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The Beckwith Institute Pursues Care Innovations with Grants to UPMC Staff

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 19, 2015 – The Beckwith Institute recently awarded 12 Frontline Innovation Program grants to UPMC clinicians and staff totaling more than $114,000.
The Frontline Innovation Program is dedicated to improving bedside care and clinical practices in UPMC hospitals. Grants support projects that promote effective and efficient bedside practices in an effort to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients. Applicants can request funds for new equipment, educational training opportunities for staff, or innovative technology and resources for improving patient care.
The Beckwith Institute aims to motivate caregivers to explore innovative ways to transform health care by providing grants on an annual basis. Dorothy Beckwith, who co-founded The Beckwith Institute with her husband, UPMC Chairman G. Nicholas Beckwith, chairs the Frontline Innovation Program board.
“Our clinicians and staff work each day to enhance the bedside care we provide at UPMC. The Beckwith Institute grants allow them to pursue their passions by generously supporting initiatives that will have a positive and tangible impact on our patients,” said Tami Minnier, chief quality officer of UPMC. 
In addition to the Frontline Innovation Program, The Beckwith Institute also awards grants through the Clinical Transformation Program, which supports initiatives that put patients and their loved ones at the core of health care processes.
The new Frontline Innovation Program award winners for 2015-16 include:
  • A multidisciplinary bedside effort to improve patient and family outcomes after a traumatic brain injury.
  • A program to implement early mobility in medically complex patients through physical and occupational therapy at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
  • An application that provides patients with a “personalized roadmap” of their anticipated journey through the Emergency Department.
  • A training program to help nurses and residents communicate information more efficiently at the bedside.
For a full list of grant awards, please visit The Beckwith Institute website.

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