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2019 Hearst Health Prize Finalists

Hearst Health Prize

The 2019 finalists are listed below in alphabetical order.
The winner will be announced on March 19, 2019.

Arkansas SAVES (Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support)

Arkansas SAVES (Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support) is a program administered by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in partnership with the state’s Medicaid agency that targets people experiencing stroke symptoms throughout the state. Emphasis is on delivery of stroke care to rural, medically underserved populations (approximately 44 percent of the state’s population lives in rural areas). Arkansas SAVES extends real-time, interactive neurological consultation to patients.


  • Over 2,000 Arkansas SAVES patients have been treated with alteplase; prior to this program less than 1 percent of Arkansas’ stroke victims were receiving this life-saving medication. The treatment rate for 2017 was over 34 percent among SAVES patients.
  • SAVES averages 68 minutes for door-to-needle, 20 minutes faster than the national average.
  • In CY17, at 3 months, nearly 70 percent of patients made a full recovery or recovery with slight issues from stroke.
  • Over 80 percent of Arkansans are now within a 30-minute drive of a SAVES site, and 99% of Arkansans are within a 60-minute drive, a dramatic increase from 38% in 2009.

Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership®:

Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership®: Emerging from the Yale School of Medicine, in collaboration with community agencies and families, the Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership® program uses multiple interventions to strengthen the mental health of overburdened and under-resourced mothers and help interrupt intergenerational poverty. Launched in New Haven in 2011, the MOMS Partnership brings mental health within the reach of women.


  • 78 percent of MOMS participants completed the program compared to a national average of 30 percent for a similar population.
  • Three of four participants experienced a decrease in depressive symptoms from beginning to end of the full MOMS program. Participants have a 67 percent decrease in parenting stress from beginning to end of the program—versus 30 percent who access only components. Of those experiencing a decrease, the average participant experienced a 48 percent drop in depressive symptoms.
  • The percentage of women working at least 15 hours a week increased after from 15 percent at time of enrollment to 39 percent at six months after graduating from MOMS.

Sharp HospiceCare

Sharp Transitions: Transitions is a Sharp program designed to provide home-based palliative care  for patients with advanced and progressive chronic illnesses using a disease specific prognostic model.  Transitions addresses the needs of the pre-terminal population upstream before they use the hospital to manage predictable decompensations of their disease. The PC team includes doctors, nurses, spiritual care providers, and social workers. Care is personalized to address each patient’s unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs, while also providing support to patients’ families and caregivers.


  • Emergency room visits and hospitalizations decreased from 85% in usual care to 35% in the new model for cancer patients.
  • Decrease in hospital mortality from 57% to 5% for cancer patients.
  • Significantly reduced per patient costs for cancer, COPD, heart failure, and dementia.