Premier Cares AwardThe Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award is given each year to community agencies and health organizations that support people excluded from, or underserved by, the mainstream health delivery system: farm workers, homeless children, pregnant teens, low-income mothers and infants, individuals who don't have the strength or means to reach a clinic or hospital.

The award carries a cash prize of $100,000, with an additional $120,000 in cash awards divided among five runners-up. Primary funding for this cash award is provided by Premier.

Entries are accepted each year in July. They are reviewed for completeness and evaluated by a panel of healthcare industry professionals in August. The panel selects semi-finalist entries, which are then reviewed and scored by a panel of healthcare industry leaders in September and October. Finalists are identified and notified in November and December. Entries not selected are also notified by the end of December. The Premier Cares Award recipient is announced from among six finalist entries during a celebration banquet in January. Check out some of our past Premier Cares Award winners.

Want to know if you qualify? Read the criteria for entry, or check out our FAQs for more information.


Winner: CARE Network: Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Community Outreach Department – Napa, CA

  • Watch how CARE Network provides no-cost help for low income, uninsured or underinsured, chronically ill patients.
  • Download process map
  • Contact Dana Codron with Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Finalist: Nurse practitioner role infuses quality and prevents hospitalization: Denali Center – Fairbanks, AK

  • Watch how the Denali Center uses nurse practitioners to reduce ED visits, readmissions and hospital admissions among short- and long-term care patients.
  • Download process map
  • Contact Tina Rein with the Denali Center

Finalist: Home medical equipment program: Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) – Stone Mountain, GA

  • Watch how the Home Medical Equipment Program at provides drop-off sites, collecting home medical equipment items that are repaired, refurbished, sanitized and reissued at low to no cost.
  • Download process map
  • Contact Lizbeth A. Dison with Shiny, Inc.

Finalist: Moving Beyond Depression: Every Child Succeeds – Cincinnati, OH

  • Watch how Moving Beyond Depression identifies and treats depressed mothers through in home visits.
  • Download the process map
  • Contact Jim Feuer with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Finalist: Project Healthy Grandparents – Atlanta, GA

  • Watch how Project Healthy Grandparents teaches grandparents, who are raising their grandchildren, to navigate the maze of financial, healthcare and social services.
  • Download the process map
  • Contact Susan J. Kelley from Project Healthy Grandparents

Finalist: Teen Parent Empowerment Program: Healthy Babies Project – Washington, DC

  • Watch how the Teen Parent Empowerment Program connects at-risk, pregnant young women with healthcare, food, shelter and parenting/childbirth classes to have healthy pregnancies and birth outcomes.
  • Download the process map
  • Contact Regine Elie with the Healthy Babies Project


*The above videos are historical and were published on January 28, 2014.

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