The Grassroots Champion Award was created to recognize those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials about major healthcare issues and the hospital’s vital role in the community. The award acknowledges those hospital leaders who have done an exemplary job to broaden the base of community support for the hospital, and are tireless advocates for both the hospital and its patients.
“Your leadership and dedication to advancing the mission of America’s hospitals has made a difference for the patients and communities we serve,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “This special recognition acknowledges the compassion and hard work you have demonstrated as an advocate for better health and better health care in America.”
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Sack, who has served as the head of Hallmark Health since 2003, is widely credited with taking the system’s connection with the community to a whole new level. He has dedicated himself to engaging the employees at Hallmark to conduct community outreach -- building and nurturing relationships that enhance both health and advocacy. Under his watch, Hallmark Health has been selected for the fourth consecutive year as one of the state’s ‘Best Places to Work’ by the Boston Business Journal.
“Today, more than ever, hospitals need to engage with their community and build bridges to business, civic, and social organizations,” said Lynn Nicholas, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Hospital Association. “Through Mike’s vision, Hallmark Health has succeeded in becoming part of the fabric of the very community they serve. Mike’s passion for hospital advocacy at all levels; local, state and federal, sets him apart as a true champion.”
The award is presented annually to one individual from each state. Winners are chosen by the state association and were recognized at a special Breakfast of Grassroots Champions at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting. Sack is one of 51 individuals honored this year.
About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.aha.org.
The Massachusetts Hospital Association is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization comprised of hospitals and health systems, related organizations, and other members with a common interest in promoting the health of the people of the Commonwealth. Through leadership in public advocacy, education, and information, MHA represents and advocates for the collective interests of its member hospitals and health systems, and supports their efforts to provide high quality, cost effective, and accessible care.