Phillips Eye Institute's Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Community Initiative has been named a Program of Excellence through the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare. Phillips Eye Institute is part of Allina Health.
The E.Y.E. Program provides vision screening to nearly 28,000 children each year in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools. In collaboration with Phillips Eye Institute's Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile, it also provides comprehensive follow-up eye care, including vision exams and glasses, to children in need.
"Poor vision is one of the most easily correctible barriers to learning. Removing it as a barrier can help children perform better in school and in life," said Beverly Fritz, executive director of the Phillips Eye Institute Foundation.
This year's 10 Programs of Excellence were selected from a pool of 208 nominees. The winning programs were honored for their exceptional work in setting new standards for giving back to their communities in sustainable ways. Each received a $10,000 gift to be invested in the growth of their program.
"These initiatives are not alone in giving back to their communities," said Charles R. Evans, FACHE, chairman of the Hospital Charitable Services Awards program. "What makes them truly extraordinary is the impact they achieve through their commitment to serving others, and the outstanding ways they make substantial and care contributions."
Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Services Awards in 2010 to identify high-impact community health programs, share their stories and offer them as models for other communities to replicate.
Phillips Eye Institute is the second largest eye specialty hospital (in patient volume) in the United States. Dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders, Phillips Eye Institute’s ophthalmologists offer an extensive array of specialty services from diagnostic tests and vision rehabilitation to laser eye treatments and specialized eye surgery. Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For more information about Allina Health, visit our website at allinahealth.org and join us on Facebook and Twitter .