Grants from public and private foundations and corporations play a vital
role in our fund-raising program. The organizations listed below are just
a sample of the generous support we receive each year to purchase badly
needed equipment, make crucial capital improvements and expand our service
to the community through public education and outreach.
Notable Grants 2013-2014
Ahmanson Foundation and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
This year, we were honored to receive generous grants from both The Ahmanson
Foundation and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation to help fund the purchase
of 20 cardiac monitors for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The new monitors
will provide our ICU team with the technology and resources necessary
to help with the observation and care of critically ill patients. The
upgraded equipment will have the ability to interact wirelessly with other
medical/communications devices, increasing the nursing team’s work
flow and accuracy. The interdisciplinary ICU team treats approximately
900 critically ill or injured patients annually in the 20-bed unit. The
Monitors will be especially important to post-operative open heart surgery
patients, as well as ICU patients at risk of heart attack or cardiac arrest,
as the monitors will have the ability to detect heart arrhythmias and
changes in heart electrical patterns.
California Community Foundation
The California Community Foundation has awarded a two-year grant to partially
fund a medication reconciliation pilot program in the Emergency Department.
The program is designed to increase patient safety by verifying that each
patient's medication orders are compared to all of the medications
that the patient has been taking. The process will reduce the risk of
medication order duplications, omissions, dosage errors and drug interactions.
Since 60% of our patients enter through the Emergency Department, this
program will begin there, with the expectation that it will soon expand
to the rest of the hospital. Four pharmacy technicians will be assigned
to record patients' medication records, which will become a part of
their medical records as they move through the hospital.
First Five LA – Welcome Baby
In October 2013, we were awarded a grant from First 5 LA to implement the
"Welcome Baby" prenatal and infant care program. The Welcome
Baby program is a First 5 LA initiative designed to strengthen families
by improving the physical and emotional health and safety of children
throughout Los Angeles County. Working with our community partner, El
Nido Family Centers, the program offers free hospital and home-based services
to pregnant women who give birth at participating hospitals through the
first 9 months of a baby's life. Welcome Baby aims to address a wide
spectrum of maternity concerns, such as breastfeeding, prenatal health
testing, active labor signs, postpartum depression, infant nutrition,
infant jaundice, and growth stages.
We were recently awarded a three year, 7-figure grant by the UniHealth
Foundation to develop a pilot program in partnership with two community
clinics to achieve a seamless, integrated system of care that will deliver
better access and better quality care at lower costs, to both the newly
insured and current patients within a population of heavy users of healthcare.
The project will improve patient health and significantly reduce wasteful
overuse of health resources through early intervention and follow-up throughout
the continuum of patient care. “Patient care navigators” will
facilitate correct information flow from clinic to hospital and back to
the clinic, which will lead to early intervention resulting in meaningful
improvements to patient health and quality of life, reductions in unnecessary
utilization of healthcare resources and improved stability in the healthcare system.