Outstanding Leadership of Health Organizations Recognized

BEDFORD, NS, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - Four health organizations were recognized for their outstanding heath service leadership at Health Association Nova Scotia's annual general meeting on Monday, October 31.

The awards recognize the great strides being made by health organizations to foster a healthier environment and create healthier healthcare workplaces as part of a holistic approach to improving the health of their communities and contributing to a sustainable future for the Nova Scotians they serve.

"We know the way to better health care is through healthy workplaces," says Carla Anglehart, Director of Organizational Development at Health Association Nova Scotia and Coordinator of the Health Service Leadership Awards. "We are extremely pleased to recognize and celebrate these organizations' accomplishments and hope that they will be seen as role models to other health service organizations here in Nova Scotia and across the country."

The ARAMARK Award for Achievement in Environmental Leadership, sponsored by ARAMARK Healthcare, was awarded to the Pictou County Health Authority. "ARAMARK Canada remains wholly committed to environmental stewardship and green initiatives. The ARAMARK Award is intended to recognize and reward innovation and creativity in an organization that has made a significant effort to improve the environment through team based and community based initiatives, as exemplified by this year's winner, the Pictou County Health Authority.  Their efforts are truly representative of socially and environmentally responsible leadership and clearly serve to again affirm how Health Association Nova Scotia members are committed to these programs and the pursuit of excellence," commented ARAMARK Director of Business Development and presenter of the award, Andre Vigneault. Pictou County Health Authority received a cheque for $5,000 to support ongoing green initiatives, a trophy and a plaque of recognition.

"PCHA truly has become a positive role model for a greener planet!" added Anglehart. "The District's Green Committee engages their staff, medical staff, community, Board of Directors and Senior Management Team in reducing their carbon footprint. They have developed idle free zones, streamlined communication to reduce paper usage and installed eco-friendly lighting. They compost and have partnered with the community to beautify their hospital grounds. They have also partnered with Pictou County Solid Waste who they have engaged to conduct audits of their sites and teach staff about composting, reducing, reusing and recycling."

The Innovation in Quality Worklife (QWL) Award, sponsored by Johnson Insurance, recognized three health organizations that embody the QWQHC belief that, "a fundamental way to better healthcare is through healthier healthcare workplaces. The health and well-being of employees and the quality of the healthcare work environment both have a profound impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of health service delivery." Christi Cahill, a consultant from Johnson Inc., said, "We are very happy to support the Quality Worklife, Quality Health care awards, which recognize organizations that have made a difference in ensuring healthy healthcare workplaces."

Northwood was recognized for expanding their concept of a healthy workplace beyond traditional legislative health and safety requirements to include factors such as health and lifestyle practices, work-life balance and the physical work environment. At Northwood, they see fostering a healthier work environment as a priority and a partnership between Northwood and all staff.  One initiative that they are particularly proud of is their Integrated Disability Prevention and Management System (IDPMS). Northwood understands that a quality workplace leads to quality health outcomes for their clients, and they received a trophy and $5,000 to support future QWL activities in their organization.

The second QWL Award was presented to The IWK Health Centre, who supports wellness initiatives that promote work-life balance, life-long learning, safe and diverse environments and a team culture that rewards staff for results and performance. One of the IWK's health initiatives is their popular, employee-driven health and wellness challenge, "It's All About M.E." (Move More & Eat Healthier).

Honourable mention went to Seaview Manor, the recipient of last year's QWL award who has put the money to good use by partnering with WCB, Shepell FGI and several local agencies to ensure staff had opportunities to achieve or maintain a level of health and fitness. Though there is typically no cash award for Honourable mention, Anglehart revealed that the Health Service Leadership committee, "agreed that there remains a clear and solid commitment to a healthy work environment at Seaview," and presented the health organization with a cash reward to support further efforts.

"I'd like to send a sincere thank you to our sponsors, Johnson Inc. and Aramark. This is the third consecutive year they have provided this opportunity for our members to receive recognition for their leadership in the areas of quality worklife/quality healthcare and environmental stewardship. Many of our member organizations struggle to find the resources to dedicate to these important initiatives, and particularly in these fiscally challenging times, the cash rewards provided by Johnson and ARAMARK totalling $15,000 annually, support these organizations to continue their work."

Health Association Nova Scotia is a non-profit, non-government, membership driven association of health and community services organizations spanning the entire health continuum in Nova Scotia.  Our members include the district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre, nursing homes, residential care facilities, home care organizations, adult residential centres, regional rehabilitation centres and other health-related organizations.  For over fifty years, the Health Association has strived to make a meaningful contribution to Nova Scotia's health system by providing our members with quality, cost-effective programs and services and by working collaboratively to promote health system improvements.

SOURCE HEALTH ASSOCIATION NOVA SCOTIA

For further information:

or to receive photos of the Awards presentation and winners, please contact:

Mary Baldwin
Director, Public Affairs & Communications
Health Association Nova Scotia
2 Dartmouth Road
Bedford, NS  B4A 2K7
902-832-8513 (phone)
902-292-2761 (cell)
mary.baldwin@healthassociation.ns.ca 
www.healthassociation.ns.ca

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