Hospitals or health care systems that are active institutional members of THA are eligible for this award.
Contributions to the community will be evaluated by the nominee’s leadership and participation in beneficial, measurable programs that have provided a positive outcome in health status. Leadership and service may be exemplified by total community achievements or by highly visible individual programs. Please note: A community benefits plan, in and of itself, is not considered an acceptable entry.
All nominations must include the following information:
- Evidence of a community-identified need, as documented by local statistics, surveys, health needs assessments, etc. Please include supporting data or reports.
- Action plan for project(s), including a budget summary that details all sources of funding.
- Evidence of leadership in forging partnerships and collaborative efforts in the community (including identification of all involved parties and the role each played).
- Description of program implementation, including obstacles and how they were overcome.
- Documented measurable and objective outcomes/results of the project(s).
- Demonstrated community response, participation and acceptance (may include newspaper articles, reports, etc.).
Each of the above criteria will be weighted during the selection process, with greater consideration being given to items 1, 3 and 5. Projects or programs should be in place for a minimum of three years to have yielded significant outcomes or measurable changes in health status.
In addition, projects that may be replicated in other communities will receive preferential consideration.
The selection committee is composed of THA and community leaders. Committee members’ institutions are not eligible to receive the award.
The winning organization and its project/program will be featured in THA publications and recognized at the THA Annual Conference and Expo.