House of Representatives congratulates the organization on $100,000 Foster G. McGaw Prize
WINDSOR, VT –Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, a not-for-profit hospital, was recently honored with a Concurrent House Resolution issued by the State of Vermont House of Representatives. The proclamation recognized and congratulated the organization on receiving the 2011 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most esteemed awards in healthcare. In January, Mt. Ascutney was selected from over 100 applicants nationwide for its innovative programs that significantly improve the health and well being of the towns they serve.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the State of Vermont for our long-standing commitment to improving the health and wellness of our community,” explained Kevin Donovan, CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. “By using an array of educational programs that promote healthier living, we are able to provide effective programs and services to area residents.”
Since its inception in 1995, Mt. Ascutney’s outreach programs have addressed local health-related issues and built collaborative relationships aided towards the betterment of the community. Its Substance Abuse Prevention Program has made significant progress in reducing tobacco use and high risk behavior in middle school and high school students. Conveniently located in Windsor, the Community Health Clinic and the Connection Resource Center offer free health care and case management services for the uninsured and underinsured and increases access to health care and supportive services to patients in rural areas.
The Foster G. McGaw Prize honors health delivery organizations (hospitals, health systems, integrated networks and self-defined community partnerships) that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored by the Baxter International Foundation, the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET). For more information about the Foster G. McGaw Prize, go to www.aha.org/foster.
Finalists for the Foster G. McGaw Prize included AtlantiCare in New Jersey, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Palmetto Health in South Carolina.