Paula Crombie, director of Social Work at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), has received the 2013 Eleanor Clark Award for Innovative Programs in Patient Care from the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care. This national award recognizes Paula’s role in helping to design the hospital’s innovative off-shift executive leader program. She also recently contributed to developing the 12-bed Medical Respite Care program at the Columbus House shelter. Crombie, co-chair of the hospital’s United Way campaign for the past two years, joined YNHH in 1995. Photo of Paula Crombie, MSW She was formerly the director of Human Services for Warwick, R.I., and assistant director for social services at Rhode Island Hospital. Paula received her bachelor’s in social work from Elmira College and her master’s in social work from the University of Connecticut. She is a licensed clinical social worker.

The Eleanor Clark Award was established in 1985 as a way to honor the memory of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care leader Eleanor Clark. This award honors an individual or team for the development, implementation and evaluation of a clinical or social action program that emulates Eleanor Clark’s spirit of discovery and innovation. In addition, the award seeks to promote the creative and valuable new programs throughout the health care field.