North Shore-LIJ Health System Earns National Recognition For Exemplary Community Service

Great Neck, N.Y. healthcare provider selected as finalist for
2013 Foster G. McGaw Prize

CHICAGO, January 16, 2014 – In honor of its broad-based efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of its community, the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. was named a finalist of the prestigious 2013 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most esteemed community service honors in healthcare.

The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation and the American Hospital Association (AHA) and Health Research & Educational Trust. As a finalist, North Shore-LIJ will receive $10,000 to be used to support their community health initiatives.

“At the North Shore-LIJ Health System, it is understood that the provision of medical expertise in isolation will do little to address the many factors that comprise the complete picture of health and wellness for an individual,” said John O’Brien, chair of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee. “The system’s major initiatives facilitate enrollment in public insurance programs, help children with attention and learning disorders, promote tobacco cessation and work to keep children and older adults safe.”

One of the country’s largest, non-profit, secular healthcare systems, the North Shore-LIJ Health System was formed in 1997 through the merger of the North Shore Health System and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. It includes 16 hospitals with more than 6,000 beds, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, three skilled nursing facilities, three trauma centers, five home health agencies, a hospice network, dozens of outpatient specialty centers and nearly 400 physician private practices throughout the region. The system’s more than 9,440 doctors, 10,000 nurses, 46,000 employees and 3,200 volunteers serve diverse communities comprised of more than 7.2 million people throughout Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island.Through joint collaborations with local governments, schools, businesses, community agencies, non-profit partners, faith-based organizations and a host of additional stakeholders, North Shore-LIJ is affecting meaningful and positive changes in the lives of those it serves.

“With dramatic changes occurring in the way healthcare is delivered in this country, our collective mission as health providers is to promote community wellness, and the need to address chronic disease through active prevention education has grown more urgent than ever,” said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “We have always sought to provide the highest quality of care to all those who put their trust in us. Now, we are taking that responsibility to the next level, actively reaching out to individuals and families so that they can make their health a priority. To be successful, all of us need to work together and assume individual responsibility for creating healthier, more vibrant communities.”

North Shore-LIJ was recognized for the following innovative community service initiatives:

• Healthcare Access Center – This initiative helps facilitate the enrollment of uninsured community members into free or low-cost public insurance programs. Those who do not qualify for public insurance are provided referrals into the system’s sliding fee scale program, which offers access to routine medical care at a low cost, and to a financial assistance program, which assists patients up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level to reduce their existing medical bills. Since 2001, North Shore-LIJ has assisted in the enrollment of more than 33,000 uninsured community residents into public insurance programs.

• Center for Attention and Learning – Established in 1998, this unique educational evaluation program is committed to helping low-income New York City children with learning and attention disabilities receive the assistance they need to lead productive, meaningful and fulfilling lives. In 2012, the center served 208 children, providing a comprehensive range of services including complete neuropsychological evaluations with written reports, classroom behavioral observations, recommendations for appropriate classroom services, school and classroom placements and accommodations for extended test time and separate locations for test taking. Since its inception, 88 percent of children were promoted to the next grade and 83 percent graduated as a result of the center’s referrals to appropriate schools, partners, programs and family support services.

• Center for Tobacco Control – Operating since 2000, this initiative provides free tobacco cessation and preventive services to community members, as well as comprehensive tobacco dependence treatment education to health care providers, using evidence-based practices. The center’s cessation program participants have one-year quit smoking rates that are almost double the national average, and the smoking rate in New York State has decreased over the last 10 years, from 24 percent to between 15 percent and 17 percent.

• Safe Kids Coalition – This initiative brings together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate adults and children about the problem of unintentional injuries and to create safe environments, conduct research and advocate for effective safety laws. Since the formation of New York State Safe Kids coalitions, which is led by North Shore-LIJ, the system has seen a 55 percent reduction in unintentional injury and death among children in the state, and a recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report found that New York has the second lowest rate of injury deaths in the nation.

• Aging in Place – North Shore-LIJ is the medical partner to six Queens and Long Island retirement communities, which comprise more than 9,000 community-dwelling older adults. The system provides health promotion and education for well seniors;, linkage to aging network services such as chore assistance; “Meals on Wheels;” transportation and case management; chronic healthcare management; counseling for families regarding care giving and long-term planning; and recreation and social activities. Research suggests the program has been successful in increasing compliance with blood pressure monitoring and annual cholesterol checks; it has also helped raise flu immunization and pneumonia vaccination rates.

“The Foster G. McGaw Prize recognizes healthcare organizations that serve as role models for improving the health and well-being of the people in their communities,” said O’Brien. “This year’s winner and finalists embody the numerous ways health care organizations reach the distinct communities they serve. Through strong leadership, innovative partnerships, and unwavering commitment, these organizations provide a wide array of programs that make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

The 2013 winner of the $100,000 Foster G. McGaw Prize is Crozer-Keystone Health System in Delaware County, Pa. It was recognized for its commitment to improving the health status of those they serve by providing a seamless, user-friendly continuum of quality health services including primary care and health promotion, acute and long-term care, and rehabilitation and restorative services.

In addition to North Shore-LIJ, other finalists include Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, and St. Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Calif.

North Shore-LIJ Health System is one of the nation's largest health systems, delivering world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 16 hospitals and nearly 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of more than 47,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to

The Foster G. McGaw Prize, celebrating more than 25 years of honoring excellence in community service, recognizes healthcare organizations committed to community service through a range of programs that demonstrate a passion and continuous commitment to making communities healthier and more vital. The prize, first awarded in 1986, inspires hospitals, health systems and communities to assess and implement programs that improve their communities.  For more information, visit

The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of healthcare provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities.  The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care.  Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.  For more information visit the website at

The Baxter International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), helps organizations expand access to healthcare in the United States and around the world. The foundation, established in 1981, focuses exclusively on increasing access to healthcare particularly for the disadvantaged and underserved in communities where Baxter employees live and work. Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide. For more information, please visit

Founded in 1944, the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) is the not‐for‐profit research and education affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA). HRET’s mission is to transform health care through research and education. HRET’s applied research seeks to create new knowledge, tools, and assistance in improving the delivery of health care by providers in the communities they serve. For more information about HRET, visit





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