Allegiance Health, Jackson, Mich., won the 2010 Foster G. McGaw Prize for excellence in community service, according to a news release from the award's sponsors.
Allegiance Health wins McGaw award
Allegiance, with 360 staffed beds, will receive $100,000 as part of winning the prize, and three finalists will each receive $10,000. The finalists were: 178-bed Augusta Health, Fishersville, Va.; three-hospital Palmetto Health, a system in Columbia, S.C.; and 22-bed Wrangell (Alaska) Medical Center.
Allegiance was lauded for its commitment to improving health in its community. Allegiance has “a department and board committee solely dedicated to prevention and community health,” said John O'Brien, chairman of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee and president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, Mass., in the release. “The system's initiatives focus on good health from birth to adulthood, including a prenatal task force, school-based health centers and a work site wellness program,” O'Brien said.
The McGaw prize is sponsored this year by the American Hospital Association, the Baxter International Foundation, and the Health Research & Educational Trust, which is an affiliate of the AHA.
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