After that first round of judging, all 40 finalists were given an option to resubmit their applications with changes or more information. McLaughlin took advantage of that, and sent in more photos.
A different set of judges then chose the final 10.
McLaughlin was hoping to be one of the winners, but didn’t know the outcome until the banquet.
“There were a lot of deserving organizations,” she said. “We were exceptionally honored to receive this award.”
The winners received a cut-glass vase with the hospital’s name and I Sing the Body Electric on it, as well as the cash award.
The program is always looking for ways to improve, she said, and the money will help toward that. The students’ messages have an impact on other young people, she said.
This is the second national award for I Sing the Body Electric. The program also received the 2012 Achievement Citation from the Catholic Health Association.
Charles R. Evans, chairman of the Hospital Charitable Services Awards program, said in a press release, “These initiatives are not alone in giving back to their communities. What makes them truly extraordinary is the impact they achieve through their commitment to serving others, and the outstanding ways they make substantial and caring contributions.”
Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in five areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability, and best practice.
The Hospital Charitable Services Awards is a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare. It recognizes hospitals whose commitment to their community whether defined locally, regionally, nationally or globally goes beyond “community benefit” and “free care” and has led to innovative efforts to improve community health and increase access to health care education and services.
All hospital-funded charitable programs are eligible to participate regardless of the size, tax or ownership model. The national charitable services conference, held last week in Atlanta, brought together individuals and hospitals in an effort to explore evidence-based approaches to community benefit and charitable services.
FYI For more information on I Sing the Body Electric, call 442-6594 or visit www.presencehealth.org/ising.