The Hospital Charitable Service Awards were created by Jackson
Healthcare to build a community of individuals and hospitals
around evidence-based best practices in community benefit and
In 2010, 110 hospital programs were accepted as official
nominees for the Awards program. All hospital-funded community
programs were eligible to participate regardless of the size, tax
or ownership model. Each program was evaluated by an
independent advisory board of hospital executives based upon five
criteria areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration,
transferability and best practice.
Ten programs were deemed "Programs of Excellence," for
commitment to their communities that reached beyond "community
benefit" and "free care." Each demonstrated measurable improvements
in community health and increased access to healthcare
education and services.
This eBook contains the stories of these model programs: their
journeys, their successes, their heroes and the lessons they
have learned along the way.
Without fail, program leaders credit the unwavering commitment
of the leadership of their sponsoring hospitals, the heart-warming
selflessness of the employees and volunteers who give so much - and
so freely - for the sake of their fellow community members and
the unparalleled generosity of their partners and
collaborators throughout the community who work with them to
meet the ultimate goal of improving the health and well-being
of the individuals they serve.
We hope this eBook…
…drives greater awareness of the amazing gifts hospitals offer
…celebrates the accomplishments of hospital programs that stand
as beacons of community service for the underserved,
…shares evidence-based best practices for delivering and funding
community health programs, and
…connects hospitals with innovative approaches and new
opportunities to better serve communities locally
and throughout the world.