Local involvement, national recognition.
Programs to prevent cancer, combat diabetes and help new mothers are just some of the community initiatives that have White Memorial Medical Center national recognition. White Memorial has been named one of three national finalists for the 2016 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service. “Keeping the community healthy has been White Memorial Medical Center’s mission since its beginning,” said John O’Brien, chair of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee. According to the announcement, White Memorial was selected for “its exemplary commitment to provide culturally competent, comprehensive care for the community” and will receive $10,000 to support its community health initiatives.
The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored by the Baxter International Foundation, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its not-for-profit affiliate Health Research & Educational Trust. First awarded in 1986, the prize recognizes the achievements of hospitals that significantly improve the health and well-being of their communities. White Memorial President and Chief Executive Officer John Raffoul said being named a finalist is “an honor,” adding that at the hospital “community service has for over 100 years been integral with healthcare. “This distinction is a testament to our commitment to keeping our communities healthy with consistent year-over-year superior clinical performance.”