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Arnot Health’s Community Health Department Honored with Award

ELMIRA, NY – Arnot Health’s Community Health Department and its Community Outreach nurses were recently honored by the New York State Association of Rural Health as recipients of the Senator Patricia McGee Merit Award. The award recognizes innovative programs that deliver long lasting wellness benefits, and contribute outstanding efforts towards improving the health of the community.

Among their many accomplishments, members of Community Outreach took a leadership role in developing a multidisciplinary collaborative of over 30 agencies to plan strategies for helping people choose and achieve a healthy lifestyle. These efforts resulted in the partnership receiving an $875,000 diabetes and obesity prevention grant to improve parks and playgrounds for physical activity, increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the community and promote access to healthier options when eating out.

"Our team of Community Outreach nurses respond tirelessly to the concerns of the community and offer the support needed to stay healthy," said Rosemary Anthony, Community Health Services Manager. "Our Community Health practices have been recognized at the state and International level. Professionals from Singapore visited last year to learn how to develop a similar program in their own country. It’s a tribute to this team to see their efforts having such a far-reaching impact," she said.

The Award was presented at the 12th New York State Association of Rural Health Conference on September 20, 2013 in Ellicottville, NY

Arnot Health provides diagnostic, ambulatory, secondary and tertiary acute care, as well as rehabilitative and wellness services to the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. The three-hospital regional healthcare system, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has a total of 709 licensed beds, including 478 acute care, 231 long term care, 40 physical medicine rehabilitation, 25 psychiatric, and 20 substance abuse rehabilitation. The system currently has more than 300 physicians from 50+ specialties.

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