Dayton Children's receives Community Honor Award
Better Business Bureau award showcases commitment to improving the community
Dayton Children’s Hospital is honored to receive the Better Business Bureau’s Community Honor award. Deborah Feldman, president and CEO, accepted the award at the Eclipse Integrity Awards.
This is the fifth year for the award. The Better Business Bureau established it to honor a community-based government, nonprofit or education organization with a proven commitment to improving all aspects of life in the Miami Valley. It spotlights the honoree’s efforts to realize not only its own mission, but its role in making the Miami Valley a thriving community, taking care of its citizens – individuals and organizations.. It demonstrates a passion for and progress towards improving the quality of life. This honor is reserved for an organization which has shown stamina, steadfast determination and truly innovative ways of giving back to the community.
The selection committee chose Dayton Children’s Hospital for the honor, as one of only 45 freestanding children’s hospitals in the country, serving 290,000 children every year. The hospital’s mission is to not just take care of sick kids, but to ensure all children in the region are healthy and safe.
“We at Dayton Children’s believe that our children are healthiest and happiest when they have a strong family and a solid community,” says Deborah Feldman. “That’s why we’ve made it our mission to not only provide the world-class health care our kids deserve, but also to improve the quality of life in our community. By making Dayton the best place for children to live, learn and play, our neighborhoods grow and thrive. Every dollar we spend, every second we work, is well invested if it makes a positive impact on a child, a family or a community.”
Dayton Children’s is using a strategic plan called Destination 2020 as the roadmap to ensure the hospital remains strong, independent and locally-governed. The hospital also builds partnerships in the community to complement and enhance its mission, whether it’s partnering with city and other organizations on neighborhood improvement initiatives, such as the current creation of a children’s garden to ensure children in the neighborhood have a safe place to play to its $140 million renewal plan to revitalize the Valley Street campus. Its staff serve on various coalitions to improve the economic and social health of the community. It also enhances the workforce by serving as a teaching hospital, training the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists.
John North, president and CEO of the BBB serving Dayton and the Miami Valley, shares, “Dayton Children’s Hospital mirrors the qualities of the Community Honor award. From its origins at the end of World War II as the Barney Community Center to its present day role as a national leader in pediatric care, Dayton Children’s has evolved with the needs of the community it serves. It’s committed to the Dayton region and has made large investments of time, talent and treasure to help the organization and the Miami Valley be strong now and into the future.”
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