America's Essential Hospitals Honors Memorial Healthcare System With 2014 Gage Award For Its Work in Population Health

Friday, June 27, 2014 5:03 pm EDT


"Gage Award winners are the best examples of how essential hospitals are leading innovative change in health care"

America's Essential Hospitals recently honored Memorial Healthcare System with the 2014 Gage Award for its exceptional work to improve population health in its community and beyond.

The association gave Memorial Healthcare System representatives the 2014 Gage Award at its annual conference, VITAL2014, in San Antonio. The award, named after association founder Larry Gage, honor and share successful and creative programs that improve patient care and meet community needs. The award recognizes activities that have improved delivery, access, or value for specific populations in the recipient's community and, as a result, have improved health outcomes.

"Gage Award winners are the best examples of how essential hospitals are leading innovative change in health care," says America's Essential Hospitals President and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH. "These programs are models for success."

Memorial Healthcare System received the award for Health Intervention with Targeted Services.  The program is an outreach initiative that offers education, preventive care, and eligibility assistance for the uninsured and underinsured. HITS helped about half of its participants enroll in Medicaid, Florida's Children's Health Insurance Program, or MHS community health centers. Over three years, the program helped MHS save $284,856 in the emergency department, about $2.8 million in inpatient costs, and roughly $4 million overall.

About Memorial Healthcare System

Memorial Healthcare System is the third-largest public healthcare system in the country. It is a national leader in quality care and patient satisfaction and has been ranked on Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare. Its facilities include Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke and Memorial Manor nursing home. For more information, visit


About America's Essential Hospitals
America's Essential Hospitals, formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America's Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. It supports members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

Our more than 220 members are vital to their communities, providing primary through trauma care, disaster response, health professionals training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care. Visit to learn more.



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