Bethesda Inc. Invites Grant Applications for Transformational Health Care Delivery Programs

Grants will fund new ideas and approaches to improve health

Cincinnati, October 3, 2016 – Bethesda Inc., a major funder of health care transformation and co-sponsor of TriHealth, today said it will begin a competitive process to fund new ideas and approaches to health care that have the potential to lead to significantly better care, better health for populations, and lower costs of care.  Bethesda Inc. is most interested in funding new collaborations and partnerships between TriHealth and community-based organizations and providers.   

"Bethesda Inc. envisions the day when our region is the most desirable place to receive and deliver health care, and this request for proposal builds momentum toward that goal," said Lisa Knutson, Grants Committee Chair. "Our grant making challenges health care and community providers to think differently, work collaboratively and to act boldly."

Since 2010, Bethesda Inc. has successfully funded programs that improve how health care is delivered, how health information is shared and how community health priorities are addressed. Grant commitments over the last six years total more than $29 million, ranking Bethesda Inc. among Ohio's largest grant makers for local health care initiatives.

"Bethesda Inc. is willing to take risks by investing in new ideas and approaches that lead to better care and health outcomes," said Jill Miller, President. "We want to identify potential projects or new models of care that address our identified priorities in new and potentially game-changing ways."

Funding Priorities for 2016 - 2017

Bethesda Inc. is seeking proposals for scalable, innovative programs and new models of care that fall within one of the following funding priorities:

  • Behavioral health conditions with a focus on the inter-relationships of behavioral and physical health, including substance abuse.
  • Engaging patients and healthcare providers in achieving better health outcomes, care experiences and pain management.
  • Ensuring appropriate access to health care and improving the use of appropriate sites of care.
  • Enhancing end-of-life planning and palliative care.
  • Improving care coordination and transitions of care.

Special consideration will be given to projects that address pain management, substance abuse, lung cancer, telehealth/telemedicine, and consumer engagement/patient activation.

Bethesda Inc. accepts requests for short-term planning grants and multi-year implementation grants. Full details and the request for proposal (RFP) can be found at


Organizations interested in applying for a grant must complete an application by noon on December 5, 2016. A link to the electronic application can be found online at Questions can be directed to Jill Miller, Bethesda Inc. President, at (513) 569-6652 or, or Grants Advisor Susan Ingmire at


Bethesda Inc. is a co-sponsor of TriHealth and major funder of health care transformation.  Bethesda Inc. is a 501(c)(3) support organization for Bethesda Hospital Inc. and provides 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