University Physicians Healthcare Foundation Nominated for National Charitable Award

Jackson Healthcare recently announced University Physicians Healthcare Foundation’s Norma J. Peal, PhD, Healthy Reading Program as an official nominee for the 2010 Hospital Charitable Service Awards.
ATLANTA, Ga. (Dec. 7, 2010) – Jackson Healthcare recently announced University Physicians Healthcare Foundation’s Norma J. Peal, PhD, Healthy Reading Program as an official nominee for the 2010 Hospital Charitable Service Awards.
Awards Chairman Charles R. Evans, FACHE, said the Hospital Charitable Service Awards seek to find, reward and share stories of hospitals that consistently push beyond their core mission to provide essential health-care services and generously give back to the communities they serve.
“The work done by the Norma J. Peal, PhD, Healthy Reading Program in Tucson, Arizona, epitomizes the spirit of these awards,” Evans said.
Hospital programs applied based upon five criteria areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and best practice.  “Not all applicants were accepted,” Evans said.  “To be considered a nominee, applicants must meet at least one of the criteria areas.”
According to its official application, the Norma J. Peal, PhD, Healthy Reading Program was developed to combat the problem of illiteracy in Pima County, Ariz. The program works to provide high-quality reading materials free of charge to patients and visitors of University Physicians Hospital and Clinics. Many patients who benefit from this program are below federal poverty standards and may not otherwise have access to valuable reading materials.
“Through collaboration with numerous local and national organizations that assist in providing books for our patients, the Norma J. Peal, PhD, Healthy Reading Program was able to provide more than 2,500 books in its inaugural year and has provided more than 6,200 books to patients and visitors this year alone,” said Berrett E. Stradford of University Physicians Healthcare. “We’re making great gains in arming our community members against illiteracy and we’re honored to be among the nominees for the Jackson Healthcare Hospital Charitable Service Awards.”
“Jackson Healthcare wishes to thank the Norma J. Peal, PhD, Healthy Reading Program, along with all the nominees, for their efforts to improve our communities through their charitable service,” Evans said.
Nominees were encouraged to submit video descriptions of their program.  These videos will be shared through the official awards Website ( ) and social media sites like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Jackson Healthcare also is helping nominees share their stories through their local and regional media.
For more information about the Hospital Charitable Service Award, contact Keith Jennings at 678.690.7942 or
About the Awards 
The Hospital Charitable Service Awards honor hospital programs setting new standards for health and wellness in their communities through education, access and delivery. The awards recognize hospitals whose commitment to their community – whether defined locally, regionally, nationally or globally – goes beyond “community benefit” and “free care” and has led to innovative efforts to improve community health and increase access to health care education and services. The award program aims to create greater awareness of the amazing gifts hospitals offer their communities, to celebrate the accomplishments of hospital program that stand as beacons of community service for the underserved, to share existing “best practices” for delivering and funding community health programs and to connect hospitals with innovative approaches and new opportunities to serve the underserved. All hospital-funded community programs are eligible to participate, regardless of the size, tax or ownership model. For more information about the awards, please visit:
About Jackson Healthcare 
Founded by the health-care innovator Richard Jackson, Jackson Healthcare serves more than 2 million patients in nearly 1,000 hospitals each year. The Jackson family of companies provides physician and clinician staffing, anesthesia management, hospital management and health-care information technology solutions proven to improve clinical and financial outcomes, as well as increase operational efficiency.  Jackson Healthcare has earned national media coverage for its physician polls and champions local and international charitable work.  In addition, Jackson has been recognized as one of the largest and fastest-growing staffing companies in the country by Inc., Atlanta Business Chronicle, Georgia Trend and Staffing Industry Analysts.  For more information about Jackson and its companies, please visit
About University Physicians Healthcare
UPH is a nonprofit corporation created in 1985 as the medical practice of the physicians of the UA College of Medicine. UPH, The University of Arizona, UPH Hospital and University Medical Center combine to care for patients, educate medical students, train young physicians and conduct clinical research. With more than 400 physicians and 2,000 staff members, UPH is Arizona’s largest physicians group.