Northwest NEWS

February 8, 1999

Local News

Alliance wins national award

   Partners for a Healthier Community, an alliance of six Puget Sound-area health care organizations, was named the winner of the seventh annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award at a ceremony Jan. 20 in Phoenix, Arizona. With the award comes a $50,000 cash prize.

   The award recognizes creative efforts to aid the medically under-served. More than 200 health improvement efforts from across the country competed for the award.

   The alliance is made up of Evergreen Community Health Care, Group Health Cooperative, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, the Providence Health System/Medalia HealthCare, Virginia Mason Medical Center, and the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health. They have joined forces with each other and more than 50 community groups and organizations to fund initiatives addressing domestic violence and child abuse, adolescent health risk, breast cancer detection and services, and maternal and infant health over the past two years.

   "Recognizing grassroots community action is what the Premier Cares Award is all about," says Richard Norling, Premier's CEO. "It recognizes innovative local efforts and underscores the importance of supporting these deserving efforts."

   "Partners is about developing the critical links between health systems, the community, school systems, social service organizations, and public health to make a measurable difference in the community's health," explains Keith Cernak, director of the Partners for a Healthier Community efforts.

   Partners also received the prestigious 1998 NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association, presented in Washington, D.C. last February by Elizabeth Dole.

   Accomplishments of the Partners for a Healthier Community program:

   Partners for a Healthier Community was formed in 1997, and since then has funded $800,000 in community health improvement initiatives. In addition to the founding partners, the program includes local school districts, businesses, physician groups, health care organizations, and social service agencies.