EMHS Honored for Improving Community Health


Brewer, Maine – (June 25, 2013) - The American Hospital Association announced today that EMHS is being recognized for its collaborative efforts to improve community health with the 2013 AHA NOVA Award.  The AHA will present the award July 27 at a ceremony during the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. 
Established in 1993, the AHA NOVA Award recognizes hospitals and health systems for their collaborative efforts toward improving community health.  EMHS is one of five healthcare organizations being honored nationally this year for demonstrating how working with partners in the community can improve the health and wellness of the people and patients that hospitals serve.
“We are pleased to honor this year’s AHA NOVA winners for their collaborative efforts to improve health and wellness,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock.  “Working together, hospitals and like-minded community organizations are providing valued and compassionate programs and addressing vital health care needs.”
“I am pleased to learn that the American Hospital Association is honoring the work completed through the Bangor Beacon Community with a NOVA Award,” remarked EMHS president and CEO M. Michelle Hood, FACHE. It was in May 2010, that EMHS received a three-year, $12.7 million federal grant to launch Bangor Beacon, which was aimed at reducing healthcare costs by working with chronically ill patients at home in order to keep them out of hospitals. Hood said, "Through Beacon we were able to show that by concentrating on people who are most at risk from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease, we could improve the quality of life for those individuals while reducing the overall cost of healthcare.” EMHS partners in Bangor Beacon Community were Acadia Hospital, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Penobscot Community Health Care, Community Health and Counseling Services, St. Joseph Hospital, and Eastern Maine Community College. “The highly collaborative nature of Bangor Beacon not only helped improve health delivery service in the community, but also strengthened relationships and led to other opportunities for the partners to work together,” said Hood.
A list of all 2013 AHA NOVA Award winners is available at www.aha.org.
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