Heartland Health wins Foster G. McGaw Prize
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.