Philadelphia Hospital Recognized for its Impact on Dominican Republic Communities
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and its Dominican satellite “Niños Primeros en Salud” have received a Hospital Charitable Services Award, the excellence award with which, since 2010, Jefferson Healthcare recognized the impact of US medical centers on local communities outside the US.
Inaugurated in 2009 and located in “Centro de Salud Divina Providencia” of the municipality of Consuelo (Dominican Republic), Kids First Consuelo or NPS for its initials in Spanish) is a center specializing in clinical pediatrics created by the CHOP in the Caribbean country. The clinic, dedicated to the healthcare and education of children below five years of age from the Consuelo barrios, has programs focused on nutrition, breastfeeding, immunizations, as well as a Community Health Workers training initiative and academic cooperation with the country’s largest pediatrics hospital, Robert Reid Cabral.
Nine other programs from across the country, among the 208 nominated, have also been awarded along with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. These programs are: Orlando’s Florida Hospital, Memphis’ Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Nashville’s St. Thomas Health, Minneapolis’ Phillips Eye Institute, Oakland’s (California) Benihoff Children's Hospital, Burlington’s Fletcher Allen Health Care, New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer, Cambridge’s (Ohio) Southeastern Med and Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System.