Friday, November 5, 2010

Amerigroup Foundation Honors Georgia Career Center Manager as a 'Healthy Hero'

/PRNewswire/ -- The Amerigroup Foundation today (November 4) announced that it is designating Woodstock Goodwill Career Center Manager Christine Rankin a "Healthy Hero."

Rankin is passionate about helping residents of northern Georgia find employment. She coaches them every step of the way -- from helping create resumes to practicing interviews. This year, Rankin helped more than 400 jobseekers find work. In addition, Rankin educates jobseekers about living a healthy lifestyle. She invites health care experts to speak at the career center, and she searches for health programs that benefit residents in her community.

"Christine Rankin exemplifies a 'Healthy Hero,'" said John E. Littel, chairman of the Amerigroup Foundation. "Christine recognizes that a healthy community is a strong community. She does an outstanding job helping residents in her community find jobs, all the while empowering them to live healthier lives. The Amerigroup Foundation is pleased to recognize Christine for her important contributions."

Rankin donated the $1,000 "Healthy Hero" award to Goodwill. "These people come into our career center with the weight of the world on their shoulders," said Rankin. "I'm proud to do anything I can to help."

The Amerigroup Foundation periodically honors "Healthy Heroes" who have made a difference in the communities served by its corporate underwriter, Amerigroup Corporation, which administers publicly funded health care programs such as Medicaid and Medicare for state and federal governments.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Emory University Hospital Named Consumer Choice Winner for 13th Straight Year

For the 13th straight year, Emory University Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation's top hospitals by the National Research Corporation's (NRC) Consumer Choice Awards.

The award identifies hospitals chosen by healthcare consumers as having the highest quality and image in more than 300 markets throughout the U.S. This is the 15th year NRC has awarded hospitals whose consumers have recognized them for providing the highest quality healthcare.

“Having an opportunity to once again share this tremendous honor with the men and women who care for our patients and visitors each day is certainly a special and rewarding part of my job,” says Robert Bachman, Emory University Hospital chief operating officer. “Being recognized for what you do – and how well you do it – by the very consumers you are in the business of serving each day is an accolade that cannot be topped. I want to thank our entire team of physicians, nurses, support and business staff, volunteers and vast network of stakeholders and donors who strive to make Emory University Hospital a great center for care and discovery. Our customers have again spoken, and we will use this award as motivation to continue improving service in a safe, patient- and family-centered environment of care.”

Ginny Martin, president of NRC's Ticker Division, says winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company's Ticker study. Of the 3,200 hospitals named by consumers in the study, the winning facilities rank highest in their Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Ticker study surveyed over 250,000 households representing over 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia.

"Healthcare has become an increasingly important issue across the country and empowered consumers are making decisions for themselves and their families when selecting their healthcare facilities and services," Martin says. "As care options multiply and financial challenges remain strong, consumer perception of quality continues to grow in importance. Dedication to providing high quality healthcare has become essential for all hospitals. In the face of adversity, these Consumer Choice award winners exemplify the dedication it takes to provide quality healthcare to their communities, and we are pleased to honor them through the eyes of their patients."

This year, Emory University Hospital for the 20th time, joined the prestigious ranks of America's top medical institutions in the annual U.S. News & World Report guide to "America's Best Hospitals." The hospital is at the heart of one of the nation's leading university-based health systems, with nationally and internationally recognized faculty physicians in a broad range of specialty areas. The 573-bed adult, tertiary care facility is a component of Emory Healthcare -- the largest and most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The hospital is staffed by more than 950 practicing physicians who are also faculty members of the Emory School of Medicine.

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