient, coordinated and consistent delivery of services - putting the victim at the center of the response.

Berkshire Health Systems’ Get Cuffed Berkshires is a community-based hypertension program that brings existing outreach and public health services together to organize evidence-based initiatives, including free blood pressure screenings and targeted educational programs. In the first few months of the program, more than 2,500 individuals have been screened, and more than 200 high-risk patients have received blood pressure cuffs with education. Partnerships have been established with various health care providers and associations.

Northwest Medical Center established the Northwest Focal Point, a partnership with the city that links hospital care to community support services for older patients. The program aims to create a true community-wide continuum of care for older patients by connecting them to counseling, health support, physician taxi services, Meals on Wheels, etc.

Palmetto Health was recently recognized for meeting the Working Well "Gold Apple" criteria for working diligently to implement a healthier food environment.  This honor was accomplished by providing the highest standard of excellence for delicious, affordable healthy food and is supported by Palmetto Health's policies and benefits that make healthier food choices more accessible and more affordable. Working Well is a collaborative effort between the South Carolina Hospital Association and NC Prevention Partners to improve the health of hospital employees across the state by establishing worksite wellness culture where the healthy choice is the easy choice.

Southeastern Regional Medical Center's hospice program holds Camp Care on the third weekend in May as a way for children experiencing bereavement to find support from a specially trained and caring adult volunteer staff, as well as others their own age who have experienced loss by death. Children, due to their age, limited experience and lack of coping skills may find the grief process very difficult. The camp's small-group recreational programming includes crafts and games, as well as grief-related activities and rituals of memorial.

Sabetha Community Hospital's Healthy U - A New School of Thought program is a free-of-charge, 12-week, healthy lifestyle education program that features weekly lectures educating participants on successful weight loss management and healthy living. The program lectures are led by a physical therapy assistant/health promotions specialist, a registered dietician and a medical doctor.

Patients hospitalized for tobacco-related illnesses may be the most motivated to quit using tobacco. That's the presupposition behind a tobacco cessation program, Hospitals Helping Patients Quit, recently developed by the Oklahoma Hospital Association and now used by nearly 30 Oklahoma hospitals. These hospitals screen patients initially to evaluate their tobacco use, and respiratory therapists assess a patient's readiness to quit and try the cessation program. The program has two main parts: prescribing physician-approved medications, including gum and patches, to manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms and referring patients for free counseling. With funding from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, OHA provides on-site education, consultation and technical assistance to embed a sustainable system and process that includes the medications and Tobacco Helpline counseling referrals.

Parkview Health System’s Community Nursing Program includes a staff of 13 nurses, a respiratory therapist and a full-time nursing leader provided by Parkview works with other local non-profit agencies to improve community health. The initial impetus was the shortage of nurses in four area schools. When that effort was successful, the program expanded into other school districts, social service agencies and broad collaborative efforts, such as the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition and the Minority Health Coalition.

The goal of Huntington Hospital’s RN Health Counselor community outreach program is to successfully connect families and individuals to existing community programs and resources. As part of this effort, community outreach RNs participate in health fairs, provide health education and health counseling and coordinate disease specific screenings, such as breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer screening events each year.  Additionally, free seasonal flu vaccinations are provided each fall.

Sabetha Community Hospital established the Healthy U – A New School of Thought program, a free-of-charge, 12-week, healthy lifestyle education program that features weekly lectures educating participants on successful weight loss management and healthy living. The program lectures are led by a physical therapy assistant/health promotions specialist, a registered dietician and a medical doctor.

Truman Medical Centers and the Hospital Hill Economic Development Corporation launched the TMC Healthy Harvest Mobile Market. The TMC Healthy Harvest Mobile Market is a mobile grocery store unit that will travel throughout the urban core on a weekly basis bringing residents opportunities to purchase healthy choices such as fresh fruits and vegetables in their community at an affordable cost.

Avera St. Luke’s Hospital’s “Nurturing New Families” program is a no-cost service that ensures timely visits with new mothers and their babies for early identification of jaundice, as well as support for breastfeeding and parenting challenges. Soon after discharge, members of the BirthPlace staff call each new mother to strongly encourage a visit to the Nurturing New Families clinic, which provides a weight check of the newborn and assessments of both mother and child.

Washington Hospital Center's Cancer Institute has established the Cancer Support Services program to provide support services to meet the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of patients and their families during and after cancer treatment. It provides resources and programs for cancer survivors to learn about their diagnosis and understand the choices they have for living well after cancer. Programs include an overview of specific cancers and ways for participants to reduce their risk through symptom recognition, early detection and lifestyle modifications.

The Greenville Hospital System created the Every Woman health initiative to help women of all ages, races and economic backgrounds achieve and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle through prevention, early detection and appropriate medical interventions available through Greenville Hospital System. Every Woman began in 2003 as a year-long community health awareness initiative designed to educate women about the prevalence, prevention and causes of heart disease and has reached more than 10,000 women.

Camp Luv-A-Lung, is an annual event for children who have just completed grades 1 – 8 with respiratory problems. Sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center and GHS Respiratory Care Services, the camp helps children have a good time while receiving disease-specific education. Counselors are all health care staff, and nurses are available around the clock.

According to a recent report from the Health Services Cost Review Commission – the state commission that regulates hospital rates in Maryland – Maryland’s hospitals are providing more than $1 billion of benefits to the communities they serve.

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital hosts an annual community health fair that provides free and low-cost screenings, including skin lesion checks, prostate exams, foot checks and bone density screenings. Area physicians provide health services and information, and various other community organizations offer activities ranging from free massages to bike safety clinics. Youth are able to participate in building their own first aid kits, glucose and blood pressure testing, navigating an obstacle course and more.

Hospital leaders at Phelps Memorial Health Center became concerned that area children who eat a free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch may go hungry in the summers. In summer 2010, they launched the Summer Lunch Program to ensure no child went hungry when school was not in session. The program was open June and July, Monday through Friday, in an area church. Phelps Memorial collaborated with several entities to spread the word, enlisted volunteers to help serve and chaperone the lunches and hired three school-cafeteria employees to run the program. Every child who desires a meal is welcome; there are no low-income criteria.

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island’s First Steps program enables new mothers to learn about how to have a healthy family and make new friends in a supportive and open environment. At each meeting, a maternal child health topic is discussed, healthy snacks are provided and a gift relating to the topic is given to each family. The impetus for the program was to provide assistance to mothers without a strong support system at home who are at higher risk for postpartum depression and could use a support group.

Sacred Heart Hospital offers health and wellness education to area youth through an Annual Pediatric Health Fair. The event is designed to teach children about the importance of making healthy choices and adopting healthy habits at a young age. The fair encompasses the whole "body, mind and spirit" of children and stresses prevention and education on how to stay healthy.  This year, more than 1,000 second graders from 22 schools in Eau Claire County, WI, participated.

Kewanee Hospital, a rural critical access hospital, has excelled in their journey to improve the wellness of their employees, patients and the community they serve.  They have done so through a variety of wellness programs that have had great results in reducing BMI, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels of participants.

Ochsner Health System began their “I Can Do It!” program by offering students scholarships to an obesity program at a fitness center, which it still does. But in 2007, the program commissioned a customized mobile fitness unit to travel the region supplementing shrinking physical education programs and encouraging healthy, active lifestyles. In 2010, the “On the Move” mobile unit spent 2,000 hours visiting 230 sites including the Ironman triathlon, New Orleans Saints youth training camps and a wide variety of community events.

Truman Medical Centers was recently awarded the 2012 National Minority Quality Forum Booker T. Washington Award for leading the way toward a healthier Kansas City community through patient-centered and community-based programs that empower patients to make the best health care choices and become their own advocates for a healthier life. The Booker T. Washington Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of wellness in minority communities.

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Health Link's program offers a wide variety of classes and training to help people living with a chronic health condition-as well as their families and caregivers-improve their quality of life and navigate their health care. The "Living Well with Chronic Conditions" program is a central part of Health Link and helps people not only live with their condition, but live well.

Now in its sixth year, Scale Back Alabama is a free statewide weight-loss contest designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and to have fun while doing it.  It is a public awareness campaign hosted by Alabama's hospitals and the Alabama Department of Public Health, with support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. More than 7,500 teams are participating in the 2012 Scale Back Alabama program. Last year's campaign drew more than 33,000 people in almost every county with a cumulative reported weight loss of 143,309 pounds.

The Nassau-Suffolk (NY) Hospital Council, made up of Long Island’s not-for-profit and public hospitals, collects food to donate to the St. Hugh of Lincoln Food Pantry that provides hundreds of families in the local area with food and other staples. The hospitals do so with the goal of providing proper nutrition to residents and maintaining healthy communities.

The North Shore-LIJ Health System sponsored its first-ever walking challenge, the Walk to Paris. Fifteen thousand employees laced up their sneakers to compete for a free trip to Paris, France. The walk challenges employees to collaborate in teams of 10 to walk 7.2 million steps (the approximate length to Paris) in three months, or approximately 8,000 steps a day. The fitness challenge is one of many initiatives that the 15-hospital health system has rolled out to improve the health and wellness of its employees – including an interactive wellness website.

Effingham Hospital’s “Guys Night Out” was created to increase attendance atto Effingham Hospital’s annual prostate cancer screening event. As an incentive, an off-site provider location is transformed into a place where men gather to watch football’s greatest moments or old-time westerns, complete with “‘guy-friendly”’ snacks, while awaiting their free screenings. The program encourages survivors of prostate cancer to become spokespeople to convey the importance of early detection and treatment.

Northside Hospital’s “MothersFirst Program” is a valuable resource to women who are already pregnant or considering becoming pregnant. MothersFirst offers pertinent education, classes, support groups and services for women throughout the many stages of their childbearing years, from early pregnancy through early childhood. In fiscal year 2010, MothersFirst offered 1,065 classes; reaching 7,838 couples.

Delta Regional Medical Center holds the “Birth & Baby Fair,”, an educational fair, focused on childbirth and newborn child care information for new mothers and mothers-to-be.  Presentations by medical specialists are offered on topics from vaccinations, breastfeeding, birthing plans to “You’ve Brought Your Baby Home. Now What?” Delta Regional Medical Center saw a need to  and wanted to provide additional support and education to these patients and their mothers.

Elliot Hospital's WorkingWell Program  provides on-site wellness programming to New Hampshire employers and assists companies in developing a wellness culture. The program also provides on-site health screenings, counseling, information on risks and wellness strategies to manage these risks.

Delaware’s hospitals spent $92 million -a $42 million increase since Fiscal Year 2008 - on community benefit programs designed to create healthier lives in almost every corner of the State.

Carolinas HealthCare System is partnering with 12 YMCA branches to create synergy between health and wellness. A registered nurse staffs a CHS Health Center at the YMCAs, providing screenings, health fairs, classes and more, often at no charge. Local physicians now refer patients to the program, and the program helps many patients without a doctor establish a medical home. So far in 2011, the program has had 75,000 visits.

1n 2010 Centra offered free health fairs and screenings, support groups, community presentations, CPR training courses and mammography events that allowed them to reach more than 12,000 individuals in central Virginia.

A new report by Ernst & Young found that not-for-profit hospitals spend an average of 11.3 percent of their total expenses on benefits to their communities.

Along with other health agencies Illini Community Hospital created The Pike County Community Health Partnership to assess community health and wellness needs; to leverage the collective strength of multiple organizations addressing health and to coordinate resources to deal with scarcities and eliminate duplication of efforts.

Northwest Hospital's Domestic Violence (DOVE) Program provides 24/7 crisis intervention to victims of domestic violence in the emergency department, complete documentation of physical and psychological injuries, referrals to community and legal resources, as well as follow-up case management, support groups and counseling.

Parkview Health System's Community Nursing Program supports a staff of 13 nurses, a respiratory therapist and a full-time nursing leader who work with other local non-profit agencies to improve community health through school-based flu vaccine programs, asthma coalitions and other collaborative community efforts

Clarinda Regional Health Center has a Home for the Holidays program that offers free, round-trip transportation services from a care facility to a family gathering and back during the holiday season. The hospital volunteers its medical expertise and ability to transport medically needy or bedfast-care facility residents to what is a rare and/or sometimes last visit home. The service is available for any community resident within a 20-mile radius of the hospital, from the week of Thanksgiving through the last week of December.

Legacy Health’s Powerful Tools for Caregivers program is a six-week education program for family and friends who are caring for older adults suffering from stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease or similar long-term conditions. Classes provide participants with the skills and confidence they need to better care for themselves while caring for others.

Elmore Medical Center's Center for Community Health (CCH) brings together community stakeholders in assessing unmet health care needs and exploring alternative approaches to health improvement. The Center focuses on health education and connecting local residents with resources. Key areas of need have been identified as alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness, nutrition, and obesity

Harlem Hospital Center's Hip Hop Stroke Program is conducted in collaboration with the National Stroke Association and uses music videos to teach young participants to recognize the warning signs of a stroke. Hip hop music provides an easy, yet entertaining method to teach stroke awareness to youth as well as promote lifelong healthy habits.

Grandview Medical Center sponsors DO-WOP (Diabetes and Obesity, Wellness Opportunities Program), a free program dedicated to improving the health, self-image and well-being of children who are overweight. The DO-WOP approach to care is holistic, combining medical expertise and diagnostic tools with nutrition and behavior education and dance exercise. Sessions are 12-weeks long and both child and adult must participate. An increasing percentage of participants are consistently lowering their body mass indexes.

Campbell County Memorial Hospital supports a program designed to reach sedentary children and help them find ways to exercise and eat better for the long term. The six-week ICAN class offers an array of entertaining games and approaches, and builds on current health topics the children are learning in the classroom through the Healthy Schools Initiative.

Norton Healthcare supports the Health Start Initiative, a program that provides case management, education and preventive health services to high-risk infants and their families. Norton's support allowed for an estimated 425 infants, toddlers and women to receive outreach and evaluation services, as well as health education and transportation to health care appointments.

Acadia Hospital and Spring Harbor Hospital in Maine are collaborating with community groups and a local high school to support the creation and production of a movie dealing with teen depression and anxiety. The goal is to address the stigma associated with mental health, encourage students to open up, express themselves and be accepting of others and to seek support in appropriate ways. The movie will be distributed for free to every high school in the state, along with a suggested teaching curriculum and other resources for schools, families and other groups.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital's Good NEWS for a Better LIFE program improves seniors' health status through better education, fitness classes, transportation and stronger social support, helping less capable seniors continue to live in their homes.

Iowa hospitals continue to play a key role in the new Healthiest State Initiative by participating in Start Somewhere Walks which were held across Iowa last week. Start Somewhere Walks, were held in each of Iowa's 99 counties and several were hosted by Iowa hospitals

Maryland's hospitals are reaching out into their communities to address specific health care needs, and to make sure people who can't afford care still receive it. These and other efforts mean that Maryland's hospitals are providing more than $1 billion worth of benefits to the communities they serve.

Together with community partners, Jackson Hospital and Clinic offers free sports physicals to student athletes. Children receive free comprehensive sports physicals including screenings for height and weight; heart and lungs; vision, blood pressure, flexibility; and an examination by a physician to help parents and coaches ensure that students are healthy and can participate in athletic programs.

Good NEWS for a Better LIFE, a community outreach program of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, was designed to improve seniors' health status through better education, fitness classes, transportation and stronger social support.

Nanticoke Health Services created the Minutes Matter program to provide stroke education to patients and to the community at large and do so through hosting health events, speaking to various community groups and running print and radio advertisements. Over the past year, Nanticoke health care providers have attended or hosted nearly 20 health events related to stroke education; there are plans to continue to provide additional health education within the community and online.

Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) supports the ThinkFirst injury prevention program in Illinois. In the last school year, the CDH Injury Prevention team presented injury prevention programs to more than 11,500 students in fourth through twelfth grades. Unique to this chapter, when first graders complete the education program, they are measured and fit with a brand new free bike helmet. Approximately 15,000 area students heard ThinkFirst's important messages about using their mind to protect their bodies.

Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York works with partners and area employers to bring community members and local employees the "It's All About ME" Diabetes Program, based on the concept of Move more, Eat right/less. The program encourages participants to make lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, KY has partnered with 49 organizations - including schools, physicians, churches, businesses, county and state health departments - to create the Northern Kentucky Women's Cardiovascular Assessment, Risk Reduction and Education (CARE) Collaborative. The CARE Collaborative is driven by its mission to educate the community and counter the high occurrences of cardiovascular disease in the state.

To fight childhood obesity, Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL partners with the local school district - which serves more than 11,000 students - local parks, area universities, the YMCA and others to provide the Healthy Kids Club Initiative. The initiative targets families in areas where more than 50 percent of children live in poverty. The areas are generally both ethnically and racially diverse. The focus of the initiative is to teach proper nutrition and exercise through three unique after-school programs.

Baton Rouge-based Woman's Hospital operates a Mobile Mammography Coach that provides screening for women at 105 locations throughout a 15-parish area. Staffed by two technologists, a receptionist and a driver, the coach sees approximately 5,800 patients and diagnoses 25 to 30 cancers each year that may have gone undiscovered. The Woman's Mobile Mammography Coach has been successful in reaching underserved women and collaborating with community-based organizations to reduce geographic and financial barriers to cancer care.

In response to growing needs of the older adult population - from battling depression and prescription drug addictions to decreasing falls and the incidence of chronic disease - Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains, N.J. developed a free health and wellness program for adults age 50 and over. Working with numerous collaborative partners, almost 40,000 individuals participate in the program, receiving a quarterly newsletter that lists available classes, groups, lectures and workshops.

Nearly 10,000 Ohio children have new tools to combat the obesity epidemic, thanks to creative approaches by four Ohio hospitals that have teamed up with local schools, community organizations and other businesses to undertake childhood obesity reduction programs.

The WEPAC Hoops for Hope Weekend is a collaborative effort between five southwest Kansas communities to increase awareness about women's health while raising money to help prevent breast cancer and other diseases from spreading. Ashland Health Center and Comanche County Hospital put on this annual event with 90% of the proceeds going to pay for mammograms, pap smears and colonoscopies for women in those five small towns.

Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas Summer Skin Safety program started as an effort to prevent childhood sunburns. The hospital teamed up with the cities of Pittsburg and Frontenac to distribute sunscreen at local pools during "Summer Safety in the Sun" events and during the annual Farm Show.

The New Moms Network is a free service of the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Birthing Center. Moms meet weekly for 1.5 hours; programs range from handling a crying baby to immunizations to fire safety. New moms network and support each other, with community experts providing education each week.

Greenville Hospital System in South Carolina launched a Diabetes prevention initiative called "Small Steps to a Healthy Change" to help reduce the number of diabetes cases in the county.

Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA created “Toward No Tobacco”, a two-week evidence-based tobacco prevention class for seventh- graders in the state's two largest agricultural counties.

Case Study: The Nebraska Medical Center - Senior ASSIST Program, Omaha, Nebraska

Tucson Medical Center gives away safety equipment including bicycle helmets and car seats as a way to improve community health. They also provide a community resource center to promote healthy aging for seniors.

Case Study: Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center - Avera Family Wellness Program, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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