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Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Board of Trustees Approves Grants

June 8, 2010

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation approves more than $1.1 million in new funding

PITTSBURGH — JUNE 8, 2010 — The Jewish Healthcare Foundation's board has approved more than $1.1 million in grants, including more than $300,000 to establish an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Champions program, a three-part initiative aimed at improving delivery and outcomes of emergency medical service.

Currently, there is little research and data about quality and safety in emergency care. The EMS Champions Program will advance quality improvement efforts within the EMS system. Nearly 200 emergency medical technician leaders across southwestern Pennsylvania will be selected to engage in quality improvement research projects to improve the safety and efficiency of pre-hospital care and test the value of a web-based portal customized for the emergency care system. The participating EMS leaders will also exchange educational ideas and learnings with Israel-based emergency responders. The Champions Program is the latest in a series of initiatives that have brought together doctors, nurses, pharmacists and librarians in healthcare process improvement.

In addition to the EMS Champions Program, JHF awarded $75,000 to United Way of Allegheny County to expand the Pathways to Careers Fellowship, which interests students to healthcare careers, and up to $120,000 to the Allegheny County Parks Foundation to develop the South Park Montour Connector Trail. This is the Park Foundation's first grant since being established in 2007. JHF also approved $60,000 for a three year initiative consisting of outreach, education, testing and counseling of young Jewish adults between the ages of 18-29 around eleven Jewish genetic diseases.

The JHF Board also decided to continue collaborating with colleagues in Israel to build a patient safety policy and action plan while exchanging ideas and findings from research initiatives. In 2009, JHF established a partnership with counterparts in Israel to examine ways to improve the quality of patient care in both countries. The Foundation conducted three study missions and identified opportunities for mutual learning related to process improvement in hospital and outpatient care settings.

Contact:
Bridget McNie
For JHF
412-594-2588
mcnie@jhf.org

About The Jewish Healthcare Foundation

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is a public charity that offers a unique blend of research, education, grantmaking and program management to advance the quality of clinical care and health of populations, with a focus on improving the quality, efficiency, and safety of health care. JHF and its three operating arms—the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), Health Careers Futures (HCF), and the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal)— are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serve a national and global audience. JHF is also a founding member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). For more information, visit www.jhf.org.

Contact:
David Golebiewski
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
412-594-2553 or 412-216-6305 (mobile)
golebiewski@jhf.org

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