Bethesda Inc. Opens Process to Fund Multi-Million Dollar, Transformative Healthcare Projects

Cincinnati, OH, November 10, 2014 -- 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, and have the potential to become national models. 

“Our legacy is in innovation, leading the way to developing the best possible health care resources,” said Jill Miller, executive director of Bethesda Inc.  “With these new grants, Bethesda Inc. seeks 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 healthcare is being delivered, how health information is being shared, and how significant community health priorities are being addressed. Grants commitments over the past four years have totaled more than $18 million, ranking Bethesda Inc. among Ohio’s largest private grant makers for local health care initiatives. 

A list of regional health projects that have been funded by Bethesda Inc. can be found at

“We are a venture-stage grant maker with a bias toward collaborative efforts and partnerships that lead to breakthrough change and not just incremental change,” said Ellen Katz, who with Craig Eisentrout, MD, has co-chaired Bethesda Inc.’s Grants Committee. “’We work closely with our grantees 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 2015.  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 
  • Patient engagement that, together with their healthcare providers, achieves better care and better health outcomes
  • Access to healthcare and the use of the right location for the right care at the right time 
  • End-of-life planning to improve care and patient comfort
  • Transitions of care to lower the likelihood of hospital readmissions 


Full details and the RFP can be found at 

Application Process

Organizations interested in applying for a grant must complete a preliminary application located on the website at by noon on Friday, December 19, 2014 to Grants Advisor Susan Ingmire at Applicants that do not meet the criteria to advance will be notified by January 16, 2014.

About Bethesda Inc.

The Bethesda name is known for leadership in developing health programs and services in Greater Cincinnati since 1896. Today, Bethesda Inc. is a strategic grant maker to enhance health care delivery and, along with Catholic Health Initiatives, is a joint sponsor of TriHealth, an integrated health delivery network that includes Bethesda North Hospital, Bethesda Butler Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, TriHealth Evendale Hospital and a wide range of clinical, educational and social programs. 

Bethesda Inc. also oversees the Bethesda Fertility Center and The Bethesda Foundation Inc., which provides support for Bethesda North Hospital, Bethesda Butler County Hospital, Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside, which supports children and families through grief.