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Jewish Healthcare Foundation approves $655,000 in grants

May 3, 2007

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation recently approved $655,000 worth of grants for purposes ranging from healthcare education and advocacy to clinical quality improvement.

A $210,000 grant will fund program expenses and stipends for a fellowship program to expand the clinical role of pharmacists in hospitals and nursing homes. Up to six Southwestern Pennsylvania pharmacists will be selected based on project proposals that JHF will solicit and review between June 1 and Aug. 1. The pharmacists will be trained and coached in the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative's Toyota-based Perfecting Patient CareSM principles of work redesign and process engineering.

Another $295,000 grant will fund a partnership between JHF and the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy (SIHP) at Brandeis University's Heller School for Policy and Management. The partners will support projects to advance payment redesign and improvements in the delivery of care for chronic illness and will explore developing an executive education program for nurses incorporating the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative's (PRHI) Toyota-based quality improvement method, known as Perfecting Patient CareSM.

Other awards in JHF's latest round of grants included: $20,000 for the Center for Creative Play to provide nutrition education for parents; $20,000 for the Parkinson Chapter of Greater Pittsburgh to establish an Outreach and Education Center that provides exercise programs and information for patients with Parkinson's disease; $75,000 for the Children's Institute to begin a Pediatric Respite and Palliative Service Program; and $35,000 to the Consumer Health Coalition to support advocacy initiatives in the areas of quality improvement and public health.

Pamela Gaynor

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