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White Memorial Honored for Community Programs

Awards & Recognition

Initiatives to prevent cancer, help new mothers and promote healthy eating habits to combat diabetes have earned a Boyle Heights-based health care provider national recognition.

“Keeping the community healthy has been White Memorial Medical Center’s mission since its beginning,” said John O’Brien, chair of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee, announcing that White Memorial is one of three national finalists for the 2016 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service.

According to the announcement, White Memorial was selected for “its exemplary commitment to provide culturally competent, comprehensive care for the community” and will receive $10,000 to support its community health initiatives.

The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored by the Baxter International Foundation, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its not-for-profit affiliate Health Research & Educational Trust. First awarded in 1986, the prize recognizes the achievements of hospitals and health that significantly improve the health and well-being of their communities.

White Memorial’s “enduring initiatives – inspired by the patients, community leaders, physicians and volunteers the health system staff interacts with every day – have altered the overall health of its community, provided economic stimulation and have had a positive impact on residents,” O’Brien said.

White Memorial President and Chief Executive Officer John Raffoul said being named a finalist is “an honor,” adding that at the hospital “community service has for over 100 years been integral with healthcare. “This distinction is a testament to our commitment to keeping our communities healthy with consistent year-over-year superior clinical performance.”

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