Heart­land Health wins Foster G. McGaw Prize

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Heart­land Health, St. Joseph, Mo., won the 2009 Foster G. McGaw Prize for in­no­va­tion in im­prov­ing the health and well­ness of its com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to the prize’s spon­sors. Heart­land Health will re­ceive $100,000 for its ef­forts.The McGaw Prize’s three run­ners-up, which will re­ceive $10,000 each, are: Ale­gent Health, Omaha, Neb.; Lan­caster (Pa.) Gen­eral Health; and St. Vin­cent Health, Indianapolis. Heart­land Health, an in­te­grated de­liv­ery sys­tem formed by a 1984 merger of two hos­pi­tals, won praise for en­gag­ing school­child­ren in its 21-county ser­vice area in north­west Mis­souri and neigh­bor­ing por­tions of Kansas and Ne­braska in health, cit­i­zen­ship and com­mu­nity ser­vice pro­grams, as well as a pro­gram to en­cour­age adults to lose weight. Heart­land Health also was one of five 2009 re­cip­i­ents of the Malcolm Baldrige Na­tional Qual­ity Awards in 2009. The spon­sors of the McGaw Prize, first awarded in 1986, are the Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion and the char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tions of Bax­ter In­ter­na­tional, Deer­field, Ill., and Car­di­nal Health, Dublin, Ohio.

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