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King’s Daughters Medical Center Recognized for Exemplary Efforts to Serve the Community

Ashland, Kentucky Facility Selected as Finalist for the 2007 Foster G. McGaw Prize

Comm Serv. 2008 CHICAGO, January 10, 2008 — In recognition of its broad-based efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of its community, King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) in Ashland, Ky. has been named a national finalist for the 2007 Foster G. McGaw Prize — one of the most prestigious honors for excellence in community service in healthcare. The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA), The Baxter International Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation. As a finalist, King’s Daughters will receive $10,000.

“The Foster G. McGaw Prize recognizes healthcare organizations that set a high standard for improving the lives of the people in their communities. The winner and finalists this year are wonderful examples of the things that are happening in healthcare today,” said Susan Manilow, chair of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee. “Through innovative leadership and partnerships, sustained commitment, and wide-ranging initiatives that achieve striking results in community health and vitality, these organizations truly make a difference in people’s lives.”

Founded in 1899, KDMC ranks fourth in Kentucky in hospital admissions and is the largest regional employer, with more than 3,600 team members. The KDMC hospital in Ashland serves 20 counties in three states and has 12 family care centers and three medical specialty centers, serving more than 175,000 patients in the region annually. These centers are located within the Appalachia region to ensure access to and delivery of quality healthcare services in this medically underserved area.

“Access to healthcare is one of the most critical issues facing our patients. King’s Daughters recognizes the importance of taking healthcare beyond the walls of a hospital to reach those with limited access,” said Fred Jackson, president and CEO, King’s Daughters Medical Center. “The Foster G. McGaw Prize is the pinnacle community service prize for a healthcare organization and King’s Daughters is honored to be selected as a finalist. Earning the Foster G. McGaw recognition validates that our programming has a positive and measurable impact on the health and well-being of the communities we serve.”

King’s Daughters is recognized for its unique and innovative leadership role in building healthier communities, including:

  • Tackling Tobacco - King’s Daughters has been implementing tobacco cessation and education programs for adults and children for nearly 10 years. To increase smoking cessation and raise awareness of the ill effects of tobacco use, KDMC partners with local schools, churches and health organizations. The programs are extremely successful, with 82 percent of graduates of the 24-week anti-smoking programs remaining smoke free in the first year and 72 percent after a five-year follow-up.
  • Battling Cardiovascular Disease - To decrease the heightened incidences of coronary heart disease in the region, KDMC offers comprehensive heart and vascular screenings and education programs. KDMC partners with local emergency medical service agencies serving rural communities by donating equipment and satellite mobile phones and providing training to reduce fatalities and improve patient outcomes. Interactive heart health education courses, organized by the medical center, are offered for school-age children.
  • Health Connections…Touching Lives in our Communities - This program offers free health services, screenings, educational classes and community presentations to help people lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. Services are conveniently delivered in local retail stores, libraries and schools. Health Connections also operates a free membership service, which provides special programs and benefits including exclusive invitations to educational programs, annual free comprehensive health screenings and flu shots.
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors - King’s Daughters is actively involved in the development of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, a coalition of five local agencies providing vital services to needy families. This centrally located facility will help increase access to basic needs including food, meals and clothing to local families and will enable the agencies to have access to and share resources that they may not otherwise be able to afford alone.
  • Safe Kids River Cities Communities Coalition - King’s Daughters supports the Safe Kids Coalition and its mission of preventing unintentional injuries to children under 14. Programming focuses on injury areas that have the highest impact on children, including vehicle safety, bicycle safety, poison prevention, school bus safety and water safety. To further promote vehicle safety, parents of babies born at KDMC receive new car seats with personalized, hands-on education on installation and usage. Additionally, educational programs are held in local schools and at community events.

“King’s Daughters Medical Center is committed to improving the health and quality of life for residents in all areas of its community,” said Manilow. “Through its programs to eliminate the use of tobacco and the incidence of heart disease, its free community screening and education programs and its partnerships with other community services to make them more accessible, King’s Daughters Medical Center continually strives to make its community a healthier, better place to live.”

The 2007 winner of the $100,000 Foster G. McGaw Prize is Harborview Medical Center of Seattle, Wash. It was recognized for its outstanding leadership, unwavering spirit of excellence and remarkable achievements in its community. In addition to King’s Daughters, other finalists include Saint Joseph HealthCare in Lexington, Ky. And Riverside Health System in Newport News, Va.

Foster McGaw LogoAbout The Foster G. McGaw Prize

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

About The Foster G. McGaw Prize Sponsors

The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of healthcare provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include almost 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and is a source of information on healthcare issues and trends. For moreinformation, visit the AHA Web site at

The Baxter International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Baxter International Inc., helps organizations increase access to healthcare in the United States and around the world. The foundation, established in 1981, began to focus exclusively on increasing access to healthcare in 2002 — particularly for the disadvantaged and underserved — in and near communities where Baxter employees live and work. Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, assists healthcare professionals and their patients with the treatment of complex medical conditions, including hemophilia, immune disorders, cancer, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other conditions. The company applies its expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to make a meaningful difference in patients' lives. For more information, please visit

Supported by the global resources of Cardinal Health (, including more than 40,000 employees around the world, the Cardinal Health Foundation is the focal point of the company's community relations efforts. The Foundation's mission is to advance and fund regional and national programs that improve access to and delivery of quality healthcare services. With annual revenues of $87 billion and operations on five continents, Cardinal Health serves the healthcare industry with products and services that help hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies reduce costs, improve safety, productivity and profitability, and deliver better care to patients.

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