March 2005

Saint Francis Named Finalist for McGaw Prize


Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, Neb., was named a finalist for the prestigious 2004 Foster G. McGaw Prize for excellence in community service. “Saint Francis Medical Center is an excellent example of the wonderful results that can be achieved through partnering with other community groups to invest in people and help them improve their lives,” said Susan Manilow, chair of the prize committee.

As a finalist for the prize, which honors health care organizations that provide programs to promote community health and well-being, Saint Francis will receive $10,000. The winner of the 2004 Foster G. McGaw prize was Henry Ford Health System of Michigan. “Saint Francis Medical Center is providing strong leadership and energy to improving the overall health and well-being of its community, including addressing economic and social issues that impact good health,” said Susan Manilow, chair of the prize committee. “It is an excellent example of the wonderful results that can be achieved through partnering with other community groups to invest in people and help them improve their lives.” Saint Francis’ community health initiatives include:
  • Growing Our Own Health Professionals. These hospital-sponsored, collaborative programs address the need for health care workers and improve the economic status of low-income individuals through exposure to health care careers, innovative training programs and financial assistance.
  • Student Wellness Center at Grand Island Senior High School. This collaboration created a primary-care clinic that offers medical, mental health and substance abuse services to students at one of Nebraska’s largest high schools.
  • Parish Nursing. This program trains registered nurses to deliver holistic care to faith communities and develop teams that focus on improving the health of their church families.
  • Supportive Care of the Dying. Saint Francis created this coalition of agencies and individuals to better meet the needs of central Nebraskans at the end of life.
  • Hispanic Health Outreach. Saint Francis designed this collection of communication vehicles, programs and services to meet the needs of the region’s burgeoning Hispanic population.
“I am extremely proud of the Saint Francis employees who participate in our outreach programs, as well as our partner organizations throughout the community,” said Michael Gloor, president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis. “Saint Francis Medical Center will continue to develop innovative ways to meet our community’s needs and advocate for systemic changes in health care that improve the well-being of all.”

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Students at Grand Island Senior High School can prepare for careers in health care through a medical pathway program created by Saint Francis Medical Center. Instructor Sue Beaty, APRN (second from left) watched students (left to right) Virgilio (Alex) Villeda, Cassandra Hopkins, Amber Moreno, Erica Guerrero and Josefina Cuevas practice care techniques on a “patient” in the school’s Virtual Hospital setting.

About the Foster G. McGaw Prize The Foster G. McGaw Prize, first awarded in 1986, recognizes health care organizations that display a continuous commitment to making communities healthier and more vital. The award is named for Foster G. McGaw, who founded the American Hospital Supply Corporation in 1922 and is renowned for his philanthropic activities in health care. “The 2004 Foster G. McGaw Prize winner and finalists are truly inspirational organizations,” said Susan Manilow, chair of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee. “Their outstanding community programs are significantly improving the health and quality of life of the people they serve.” The annual award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, the Baxter International Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation.