The Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital School Nurses Program was among 10 programs from across the country named a “Program of Excellence” by the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare.
The multifaceted School Nurses Program was created by Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital and serves community residents who experience the greatest disparities in health status and access by providing four registered nurses in nine local school systems—where previously there were none—at no cost to the schools.
The 10 programs were commended for exceptional work in setting new standards for impacting the underserved in their communities in sustainable ways.
At a banquet that was the culmination of the National Hospital Charitable Services Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, each winning program was presented with a $10,000 investment toward their growth.
There to receive the award were Kathy Jacobsen, Director of Community Health Education for the hospital and one of the school nurses, Chris Signs-Warstler, RN.
“Through the dedicated hard work of the school nurses, not only has the medical safety in the schools greatly increased, but students have been given the opportunity to learn about healthy lifestyle habits that will last a lifetime,” said Jacobsen. “One of the most rewarding successes has been the dramatic decrease in chronically absent students.”
Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in at least one of five areas:
• Community impact
• Best practice
“What makes them truly extraordinary is the impact they achieve through their commitment to serving others, and the outstanding ways they make substantial and caring contributions,” said Charles R. Evans, FACHE, Chairman of the Hospital Charitable Services Awards program.
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