Bethesda Inc. Funds Three New Initiatives to Spur Healthcare Transformation
Cincinnati, OH, June 16, 2015 -- Bethesda Inc., co-sponsor of TriHealth and major funder of healthcare transformation, today announced it has awarded funding for the development of three projects with the potential to transform healthcare delivery in Greater Cincinnati. Health Care Access Now, The Health Collaborative and TriHealth received grants in areas of primary care, mental health, and data application, with the goal of pioneering new standards of care.
Since 2010, Bethesda Inc. has successfully funded projects that have improved how healthcare is being delivered, how health information is being shared, and how significant community health priorities such as infant mortality are being addressed. Grants commitments over the past five years have totaled more than $18 million, ranking Bethesda Inc. among Ohio’s largest private grant makers for local health care initiatives.
“Our legacy is in funding ideas that lead to breakthrough change in healthcare delivery,” said Jill Miller, executive director of Bethesda Inc. “By investing in the development of these new ideas, Bethesda Inc. becomes a venture grant maker to advance projects that have the potential to lead to better care, better health at lower cost.”
Planning Grants Address Critical Community Needs
Three organizations have been awarded planning grants from Bethesda Inc. to research, refine and recommend models with the potential to transform standards of care locally and with the potential to become national templates.
- TriHealth ─ $300,000 for one year to integrate behavioral healthcare into primary medical care. Research shows that patients battling mental health conditions along with medical issues do not progress as well as other patients. Funding will enable evaluation of evidence-based practices to build a better approach to care. The project will focus on adult primary care practices and three key TriHealth institutes: Heart, Cancer and Women’s Services.
- Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati ─ $250,000 for one year to develop a Triple Aim Dashboard to standardize data collection across all health sectors. Greater Cincinnati is one of the few communities in the country advanced enough in its current healthcare data collection to address standardization. When implemented, the dashboard itself will generate customized, actionable reports to benchmark results against community scores found in other consumer data. The project would start within the TriHealth system and expand to others.
- Health Care Access Now in partnership with TriHealth ─ $94,000 for six months to develop a model to help internal medical residents better manage their patients’ health from a distance. Clinic patients often suffer from multiple health conditions including mental health disorders. As a result, patients are less likely to have the skills to actively engage in their healthcare, often resulting in emergency department visits for minor or routine disease management. “Pathways to Health” could potentially equip residents at TriHealth’s Faculty Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Clinic to better manage a patient’s health through telehealth, which uses technology like phones and computers to coordinate care with community-based services as well as providing long-distance clinical health care.
About Bethesda Inc.
Bethesda Inc. a co-sponsor of TriHealth, and major funder of healthcare transformation. Bethesda Inc. also oversees the Bethesda Fertility Center and The Bethesda Foundation Inc., which provides support for Bethesda North Hospital, Bethesda Butler County Hospital, Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside.