HNN Staff

HUNTINGTON, WV - Cabell Huntington Hospital has been named one of 33
finalists from across the United States for the 2010 Hospital Charitable
Service Awards.




Cabell Huntington was nominated for its widespread efforts to reduce
obesity and improve community health in the Tri-State area, including
its funding of cook training in all Cabell County Schools, its support
of Huntington's Kitchen, its development of a health-themed playground
at The Huntington Mall and its sponsorship of the "Healthy Tri-State"
educational campaign on WSAZ-TV.



Of the 33 finalists, ten hospitals will be selected to share in a
$100,000 award fund. Recipients will be announced at a national hospital
charitable services conference in Atlanta on February 3.



"Having reviewed over 110 nominations for this year's program, it is
clear that there are a lot of hospitals in the U.S. doing amazing
charitable work," said Charles R. Evans, FACHE, who serves as chairman
of the awards program. "We hope, over time, that this awards program
shines a positive light on hospitals that are finding creative,
collaborative and innovative ways to serve their communities. The work
being done by Cabell Huntington Hospital in the Tri-State area
epitomizes the spirit of these awards."



Hospital programs were chosen based upon five criteria: community
impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and best practice.



"We created the awards program to encourage the spread of best practice
charitable programs," Evans said. "In addition to rewarding the nation's
model charitable programs, we are building a community of individuals
and hospitals around evidence-based approaches to community benefit and
charitable services."



"We are honored to be recognized for our work to address the obesity
epidemic in our region," said Brent A. Marsteller, president and CEO of
Cabell Huntington Hospital. "We see education as a vitally important
element in community health improvement and a major part of our mission.
All of the efforts for which we're being recognized involve educating
our community to make better decisions and to adopt healthier
lifestyles."



Cabell Huntington Hospital is the only hospital in West Virginia or
Kentucky to be named a finalist for the awards. Mercy St. Vincent
Medical Center in Toledo was the only Ohio hospital named a finalist.



The Hospital Charitable Service Awards program was launched in 2010,
under the sponsorship of Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare.







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