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Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center Receives HANYS’ 2010 Community Health Improvement Award

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HANYS’ Board Chairman Joseph Quagliata presents the Community Health Improvement Award to (from left): (1) Sarita Dhupar, M.D., Founder and Executive Director of the Live Light . . . Live Right and Director, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, accepting on behalf of Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center; Mr. Qualgiata presents Honorable Mentions to (2) Maria Yomtov, Director of the Center for Community Health and Wellness, accepting on behalf of SUNY Downstate Medical Center; and (3) Steven Goldstein, President, Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals, accepting on behalf of University of Rochester Medical Center. HANYS’ Board Chairman Joseph Quagliata presents the Community Health Improvement Award to (from left): (1) Sarita Dhupar, M.D., Founder and Executive Director of the Live Light . . . Live Right and Director, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, accepting on behalf of Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center; Mr. Qualgiata presents Honorable Mentions to (2) Maria Yomtov, Director of the Center for Community Health and Wellness, accepting on behalf of SUNY Downstate Medical Center; and (3) Steven Goldstein, President, Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals, accepting on behalf of University of Rochester Medical Center.

HANYS presented its 2010 Community Health Improvement Award to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center of Brooklyn for its “Live Light . . . Live Right” childhood obesity program. The prestigious Community Health Improvement Award is HANYS’ highest honor recognizing outstanding initiatives that improve community health and well being. The Live Light . . . Live Right childhood obesity program is a hospital- and community-based non-profit program that serves obese children, 95% of whom are minorities, and nearly half of whom live in poverty. HANYS presented Honorable Mentions to the University of Rochester Medical Center for the Rochester Youth Violence Partnership and to SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn for its Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness.

HANYS’ President Daniel Sisto said, “These are just a few examples of the many innovative programs and services that New York’s hospitals and health care providers offer, all of which lead to measurable improvements in community health. This year’s awardees were selected from a field of hundreds of similar proactive community health initiatives from across the state, which collectively represent health care providers’ tireless commitment to improving the health and well being of their communities.”

Published June 25, 2010