Bethesda Inc. to Fund New, Innovative Health Care Projects

Bethesda Inc. to Fund New, Innovative Health Care Projects

Grant applications invited for transformational approaches to regional health care delivery

Cincinnati, OH (May 1, 2012) -- Bethesda Inc., a health care leader in Greater Cincinnati for nearly 115 years, announced today it will begin a competitive process to award grants for programs that will help transform how health care is delivered in the region. “Bethesda Inc.’s legacy is in developing the best possible health care resources,” said James Pearce, Bethesda Inc. board chairman.  “The grants will further our mission to support health care innovation, collaboration, education and research in the region.” 

“We believe supporting innovative approaches to health care will bring us closer to our vision of helping make Cincinnati the best place in the country to deliver and receive health care,” said Ellen Katz, who with Craig Eisentrout, MD, co-chairs Bethesda Inc.’s Grants Committee. Grants considered in 2012 will be in two categories: Transformational and Innovation. Transformational Grants will support large, multi-year projects.  Innovation Grants will support smaller projects that create an immediate benefit in health care delivery. Bethesda Inc. anticipates awarding grants in each category, depending on the applications received.  Full details can be found at www.Bethesda-Inc.com/grants.

Grants applications will be evaluated based on a project’s ability to deliver results that include:  

  • 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 for projects that alleviate the 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.

New Grants Will Build on Commitment

The new grants will build upon two transformational health initiatives Bethesda Inc. previously funded.

In 2010, Bethesda Inc. awarded the Health Collaborative  a three-year $4.2 million grant to provide public reporting tools to improve the quality of health care in Greater Cincinnati while reducing cost. One example of the project’s success is the creation of a consumer-friendly website, called Your Health Matters (YHM). By the end of 2012, the Collaborative anticipates the health status of nearly 30,000 diabetic patients will be reported on the YHM website. Also in 2010, Bethesda Inc. awarded TriHealth a two-year $6 million grant to speed the development of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) primary care model.  PCMH transforms how medical care is delivered to patients at the medical practice level.  It involves significant cultural change within the practice, resulting in greater patient satisfaction and more appropriate and efficient delivery of care.   PCMH shines a spotlight on the care and management of high-risk patients in particular.  To date, 31 TriHealth primary care physician practices are transforming to PCMH sites and 26 have achieved the highest level of recognition from the National Center for Quality Assurance.

In addition, this leadership effort is being recognized as a key driver in attracting a $60 million, four-year  Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI)grant awarded by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation in April 2012 to the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton region. This was one of only seven areas selected from applicants nationwide. 

Application Process

All organizations interested in applying for a grant are encouraged to attend a Grants Workshop at 11:15 am on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Fifth Third Convening Center, 2400 Reading Road, Cincinnati, to learn more about the application process.  Attendees should RSVP to Grants Advisor Susan Ingmire at singmire@ignitephilanthropy.com. Letters of intent are due by July 1, 2012.

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’s mission is to support health care innovation, collaboration, education and research in Cincinnati. It is one of two joint sponsors of TriHealth which was formed when Bethesda and Good Samaritan Hospital joined in 1995, bringing together two of Cincinnati’s finest health care organizations. Through these two acute care hospitals, the newly acquired Bethesda Butler Hospital, and more than 80 locations, TriHealth provides a wide range of clinical, educational, preventive and social programs. TriHealth's non-hospital services include physician practice management, fitness centers and fitness center management, occupational health centers, home health and hospice care.

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