Children's Place chosen as Premier Cares Award Finalist, receives $24,000


Contact:Roxane Hill, vice president of development 816.363.1898, Heather McGhee, Premier healthcare alliance, Charlotte, NC 704.816.5664,

The Children’s Place chosen as Premier Cares Award finalist, receives $24,000 for its comprehensive treatment of early childhood trauma

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 30, 2013) – The Children’s Place ( of Kansas City, Mo., has been recognized by the Premier healthcare alliance for its work to meet the developmental and mental health needs of the very youngest survivors of abuse, neglect and other trauma.

The Children’s Place began more than 35 years ago after increased incidences of child abuse and neglect sparked questions and concerns among key community stakeholders. In response, these stakeholders opened The Children’s Place in 1978, starting with the Day Treatment Program, a comprehensive combination of therapeutic classroom instruction paired with intensive child and family therapy. The Children’s Place has since added outpatient services in 1986 and parenting support services in 1998. Today the program is regionally unmatched in depth of services and is considered a community expert in early childhood trauma. Besides its three ongoing programs, the agency provides hundreds of hours of community training to area mental health professionals and prospective foster and adoptive parents.

The Children’s Place was one of six organizations nationally recognized as a finalist for the 21st annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award. The Cares Award, sponsored by Premier and its member hospitals, honors exemplary efforts by not-for-profit organizations to improve access to healthcare for the underserved.

"We are honored to be selected as one of six national finalists by Premier Care," states David Matson, President and CEO, "To be recognized for our programs by health care professionals from across the country speaks to the quality of our programs and of our staff."

Representatives from The Children’s Place were presented with a cash award of $24,000 during Premier’s annual Governance Education Conference, which took place in Scottsdale, Ariz., January 28-30.

A panel of national healthcare leaders selects the winner and five finalists, which all receive cash awards for use in further improving their programs. The Cares Award program spotlights these community-based healthcare initiatives and helps other organizations learn to replicate these best practice programs by featuring information about them on the Cares Award website.

“Each year we recognize six Cares Award finalist organizations that are doing exceptional, innovative work to help a medically underserved population in their communities,” said Susan DeVore, Premier’s president and CEO. “Through its remarkable services to meet the needs of those suffering from early childhood trauma, The Children’s Place is making a true impact on improving healthcare in the Kansas City, Mo., region.”

This year’s Cares Award recipient is the Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment ( of Roanoke, Va., for providing mobility-related rehab equipment to the underinsured, helping adults re-enter their communities as active, contributing participants.

About the Premier Cares Award Premier has presented the Cares Award annually since 1991, when it was created by Dr. Monroe E. Trout, former CEO of American Healthcare Systems, one of Premier’s heritage organizations. The program has provided more than $3 million to more than 100 organizations nationwide. The Cares Award winner receives a cash prize of $100,000, while five runners-up receive $24,000 each. The competition is open to not-for-profit organizations that have been in existence for more than two years, are providing creative solutions to health status improvement, can provide documentation of outcomes and impact on a specific population, and have programs that can be replicated in other communities. About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,700 U.S. hospitals and 90,000 other sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier operates a leading healthcare purchasing network with more than $4 billion in annual savings. Premier also maintains the nation's largest clinical, financial and outcomes database with information on 1 in 4 patient discharges. A world leader in delivering measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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