January 24, 2013 at 04:00 AM EST
Health System in Savannah, Ga. Recognized for Community Service Commitment with Foster G. McGaw Prize

2012 Winner Honored for its Holistic Approach to Healthcare

SOURCE: Baxter International Inc.

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After back surgery and an extended stay in the hospital, Savannah, Ga. resident Denet Whitfield found herself out of a job and without a source of income. She couldn't even afford groceries and feared losing her apartment. After reaching out to several government agencies for help, she was eventually referred to St. Joseph's/Candler Health System's St. Mary's Community Center and Health Center, a community outreach initiative dedicated to helping people in the poorest neighborhoods in Chatham County, Ga. improve their quality of life.

"When someone answered on the other end of the line, I felt hope immediately," Whitfield recalls. "Now every time I walk into the building I feel safe."

St. Mary's helped Whitfield get stabilized and assisted her in setting up and providing transportation to and from several medical appointments at the Health Center. She received a new pair of glasses at the center's eye clinic, and attends healthy cooking classes as well as a dance class at the Community Center.

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KEYWORDS: The Baxter International Foundation, American Hospital Association, Foster G. McGaw Prize, St. Joseph's/Candler Health System, St. Mary's Community Center and Health Center, Community Outreach

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