Center’s innovative practices recognized with an international award

Sep 26,2011
Samaritan Health Services’ Center for Health Research & Quality was recently recognized with the 2011 Resource Sharing Innovation Award by the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative, an international collaborative dedicated to facilitating vigorous exchange of information for the greater good.

The Center submitted Access for All, a free suite of services currently made up of ScanGrants and ResearchRaven, that is designed to cost-effectively improve online access to resources and information for health research.

Hope Leman, MLIS, research information technologist with the Center, accepted the award and a $1,000 check in Chicago at a conference with representatives from 20 different countries. The award monies will be used to advance scholarly research by Samaritan employees.

In the award notification letter, the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative awards committee noted it was, “impressed with the evolution of the ScanGrants project, the depth and breadth of the project’s reach and the component.”

“We’re so thankful to be recognized for our efforts to provide innovative services, free of charge, to both the local and international community,” said Jana Kay Slater, director of the Center. “We are the first health care system to be recognized with this award and it speaks volumes for Samaritan’s support of technological innovation and services.”

This isn’t the first recognition Samaritan’s Center for Health Research & Quality has received for innovation. In 2009, Samaritan received the Willamette Innovative Business/Organization of the Year Award for ScanGrants.