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Published on April 05, 2012

Gene Meyer Awarded AHA Grassroots Champion Award

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The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award recognizes those hospital leaders for educating elected officials on how major issues affect hospitals
Lawrence Memorial Hospital President and CEO Gene Meyer recently received the American Hospital Association’s state 2011 Grassroots Champion Award.

The award was presented by Tom Bell, president of the Kansas Hospital Association, during LMH’s board meeting March 28.

The American Hospital Association award was created eight years ago to recognize hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and is a tireless advocate for the hospital and its patients.

The award is given annually to someone in each state.

“On both the state and federal level, Meyer has earned the respect and reputation of being one of Kansas’ most effective advocates for hospitals,” Bell said. “He is not the kind of CEO to sit back and let others set the agenda for him.”

For example, he said, each year, Meyer and LMH host a luncheon in the state Capitol to brief lawmakers on the issues that are important to hospitals.

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Walktober® is a national walking campaign designed to boost walking and thus overall fitness. The goal is to get 150 minutes a week of physical activity. Aynsley Anderson, RN, Community Education Coordinator and LMH Walktober organizer states "October is an ideal time to start or renew a walking program; the temperatures are moderate and the colors spectacular. Join us! Get out and walk!"


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