Making it Happen: Women's Board Grants
Community Giving and Women's Board Fulfill Hospital "Wish Lists"
In early 2011, the Women’s Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Auxiliary launched a fundraising appeal that reflects a new commitment to advanced community healthcare. With donations from the community, the Women’s Board coordinates a competitive grants program for clinical projects, research studies and other hospital funding needs. The grants initiative targets opportunities for new, innovative approaches to enhance patient care.
With heartfelt gratitude from the Women's Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, we are pleased to announce our 2011 Grant Recipients below.
Emergency Department: Decreasing Pediatric Anxiety and Fear
This program will greatly enhance the experience of 35 percent of those who visit our Emergency Departments—our pediatric patients. Developed in cooperation with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the program will result in decreasing the negative, long-term effects that can develop when a child visits the Emergency Department, such as post-traumatic stress, increased fear of doctor visits and pediatric anxiety. Funds from the grant allow for expert training of the Emergency Department staff in the use of materials designed to provide distraction and therapeutic play.
Outpatient Wound Center: Providing Limb-saving Therapy
This grant allows our Wound Center to purchase an additional pneumatic compression device, or pump, for use with patients with severe peripheral vascular disease and diabetes. Recently, the Wound Center staff has experienced great success with the pumps in alleviating the need for amputation. They now have the ability to offer this therapy to all their patients, regardless of ability to pay.
Home Healthcare: Educating Patients with Heart Failure
Heart failure is a disease that affects nearly five million Americans, including 10 percent who are over 70 years old. These patients are expertly and effectively treated in the hospital setting. However, they do not always receive adequate education regarding their disease and ways to care for themselves after they are discharged. As a result, they experience more frequent readmission. This grant provides funds for enhanced follow-up and interactive education by the patient’s nurse prior to discharge.
Emergency Department: Specialized Geriatric Emergency Services
Patients over the age of 60, the fastest growing patient population in the Emergency Department, are often more seriously ill than younger patients receiving emergency care. This population has unique needs that may be better served with specialized emergency services. This grant, which provides funding to study the feasibility of such a program, will lead to the best possible care for our geriatric patients.