VHA Inc., the national health care network, has recognized Allegiance Health, Jackson, Mich., and Spectrum Health System, Grand Rapids, Mich., for extending their caring missions into the communities they serve. The two organizations were presented with the 2012 VHA Leadership Award for Community Benefit Excellence at VHA’s Annual Leadership Conference in Denver, Colo., yesterday.
The VHA Leadership Award for Community Benefit recognizes organizations for their focus and commitment to provide quality care benefiting their community, and for effective strategies to build awareness.
By recognizing these award-winning institutions, VHA hopes other not-for-profit hospitals and health systems will apply these leading practices to increase their community impact, improving and expanding on their existing community benefit programs
The VHA award focuses on three areas:
- Demonstration of a comprehensive community benefit strategy
- Highlighting a “best of class” community benefit program
- Providing an effective communications plan to tell the community benefit story
“Not-for-profit hospitals do their utmost to provide access to quality health care to all members of their community,” said Michael Regier, senior vice president of legal and corporate affairs and general counsel at VHA. “It is inspiring to acknowledge the good work that continues despite the economic and other pressures facing non-profit hospitals today.”
Continually providing for the evolving and increasing health needs of their communities is a goal of not-for-profit hospitals. VHA serves more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute health care organizations nationwide.
For more information on VHA, go to www.vha.com.