Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma has been honored with two awards — from the Edward Thomas House Expanded Medical Respite Program and the state Hospital Association’s community health leadership award.
The purpose of the Community Health Leadership Award is to recognize health care organizations that provide a strong, “above and beyond” program to benefit the broader health needs of their communities.
Edward Thomas House Expanded Medical Respite Program House provides homeless patients with a temporary place to stay when they are discharged from the hospital. This gives them the opportunity to access follow-up care needed to regain their health and end the cycle of emergency department and acute care visits. The program reduced inpatient visits among the patients served by 56 percent.
“The Edward Thomas House program is a shining example of the real difference we can make in people’s lives when we work collaboratively,” said Lisa Brandenburg, WSHA chair and President of Seattle Children’s Hospital. “And the truth is, when we help individuals, the whole system gets better.”
“Summit Pacific Medical Center represents our rural hospitals leaders at their best,” Brandenburg said. “These are leaders who saw a community health need and acted quickly and effectively to meet that need.”