Skip to main content

MaineHealth Named Among Five Finalists for the Partnership for a Healthier America's Partner of the Year Award

May 22, 2017

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) has named MaineHealth one of five finalists for the PHA Partner of the Year Award.  This award is presented to a partner who is working to ensure the health of our nation’s youth, making healthier choices more affordable and accessible to families and children across the country. Finalists were announced during the 2017 Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington D.C. on May 11 and the winner will be announced at the 2017 PHA Fit to Celebrate Gala in November 2017. 

 

In 2012, MaineHealth signed onto the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Hospital Healthier Food Initiative making a commitment to increasing access to healthier foods and beverages. Through this work, MaineHealth member and affiliate hospitals have engaged in a variety of healthy efforts, such as increasing the number of healthy offerings on both patient and cafeteria menus, removing unhealthy foods and beverages from within five feet of cash register stations, and procuring healthier beverages.

 

In addition, many hospitals labeled all foods in the cafeteria with calories and other nutritional information, and offered wellness meals with specific food and nutrient profiles. “These changes help employees, patients, visitors and community members make the healthy choice the easy choice while dining at MaineHealth hospitals,” said Deborah Deatrick, senior vice president for community health at MaineHealth.

 

All participating MaineHealth hospitals also implement Let’s Go!, a nationally-recognized childhood obesity prevention program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Let’s Go! uses its positive 5-2-1-0 message and evidence-based strategies to increase opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places where children and families live, learn, work, and play.

 

To be recognized as a PHA Partner of the Year, the partner must demonstrate how it is executing key strategies beyond the PHA commitment, including focusing on those populations disproportionately impacted by obesity; doing well while doing good; using an innovative approach to address childhood obesity; or creating a ripple effect within their industry.

 

The five finalists for the PHA Partner of the Year Award include: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Learning Care Group, MaineHealth, National Recreation and Park Association, and Oakwood University.

 

Media Contact:

Kate Guare

Manager, Marketing & Communications

207-661-7719 | kguare@mainehealth.org  

News from Around MaineHealth

View All
Physicians Join Maine Medical Partners
Maine Medical Partners announces the following new hires.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare Selects New President
Kelly Barton, an experienced health care executive from Indianapolis, will lead behavioral health services for MaineHealth - northern New England’s largest integrated health system.
Credit rating agencies reaffirm strength of MaineHealth
Two credit rating agencies continued to give northern New England’s largest health system high marks for its financial strength even though the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant financial impact.
MaineHealth Receives Over $800,000 in Federal Funding for Telehealth Program
FCC awarded MaineHealth for costs associated with rapidly expanding the health system’s telehealth infrastructure and technology in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
MaineHealth establishes safety protocols and sets priorities for bringing back some services amid COVID-19
Universal masking, screening and testing protocols are already in place as the health care system brings back surgeries and other procedures for those patients for whom waiting could have medical consequences.
MaineHealth program aims to keep Mainers covered when a COVID-19 job loss means losing health insurance
The MaineHealth "Access to Care" team connects patients with programs that provide support amid the financial turmoil brought on by the pandemic.
MaineHealth team members see roles change during COVID-19 outbreak but without layoffs or loss of pay
Fighting the pandemic means some assignments have changed, and some are logging fewer hours, but all employees are receiving the full pay and benefits they had prior to the outbreak.
Area chief executives lend support to blood drive conducted by MaineHealth and the American Red Cross
The COVID-19 outbreak doesn’t diminish the need for donated blood for patients with other urgent and serious conditions, but it is having a severe impact on donations.
MaineHealth Welcomes Susan Ahern, Vice President of Innovation
MaineHealth is pleased to welcome Susan Ahern as Vice President of Innovation, a new systemwide role responsible for planning and development of the MaineHealth Innovation Center.
Maine Medical Center announces further visitor restrictions in response to COVID-19 outbreak.
The new rules, which prohibit most visitors aside from specific exceptions, are effective Saturday, March 21 for MMC locations and Maine Medical Partners practices and clinics.