FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2013
WASHINGTON – The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH), whose more than 200 members provide high-quality care to all, especially vulnerable people, announced today that NAPH President and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, has received the 2013 Booker T. Washington Award from the National Minority Quality Forum.
The Booker T. Washington Award recognizes Siegel and NAPH for work to promote well-being in minority communities, reduce disparities in care and ensure all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, have access to high-quality hospital care.
“I’m extremely honored to receive the Booker T. Washington Award,” Siegel said. “Like the award’s namesake, NAPH is committed to equity. We recognize that eliminating disparities in care demands that our most vulnerable receive the same, high-quality care available to all others.”
The award comes during National Minority Health Month, a descendant of National Negro Health Week, which Booker T. Washington established in in 1915. Recent past award winners have included NAPH members Truman Medical Centers, in Kansas City, Mo.; Harborview Medical Center, in Seattle; Cambridge Health Alliance, in Cambridge, Mass.; and Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System.
“Dr. Siegel and NAPH members have made great strides toward putting the promise of equity into practice,” said Dr. Gary Puckrein, the National Minority Quality Forum’s chief executive officer. “We are pleased to recognize that work and, especially, Dr. Siegel’s leadership in the minority health community.”
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About the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
NAPH represents the nation’s safety net hospitals and health systems, which provide high volumes of care to low-income individuals. These facilities offer high-quality health services for all patients, including the uninsured and underinsured, regardless of ability to pay. In addition to helping ensure access to health care for all Americans, safety net hospitals provide many essential communitywide services, such as primary care, trauma care, and neonatal intensive care. Safety net hospitals also train many of America’s doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. Since its inception in 1980, NAPH has cultivated a strong presence on Capitol Hill, with the executive branch, and in many state capitols. NAPH advocates on behalf of its members on such issues as Medicaid, Medicare, and access to health care services for vulnerable populations. For more information, visit our website at http://www.naph.org/.
About the National Minority Quality Forum
The Forum is a research and educational organization dedicated to ensuring that high-risk racial and ethnic populations and communities receive optimal health care. This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization integrates data and expertise in support of initiatives to eliminate health disparities. The Forum aims to assist health care providers, professionals, administrators, researchers, policy makers, and community and faith-based organizations in delivering appropriate health care to minority communities. This assistance must be based on science, research, and analysis that lead to the effective organization and management of system resources to improve the quality and safety of health care for the entire U.S. population, including minorities.