January/February 2008

Saint Joseph HealthCare Named a Finalist for McGaw Prize


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(Left) All employees of the seven hospitals within Saint Joseph Health System, including Cindy Laborda, executive assistant to Gene Woods, were invited to sign a commitment book to signify their support of the new organization. (Middle) Dorothy Zimmerman, vice president of mission for Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, leads the transition ritual. In the background are Virginia Dempsey, president, Saint Joseph London; Carmel Jones, vice president of finance, Saint Joseph London and Berea and vice president of revenue cycle/business services, Saint Joseph London; and Bruce Klockars, president, Flaget Memorial Hospital. (Right) Associates at Saint Joseph Berea sign the commitment book.

The former Saint Joseph HealthCare, Lexington, Ky., now part of Saint Joseph Health System, was named a finalist for the 2007 Foster G. McGaw Prize. The McGaw Prize, sponsored by the American Hospital Association, the Baxter International Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation, honors excellence in community service in health care. As a finalist, Saint Joseph HealthCare will receive $10,000.
  • Saint Joseph was recognized for its unique and innovative leadership role in building healthier communities through several programs. These include:
  • Saint Joseph Mobile Clinic, a 40-foot mobile clinic that provides primary and specialty care in low-income, high-risk areas.
  • Eastern Kentucky Mobile Health Services, a mobile health service unit with a telemedicine link that visits isolated communities.
  • Appalachian Outreach Program, which provides follow-up visits, support and assistance for patients from underserved areas in rural eastern and southern Kentucky.
  • Healthy Kids Center, a partnership that provides comprehensive school-based health services to disadvantaged youth in Lexington.
  • Surgery on Sunday, a free ambulatory surgery program for uninsured individuals who can’t afford surgical procedures.
“We are honored to be recognized as a national leader by the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee for our commitment to programs that break down economic and social barriers to health care access and promote community wellness,” said Gene Woods, president and chief executive officer of Saint Joseph HealthCare. “We are proud of the collaborative efforts in our community that elevate the quality of health care we provide and help us continue the mission of our founding sisters.”