Jackson Healthcare Opens Nominations for 2012 Hospital Charitable Service Awards

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Awards program seeks hospital programs that have made a significant contribution giving back to their communities.

We are seeking hospital-funded charitable programs that show strong evidence of how they improve the health of a community or access to healthcare.

Jackson Healthcare announced today it has opened nominations for its third annual Hospital Charitable Service Awards, seeking nominees that have made a significant contribution giving back to their communities.

Jackson launched the national Awards program in 2010 to encourage the spread of best practice charitable programs and to build a community of individuals and hospitals around evidence-based approaches to community benefit and charitable services.

Nominations will be accepted between now and August 31. Finalists will be announced October 1 and will enter a second phase whereby they will be evaluated for program impact and return on invested giving.

The winners will be announced in February at a banquet following the national charitable services conference in Atlanta.

Charitable programs that participate in the Awards will be evaluated on several criteria including impact, innovation, transferability, best practices and collaboration. Winning programs, referred to as “Programs of Excellence,” share equally in a $100,000 award pool that serves as an investment in their continued growth.

“We are seeking hospital-funded charitable programs that show strong evidence of how they improve the health of a community or access to healthcare,” said Charles R. Evans, FACHE, chairman of the Awards program. “It’s important to be of service, but we are looking for even more evidence this year that programs are making a measurable difference.”

In 2011, 10 Programs of Excellence were named from the 198 applications nationwide.

To kick-off the new awards season, Jackson Healthcare has published a free resource, titled Leveraging Your Story: Applying Business Acumen to Hospital Charitable Services, to teach hospital programs how to better measure the impact and public support of their community service programs. It can be found at http://bit.ly/hospitalimpactstudy.

A free webinar is scheduled at 1 p.m. EST on May 30 to walk hospital participants through the new resource guide and introduce them to the awards program.

The awards are sponsored by Jackson Healthcare, also of Atlanta.

(For more information on the awards program contact Keith Jennings at 678.690.7942 or kjennings(at)jacksonhealthcare(dot)com or visit the Awards website at http://www.hospitalcharitableserviceawards.org.)

ABOUT JACKSON HEALTHCARE
Jackson Healthcare is the fourth largest healthcare staffing company in the U.S. and serves more than four million patients in over one thousand healthcare facilities. The company also provides technology solutions that enable total hospital efficiency. Jackson Healthcare has earned national media coverage by providing innovative solutions to healthcare problems, in addition to championing local, national and international charitable work. It has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for five consecutive years. Visit http://www.JacksonHealthcare.com to learn more.

ABOUT THE HOSPITAL CHARITABLE SERVICE AWARDS
The Hospital Charitable Service Awards is a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare. It recognizes hospitals whose commitment to their community – whether defined locally, regionally, nationally or globally – goes beyond “community benefit” and “free care” and has led to innovative efforts to improve community health and increase access to healthcare education and services.

All hospital-funded charitable programs are eligible to participate regardless of the size, tax or ownership model. A national charitable services conference is scheduled in Atlanta, Georgia for February 2013 to bring together individuals and hospitals in an effort to explore evidence-based approaches to community benefit and charitable services.

For more information about the awards competition please visit: http://www.hospitalcharitableserviceawards.org

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