Loma Linda University PossAbilities has received national recognition from the American Hospital Association as an example of an innovative hospital-based program that improves the quality of life of the population it serves, hospital officials announced today.
The PossAbilities program was one of two programs from California featured in the ninth edition of Community Connections: Ideas and Innovations for Hospital Leaders.
“We could not be more pleased to receive this honor,” said Pedro R. Payne, manager of PossAbilities through a written statement. “This is a great opportunity for hospitals across the nation to learn about how Loma Linda University Health is engaged in the health and wellbeing of our local community. Our hope is that more hospitals are able to replicate our program and expand their reach as they help to improve the quality of life of individuals with permanent disabilities.”
Community Connections recognized hospitals that exemplified “national best practices” in one of four areas, meeting their community’s social and basic needs; promoting community health; expanding access and coverage; and enhancing the quality of life of the people they serve.
The AHA publication is sent out each year to every hospital CEO in the nation and highlights innovative programs that provide for and benefit their communities. A copy of the publication may be viewed at: www.ahacommunityconnections.org
PossAbilities is a community outreach program developed by Loma Linda University Center East Campus. It’s goal is to offer those born with or have permanent physical injury activities and practical help.
The program offers athletics to its members, including hosting the yearly PossAbilities Triathlon, an event joined in by thousands of athletes including those with and without disabilities. The program also features the Road to Rio, a training program for athletes hoping to compete at the 2016 Paralympics.
-- Story courtesy Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus