This month marked the annual Healthcare Hero Awards, awarded by the DFW Alliance for Healthcare Excellence, which honor community organizations that exceed expectations to serve unmet needs.
Five awards are given out at the annual event. Below are the winners, and a few notes for why they were honored.
2014 Ron J. Anderson, M.D. Healthcare Servant Leadership Award: The Alliance for Healthcare Excellence annually presents the Ron J. Anderson, M.D. Healthcare Servant Leadership Award to recognize outstanding dedication and leadership in the promotion of access to quality, affordable healthcare. Award winner for 2014 is: Dallas County Behavioral Health Leadership Team
- The Dallas BHLT is a pairing of officials from Dallas County, Parkland Hospital, and NorthStar mental health services. Considering one in four of the 200 users of mental health services in Dallas have been homeless in the past year, the services are paramount for the underserved in Dallas County.
- Medical use decreased 15.7% for those receiving behavioral health treatment while medical use increased 12.3%1 for controls who did not receive behavioral health treatment
- Depression treatment in primary care for those with diabetes resulted in $896 lower total health care cost over 24 months2
- Depression treatment in primary care resulted in $3,300 lower total health care cost over 48 months3
- This resulted in a return of $6.50 for every $1 spent
- Multi-condition collaborative care for depression and diabetes saved $594 per patient over 24 months.
2014 Healthcare Quality Hero of the Year Award: Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas
- This conglomeration between Parkland, Baylor Health Care System, Methodist Health System, Texas Health Resources, and Children’s Health System of Texas identifies communities at risk for violence and unintended injury and establishes programs to curb it.
2014 Healthcare Access Hero of the Year Award: VIP Rape Crisis Center
- This Parkland program offers crisis support, counseling, and advocacy for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
2014 Healthcare Affordability Hero of the Year Award: Ark House
- This all-volunteer nonprofit offers low-cost housing for patients who travel to the Dallas area for extended medical treatment. Qualifying families pay $15 a night for lodging.
2014 Healthcare Education Hero of the Year Award: Dallas County Health and Human Services, partnering with YMCA to educate about diabetes.
- This partnership was created because of a $20,000 grant that will allow Dallas County officials to screen and educate any individuals at risk for diabetes at senior centers throughout Dallas.