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Richards Earns 'Grassroots Champion' Award from AHA

 

The American Hospital Association (AHA), in association with the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, awarded Joan K. Richards, CKHS president and chief executive officer, with a Grassroots Champion Award. As a Grassroots Champion, Richards was recognized for her exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of the health system’s mission.  

The award was created to recognize those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the health system’s role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and who is a tireless advocate for the health system and its patients.  

“We depend upon strong voices like yours to tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “This award is a small token of our appreciation for your hard work and dedication to improving health and healthcare in America.”  

“Through her activities at Crozer-Keystone and as a HAP board member and DVHC of HAP board chair, Joan Richards is a community advocate for improved healthcare, a strong voice with elected officials in Harrisburg and Washington, and a tireless champion on a range of healthcare issues impacting hospitals and the patients they serve,” says HAP President and CEO Carolyn F. Scanlan. “Joan has been a driving force behind our ability to put patients at the top of our state and federal advocacy agendas - benefiting millions of patients who come through the doors of Pennsylvania’s hospitals each year.” 

The award is presented annually to one individual from each state, with winners being chosen by the state association. Richards, one of 52 individuals honored this year, received the award at a special Breakfast of Grassroots Champions held at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in April.  

“Crozer-Keystone is the largest employer in Delaware County, providing family sustaining jobs and solid benefits. During these uncertain times, we work collaboratively to educate our legislators and their staffs about the significant economic and employment contributions our hospitals make,” Richards says. “It is important that our hospitals remain viable assets in the many communities we serve. We are proud of our grassroots advocacy initiatives for which we have received this most prestigious national award.” 

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of healthcare provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes 5,000 hospitals, health systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and is a source of information on healthcare issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.  

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 250 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and 

The American Hospital Association (AHA), in association with the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, awarded Joan K. Richards, CKHS president and chief executive officer, with a Grassroots Champion Award. As a Grassroots Champion, Richards was recognized for her exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of the health system’s mission.

 

The award was created to recognize those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the health system’s role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and who is a tireless advocate for the health system and its patients.

 

“We depend upon strong voices like yours to tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “This award is a small token of our appreciation for your hard work and dedication to improving health and healthcare in America.”

 

“Through her activities at Crozer-Keystone and as a HAP board member and DVHC of HAP board chair, Joan Richards is a community advocate for improved healthcare, a strong voice with elected officials in Harrisburg and Washington, and a tireless champion on a range of healthcare issues impacting hospitals and the patients they serve,” says HAP President and CEO Carolyn F. Scanlan. “Joan has been a driving force behind our ability to put patients at the top of our state and federal advocacy agendas - benefiting millions of patients who come through the doors of Pennsylvania’s hospitals each year.

  

The award is presented annually to one individual from each state, with winners being chosen by the state association. Richards, one of 52 individuals honored this year, received the award at a special Breakfast of Grassroots Champions held at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in April.

 

“Crozer-Keystone is the largest employer in Delaware County, providing family sustaining jobs and solid benefits. During these uncertain times, we work collaboratively to educate our legislators and their staffs about the significant economic and employment contributions our hospitals make,” Richards says. “It is important that our hospitals remain viable assets in the many communities we serve. We are proud of our grassroots advocacy initiatives for which we have received this most prestigious national award.” 

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of healthcare provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes 5,000 hospitals, health systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and is a source of information on healthcare issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org

  

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 250 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and

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