White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles was named a finalist for the 2014 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, because of its broad base of community-oriented programs such as TELACU, which supports Hispanic nursing students.
The prize is sponsored by the Baxter International Foundation, the American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust. As a finalist, White Memorial will receive $10,000 to support its community health initiatives, according to a news release.
“Through its community programs, White Memorial Medical Center strives to create opportunities for growth and development that will make a real, lasting impact on the health of its community,” John O’Brien, chairman of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee, said in the release. “Its initiatives encompass the life cycle of the population it serves, including a healthy eating lifestyle program, healthy baby initiatives and a family medicine residency program that emphasizes culturally competent care.”
The TELACU program addresses the importance of nurses who can deliver quality in-language and culturally sensitive healthcare to White’s predominantly Hispanic population, according the the release. The initiative supports local bilingual and bicultural Hispanic nursing students in completing their education and becoming RNs. It provides financial assistance for books, tuition and living expenses, as well as professional development seminars, resume building and interviewing skills preparation, one-on-one counseling, and an exam preparation course.