Bethesda Inc. Awards Grant to TriHealth in Partnership with Springfield Township Fire Department.

Cincinnati, August 16, 2017 – Bethesda Inc., a major funder of health transformation and co-sponsor of TriHealth, today announced it will award $201,806 to TriHealth Corporate Health in collaboration with Springfield Township Fire Department to develop an innovative paramedicine model focused on behavioral health.

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“Bethesda Inc. is in the unique position to fund health collaborations that align health improvement efforts and advance promising strategies to improve community health and well-being,” said Jill Miller, president of Bethesda Inc. “This project has the potential to transform the way care is delivered to the community, bringing fresh ideas to our region.”

Once planning is completed, the program would ultimately train paramedic teams to assess behavioral health needs and make referrals to community resources when making home visits.

“There simply aren’t enough behavioral health specialists in Greater Cincinnati. TriHealth Corporate Health and Springfield Township, under the leadership of Fire Chief Robert Leininger, are excited to pilot a new program to address behavioral health needs of underserved people,” said Terri Hanlon-Bremer, Chief Operating Officer of TriHealth Corporate Health.

“This grant allows us to assess the feasibility of a new national community paramedic behavioral health care model at the local level,” Hanlon-Bremer said. “This model will set the foundation for paramedics to provide behavioral health intervention using telemedicine and onsite services in the home environment while connecting patients to care when needed.”

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About Bethesda Inc.

Bethesda Inc. is a co-sponsor of TriHealth and major funder of health transformation. We are a non-profit support organization that oversees the Bethesda Fertility Center and Bethesda Foundation, which provides philanthropic support for Bethesda hospitals, Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside. For more information, visit bethesda-inc.org,

About TriHealth

TriHealth is hospitals, physicians and the community working together to help people live better. We provide clinical, educational, preventive and social programs through Bethesda North, Bethesda Butler, TriHealth Evendale, Good Samaritan, McCullough-Hyde and TriHealth Rehabilitation hospitals and more than 130 other locations throughout Greater Cincinnati. This includes an ambulatory network, physician practices, research division, employer-based health services, hospice care, and fitness and health facilities. Learn more at trihealth.com, Facebook.com/TriHealth, @TriHealth, on Twitter and at YouTube.com/TriHealth

About Springfield Township

Centrally located in the heart of Hamilton County, Springfield Township is home to over 36,000 residents. Our community includes portions of seven public school districts, the area's top-rated private academic institutions and the county’s second largest park. With access to I75, Cross County Highway and I275, Springfield Township is a short drive to the biggest sporting events, shopping destinations, entertainment venues, universities, and restaurants the area has to offer. To learn more about living Center To It All, visit springfieldtwp.org