posted on January 12, 2012 11:18
Nominated for the 2011 National Hospital Charitable Service Award, the Senior Options and Solutions (SOS) Program at Eastern Long Island Hospital is one of 198 hospitals in the country to be nationally recognized. The award honors hospital programs that set new standards of excellence and demonstrate measurable improvements in community health.
Each hospital program is evaluated by an independent board of hospital executives based on five objectives including, community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and best practice. Award recipients will be announced in February of 2012 and will share a prize pool of $100,000.
Because the Hospital Charitable Service Award, sponsored by Jackson Healthcare, focuses on charitable programs that ‘capture the true spirit of caring’, the many community organizations that support each program also share in the accolades.
“By collaborating with other providers including Southold Town Senior Services, the SOS program has been successful in improving the quality of life for older adults in the community,” states Juliet Frodella, Director, Senior Options and Solutions, Eastern Long Island Hospital. “Simply put, SOS is a free resource for seniors to get information or guidance when faced with health and care issues.”
“As the senior population continues to be the fastest growing demographic in our service area, the Senior Options and Solutions program is essential to our mission,” states Paul J. Connor III, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Since its inception in 2008, SOS has been effective in linking seniors and caregivers to specialized services and professional referrals with timely screenings and assessments.”
Early interventions have helped to reduce hospitalizations and deterioration of health for seniors living on the North Fork and Shelter Island, especially in more isolated areas. Over the past few years, SOS is most effective in identifying those at risk and in helping older adults access various levels of care. Services include education, assessment and referrals for benefit information, medical transportation, nutrition, socialization and in-home care to assist with physical and mental health needs. For assistance, call 631.477.5425.
Nominee videos, including the one for Eastern Long Island Hospital, can be viewed on YouTube. To learn more about SOS, visit www.elih.org. For more information about the award, visit www.HospitalCharitableServiceAwards.org
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