Creating a culture centered on quality residential care takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and Athena Health Care Systems has proved to have plenty of both over the years. From renovating its nursing home facilities to increasing staffing levels, this organization is on a mission to enhance its care one initiative at a time. 

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A little more than a decade ago, the leadership team at Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport, Miss. decided to move the community hospital away from the shoreline and into a brand new facility further inland. Their foresight meant when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, Garden Park was one of the few hospitals in the immediate community that didn’t need to close.

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Kermit Crawford epitomizes the role that Walgreens wants to play in the communities it serves. The Deerfield, Ill.-based pharmacy retailer may have locations within five miles of three-quarters of the US population, but the company is striving to make each location a community focal point, a place where customers receive personalized service from pharmacists and managers who are active on the local level.

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The healthcare industry is changing its focus from reactionary to preventive medicine, and Benefis Health System is taking this concept a step further than the typical gym membership reimbursement or diabetes workshop. In the fall of 2010, Benefis made it mandatory for all workers to receive an annual influenza vaccination, as well other standard immunizations such as MMR, DPT, and varicella (chicken pox). “We felt it was the right thing to do to protect our patients and our staff,” said Julie Hickethier, chief clinical officer for Benefis.

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Col. Susan Jano may have only assumed her role as 9th Medical Group 9th Medical Group’s commander six months ago, but she’s already hard at work improving both the organization’s medical care training and delivery methods. With an initiative to implement the Air Force’s Patient Centered Medical Home program this year, she has a clear vision of how she wants to better the organization over the next three years. 

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For more than 40 years, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center has been growing to serve the needs of the military community at Fort Hood, Texas. With its original hospital dating back to the World War II era, the medical center has since developed into a multi-dimensional medical network, providing soldiers and their family members with a variety of healthcare resources and services. 

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