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Houston Healthcare Wins Statewide Community Leadership Award for Community Outreach Program

(Pictured from left to right: (Back) Kim Ritchie, RN; Marlene Noles, RN; Bonnie Romines; Beth Jones, RN, Director of Community Education; Christina Urie; Jennifer Dawson, RN; (Front) Linda Ruberti; Bonnie Henderson, RN)


At its annual summer meeting in July, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) presented its prestigious statewide Community Leadership Award to Houston Healthcare for its community outreach program that successfully allowed the healthcare system to carry out its mission of providing patient-focused, high quality, cost-effective care while improving the health of the community it serves.

A community health needs assessment conducted by the health System revealed a need for increased focus on four main areas: wellness promotion; access to appropriate health services; early detection and management of chronic disease; and additional assistance to vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and the elderly.

“Improving the health of our communities is an essential part of our mission,” stated Cary Martin, Chief Executive Officer for Houston Healthcare. “We are very proud of the services we provide in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, and being recognized with the Community Leadership Award solidifies the positive impact we are making in our community and for those we serve.”

For wellness promotion, specific goals included reducing the prevalence of obesity and tobacco usage and educating individuals on how to maintain their overall health. Partnerships with community stakeholders offered opportunities such as healthy cooking classes and tobacco cessation classes.

To increase access to health services and help residents identify health conditions early, Houston took steps to make health-related services more available. A referral service phone number is in place to link to a physician or request health information. A fund was also established to support local technical schools and colleges in training additional health care workers. Care managers assisted hospital inpatients in navigating the health care system.

Chronic disease management was tackled with one-to-one assessments that identified specific individuals’ needs and established patient-provider relationships. To provide additional assistance to, and improve the health of, vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and the elderly, special programs were developed. For women with high-risk pregnancies, a care manager is provided to assist her during the pregnancy.

Since the inception of the program, outcomes have been extremely favorable, including increased physician referrals, increased education on diabetes care for hospital staff, and a decrease in emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to improved hypertension management.

“We are honored to receive the Georgia Hospital Association’s Community Leadership Award,” said Beth Jones, RNC, Director of Community Education and Services for Houston Healthcare. “It is a privilege to assist our community in improving their health and quality of life.”

“Houston Healthcare’s efforts have resulted in better quality of life for many community residents. We applaud the health system and its staff for providing effective health resources,” said GHA President Earl V. Rogers. “They are deserving recipients of this prestigious award.”

View the video below to learn more about our accomplishment.

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1601 Watson Boulevard
Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
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