Bethesda Inc. Invites Grant Applications for Transformative Health Care Delivery Projects

Process opens to fund multi-million dollar, innovative solutions for the greater Cincinnati region

Cincinnati, OH, October 7, 2015 -- Bethesda Inc. announced today that it will begin a competitive process to award multi-year, multi-million dollar grants for programs that can help transform how health care is delivered in the region.  Funded projects will drive breakthrough change that is scalable and sustainable.

"Bethesda Inc. has a rich legacy in innovation, fueling change that makes this region one of the best places in the nation to receive and deliver health care," said Mark Holcomb, chair of Bethesda Inc.'s grants committee. "With these new grants, Bethesda Inc. seeks to fund ideas to lower health care costs, improve quality, and lead to better patient care."

Since 2010, Bethesda Inc. has successfully funded projects that have improved how health care is being delivered, how health information is being shared, and how significant community health priorities are being addressed. Grants commitments over the past five years have totaled more than $24 million, ranking Bethesda Inc. among Ohio’s largest grant makers for local health care initiatives.

A list of regional health projects that have been funded by Bethesda Inc. can be found at  Updates on these projects, as well as their outcomes, can be found at

"We are a venture-stage grant maker who creates partnerships and collaborations resulting in better care for our community and empowers cultural change," said Jill Miller, executive director of Bethesda Inc. "We team with TriHealth and community organizations to chart new ways to better deliver care and improve people’s health."

What Bethesda Inc. Funds

Bethesda Inc. has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking projects to transform regional health care delivery and anticipates awarding two or more grants in 2016.  Funded projects will be large, multi-year efforts that deliver:

  • Better care for individuals, including enhanced patient satisfaction, quality of care, access to care, and reliability of care
  • Better health, especially for groups of people with chronic diseases and that alleviate underlying causes of illness, such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity and substance abuse
  • Lower cost, with an emphasis on reducing unnecessary expenses and controlling the per capita rate of cost growth

Specifically, Bethesda Inc. is focused on five health improvement needs it believes are under-developed and are fundamental to improving our community’s health while reducing healthcare costs:

  • Behavioral health conditions focused on the inter-relationship of behavioral and physical health
  • Engaging patients and healthcare providers in achieving better care and better health outcomes
  • Ensuring appropriate access to health care and improving the use of the right location for the right care at the right time
  • Enhancing end-of-life planning and patient comfort
  • Improving transitions of care to lower the likelihood of hospital readmissions

Bethesda Inc. also accepts requests for planning grants. Full details and the RFP can be found

Application Process

Organizations interested in applying for a grant must complete a preliminary application located on the website at by noon on Friday, December 4, 2015. Questions can be directed to Executive Director Jill Miller at 513-569-6652 or or Grants Advisor Susan Ingmire at

About Bethesda Inc.

Bethesda Inc. is a co-sponsor of TriHealth and major funder of health care transformation. Bethesda Inc., in partnership with Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of two co-sponsors of TriHealth, the Cincinnati region’s leading integrated health delivery network. TriHealth is a full service, not-for-profit health system that provides a wide range of clinical, educational, preventive and social programs at more than 130 care sites through its nearly 12,000 employees and 550 physicians. Bethesda Inc. provides support to Bethesda Hospital Inc. and direct oversight for the Bethesda Fertility Center and Bethesda Foundation. The Bethesda Foundation provides philanthropic support for Bethesda hospitals, Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside. For more information about Bethesda Inc., visit


Allison Ryan
On behalf of Bethesda Inc.

Rick Miller
On behalf of Bethesda Inc.