Health System honored with MHA Community Benefit Award
MHA on June 1 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health
care at its 34th annual awards ceremony.
Lakewood Health System in Staples received the Community Benefit Award in the
small hospital category, which recognizes hospitals for working beyond their
physical walls to improve the health and well-being of their communities.
Lakewood Health System received the community benefit award for its collective
food access programming, developed in response to the health system's 2016
Community Health Needs Assessment. The programming works to improve food
insecurity, poverty and obesity challenges in north central Minnesota, a
federally designated food desert. It provides healthy food options to high-risk
groups such as children, seniors, low-income individuals and those with chronic
In addition, the programming benefits the region economically, with more than
half of all food purchased from local growers. Through the collective food
access programming that spans across Todd, Wadena, Morrison and Crow Wing
counties, Lakewood Health System serves more than 800 people and distributes
more than four tons of food each month.
Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To
learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA website. return to top
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