Bethesda Inc. Awards Planning Grants for New Approaches to Improve Health in High-Risk Populations

Grants will support plans to enhance health care delivery and address social needs affecting health.

Bethesda-Inc. Award's Planning GrantCincinnati, April 17, 2017 – Bethesda Inc., a major funder of health care transformation and co-sponsor of TriHealth, today announced it has awarded two planning grants totaling more than $355,000 to First Step Home in partnership with TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital, and to TriHealth’s Bethesda Butler Hospital to further develop innovative programs to improve the health of at risk-populations.

“Bethesda Inc. is in the unique position to align health efforts and advance promising strategies to improve community health and well-being,” said Jill Miller, President of Bethesda Inc. “We are happy to partner with First Step Home and TriHealth to research, refine and strengthen their new ideas and approaches for improving health care delivery and addressing social needs affecting health.”

Transforming Support for Mothers and Babies with Opioid Addiction
A $150,000 planning grant from Bethesda Inc. will allow First Step Home and Good Samaritan Hospital to develop the relationships and protocols needed to transform the way mothers and babies struggling with opioid addiction are supported in the months following the babies’ births.

“First Step Home is developing a new model of care for women who are becoming mothers while struggling with addiction,” said Margo Spence, president and CEO of First Step Home. “We are excited to team with Good Samaritan to develop a program to provide residential care for mothers and babies after hospital discharge, reunite babies with mothers more quickly, and ultimately lead to a decrease in the number of babies entering the foster care system.”

“Opioid addiction continues to be a growing challenge for Greater Cincinnati and the country,” said Miller. “Bethesda Inc. believes this planning project is an important step in developing a care system that puts mothers and babies at the center of care.”

Increasing Access to Primary Care in Butler County
The $205,280 planning grant will enable TriHealth’s Bethesda Butler Hospital to develop a business plan to increase access to and improve the quality of primary care for so-called “super-utilizers” of health care. Super-utilizers are people with at least two hospital admissions or three emergency department visits within a six-month time frame.

The project seeks to forge community partnerships and connect patients to resources needed to address underlying factors affecting their health.

“This project is so vital because it focuses on people who truly can benefit from care developed specifically for their unique needs,” Miller said. “TriHealth’s efforts to integrate social determinants of health into a primary care setting can be life-changing for those who are dependent on hospital settings for their regular care.”

“We serve a broad and growing population in Butler County,” said Chuck Brown, executive director, Bethesda Butler Hospital. “Bethesda Inc.’s grant allows us to develop a comprehensive program together with our primary care physicians to help their patients at the first point of care and provide options before issues can develop into more serious conditions.”

About Bethesda Inc.
Bethesda Inc. is a co-sponsor of TriHealth’s and major funder of health care transformation. Bethesda Inc. is 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

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

About First Step Home
First Step Home helps women break the cycle of addiction and abuse so that they can become self-sufficient and provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children. For more information, or to set up an assessment, email