TGMC’s Steps to Success program a Premier Cares Award finalist

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Terrebonne General Medical Center’s Steps to Success program has been nationally recognized as a finalist for the Premier Cares Award.

One of six programs vying for the award, Steps to Success educates young parents and gives parenting and teen-pregnancy prevention education and support.

The 16th annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award is given to honor efforts by non-profit organizations to improve access to health care for underserved communities.

Steps to Success was started in 1998 to focus on preventing teen pregnancy, to foster the health development of children through age 3 and to provide young parents of all ages, races and economic backgrounds with the resources, education and support needed for effective parenting.

According to hospital officials, since its inception, the program has served more than 8,500 parents and children in the Houma-Thibodaux area.

Premier reviews 150 to 200 applicants for the award. A panel of hospital professionals and health and business industry leaders select the winner and five finalists. Cash awards are given to the top programs.

The Bridge to the Future program at Nurses for Newborns Foundation in St. Louis received Premier’s Cares Award. The program assists underinsured families or those who have limited access to resources in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect through in-home nursing visits.

The four other finalists are:

The Birth Companions Program at John Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, Md.

Crews’n Healthmobile Clinic Project at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona.

El Rio Pharmacy-Based Diabetes Program at the El Rio Foundation, Tucson, Ariz.

Metta Health Center at the Lowell Community Health Center in Massachusetts.

Terrebonne General Medical Center’s Steps to Success program has been honored as a finalist for Premier Healthcare’s Premier Cares Award. Pictured, from left, are Steps to Success (STS) Support Services Coordinator Kristie Mazur, licensed social worker Penny Brooks and Dr. Monroe E. Trout, former CEO of American Healthcare Systems, one of Premier’s heritage organizations. * Photo courtesy of TGMC