Foster G. McGaw Prize

Apply Now for the 2025 Foster G. McGaw Prize

Celebrate Your Commitment to Excellence in Community Service

Does your organization improve community health and well-being through leadership and community partnerships? We invite you to apply for AHA’s 2025 Foster G. McGaw Prize.

The Prize honors hospitals, health systems and integrated networks that collaborate with the community to achieve better health and well-being. These co-designed community-based programs and services address societal factors that influence health and improve access to high-quality, safe and equitable care.

This annual award will honor one winner and up to three finalists, who will be recognized at the 2025 AHA Leadership Summit in Nashville.

Applications are due by midnight, Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

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2023 Foster G. McGaw Prize Winner and Finalists

Congratulations to 2023 Foster G. McGaw Prize Winner Memorial Hermann Health System of Houston. Memorial Hermann and Foster G. McGaw Prize finalists Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; GBMC HealthCare, Baltimore; and Meritus Health, Hagerstown, Md., were recognized at the AHA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

To learn more about Memorial Hermann and the finalists, watch the celebratory video or download the honoree booklet.


History of the Prize

In 1986, the Foster G. McGaw Prize was created to recognize hospitals that have distinguished themselves through efforts to improve the health and well-being of everyone in their communities.

Today, despite sweeping changes in the way health care is delivered, hospitals and their communities continue to forge strong partnerships to promote a healthier America.

The Baxter Foundation and the American Hospital Association founded the Foster G. McGaw Prize on the belief that the relationship between a hospital and its community is unique. We celebrate the winners and finalists of this award because they show us how people working together in hospitals and communities can enrich the environment in which they live.

About Baxter and the Baxter International Foundation

Every day, Baxter and the Baxter International Foundation strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who depend on the company’s products, and in the communities where employees live and work. The Foundation helps advance Baxter’s mission to save and sustain lives by partnering with organizations around the world to increase access to healthcare for the underserved, develop the next generation of innovators who will lead the way in advancing healthcare and to create a positive, long-lasting impact in communities globally. For more information, please visit Baxter's Corporate Responsibility page.