LatinaCommunity Health Services at PAH was announced as a finalist for the JacksonHealthcare Hospital Charitable Service Award. The Hospital Charitable ServiceAward honors hospital-sponsored programs that set new standards for health andwellness in the communities in which they operate and serve through educationand providing access and delivery of services. The goal of the program is torecognize hospitals whose commitment to their communities – local, regional,national or global – has led to innovative, sustainable and collaborativeefforts to improve community health and increase access to health careeducation and services.
“Weare proud of the relationship between Pennsylvania Hospital and our outreachprogram directed to an under-resourced and vulnerable population,” said Jack Ludmir, MD, director of LatinasCommunity Health Services, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetricsand Gynecology at PAH. “Our strong relationship has resulted in significantimprovement in maternal child health in our surrounding community.”
LatinaCommunity Health Services provides care from PAH faculty, staff and studentvolunteers to pregnant women and their children across Philadelphia. The needfor such services continues to grow. Since 1997, there have been 44 maternityunit closures in Pennsylvania with only six hospitals remaining in Philadelphiadelivering babies. With all the maternity programs that have closed throughoutthe city, PAH and HUP now deliver nearly half of all the babies born inPhiladelphia each year.
LatinaCommunity Health Services at PAH is one of ten hospital programs around thecountry to be selected in late 2012 to share a $100,000 unrestricted award. Theaward is sponsored by Jackson Healthcare, thethird-largest health care staffing company in the US, serving more than fourmillion patients in over 1,300 health care facilities.