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The Healthcare Association of New York State's Annual Awards

Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety

Presented at HANYS' Annual Membership Conference in June

HANYS established the Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety in 2001 to celebrate significant achievements by members in the areas of quality improvement and patient safety. The program recognizes and encourages broad dissemination of successful quality improvement and patient safety initiatives.

Distinguished Service Award

Presented at HANYS' Annual Membership Conference in June

HANYS' Board of Trustees established the Distinguished Service Award in 1979 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding personal service in the health care field in one or more of the following areas: patient welfare, hospital administration, residential health care administration, local and state health care, public service, and promotion of legislation to achieve better health care.

PAC Most Valuable Player Awards

Presented at HANYS' Annual Membership Conference in June

Each year the American Hospital Association Political Action Committee (PAC), HANYS PAC, and the New York State Hospital and Healthcare Associations' Federal PAC present PAC Most Valuable Player Awards to recognize outstanding PAC participation and leadership in political action. The award recognizes the collective efforts of the executives, trustees, managers, physicians, and volunteers affiliated with member facilities who have shown a special commitment to advocacy participation.

Community Health Improvement Award

Presented at HANYS' Annual Membership Conference in June

HANYS established the Community Health Improvement Award in 1997 to recognize outstanding initiatives designed to improve the health and well-being of communities. The Award is presented to facilities and programs that target specific community health issues, demonstrate leadership, collaborate among diverse groups, and achieve quantifiable results.

Public Relations Excellence Award

In 2007, HANYS presented its first-ever Public Relations Excellence Award. The award recognizes the efforts displayed by communications and public relations professionals every day on behalf of New York's health care providers. The award honors the communications professionals who successfully deliver their message and represent the interest of their facility and patients to the media and the public when presented with a crisis situation.

Auxiliary of the Year Award

Presented at HANYS' Institute for Healthcare Auxilians in October

Health care auxiliaries play a vital role in hospitals and health systems, and in their local communities. They serve as valuable links between their communities and the institutions they serve. To recognize all the ways that auxiliaries help to strengthen New York State's health care system, HANYS established the Auxiliary of the Year Award. The award is given to a HANYS' member-affiliated auxiliary that demonstrates outstanding achievements in community outreach and/or advocacy.

Healthcare Trustees of New York State Annual Awards

Trustee Leadership Award

Presented at HTNYS' Annual Conference in September

The Board of Governors of Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS) believes it is important to recognize trustees who have provided exemplary service to their health care facilities. Because of trustees' role as volunteer stewards of an important community asset and their role as community leaders, they are able to rally support for health care initiatives and transform how care is delivered. In 1985, HTNYS established the Trustee Leadership Award, which is presented to one trustee for outstanding leadership. A personal award is presented to the award recipient and a plaque is given to the trustee's facility.

Trustee Advocacy Award

Presented at HTNYS' Annual Conference in September

One of HTNYS' top priorities is to facilitate and encourage trustee engagement in advocacy initiatives that strengthen and improve the health care community. Over the years, HTNYS has developed many advocacy-related education programs and resources aimed at creating an army of trustees who can be called upon as advocates on behalf of their health care organizations. HTNYS created the Trustees Advocacy Award to recognize and encourage trustee engagement in advocacy on behalf of their hospital, health system, or health care organization. The advocacy efforts may relate to health care policy-related issues or pressing issues of local concern.