2012 Opportunity Grantees
Planned Parenthood of the Rochester and Syracuse
Region (PPRSR) was awarded up to $465,133 to implement
an Electronic Practice Management/ Electronic Health Records (EHR)
network. The system will enable PPRSR to improve the quality of patient
care by providing reliable real-time access to health information and
increase operational efficiency in appointment scheduling, and
inter-affiliate reporting and benchmarking.
Joseph’s Neighborhood Center was awarded up to $487,033
for a Health Access Navigation System (HANS) to expand its cost-effective
pilot program to identify the best community resource for people having
difficulty finding health care and/or public insurance. The process takes
an integrated bio/psycho/social/spiritual approach to care and expects
to assist 3,500 individuals annually.
Flaum Eye Institute was awarded up to
$600,000 for a Rochester Area Tele-I-Care program to link primary care
providers with ophthalmologists using telemedicine to diagnose and
treat vision-threatening eye disease. The program is a partnership of
the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Flaum Eye Institute,
Rochester General Health System, and Rochester Institute of Technology and
will serve about 1,000 patients.
Jewish Senior Life was awarded up to $552,306 to
expand its successful Physician House Calls (PHC) program
providing primary and palliative home-based care to home-bound, chronically
ill older adults. The program expects to decrease the hospitalization rate
from 40/100 to 25/100 patients per year.
Anthony L. Jordan Health Center was awarded
up to $135,000 over a three-year period to absorb Threshold for
Alternative Youth Services, Inc. (Threshold) under its umbrella.
The long-term goal of this project is to achieve a smooth
transition of services from Threshold to Anthony L. Jordan Health Center to
maintain continuity of care for 5,340 urban youth.
of Greater Rochester was awarded up to $354,000 for a
Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) that is based on research by the
National DPP, the National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease
Control. The Y’s successful pilot program will be implemented at 11
branches and program centers to serve 540 people to reduce the number of
people with pre-diabetes who convert to diabetes.
New York Rural Area Health Education Center, Inc. (R-AHEC) was
awarded up to $599,997 for a Rural New York TeleDental Initiative to
reduce the prevalence of tooth decay in 3,900 children of migrant and seasonal workers in eight counties. R-AHEC will work in partnership with Finger Lakes Community and Migrant Health, Oak Orchard Community Health Center, and Agri-Business Child Development.
2011 Opportunity Grantees
Stroke Treatment Alliance of Rochester
(STAR) is a three-year, $800,000 initiative that includes the University of Rochester Medical Center, Unity Health System, Highland Hospital and Rochester General Hospital. The Alliance will work to increase the rate of acute interventions for stroke, practices for stroke prevention, and establish more cost-effective systems of care.
The Diabetes Prevention Program
(DPP), through the Center for Community Health within the University of Rochester Medical Center is a three-year project granted up to $471,596 to successfully implement and sustain the DPP lifestyle intervention in 11 primary care settings. The practices selected to participate are mainly urban settings where the number of people with diabetes or at risk of pre-diabetes is particularly high. The model has been successful in reducing the incidence of diabetes by more than 50% through loss of body weight and increased physical activity in controlled trials.
The Rochester General Hospital Foundation
received a two-year grant of up to $449,904 for Remote Simultaneous Medical Interpretation (RSMI). Using a bank of interpreters through RSMI, non-English speaking patients can use a headset for realtime interpreting with a physician or health provider. The system allows refugees speaking many languages to be served by medically trained interpreters, resulting in far fewer medical errors.
The Visiting Nurse Telemedicine Program
was awarded up to $562,159 to expand its program designed to monitor patient's vital signs and symptoms using in-home monitoring equipment. This two-year grant is a collaborative relationship between Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, MVP Health Care and the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center. Patients who will benefit from in-home monitoring include people with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Providing Accessible Sexuality Education & Outreach Services (PASEOS) of the Ibero-American Action League
, Inc., PRYD Youth Division was awarded up to $582,934 to implement a culturally relevant program to encourage youth to make healthy choices to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy in students in 7th - 12th grades. In addition to the Rochester City School District, Ibero/PRYD will work with the Metro Council for Teen Potential and the Children's Institute. The schools involved in the project are Franklin, Monroe, Edison, East and Jefferson.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester
received a grant of up to $500,000 for the Maplewood Y to make it the center of neighborhood activity with programs and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and simplify its financial assistance program to be more culturally sensitive to ensure that programs are accessible to everyone in the northwest quadrant. The Y also will develop preventive and chronic disease-specific programming to meet the health needs of local residents.
2010 Opportunity Grantees
Anthony L. Jordan Health Center was awarded up to $537,505 over a three-year
period to implement a Patient Centered Medical Home model to provide
comprehensive primary care to adults at risk for diabetes.
Anthony L. Jordan Dental Renovation received a two-year award of up to $582,943 for renovation of its existing
eight operatories and the addition of four new operatories to maximize the
centers ability to meet the needs of patients.
Culver Medical Group, a University of Rochester Affiliated
medicine/pediatrics practice, used their grant of up to $457,792 over a
two-year time period on a multidisciplinary, patient-centered quality
improvement initiative to reduce unwarranted variation in the control of
hypertension in older adults and minorities in Monroe County.
Eldersource, the lead agency, was awarded up to $600,000
for an evidence-based program to address depression in older adults in
cooperation with Lifespan, Catholic Family Center, PeerPlace and University of
Rochester's Geriatric Psychiatry Program.
Friends of the Public Market, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, received a
grant for up to $100,000 to develop a business plan for the Electronics
Benefits Transfer (EBT) Market Token Program.
Highland Family Medicine was awarded up to $421,511 for a three-year
program to identify and treat depression in low-income and minority patients at
community health centers.
Rochester General Health System was awarded up
to $600,000 for a three-year program targeting patients with hypertension and
high blood pressure who receive care at Rochester General Medical Associates.
St. John's Foundation, the
only Eden registered nursing home in the Rochester area, received up to $40,000
to build 47 Green House Homes both in neighborhoods throughout the Greater
Rochester area, and at the existing nursing home.
Unity Health System was awarded up to $600,000 to fully implement
the Patient Centered Medical Home model and to apply the Chronic Care
model to focus on patients with hypertension.
University of Rochester Medical Center was awarded up to $160,969 to support the
expansion of Community Education to promote Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
Prevention in school-age female athletes.
2009 Opportunity Grantees
for Older Adults, a
collaborative program of Medical Motor Service of Rochester and
Monroe County, Inc., Catholic Family Center, Lifespan, Eldersource
and Monroe County Office for the Aging, received a two-year grant up to
$278,816 to increase capacity to provide a coordinated transportation
service to non-emergency medical care for older adults with chronic
medical conditions. A major component of this program is the creation of a
central intake and referral call center in which the specific needs of the
person are identified and matched with the appropriate form
of transportation. Another program feature is the installation of
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in vehicles that will help streamline
L. Jordan Dental Renovation, a
project of the Anthony L. Jordan Community Health Center, received a
two-year award of up to $582,943 for the renovation of its existing eight
operatories and the addition of four new operatories to maximize
the Center’s ability to accommodate the needs of patients. This
community health center has provided dental services in one of the highest
centers of poverty in Monroe County since the early 1970s. Its facilities
are outdated and inadequate to meet the dental care needs of a
growing number of people with low incomes.
Oral Health Care Center, a
University of Rochester Medical Center project, was awarded a
two-year grant of up to $253,990 to increase accessibility to oral health
care and improve health care outcomes for residents living in poverty.
Funds will be used for expansion of the center, an extension clinic
of the Eastman Dental Center. The project consists of the addition of
four clinical dental treatment rooms, and four General Practice Dental
Residents to provide direct patient care. Residents will be given
opportunities to develop awareness, knowledge and skills
to strengthen their ability to work with multi-cultural groups and to
nurture sensitivity to the context of people living in poverty.
Student Emergency Fund will be administered by the Genesee Valley Nurses
Association (GVNA). Up to $150,000 is available over several
years for financial support for RN students in good academic standing
who face unexpected financial hardships that could compromise their
ability to stay in school. The fund is overseen by an advisory board
comprised of representatives of the nine area colleges who
have entry-level nursing programs: Finger Lakes Community College;
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing; Genesee Community College; Monroe
Community College; Nazareth College; Roberts Wesleyan College; St.
John Fisher College; SUNY Brockport; and the University of Rochester.
Process Improvement at Unity Health System received a one-year award of up to
$150,000 to employ Lean Six Sigma principles to improve quality of
care and patient safety while facing challenging business conditions.
Projects in 2009 are focused upon improvements in patient flow, throughput
and length of stay, patient and staff satisfaction, and
organizational development. Employees from cross-functional
areas will be trained to champion, lead and participate
in improvement projects in order to develop their project management
and change management skills.
Center for Caring is a
collaborative partnership of St. Ann’s Foundation and Visiting
Nurse Service that received a two-year grant up to $210,000 to create
a five-bed unit to provide end-of-life care for medically complex patients
who might otherwise need hospitalization. Created in renovated space
within The Heritage, this facility provides a homelike
environment and maximum support for patients and their families. The
Center helps relieve current and growing pressure on acute care bed
occupancy and emergency room usage and provides care at a lower cost.
Surgical Database, a
University of Rochester Medical Center project, was awarded
a one-year grant up to $64,110 for the creation of a patient tracking
database in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Golisano’s Children’s
Hospital. The goal of the project is to improve outcomes among
pediatric patients by tracking risk-adjusted patient outcomes. The
project is modeled after the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical
Quality Improvement Program. Completion of the project will allow
the Division of Pediatric Surgery to compare outcomes to national
averages, and standardize best care practices.
Business Alliance (RBA) Rochester Health Care Initiative Lean Six Sigma
a two-year grant of up to $86,050 to provide project leadership for the
Lean Six Sigma strategy and to support hospital process improvement
activities. Because several employers such as Xerox and Kodak had
previous success using Lean Six Sigma techniques to improve quality and
cost within their organizations, the RBA Healthcare Initiative decided to
adopt the application of these principles to the healthcare system as
an area of focus.
General Health System Lean Sigma Initiative received a one-year grant up to
$120,000 in support of its Lean Six Sigma initiatives. In 2007, a
Lean Six Sigma office was established and integrated within the Human
Resources department as part of its Organizational Development program. A
Lean Six Sigma Academy has been developed to produce internal Lean
Six Sigma practitioners. Current projects are focused upon reducing
overall patient length of stay, increasing capacity in surgical services,
decreasing patient wait times within the medical group,
and accelerating the process improvement capabilities of its leaders.
Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) was awarded a two-year matching grant up
to $500,000 to support the acquisition and installation of Electronic
Medical Record (EMR) systems in community health centers and private
physician offices via a state grant (HEAL 5). An EMR system allows
physicians to have immediate access to an integrated, paperless, patient
record with information such as laboratory results, current medications,
x-rays and physician notes.
Ann’s Pharmacy Conversion, a
project of St. Ann’s Foundation, was awarded a one-year grant up
to $207,990 to improve its in-house pharmacy. According to the
Institute of Medicine, medication errors can occur due to look-alike
packaging, poor documentation and miscommunication. The current in-house
pharmacy will be converted to an automated unit dose and barcode scanning
system to ensure the five “rights” of medication: right patient, right
time, right medication, right dose and right method. The automated
system, accompanied by several phases of staff training, will reduce
medication errors, increase patient safety, avoid waste and duplication,
realize financial savings and allow nurses to spend more time with their
Living with Cancer, a
project from Melissa’s Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation, will use a
two-year grant of up to $50,438 to establish a community-based peer
support network in Rochester for young people between 13-22 years diagnosed
with cancer. Young people with cancer are very vulnerable and may be
isolated from their peers due to school absence and limited opportunity to
participate in outside school activities. As a result, they may experience
lower self-esteem, decreased self-confidence, and limited hope for a
positive future. This demonstration project includes a peer-mentoring
program to connect teen survivors with newly-diagnosed teens and
provides support to teens and young adults in current treatment for
cancer, survivors, and children of adult cancer patients.
Home Health Care, a
project through Visiting Nurse Foundation, received a two-year
award up to $110,395 for two years to improve the health status of
adults diagnosed with diabetes. Through a telemedicine appliance called
Health Buddy, Visiting Nurse Service can monitor the vital signs specific
to a patient’s diagnosis and share the results with medical staff in
order to identify critical changes and modify treatment as appropriate. Information
tracked by the Health Buddy enables patients to improve self-management.
Eventually, the number of hospitalizations and emergency room visits
should decline, resulting in health care savings and improved medical
Health Services Practice Management System Implementation, a project of Westside Health Services,
was awarded a two-year grant up to $418,037 to support the purchase and
implementation of a practice management system (PMS). The
acquisition of an updated PMS system will enable Westside Health Services
to comply with an upcoming federally mandated National Practitioner
Identifier system requirement. Westside has selected a PMS that
meets its specific billing needs and has an Electronic Health Record