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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Evangelical Community Hospital

July 30, 2019

Statistics show that 88 percent or more of human trafficking victims access health care. Members of the health care team must be able to recognize victims and be aware of the resources to help in these situations.

HAP's Andy Carter and Good Shepherd Penn Partners at Achievement Awards ceremonyEvangelical Community Hospital was awarded the 2019 HAP Achievement Award, Optimal Operations, for its project, “Community Hospital Drives Awareness of Human Trafficking—A Roadmap to Success”.

During recent years Pennsylvania has noted a marked increase in reports of human trafficking cases. From 2012 to 2017 the cases of human trafficking have more than doubled––91 to 199 cases. Central Pennsylvania communities have struggled to address the trafficking which takes place along Route 15, a major thoroughfare for victims.

Evangelical Community Hospital, which established the first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program in the state, is committed to addressing human trafficking as a social issue, a responsibility shared by the hospital and the regional crisis center.

HAP Achievement Award

The project goal was to deploy staff, community education, and new processes and protocols to stem the tide of human trafficking along Route 15 in the hospital’s community. To build awareness of this issue, the hospital’s CEO, a local crisis center prevention educator, and sexual assault nurse examiner:

  • Trained 70 hospital leaders, using pre- and post-testing to inform subsequent training
  • Trained an additional 1,300 (70%) hospital employees through e-learning and in-person sessions

To identify patients who might be victims and provide assistance, the hospital:

  • Developed and educated staff about guidelines for assessing patients
  • Instituted an on-call human trafficking point person to expedite victim assistance and connect to the regional crisis center

The hospital successfully implemented an employee-wide training program with 100 percent compliance. During the initial project period, three cases of human trafficking were identified, and the victims aided.

Moving forward, the hospital has been engaged to replicate this model on a larger scale with a quaternary medical center.

HAP congratulates Evangelical Community Hospital for its work to address this serious public health issue. Learn more about this project and the rest of the 2019 HAP Achievement Awards at HAP’s website. Questions about the HAP Achievement Awards may be directed to HAP Member Services at (717) 561-5359.

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