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HANYS honors UR Medicine Jones Memorial Hospital with 2020 Community Health Improvement Award

Statewide healthcare association celebrates hospital for its “Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles” initiative

Rensselaer, NY, Oct. 7, 2020 ­– The Healthcare Association of New York State is pleased to announce that UR Medicine Jones Memorial Hospital is the winner of HANYS’ 2020 Community Health Improvement Award, in recognition of its outstanding “Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles” program.

Through this program, UR Medicine Jones Memorial Hospital successfully increased widely accessible, readily available and safe walking, running and biking for families in Allegany County. Outcomes of its winning initiative include:

  • a “complete street” agreement, a transportation policy focused on safe roadway access for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, signed with the local town and village of Wellsville;
  • completion of two bridges and opening of the renovated recreational WAG Trail, through a partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation;
  • completion of the River Walk extension project; and
  • approval of a $150,000 grant for Local Waterfront Revitalization for 10 communities along the Genesee River.

“We are thrilled to recognize the UR Medicine Jones Memorial Hospital team for this successful community initiative,” said HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD. “Their work shows you exactly how a hospital can positively impact an individual’s health beyond its four walls, whether they’re biking down a roadway or taking advantage of a trail.”

Our profile of the initiative explores the origin of this program, progress to date, plans for the future and the program’s legacy, with remarks from Eva Benedict, chief executive officer, UR Medicine Jones Memorial Hospital, and Brenda Mong-Szabo, vice president of specialty services at UR Medicine Jones Memorial Hospital.

The Community Health Improvement Award, established by HANYS in 1997, recognizes 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.

HANYS’ awards webpage features profiles of each of this year’s award-winning programs. HANYS’ in-person awards presentation, originally scheduled to take place in June at HANYS’ Annual Membership Conference, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Healthcare Association of New York State is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations. HANYS is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation and service to healthcare providers and systems across the entire continuum of care.