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Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

VHHA Awards

Virginia is a state full of winners in the health care field. Some have excelled in the public eye; others have performed wonders quietly.

To recognize these individuals and entities,  VHHA has three award programs: Community Benefit AwardWellness Award and the Outstanding Service Awards.


Wellness Award

2015 Wellness Award brochure

Virginia’s hospitals and health systems are engaged in a range of activities to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. They also may be working with employers in their communities to enhance the effectiveness of their workforce wellness initiatives. As part of its commitment to helping members become leaders in employee wellness, VHHA created the VHHA Wellness Award (formerly the VHHA Health and Wellbeing Award) in 2012 to recognize initiatives that create and support a culture of wellness, achieve favorable employee wellness outcomes and are designed to be sustainable.

Nomination Process

The VHHA Health and Wellbeing Award program is open to all VHHA institutional members. All nominated programs must have been ongoing for at least one year prior to January 1, 2015. An eligible program may be either an all-encompassing approach to employee wellness or a targeted program designed to address a specific issue. Members may submit multiple nominations on separate entry forms.

To be considered, entries must include the one-page cover sheet application provided in the brochure, a description of the program being nominated and a detailed description of how the nominee meets the criterion. In addition to the one-page cover sheet, the information submitted to support this nomination should not exceed 5 pages in length, typed, single-spaced in minimum 11-point font. Include photos with captions as applicable.

Entries must be received by Friday, February 20, 2015:

 

Health and Wellbeing Awards Program
P.O. Box 31394
Richmond, Virginia 23294-1394

Health and Wellbeing Awards Program
4200 Innslake Drive, Suite 203
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

Criteria:

Evidence shows that there are certain key factors that determine the long-term success of an employee wellness initiative. The supporting information submitted with the cover sheet should explain how the program being nominated meets each criterion.

  • Executive Support and Participation: Explain how CEO and senior management support is demonstrated. Address issues related to program design, funding, implementation and evaluation. Describe the extent to which the hospital's or health system's Board is aware of or supportive of the program.

  • Wellness Team: If the hospital or health system has a wellness team, describe the membership and how the team functions to establish, implement and evaluate wellness initiatives. If the nomination is for a targeted program, address specifically how the wellness team is involved.

  • Operating Plan: Is improving employee wellness an objective that is included in your strategic plan? Are there measurable short- and long-term goals that have been specified for the wellness program generally or for the targeted initiative? How is the program being nominated supported by an operating plan?

  • Supportive Environments: Does the organization provide encouragement, opportunity and incentives that support the wellness objectives (e.g., accessible and affordable healthy food options, assistance with quitting tobacco, flexible work schedules that promote physical activity, etc.)? How are wellness benefits and related incentives communicated to employees? Describe how the organization’s environment supports the program being nominated.

  • Analysis: Describe any data analysis that was undertaken to design the program (employee surveys, claims review, health risk assessment data, etc.). What type of data is collected in order to assess program performance? Are there outcome measures that will be used to determine if the program is successful in the long run (e.g., health insurance costs, absenteeism)?

Winner Selection

Nominations are evaluated and awards chosen by an outside panel of judges.

Presentation of Awards

2015 VHREF Spring Conference
April 22-24
Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Virginia


Community Benefit Award

The Community Benefit Award will be offered again in 2016.

The VHHA Community Benefit Award Program was created in 2008 to recognize member organizations that have aided their communities in extraordinary ways. It was founded on the belief that the partnerships between a hospital and its community are necessary to build and sustain health. Through these efforts, the infrastructure is created to bring about changes needed to improve the health and well-being of the community. See a list of past recipients.

Nomination Process

The VHHA Community Benefit Award program is open to all VHHA institutional members. All nominated programs must have been implemented by a VHHA institutional member or one of its affiliates and the majority of the population served must be Virginians.

To be considered, programs/activities must have been ongoing for at least one year prior to December 1, 2013. VHHA welcomes the nomination of long-standing programs and encourages submission of all programs that fit the criteria outlined below. Short-term and one-day programs and special events are not eligible.

Submission of a nomination indicates approval for VHHA to use the nomination materials in its publications and through other venues.

To be considered, applicants must complete the one-page cover sheet application provided in the brochure and provide accompanying description of program as detailed below that should be typed, single-spaced, no smaller than 11-point font and no longer than six pages in length. Include photos with captions as applicable.

Entries must be received by Friday, February 28, 2014:

Community Benefits Awards Program
P.O. Box 31394
Richmond, Virginia 23294-1394

Community Benefits Awards Program
4200 Innslake Drive, Suite 203
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

Entries Should Include and Will Be Evaluated Upon:
  • A brief overview of your organization and the community it serves.

  • The specific health care need or problem that was addressed and how it aligns with your community health needs assessment.

  • The short- and long-term goals of the program designed to address the need and the desired outcomes.

  • Program data, including outcomes, annual cost and quantifiable improvements in health status. Include information on barriers (if applicable) in implementing the program.

  • The process being used (or that will be used, if this was the first year of the program) to assess the program’s effectiveness, including quantifiable outcomes that demonstrate health status improvements.

  • The origin of the organization’s commitment to the program, what has sustained this commitment (unless it is the first year of the program) and how it will be maintained in the future. How does the program align with your strategic plan?

  • Identification of any community partners, all sources of funding and other resources relied upon to support the program.

Winner Selection

Nominations are evaluated and awards chosen by an outside panel of judges.

Presentation of Awards

2014 VHREF Spring Conference
April 9-11
Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Virginia


Outstanding Service Awards

The Outstanding Service Awards recognize individuals who have made a real difference to Virginia's hospitals and health systems, and with that, health care in general, by giving their time, energy and themselves. See a list of past recipients. Nomination information for 2014 will be available in July 2014.

Awards Criteria

Distinguished Service

The Distinguished Service Award is given to past or present chief executive officers of member institutions who have long records of performing outstanding, valuable, or unique services to the hospital community. These individuals have made exemplary contributions to the hospital and health system community through leadership, management, education, research or service.

Meritorious Service

The Meritorious Service Award honors people – other than chief executive officers – affiliated with member institutions who have a history of making significant contributions to the health care field – on both a state and local level – through commitment to service and leadership. Nominees must be recognized as leaders in health care management and policy issues and be involved in health care from the perspective of management, trusteeship or providing support for delivering health care services.

Excellence in Governance

The Excellence in Governance Award honors persons from member hospital or health system governing bodies who have a history of making significant contributions to the health care field – on both a state and local level – through commitment to service and leadership. Nominees must be or have been involved in health care from the governance perspective.

See a list of past recipients.

Nomination Process

Any representative from a VHHA institutional member may nominate an individual. Nominations should be submitted on the brochure. Include a resumé and a one-page narrative summarizing the candidate’s accomplishments and stating the reasons for the nomination. Letters of recommendation and other supporting materials may be attached. Telephone nominations are not eligible.

 

VHHA Nominations Committee
P.O. Box 31394
Richmond, Virginia 23294-1394

VHHA Nominations Committee
4200 Innslake Drive, Suite 203
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

Winner Selection

Nominations are evaluated and chosen by the VHHA Nominations Committee. The committee reserves the right not to present an award in any category.

Presentation of 2014 Awards

VHHA Annual Meeting
November 5-7
The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia

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