In honor of its broad-based efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of its community, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah, Ga. is the recipient of the 2012 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most esteemed community service honors in healthcare.
Each year, this $100,000 prize is presented to a healthcare organization that provides innovative programs that significantly improve the health and well-being of its community. The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation, and the American Hospital Association (AHA) and Health Research & Educational Trust.
Named as finalists for this year’s award and receiving $10,000 each are Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas; Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. St. Joseph’s/Candler was a finalist for the 2004 Foster G. McGaw Prize before receiving the top honor for 2012.
''St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System takes a holistic approach to healthcare, believing that good health means addressing the whole person, not just physical health,'' said John O’Brien, chair of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee. ''It promotes numerous initiatives that address many healthcare and social issues that negatively affect the health and well-being of individuals and the community. The system’s major initiatives tackle disparities in care to connect residents to essential resources, improve access to care for the uninsured, address basic life issues like housing and nutrition, and provide education in a variety of areas to help individuals and families overcome poverty. Through these efforts, working with community partners, St. Joseph’s/Candler demonstrates its commitment to positively impact the overall health of its community.''St. Joseph’s/Candler is a faith-based, locally owned, not-for-profit health system formed in 1997 as a result of a joint operating agreement between St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital – two of the oldest continuously operating hospitals in the nation. The combined 636 licensed acute care beds at these two anchor institutions serve more than 750,000 individuals in coastal Georgia and South Carolina, with the mission of treating illness and promoting wellness for all people. St. Joseph’s/Candler employs more than 3,000 people and offers healthcare services across the entire continuum, including local and regional primary care, specialized inpatient and outpatient services, and home healthcare services, as well as a wide variety of community outreach and education efforts throughout the region. The organization’s faith-based, holistic approach to healing encourages individuals to become more knowledgeable about their personal health, and through strategic planning with numerous community partners, St. Joseph’s/Candler seeks to make a compassionate impact on the lives and the health of its patients and community.