Cincinnati Children's Blog

Congratulations 2010 NOVA Award Recipients!

Early this month, the American Hospital Association (AHA) announced the recipients of the 2010 NOVA Awards, recognizing five hospital-led collaborative programs that improve community health.

In 2008, a Cincinnati Children’s program, Every Child Succeeds (ECS), a home visitation program for first-time, at-risk mothers and their babies, was one of the five programs that received the award. ECS continues to be a successful, collaborative program, forged by the resources and expertise of three organizations: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency and The United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

Every Child Succeeds is regional program designed to ensure an optimal start for children.

In 2008, AHA president and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said, “Hospitals do so much for the community, yet they depend upon the caring and compassion of other groups and organizations to offer the most to those in need. The AHA NOVA Award recognizes those hospitals working collaboratively with others that provide valued and compassionate programs to their community and today’s winners are truly inspirational examples.”

His words may be a couple of years old, but his sentiment and assessment of the importance of these organizations is still spot on. We’re proud of Every Child Succeeds and are pleased to congratulate this year’s recipients:

Community-Based Alternatives to the Emergency Room
Lee Memorial Health System – Fort Myers, Fla.

The community-based system of emergency room alternatives targets individuals in need of behavioral health and primary care treatments – both areas identified by the community as top priorities.

Health-e-Access Telemedicine
University of Rochester Medical Center
– Rochester, N.Y.

Providing health care for children when and where they need it, the program uses a web-based telemedicine system to connect children in childcare, school or family service agencies to a physician or nurse practitioner who is part of the child’s primary care medical home.

Healthy Futures
Munson Healthcare System – Traverse City, Mich.

Healthy Futures is a partnership of more than 100 area health care providers, four district and country health departments and three hospitals.

Healthy San Francisco
San Francisco General Hospital, University of California Medical Center, Chinese Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente – San Francisco, Calif.

Healthy San Francisco provides universal, comprehensive, affordable health care to uninsured adults. 

Pediatric Asthma Program
Sinai Health System
– Chicago, Ill.

Sinai Children’s Hospital and the Sinai Urban Health Institute partner with other organizations in a pediatric asthma program to reduce the frequency and impact of childhood asthma.

These programs are inspirational and influential in their communities and we congratulate each of them on this special occasion. Keep up the good work!


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