Bethesda Inc. Awards Hospice of Cincinnati Planning Grant

Funding Will Enable Research on Preparing for End-of-Life Care

Cincinnati, OH, November 18, 2012 -- Bethesda Inc., whose mission is to support health care innovation, collaboration, education and research in Cincinnati, today said it has awarded Hospice of Cincinnati a $100,000 planning grant to transform end-of-life care in the community.  

Bethesda Inc.’s funding enables Hospice of Cincinnati to develop a research plan to study how education and training for clinicians and physicians lead to more timely and supportive end-of-life planning conversations with patients and families, improve quality and reduce costs of end-of-life care. 

Based on project results, Hospice of Cincinnati will then develop a transformative approach to end-of-life planning and conversations between healthcare professionals, patients and their families with an overall goal of improving the end-of-life experience in the community.

The grant to Hospice of Cincinnati is part of a Bethesda Inc. initiative to transform how health care is delivered.  Grant applications are evaluated based on a project’s ability to deliver results that include:  Better care for individuals; Better health, especially for groups of people with chronic diseases, and Lower cost, with an emphasis on reducing unnecessary expenses.  

Additional information can be found at www.Bethesda-Inc.com/grants. 

About Bethesda Inc.                                  

 Bethesda Inc. has been a leader in developing health-related programs and services in the Greater Cincinnati community since 1896. Today, Bethesda Inc. supports health care innovation, collaboration, education and research in Cincinnati. It is one of two joint sponsors of TriHealth. Bethesda Inc. is also the parent corporation of the Bethesda Foundation Inc., which cultivates philanthropic support for programs provided by Bethesda North Hospital, Hospice of Cincinnati, and Fernside: supporting children and families through grief.  For more information, visit www.bethesda-inc.org.

About Hospice of Cincinnati 

Hospice of Cincinnati is Greater Cincinnati’s first and only non-profit hospice, offering experienced, compassionate end-of-life care that addresses the unique emotional, physical and spiritual needs of patients and families. Services also include Fernside—A center for grieving children; adult grief programs through the Goldstein Family Grief Center; and holistic programs such as art, pet and music therapy. Hospice of Cincinnati is sponsored by Bethesda Inc. in collaboration with TriHealth and Mercy Health.