Baptist Health’s partnership programs recognized nationally for improving community health and wellness
November 30, 2015 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Health is being recognized nationally for its programs that increase access to preventive health and wellness services in the community.
The Partnerships for a Healthier Community is a finalist for the 2015 Hospital Charitable Service Awards. The initiative started with a partnership in 2014 between Baptist Health and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast and the opening of the first Y Healthy Living Center.
The Baptist Health programs now involve Y Healthy Living Centers in the greater Jacksonville neighborhoods of Mandarin and Ponte Vedra Beach. Three new Y Healthy Living Centers are planned at the Johnson Family YMCA in the northside of Jacksonville next year, at the new Winston Family YMCA under construction on Riverside Avenue, and at the Baptist North Medical Campus being built at northeast I-295 and Dunn Avenue.
Baptist Health also has a partnership with the Jewish Community Alliance entitled, “Wellness Connexion,” which involves Baptist Health wellness coaches working onsite at the Jewish Community Alliance six days a week and providing JCA fitness center members with a more comprehensive approach to achieving their personal health and wellness goals.
“It is an honor for Baptist Health to be selected as an award finalist for Baptist’s partnerships with the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast and the Jewish Community Alliance. These key partnerships demonstrate Baptist Health’s leadership and commitment to improving the health of the community through preventive health and wellness,” said Julie Schafer, manager of the Y Healthy Living Centers and JCA Wellness Connexion. “Alongside our valued partners, Baptist Health is leading the way to a healthier First Coast providing education, and preventive health and wellness services closer to work, school and home.”
Fifty-two hospital programs throughout the U.S. were named finalists for the Hospital Charitable Services Awards. The Awards program is sponsored by Jackson Healthcare and recognizes community health programs that impact underserved groups in innovative, sustainable ways. Finalists for the 2015 season were selected from a pool of nominees that spanned 33 states.
Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in five criteria areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, replicability and leading practices.
Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare established the Awards program in 2010 to help hospital programs develop new standards for community benefit and health. Award recipients — designated as Programs of Excellence — will be announced at a banquet after the national hospital charitable services conference on Feb. 9 in Atlanta. These programs will share in a $100,000 award fund. Additionally, $2,500 grants will be awarded to Programs of Promise, which are newer programs that demonstrate a clear vision for addressing community need in innovative ways.
The Baptist Health partnerships are the first of their kind on the First Coast, bringing medically integrated programs from Baptist Health into partner organizations and making programs more accessible to the surrounding community.
Programs and services provided through the partnerships include free health risk assessments and screenings, health coaching, physician lecture events, help with navigating health care needs and more.
“These programs were implemented within the last two years. This recognition provides a testament to the need and impact the programs provide considering they were selected from a pool of well-established hospital programs from around the country,” Schafer added.
For more information on the Y Healthy Living Center and JCA Wellness Connexion, call 904.202.5367.