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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Approves Grants

April 12, 2005

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation has approved a round of grants that is expected to expand on earlier efforts to improve regional healthcare quality and safety and to ensure an ample and adequately trained healthcare workforce.

The awards include: $300,000 over three years to help Robert Morris University (RMU) establish a certificate program in quality engineering for healthcare professionals and trainees; $125,000 over three years to contribute to the Fund for Excellence in Pittsburgh Public Schools; $75,000 to fund a professional development demonstration in quality engineering for nurses; and $35,000 for trail markers and guidebooks for the Three Rivers Park Trail.

Under the grant to RMU, the university will work in partnership with the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative (PRHI) to design and offer a curriculum that provides academic grounding in health services research, safety science, and Lean organizational behavior. The curriculum also will include training in Perfecting Patient Care (PPC) a quality engineering regimen that PRHI developed based on the Toyota Production System.

JHF, which also provides support for PRHI, saw the grant as a means of advancing the concepts and methods of PPC, which PRHI teaches in a popular four-day PPC University that has drawn students not just from around the region and state, but from as far as California and western Canada.

The Foundation also recognized that there are few, if any, degree or certificate programs that provide a philosophical framework or practical training for the quality improvement disciplines that the federal Institute and the National Academy of Engineering have said will be crucial to reengineering the nation's healthcare system. of Medicine

For more information contact: Pamela Gaynor, Director of Communications and External Relations, at gaynor@jhf.org.

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