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Hospitals Honored for Improving Community Health

The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced today that it will honor five programs for their hospital-led collaborative efforts that improve community health, awarding them the AHA NOVA Award.  The awards will be given at a July 19 ceremony during the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.  The winning programs are The Diabetes Collaborative in Chicago, Emergency Department Consistent Care Program in Olympia, Wash., Integrated Community Nursing Program at Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Ind., Milwaukee Health Partnership, Milwaukee and Glendale, Wis., and the Rochester Youth Violence Partnership in Rochester, N.Y.

"This year's NOVA winners are a testament to the caring and compassionate mission of hospitals to strengthen their communities," said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. "Through leadership and collaboration with like-minded organizations, they have found truly innovative and inspirational ways -- from improved access to care to prevention of violence -- to better the lives of so many."

Established in 1993, the AHA NOVA Award recognizes hospitals and health systems for their collaborative efforts toward improving community health. The 2011 winning programs and hospital partners are listed below:

The Diabetes Collaborative
Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago
Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago represents the partnership between Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Near North Health Services Corporation. The Collaborative showcases an educationally based, holistic approach to managing diabetes. With $2 million dollars in grant funding from Northwestern Memorial over five years, the comprehensive program leverages evidenced-based care and Chronic Care Teams to create multimedia tools that teach adult patients with Type 2 diabetes how to better manage their chronic disease. Information includes seven culturally sensitive education videos and print materials in Spanish and English.  Among the strengths of the alliance: Access to healthcare specialists shared by hospital and medical school.

Emergency Department Consistent Care Program
Providence St. Peter Hospital - Olympia, Wash.
The Emergency Department Consistent Care Program at Providence St. Peter Hospital is an intervention program that guides treatment decisions for frequent emergency department patients with complex health needs. The majority of these individuals have issues regarding mental health, chemical dependency and/or unmanaged chronic medical conditions. To date, Consistent Care has assisted more than 630 patients, expanded to include four other hospitals in a five-county region, dramatically reduced emergency visits, and saved millions of dollars in charges.

Providence St. Peter Hospital launched Consistent Care in 2003, which is operated in collaboration with CHOICE Regional Health Network - a non-profit coalition of rural and urban hospitals, practitioners, public health clinics, community health centers and others.

Integrated Community Nursing Program at Parkview Health
Parkview Health - Fort Wayne, Ind.
Parkview's Integrated Community Nursing Program provides responsive, comprehensive and accessible health care options to the most disadvantaged in communities in northeast Indiana. This is done by bringing together schools, non-profit social service agencies, foundations, government agencies, the local Board of Health, and Parkview nursing staff to identify health issues and needs specific to the community. Services that are provided include health screenings, immunizations, referrals, home visits, health care plans, follow-up, community and family education, financial assistance, and connection to a medical home.  Results have included fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations for asthma patients, more than 30,000 students have been vaccinated to protect from influenza, nearly 8,000 students each year receive vision screenings, and no deaths have occurred to infants whose parents participated in a safe sleep education program.

Milwaukee Health Care Partnership
Aurora Health Care, Children's Hospital & Health System, Inc., Columbia St. Mary's, Froedtert Health and
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Milwaukee, Wis.
The partnership's primary goals are to expand coverage, access, and care coordination for under-served populations in Milwaukee County.  Established in 2007 by the five health systems the partnership has grown to include Milwaukee's four Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), the city, county and state health departments and the Medical College of Wisconsin. A public - private consortium, the Partnership members have committed leadership, financial and in-kind resources to implement a community wide plan to improve health outcomes, reduce disparities and reduce the total cost of care.

Coverage efforts are working to expand government funded insurance coverage for low-income individuals, supporting sustainable funding for the state Medicaid programs and increasing enrollment outreach.  Access projects includes expanding primary care capacity at Community Health Centers, creating a coordinated specialty access network for the uninsured, and increasing access to affordable medications,  The Partnership's ED to Medical Home program has improved care coordination for low-income emergency department patients by linking them to FQHC's and providing additional case management resource at the medical homes.

Rochester Youth Violence Partnership
University of Rochester Medical Center in partnership with Rochester General Health System- Rochester, N.Y.
The Rochester Youth Violence Partnership (RYVP) is a hospital-based violence intervention program that helps trauma victims under the age of 18 when they are treated at the University of Rochester Medical Center for a knife or gun injury. 

Established in 2006, the RYVP is a partnership headed by the Medical Center's regional trauma program and supported by more than 30 local non-profit, government and service-based organizations, including Rochester General Hospital. The Medical Center serves as the "first responder" by treating injuries and identifying at-risk patients. When the patient is stabilized and the psychological and social issues are identified, a coordinated series of law-enforcement and community partner-led interventions occur, including sharing an anti-violence video, to help prevent additional violent episodes. More than 215 youths have been enrolled in the program.

About the AHA

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