Universal Parenting Place Awarded For Its Community Impact

The Universal Parenting Place was among four programs from across the nation named a Program of Promise through the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare.

The Universal Parenting Place, located at Baptist Women’s Hospital, is a judgment-free zone where parents can receive professional counseling, information, and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, no matter how small.

Each of the four programs was recognized as early-stage, hospital-sponsored programs with a clear vision for addressing underserved community health needs. At a banquet that was the culmination of the National Hospital Charitable Services Conference, each winning program was presented with unrestricted funds toward the growth of their program.

“These initiatives are not alone in giving back to their communities,” said Charles R. Evans, FACHE, chairman of the Hospital Charitable Services Awards program. “What makes each Program of Promise unique is their potential to impact their community in a very specific and sustainable way.”

Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Services Awards program in 2010 to identify high-impact community health programs, share their stories, and offer them as models for other communities to replicate.

This year’s four Programs of Promise were selected from a pool of 208 nominees. Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in the following five criteria areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability, and best practice.