Hospital foundation makes $2 million in grants

About half will go toward capital investment in new equipment

By: David Campbell
   Princeton HealthCare System Foundation has announced that it will provide Princeton HealthCare System with $2 million to support a range of priority projects in 2006.
   This year’s disbursement by the foundation includes about $1 million for capital investment in new equipment; about $250,000 to help support clinical outreach for the uninsured and underinsured; and $150,000 for essential pharmaceuticals for clinic patients.
   Another $250,000 will support graduate medical education at PHCS-owned University Medical Center at Princeton. That money will underwrite fellowships that cover part of the cost of eight residencies at UMCP, foundation Executive Director Ed Gwazda said.
   Since the internal grants program was launched three years ago, more than $1.8 million has been invested in 57 innovative projects initiated by physicians and professional staff at PHCS. A special reception at UMCP was held Thursday evening to announce this year’s grant awards.
   This year’s $2 million foundation award includes $290,085 for 12 projects chosen to receive funding through the competitive internal grants program. The projects were chosen from among 23 proposals totaling about $640,000, Mr. Gwazda said.
   Among the grants awarded, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at PHCS will receive $30,840 for Healthy Heart Living 2006. The continuing program has provided cardiovascular education and screenings to more than 1,200 community members since 2003.
   Community Education & Outreach was awarded $89,600 to staff its Lunch and Learn Corporate Outreach Initiative, a pilot project that will bring on-site health education programming to major corporations and businesses in a "Lunch and Learn" format.
   Also among the grants, PHCS’s Eating Disorders Program received $30,000 to fund a program titled "Advances in Treating Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders," which will convene a team of nationally renowned experts to provide an intensive, full-day training session for eating disorder professionals, and a special educational program for the general public.
   HomeCare Services at PHCS was awarded $36,000 for three grant proposals to provide assistance to the uninsured and help underwrite the hospital’s participation in an annual statewide conference for hospice volunteers.
   PHCS’s Princeton House Behavioral Health was awarded $29,900 for training and treatment programs for treating women suffering from the consequences of trauma and addiction, and another $39,600 toward its goal of becoming a tobacco-free institution in 2006.
   Social Work and Case Management was awarded $7,550 to assist uninsured and/or underinsured patients transitioning from the acute care hospital back to the community, PHCS said.