Oct. 17, 2016, LANSING, MI -- In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Lansing Latino Health Alliance has collaborated with Sparrow Hospital and McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital to establish a new award to recognize outstanding Caregivers and to promote healthcare opportunities for Latinos. The Outstanding Latino / Hispanic Caregiver Award will be offered annually at each hospital for those who provide exemplary service and significantly contribute to the life of a Patient. A Caregiver may be nominated by a Patient, a Patient's family, co-workers, hospital staff, visitors, and volunteers. Nomination forms are available in each hospital or on Sparrow.org at Latino/Hispanic Caregiver Award. The Lansing Latino Health Alliance was founded as an advocacy organization in 2003 with the mission of raising the health status of Latinos in the greater Lansing area. Since 2003 the Alliance has informed the community and policymakers of health discrepancies and health needs of Latinos, has advocated for change and improvement, and has testified at Legislative hearings on these issues. The Alliance has collaborated regularly with both hospitals on various projects. Both hospitals consider a Caregiver to consist of everyone who participates in the care of a Patient, including Physicians, Nurses, assistants, therapists, food service personnel, housekeeping personnel, technicians from all departments directly involved with Patient care. To be eligible, those nominated must have self-declared as a Latino or Hispanic in the respective personnel office of each hospital, and must have worked at the hospital for at least two years in a full-time or part-time position. Persons selected for the award are expected to have made a significant difference in the life of a Patient, to have exceeded expectations in carrying out their responsibilities, and to have demonstrated professionalism in the workplace.