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Michael A. Young, President and CEO, PinnacleHealth System - 2013 Community Leadership Award Nominee


About Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Award …

About Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Award

The healthcare industry is full of executives who define themselves by leading efforts to change lives and contribute to their communities. Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Awards will recognize these leaders while bringing attention to the worthy causes they support.

Learn more about the Community Leadership Award on Modern Healthcare's website:

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  • 1. PO Box 8700 BARBARA J. TERRY Harrisburg, PA 17105-8700 Vice President for Mission Effectiveness Location: 409 S. Second Street 717 231-8216 Harrisburg, PA 17104 717 231-8240 FAX June 21, 2013 VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Modern Healthcare – Leadership Award ATTN: Sarah Wilson Re: Community Leadership Award – Nomination of Michael A. Young Dear Ms. Wilson: On behalf of PinnacleHealth System (“PinnacleHealth”), we submit this letter in support of our nomination of Michael A. Young, President and CEO, as Community Leader of the Year. Under the leadership of Michael A. Young, president and CEO, PinnacleHealth System fulfills its mission as a not-for-profit health system by treating every patient with the highest quality care. We are dedicated to maintaining and improving the health and quality of life for all the people of central Pennsylvania, regardless of their ability to pay. As an anchor institution and a leader in our community, our role has been to care for patients even in these most difficult economic times. Prior to Mr. Young’s arrival, PinnacleHealth recorded slightly more than $1 million annually in benefit to the community. Currently, the depth of support is demonstrated by the provision of nearly $100 million in annual community benefit programs, charity care and uncompensated care, the highest level of such support by
  • 2. any single provider in the region. As evidenced by consistently increasing amounts of community benefit services, improving health programs and charity care to our uninsured and underinsured populations, under Mr. Young’s leadership we are the safety net for many marginalized community clinics, individuals and especially children. This year to date, we provided $12.5 million in community benefits, such as free screenings and community health programs. Mr. Young’s influence is felt well outside of the walls of PinnacleHealth to support the city of Harrisburg through direct services as well as significant financial support. A few of those local initiatives are the Mayor’s Gun Buy-Back program, the Harrisburg Cultural Fest, the City Holiday Parade, the Latino Hispanic American Health Center Support, and the Harrisburg Schools Athletic programs. Without his generosity, the school’s athletic and extracurricular activity programs would have ended. Mr. Young’s passion and dedication for improving the health of our children and helping children take an active role in their health and wellness is seen through a plethora of nutrition and after school health education programs at Harrisburg Schools; distributed 50,928 pounds of food in weekend Power Packs to 6,366 low income and homeless children; provided nutrition education, healthy fruits and vegetables to 5,300 elementary children, annually; and placed two educational Kiosks in Marshall and Ben Franklin elementary schools providing nutrition education and promoting physical activity. Under Mr. Young’s leadership, PinnacleHealth System addressed the decaying physical environment of the city by mobilizing over 100 volunteer youth to clean up debris-covered areas and maintained placement of dumpsters throughout the worst areas to empower community residents to take pride in their neighborhoods. We launched a comprehensive family-focused childhood obesity reduction program targeting overweight children ages 6-14 and their parents living in the downtown Harrisburg areas. Measurable impact of the program is significant resulting in a 3 percentile for age reduction in BMI among nearly 250 children/families served. Mr. Young feels that the system’s role is to be a force for stability, strength, and reliability for those we serve, especially in difficult economic circumstances. PinnacleHealth System has implemented the following programs thanks to Mr. Young:
  • 3. Funded and led a Community Health Center IT Integration initiative designed to improve patient care and safety, enhance coordination of care between the health system and five (5) local health centers (Hamilton Health center, Community Check-Up center, Hope Within, Bethesda Mission and Kline Health centers ) to build their IT capacity and improve clinical performance and efficiencies among the clinics Launched the community health network using Nurse Navigators, social workers, nurses, dieticians and volunteers to man a plethora of health fairs and health promotion events at the downtown Harrisburg churches, Harrisburg schools, the Mayor’s health events, clinics, health centers and nursing homes, and a bi-lingual PinnacleHealth nurse provides patient care once/week at the Mission of Mercy Clinic in Allison Hill. We further provide an onsite clinic at Presbyterian Senior Living, a low income senior living facility in the downtown Harrisburg area Developed and nurtured a partnership among three highly competitive healthcare organizations to conduct a five-county Community Health Needs Assessment and engaged nearly 200 diverse community organizations to find innovative best practice solutions to address needs in cost effective and innovative ways. Supported the Greater Harrisburg Healthy Start Program, encouraging PinnacleHealth’s presence on the Advisory Board for this program of our local FQHC, Hamilton Health Center that works to improve the health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women, their babies, families, and the community by providing comprehensive, supportive services in the communities where they live. With Mr., Young’s leadership, PinnacleHealth has imbedded community outreach into its strategic plan. Our Board of Directors has formed the Mission Effectiveness and Strategic Issue Committee to elaborate on efforts to meet our mission by incorporating community goals into the strategic plan of the organization. In addition to financial support, outreach to the community is crucial to achieving our mission. Through volunteerism and engagement, we strive to be a force for health and well-being. We help the underserved, mentor students, lend expertise to community organizations, and educate the community on disease prevention and management. Motivated by Mr. Young’s example, PinnacleHealth employees care about their communities. Last year they provided more than 45,000 hours of community services, including service on
  • 4. community boards and volunteer work. In addition to supporting their communities through volunteering, PinnacleHealth employees donated $205,000 to local service organizations through the United Way, collected nearly 2,000 pounds of food for the local food bank and strongly support employee drives including the nationally recognized Pajama Program. Many CEOs do not engage directly with employees, but Mr. Young gives of his own time and sacrifices his own comfort to encourage giving. He can be found regularly participating at fundraising events such as carwashes, local area fundraising walks like the American Heart Association Heart Walk, Girls on the Run and many more. In addition, he offers blocks of his personal time to employees as prizes in programs such as the United Way Capital Campaign, with a willingness to do any chores he is assigned by the winner. He hosts events at his home to encourage participation of charitable work as a thank you to his employees. While this letter is from one employee at PinnacleHealth System, the nomination was heavily supported by many individuals in the organization. Mr. Young leads by example and makes certain that our community is best served and always at the forefront of our activities. We truly believe that Mr. Young has an impressive litany of accomplishments that demonstrates why Mr. Young should receive the Community Leadership award. Should you have any questions regarding this nomination or require additional information, please contact me at your convenience. Thank you for your consideration of this nomination. Sincerely, Barbara Terry Vice President for Mission Effectiveness