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AHA Award of Honor to be Presented to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2015) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) will present its 2015 Award of Honor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) of Princeton, N.J., for being a major force in health care delivery and advancement for more than 40 years. The award, presented on May 4 as part of the AHA’s Annual Meeting, is given to individuals or organizations in recognition of exemplary contributions to the health and well-being of our nation through leadership on major health policy or social initiatives.

RWJF’s goal is to build a culture of health that will enable everyone in the U.S. to live longer, healthier lives, now and for generations to come. Among the areas the foundation is focusing on are child and family well-being, childhood obesity, access to affordable, quality health care, health insurance coverage, healthy communities, health leadership, and workforce and health system improvement. 

“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a leader in improving community health by providing thought leadership and resources to organizations across the country,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. “The AHA is pleased to honor the RWJF for its efforts to enable others in building a ‘culture of health’ for everyone.”

The award will be accepted by RWJF’s chief of staff Robin Mockenhaupt, Ph.D.

Spencer Johnson, president of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association in Okemos, Mich., also will receive the 2015 AHA Award of Honor.

Previous Award of Honor winners include organizations such as the Ohio Hospital Association’s Energy and Sustainability Program, Reach Out and Read, Ronald McDonald House Charities®, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and Habitat for Humanity. Individuals such as Rhonda Anderson, R.N., DNSc, chief executive officer, Cardon Children’s Medical Center; George Halvorson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente; and Donald M. Berwick, M.D., former administrator of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and former president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement have also been honored.

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