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Abington Health Website Named Best in Class

IMA 2014 Best in Class AwardAbington Health’s website, www.abingtonhealth.org, has been named Best in Class by the Interactive Media Awards™. The website, which is hosted by Geonetric, an online solutions provider for the healthcare industry, went live in January 2014. The honor recognizes that the project met and surpassed the basic standards of excellence that comprise the web’s most professional work. The site was honored specifically for excellence in Healthcare.

 

 


Abington Health Named 2013 Most Wired

Most Wired Winner 2013Abington Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s MOST WIRED, according to the results of the 2013 Most Wired Survey in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey.  In that time, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage.

 

 


Abington Health Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite for Third Consecutive Year

Abington Health has been recognized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping its employees eat better and move more.

Fit-Friendly Gold Achievement Award“Employee wellness is a top priority at Abington Health,” said Meg McGoldrick, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Abington Health. “We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite for a third straight year. We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible that will not only benefit our employees’ health, but also produce more positive results for our institution overall.”

 

 


Abington Health Named 2012 Most Wired

Health Care's Most Wired Winner 2012Abington Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s MOST WIRED, according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The nation’s Most Wired hospitals are improving performance in a number of areas through the adoption and use of health information technology, according to the Most Wired 2012 Survey, which is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the American Hospital Association.

 

 


2012 Best of Willow Grove Award

For the fifth consecutive year, Abington Memorial Hospital has been selected for the Best of Willow Grove Award in the Home Health Service category by the US Commerce Association (USCA). This is the first time that a business has qualified as a Five-Time Award Winner.

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized, especially for the fifth consecutive year,” said Elissa Della Monica, executive director, Home Care and Hospice. “It’s a testament to the work our team does and we strive to win this award for at least another five years!"

 

 


2011 Best of Willow Grove Award

For the fourth consecutive year, AMH was selected for the 2011 Best of Willow Grove Award in the Home Health Service category by the US Commerce Association (USCA). This is the first year that a business has qualified as a Four-Time Award Winner.

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Abington Memorial Hospital Home Care (AMHHC) provides cost-effective, high-quality, multidisciplinary health and hospice care to individuals of all ages, to improve health, prevent illness and enable terminally ill patients to remain at home. Every year, thousands of patients and their families in the Delaware Valley turn to Abington Memorial Hospital Home Care for compassionate, skilled nursing and other care in the comfort and security of home. Patients rely on AMHHC to provide professional care and sophisticated procedures, in their own familiar and reassuring surroundings.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

 

 


2011 PA Department of Health Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Recognition

Abington Health was recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) for achieving a vaccination rate of 98.9 percent during last year’s flu season.

“The influenza season of 2010-2011 represented an important touchstone for us as a healthcare system and medical staff,” said John J. Kelly, M.D., chief of staff and chief patient safety officer, Abington Memorial Hospital.

“We committed ourselves to an annual universal influenza vaccination as a safeguard for our patients, ourselves and our loved ones at home, by effectively creating a culture of ‘Herd Immunity’ – the concept of protecting a community against certain diseases by having a high percentage of the community’s population immunized,” continued Kelly. “By immunizing our employees and physicians, patients and visitors benefit, as the spread of influenza is severely limited. This goes a long way to keeping our employees, physicians and their families healthy, as well.”

Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems have demonstrated consistent leadership in patient safety initiatives, including the prevention of health care-associated infections. Abington Health, one of seven PA health care organizations recognized for taking the lead on the mandatory influenza vaccination policy, has helped make significant progress in turning the policy into a state-wide pledge. HAP and the DOH have adopted the same sentiment and officially launched the health care personnel universal influenza vaccination campaign at HAP’s Patient Safety Symposium.

During the past few months, HAP has participated in a task force that includes representatives from DOH, the Patient Safety Authority (PSA), the Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition, and the Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. DOH hosted state-wide regional training programs during July about employee vaccination and patient safety to address policy and ethical issues, best practices, and how to overcome barriers to universal vaccination. Several HAP members that have achieved near universal employee vaccination, including Abington Health, served as faculty for the regional meetings and HAP’s Patient Safety Symposium, and agreed to be the subject of case studies in a guidebook.

“Our organization of nearly 7,000 employees, medical staff members and volunteers set the bar high and hurdled it. The ‘Flu Team’ did a phenomenal job of educating and communicating, and the campaign was an extraordinary success,” said Kelly.

 

 


2010 Best Places to Work

AMH was named one of the Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia Business Journal, in 2010. The award recognizes AMH’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions and company culture. AMH secured its position on this prestigious list based on the strength of its benefits and programs, as evaluated by its more than 6,000 employees.

“AMH is proud of the work our employees do and wanted them to be recognized for making Abington Memorial Hospital a great place to work,” said Meghan Patton, vice president, Human Resources.We are honored to offer a variety of traditional, and not-so-traditional, benefits to our employees.” 

 


2010 Healthy WorkPlace Award

AMH was named one of the healthiest employers in the region, in the Philadelphia Business Journal's inaugural Healthy WorkPlace Awards.

"Abington is proud to be recognized for its focus on wellness in the workplace," said Meghan Patton, vice president, Human Resources, Abington Memorial Hospital. "We continue to look for way to enhance our commitment to the health of our employees, with the goal of providing high quality, comprehensive and effective health and wellness programs."

The hospital's "A Healthier, Wealthier You" program focuses on promoting healthy living and lifestyle changes. Programs consist of a weight loss challenge, disease management, learning sessions and a range of wellness topics. The weight loss program is offered free to our employees and runs year round.

 

 


2008 Best Places to Work

AMH was named one of the Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The award recognizes AMH's achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions and company culture.

With more than 5,000 employees, AMH was one of more than 200 companies/institutions to enter, securing its position on this prestigious list based on the strength of its benefits and programs, as evaluated by its employees. Common themes among top companies focused on work-life balance; respect and caring for employees; recognition of accomplishments; feeling empowered; good teamwork and commitment to community.

"We strive to make Abington Memorial Hospital an enjoyable place to work," said Meg McGoldrick, executive vice president and chief operating officer. "Our satisfied staff brings a positive mindset to the hospital and you can really see that attitude transfer to our patients."

 

 


2008 Neighbors' Choice Award

AMH was named "Best Hospital" for the 2008 Neighbors' Choice Award for Montgomery County by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Each year, The Philadelphia Inquirer asks readers to vote for their local favorites in a wide range of categories. This is the second consecutive year AMH has won this award. The honor is a testament to the hospital's dedication to patients and its relationship with the community it serves.

 


2008 Best Places to Live

Abington Township was named "One of America's Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine. Possessing quaint neighborhoods (18 in all), nine different commercial districts, and a true sense of community spirit, Abington offers an abundance of cultural, recreational, shopping and dining opportunities.

The township is home to over 3,000 successful businesses, including Abington Memorial Hospital, which is the town's largest employer, maintaining over 5,500 individuals in the healthcare industry. Abington is also a major player in the educational field with two colleges. Rich in history, the central corridor of Abington was laid out by William Penn, and the first records of the town's emergence date back to 1696.

 


2008 Breast-feeding Friendly Business Award

AMH was awarded a 2008 Breastfeeding-Friendly Business award  from the Maternity Care Coalition and the Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition.

AMH is one of six businesses recognized for providing an exemplary environment that supports breastfeeding mothers as employees and patrons. The joint coalitions' selection criteria was based on provisions of time, space, support and flexibility for women who choose to breastfeed.

 


2007 Best Places to Work

AMH was designated as one of the state's "Best Places to Work" by Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the State Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Central Business Journal. AMH was ranked 19 among 50 large companies that received recognition. This is the first time Abington has applied for this prestigious designation.

The companies ranked as the "Best Places to Work in PA" are innovators and are viewed as benchmarks for other companies. Each organization that made the list was recognized for individual practices that are unique. Some of the benefits highlighted at AMH include: on-site daycare; several medical plan choices including one that is fully employer paid; domestic partner benefits; personal day to celebrate employee birthdays; employee wellness programs and employee recognition programs.

"Best Places to Work in PA" identifies and celebrates the best places of employment in the state. The goal of the program is to assist companies in improving their practices, which is ultimately what attracts and retains the best employees; thereby maintaining continued success for the organization and also benefiting the state's workforce.

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