Year in Review: Area health organizations see successes, changes in 2015

Area health systems kept their philanthropic works a priority in 2015.  Here’s a look back at 2015:

 United Way

 United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has reached 74.1 percent of its fundraising campaign goal, announced at the Dec. 4 second annual public report meeting.

This year’s campaign, which started Sept. 9 and ended Thursday, set a fundraising goal of $1.1 million. As of Dec. 4, $814,861 had been raised. A final tally will be presented later this month.

Project HOPE

Project HOPE sent needed medical supplies to Macedonia in September as refugees arrived through Greece from Syria.

The supplies were donated by pharmaceutical companies and airlifted to the refugee camps.

In May, Project HOPE, based in Millwood, sent $2.2 million in medicine to Nepal after multiple earthquakes killed more than  8,500 people. Project HOPE sent a team of 14 medical volunteers and three staff members to Nepal after the April 25 quake.

Actress aids clinic

Actress and writer Jamie Lee Curtis served as the first honorary chair for the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic’s third annual Holiday Sparkle Gala & Auction.

The Gala was held Nov. 21 at the Edinburg Mill. While Curtis couldn’t attend the event in person, guests were greeted by a pre-recorded video of the actress. Curtis also sent a complete autographed collection of all her books to be a raffle item at the auction.

Most wired

Valley Health made Hospitals & Health Networks’ 2015 Healthcare Most Wired list in July.

Valley Health was among 338 health organizations in the country to meet the four-part qualifying IT rubric set forth by Hospitals & Health Networks. The areas of focus were infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and clinical integration.

Innovation Health

Effective Friday, Innovation Health will provide health insurance plans to Valley Health and Shenandoah University employees, as well as local residents.

This will be provided by Innovation Health LEAP plans on the exchange.

The new insurance plans will eliminate co-insurances and combine the deductible and out-of-pocket match. The company also has included an incentive program that rewards healthy behaviors with gift cards.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com