|HHC President Alan Aviles, HHC Chairperson Charlynn Goins and Honoree Tom Harrison|
The HHC Foundation’s Third Annual Breakfast Benefit this May was a tremendous success with a record $600,000 raised for New York City’s public hospitals. More than 500 guests, including leaders from the civic, business and healthcare communities, came together to support HHC and to honor Tom Harrison, Chairman and CEO of Diversified Agency Services, the largest division of Omnicom Group Inc., and Community Service recipient Barbara Gimbel, long-time philanthropist and community activist.
Contributions raised at the event will support unmet needs that are outside of HHC’s annual operating budget. Examples of some of the programs which have recently been funded in part by the Foundation include:
- Depression Screening and Treatment, the integration of screening and treatment into the health care of patients with diabetes and heart disease, who have an elevated risk for depression and whose general health can be improved by successful treatment
- Rapid Response Teams, an initiative to bring critical care expertise to hospital patients at the earliest signs of potential cardiac arrest
- Patient Safety Strategy, an initiative to develop a comprehensive, coherent plan across the HHC system to assure that patients remain free from preventable injury while under care
- Palliative Care Initiative, development of an action plan to provide palliative
care throughout HHC for patients who face life-threatening or terminal disease,
stressing dignity and comfort in the context of a more holistic approach
to the medical, psychological and spiritual needs of dying patients and
their loved ones.
Visit the HHC Foundation web site at www.thehhcfoundation.org for more information.