Taylor Hospital Earns HAP Award for Community Outreach
Ridley Park — For the second year in a row, Taylor Hospital was presented with an Achievement Award from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).
Taylor’s submission, “Community Health Alliance...Partnering with our Community to Promote Healthy Living,” was honored in the Community Benefit category.
Pictured from left to right are Diane Miller, president of Taylor
Hospital; Curt Schroder, regional executive, Delaware Valley
Healthcare Council of HAP; Stephanie LaFrance, manager of
Physician and Community Relations; and Mike Tortella, director
of Nutrition Services.
Since 1978, HAP has used its annual Achievement Awards to honor Pennsylvania healthcare organizations for their innovation, creativity, and commitment to patient care and safety. Entries for the 2012 awards were received from hospital programs throughout the state, and the recipients of the 17 awards are considered the most innovative and creative in the healthcare field.
“I know I speak for everyone at Taylor Hospital when I express how thrilled I am to once again receive a HAP Achievement Award,” says Diane Miller, president of Taylor Hospital. “People from within this hospital as well as throughout the Crozer-Keystone Health System work together to bring quality educational programming, screenings and preventive services to the communities that we serve. It really does prove that we are living our mission to ‘build a healthy place to live and work.’”
Most of the activities and programs that Taylor offers, and that were submitted for consideration, are offered for free to the community. These include:
- Screenings and Educational Programs: Taylor offers free health screenings (such as cardiovascular, cancer, blood pressure, hearing and more) and physician-sponsored seminars that are held on site as well as in various locations throughout Delaware County. Cancer programs are offered collaboratively with the Crozer-Keystone Cancer Services department.
- Senior Services: Working together with the Crozer-Keystone Senior Health Services department, Taylor offers programs geared toward the senior population — including the Dining at Dusk lecture series and AARP Defensive Driving program.
- Smoking Cessation Services: The Crozer-Keystone Community Health Education department offers “Clear the Air,” a free 6-week smoking cessation program, in locations around the county. Funded by the Health Promotion Council and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Clear the Air is frequently offered at Taylor.
- Blood Drives: Taylor offers two blood drives per year to help replenish blood supply through New Jersey Blood Services.
- Nutrition Services: Taylor participates in events that include the annual Ridley Park Farmers’ Market, Meals on Wheels and the annual Crozer-Keystone Food Drive.
“This award honors Taylor Hospital’s commitment to the health and well-being of its community,” says Curt Schroder, regional executive, Delaware Valley Healthcare Council of HAP. “Through the Community Health Alliance, Taylor Hospital has fostered impressive collaboration with health advocates, schools, churches, law enforcement and other community partners working together to promote healthy living for the residents of Delaware County.”
“We will continue to work hard to bring meaningful programming and services to our friends and neighbors in our communities,” Miller says. “Awards are wonderful — and the HAP Achievement Awards truly are prestigious — but at the end of the day our goal is to keep our residents healthy and knowledgeable to minimize the need for a hospital stay.”
HAP 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 hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve.