LEXINGTON – The Kentucky Hospitals’ Circle of Friends Political Action Committee (PAC) presented its awards during the annual Kentucky Hospital Association Conference held in late-May. Highlands Health System won this year’s Clarance C. Traum Award, which recognizes the facility and staff that most exceeds their goal for the year.
Highlands’ President and CEO, Bud Warman, accepted the award on behalf of the health system, which raised more funds than any other Kentucky hospital for the 2015 fundraising year.
The Circle of Friends is a political action committee of the Kentucky Hospital Association. The organization is instrumental in helping to shape legislation and other governmental policies regarding health care in the state of Kentucky. The committee achieves its results through one-on-one meetings with elected officials, helping to educate them on the struggles of Kentucky hospitals due to mounting numbers of uninsured patients and inadequate reimbursement.
Highlands Health System, a community-owned, not-for-profit health system, is the parent company for Highlands Regional Medical Center, the Highlands Center for Autism, Highlands Foundation, and Highlands Home Health.
Highlands serves the Big Sandy region and provides healthcare services to a number of counties including Floyd, Johnson, Martin and Magoffin with a combined population of over 100,000 residents. The reach extends much farther however, to more than 10 surrounding counties whose residents travel to Highlands to receive specialty medical services available at Highlands Regional Medical Center and numerous Highlands clinics.