In honor of its broadbased efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of its community, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah, Ga. is the recipient of the 2012 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most esteemed community service honors in healthcare.
Each year, this $100,000 prize is presented to a healthcare organization that provides innovative programs that significantly improve the health and well-being of its community. The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation, and the American Hospital Association (AHA) and Health Research & Educational Trust.
St. Joseph’s/Candler President & CEO Paul P. Hinchey lead a group to the AHA’s Annual Meeting this week in Washington, D.C., to formally accept the prize.
“We are deeply hon- ored to receive this award and grateful to have been given the opportunity to share some of our outreach programs with the Foster Mc- Gaw committee,” said Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System. “We have always believed that external factors strongly influence good health, including safe and adequate housing, education, access to information and meaningful employment. What we have accomplished through our community outreach programs can be replicated anywhere in the country. We are excited for the opportunity to share these efforts with our colleagues and are humbled to have been selected from such impressive finalists. This award honors our co-workers and the Savannah community in general, for focusing on the social determinants of a healthy person.”
“St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System takes a holistic approach to healthcare, believing that good health means addressing the whole person, not just physical health,” said John O’Brien, chair of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee.
St. Joseph’s/Candler is a faith-based, locally owned, not-for-profit health system formed in 1997 as a result of a joint operating agreement between St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital – two of the oldest continuously operating hospitals in the nation. The combined 636 licensed acute care beds at these two anchor institutions serve more than 750,000 individuals in coastal Georgia and South Carolina, with the mission of treating illness and promoting wellness for all people. on the lives and the health of its patients and community.