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  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation approves $655,000 in grants | Jewish Healthcare Foundation
    nursing homes Up to six Southwestern Pennsylvania pharmacists will be selected based on project proposals that JHF will solicit and review between June 1 and Aug 1 The pharmacists will be trained and coached in the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative s Toyota based Perfecting Patient CareSM principles of work redesign and process engineering Another 295 000 grant will fund a partnership between JHF and the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy SIHP at Brandeis University s Heller School for Policy and Management The partners will support projects to advance payment redesign and improvements in the delivery of care for chronic illness and will explore developing an executive education program for nurses incorporating the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative s PRHI Toyota based quality improvement method known as Perfecting Patient CareSM Other awards in JHF s latest round of grants included 20 000 for the Center for Creative Play to provide nutrition education for parents 20 000 for the Parkinson Chapter of Greater Pittsburgh to establish an Outreach and Education Center that provides exercise programs and information for patients with Parkinson s disease 75 000 for the Children s Institute to begin a Pediatric Respite and Palliative Service Program and 35 000 to

    Original URL path: http://www.jhf.org/news/press-releases/show.php?9 (2016-04-30)
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  • Plans Announced for Pharmacy Pilot Program | Jewish Healthcare Foundation
    two year program Requests for project proposals are scheduled for release June 1 with a submission deadline of Aug 1 The program is expected to build on findings of a 1999 study that JHF funded to see if patients with multiple medical conditions would benefit from the intervention of hospital pharmacists Conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Health Care the study concluded that patients often were able to take fewer medications when pharmacists reviewed their regimens and that the administration of the medicines often could be streamlined Hospitalized patients who suffer from multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes high blood pressure and congestive heart failure often receive prescriptions from multiple physicians and sometimes don t realize that new prescriptions are supposed to replace ones they already are taking Sometimes patients receive duplicative medications with different names Lack of coordination between physicians can result in medication conflicts In addition pharmacists sometimes find that patients might be better served with different drug choices Across the country there is growing interest in involving pharmacists more in clinical decision making and patient education Numerous pilot programs have been started including a highly publicized one in Ashville NC which sponsors have credited with significant improvements in health outcomes and decreases in lost work days and the Living My LifeTM self management program for diabetics that the Pittsburgh Business Group developed using the Ashville model We believe there is an expanded role for pharmacists to play but reimbursements in health care have not been structured to support it said Karen Wolk Feinstein PhD President and Chief Executive Officer of JHF and PRHI In addition to documenting improvements in patient outcomes and their financial impact we ll be using this program to investigate what kinds of payment changes might be needed

    Original URL path: http://www.jhf.org/news/press-releases/show.php?8 (2016-04-30)
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  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation awards more than $1.5 million in grants | Jewish Healthcare Foundation
    healthcare quality In the area of health education JHF earmarked funding for Health Careers Futures and the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh to offer a fellowship for librarians to obtain the specialized skills needed to research and organize consumer health information resources In addition the Foundation board approved a University of Pittsburgh Medical School grant under which the Department of Critical Care Medicine will develop and test new models for training physicians and nurses in effective palliative care and a grant to the University of Pittsburgh s Institute for Palliative Care to support continued convening of the Coalition for Quality at End of Life In the policy realm JHF awarded a two year grant to the Pennsylvania Medicaid Policy Center recently established by the University of Pittsburgh s Graduate School of Public Health The award will help Pitt assemble the funding needed to match a challenge grant offered by the Pew Charitable Trusts Also included in the latest round of awards were previously announced grants to Health Careers Futures for starting a Center for Complementary Learning that would provide students with real life exposure to healthcare occupations through partnerships between the region s schools and healthcare providers and to Northwestern University

    Original URL path: http://www.jhf.org/news/press-releases/show.php?7 (2016-04-30)
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  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation grant to bring pilot project to Pittsburgh | Jewish Healthcare Foundation
    served on the patient safety education project s Governing Council said This new curriculum provides grounding in these critical skills The Kellogg School is adopting a train the trainer method for disseminating the curriculum that is modeled on the Education for Physicians in End of Life Care Project EPEC EPEC is estimated to have reached more than 1 million clinicians in the decade since it began Like EPEC the Patient Safety Education Project PSEP will deliver its curriculum through conferences targeted mainly at clinicians and others already serving in quality assurance capacities Following the 2 ½ day conferences these professionals will be equipped to serve as trainers for spreading the curriculum within their respective healthcare institutions Learning modules will each be introduced with videotapes depicting safety questions or incidents that could arise in any healthcare setting PRHI which already offers a Toyota based quality engineering curriculum called Perfecting Patient CareSM PPC for improving healthcare quality was a natural local partner for the Kellogg grantees In Pittsburgh the new curriculum will be offered exclusively through PRHI s Perfecting Patient CareSM University as an adjunct to the core four day PPC curriculum The pilot launch of the PSEP in Pittsburgh is slated for the latter half of 2007 Other organizational partners in Kellogg s PSEP are the Health Research and Educational Trust HRET a research affiliate of the American Hospital Association and the Partnership for Patient Safety a patient centered initiative to advance the reliability of healthcare systems worldwide The project will be administered out of the Buehler Center on Aging Health and Society a research and teaching center at Northwestern s Feinberg School of Medicine Individual project partners include John R Combes MD President and Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Healthcare Governance an affiliate of the American Hospital Association Linda Emanuel MD PhD a professor of health industry management at the Kellogg School and Director of the Buehler Center on Aging and Joel Shalowitz MD MBA a Kellogg School professor and Director of the school s Health Industry Management program Dr Emanuel is principal investigator for PSEP and Dr Shalowitz is co investigator Governing Council National Patient Safety Education Project James Battles PhD Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Larry Boress President and CEO Midwest Business Group on Health Robert J Borotkanics Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Troyen Brennan MD JD MPH Health Policy and Management Harvard School of Public Health James Conway Health Policy and Management Harvard School of Public Health Institute for Healthcare Improvement F Daniel Duffy MD Executive Vice President American Board of Internal Medicine The American Board of Medical Specialties Karen Wolk Feinstein PhD President Jewish Healthcare Foundation Harvey Fineberg MD PhD President Institute of Medicine Mary Foley MS RN American Nurses Association Partnership for Patient Safety Kerm Henriksen PhD Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality David Leach MD Executive Director Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Lucian Leape MD MPH Health Policy and Management Harvard School of Public Health Peter Leibold JD Executive

    Original URL path: http://www.jhf.org/news/press-releases/show.php?6 (2016-04-30)
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  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation to establish Pittsburgh's first Center for Complementary Learning | Jewish Healthcare Foundation
    few as 10 percent to 20 percent of applicants have the necessary skills in reading math and communications Expectations among particpating schools employers and students could be set forth in contracts so that rigorous standards are set understood and achieved Complementary learning opportunities for students would include both exposure and experience speakers open houses field trips job shadowing mentoring and internships among other things Advanced opportunities such as internships would be reserved for high school students but opportunities for exposure to career information could begin as early as elementary school The healthcare learning center will be established and run by Health Careers Futures HCF an operating arm of JHF The Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board WIB encouraged HCF to take on this role because of its experience in developing programs to stabilize and strengthen the region s healthcare workforce HCF would build on models such as those developed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education The hope is that success with a Center for Complementary Learning in Healthcare might pave the way for additional centers in other fields likely to provide job opportunities for students in the region such as financial services biotechnology or information technology It s very hard for many students to get any first hand knowledge of a field that offers career possibilities said David Malone President and Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Financial Group and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board These centers would serve as pathways to sectors where projections indicate the region will need employees There s no better example of an industry where we can help students find rewarding jobs with established career ladders than healthcare said JHF President and Chief Executive Karen Feinstein This also is a sector whose hiring needs already exceed the

    Original URL path: http://www.jhf.org/news/press-releases/show.php?5 (2016-04-30)
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  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation adds staff | Jewish Healthcare Foundation
    and behavioral sciences public health and epidemiology Most recently Dr Forlenza served as Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and as a Research Associate at the Sociobehavioural Research Centre of the British Columbia Cancer Agency Ms Setzenfand whose position also is newly created will lead training programs that JHF provides to health and social service agencies through Health Careers Futures one of two supporting organizations that foster the use of industrial quality engineering disciplines in clinical and social service settings Ms Setzenfand brings nearly 15 years of nursing experience to the Foundation including specialized training and clinical work in the field of diabetes care a program focus for the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative PRHI JHF s other supporting organization Most recently she served as Staff Nurse Team Leader and Diabetic Coordinator at the Lawrenceville Family Health Center While working at the Lawrenceville clinic Ms Setzenfand participated in an early demonstration of PPC a quality engineering methodology that PRHI adapted for healthcare from the Toyota Production System Ms Pirain has been appointed to coordinate the administrative service JHF performs under contract as the state s fiscal agent for distributing federal HIV AIDs program funding to some 15 nonprofit agencies She joins the Foundation after serving more than four years as a research and data collection specialist for the Pennsylvania Prevention Project at the University of Pittsburgh which coordinated state sponsored on site HIV AIDs training programs and provided program evaluation services for state sponsored HIV AIDs prevention efforts among other things Ms Pirain s position with JHF was previously held by Samantha Maylack MPH who recently assumed the role of Program and Development officer for JHF In her new capacity Ms Maylack is responsible for planning and responding to requests for funding and for coordinating

    Original URL path: http://www.jhf.org/news/press-releases/show.php?4 (2016-04-30)
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  • Squirrel Hill Health Center Receives Federal Dollars – Plans to Open by Mid-Year | Jewish Healthcare Foundation
    access to prescription drugs at reduced prices it will be able to tap national best practice outcomes data and it will have access to other federal initiatives In return the center will provide or partner to provide comprehensive family centered care including dentistry immunizations mental health and substance abuse services and prenatal perinatal geriatric and chronic care The center will initially target patients from Squirrel Hill Greenfield and South Oakland although it is open to residents from other communities and will serve patients of all ages and income levels The center will be supported by a staff of doctors nurses and behavioral health specialists devoted to collaboration around best practices in disease prevention diagnosis and treatment its staff training and operations will be driven by Perfecting Patient Care disciplines the continuous quality improvement methods that the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative PRHI developed for medical settings based on the Toyota Production System The Jewish Healthcare Foundation JHF which proposed and staffed the community health center s federal application founded PRHI and supported development of its quality engineering disciplines The center s services will also be tailored to respect cultural and religious preferences The center will begin announcing staff and hours of operation in May and will be ready to open around mid June Once the center reaches capacity it will be open 50 hours per week including two evenings one early morning and four hours on Sunday JHF will continue in its role as planning agent for the Squirrel Hill Health Center until the facility is fully staffed The center s search committee already has begun recruiting fulltime and part time staff including a chief executive officer a chief financial officer a medical director physicians a nurse practitioner three medical assistants a Russian translator a dentist a dental hygienist a case

    Original URL path: http://www.jhf.org/news/press-releases/show.php?3 (2016-04-30)
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  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation Approves Grants | Jewish Healthcare Foundation
    for healthcare professionals and trainees 125 000 over three years to contribute to the Fund for Excellence in Pittsburgh Public Schools 75 000 to fund a professional development demonstration in quality engineering for nurses and 35 000 for trail markers and guidebooks for the Three Rivers Park Trail Under the grant to RMU the university will work in partnership with the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative PRHI to design and offer a curriculum that provides academic grounding in health services research safety science and Lean organizational behavior The curriculum also will include training in Perfecting Patient Care PPC a quality engineering regimen that PRHI developed based on the Toyota Production System JHF which also provides support for PRHI saw the grant as a means of advancing the concepts and methods of PPC which PRHI teaches in a popular four day PPC University that has drawn students not just from around the region and state but from as far as California and western Canada The Foundation also recognized that there are few if any degree or certificate programs that provide a philosophical framework or practical training for the quality improvement disciplines that the federal Institute and the National Academy of Engineering have

    Original URL path: http://www.jhf.org/news/press-releases/show.php?2 (2016-04-30)
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