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Friday, May 25, 2018


UPMC Cole earned its sixth Achievement Award from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for its outstanding efforts to improve health care in the state. UPMC Cole’s entry “Partnering for a Healthier Community” was chosen for the 2018 Community Champion Award. Twelve award recipients were selected from 91 total award submissions, and were chosen for their exceptional work and innovation in patient care, community outreach, and staff leadership.

As part of “Partnering for a Healthier Community,” UPMC Cole led the formation of the Northern Tier Community Health Collaborative, a regional organization designed to be the strategic arm for improving the overall health of the community. The organization works to address social determinants of health including economic stability, education, social and community role, access to health care, and the environment in which people live. In addition to the collaborative, UPMC Cole worked with these agencies and community partners to conduct its most recent Community Health Needs Assessment.

“We are proud HAP has once again recognized the outstanding work being done at UPMC Cole,” said Ed Pitchford, president and senior executive, UPMC Cole. “Our work with the Northern Tier Community Health Collaborative is still in its infancy and we know that the long-term benefit to the region will come from persistent effort by UPMC Cole and its valued partners.”

The Northern Tier Community Health Collaborative supports three main goals:

· To collaborate on the Community Health Needs Assessment and develop an implementation plan to address the identified needs.

· To expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services by developing a network business/operational plan.

· To strengthen the rural health care system by identifying ways to encourage cross-organizational collaboration and leadership commitment to better address regional population health needs.

In addition to UPMC Cole, the collaborative includes partners from Dickinson Center, Inc., Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., Potter County Human Services, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, and Galeton Area School District.

“HAP congratulates this year’s Achievement Award winners and all entrants for their innovative and creative efforts to transform Pennsylvania’s health care landscape,” said Andy Carter, HAP president, and CEO. “This year’s theme—Delivering a Healthy Pennsylvania—speaks to the hospital community’s focus on improving patients’ overall health, and each winner’s work highlights the best of Pennsylvania’s cutting-edge, consumer-focused care.”

UPMC Cole and the Northern Tier Community Health Collaborative will continue to work together to improve the region’s health over time.

About HAP

HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 240 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at

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