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The Beckwith Institute Awards More Than $360K in Grants

 PITTSBURGH, June 15, 2015 –Focused on supporting projects that innovate and improve the patient and family experience, The Beckwith Institute recently awarded 16 Clinical Transformation Program grants to UPMC clinicians and staff, totaling more than $360,000. 
The Clinical Transformation Program is aimed at funding projects that are future focused and look toward improving clinical processes that encourage patient and family engagement. These grants support UPMC’s effort of developing and implementing a variety of shared decision-making tools, in which physicians and patients work together as partners to weigh the pros and cons of treatment options and create plans of care that meet the individual needs of each patient. The projects range widely from a frailty screening tool for surgical patients, to the redesign of a cancer decision support tool for patients with multiple brain metastases. 
Supported by UPMC Chairman G. Nicholas Beckwith and his wife, Dorothy, with matching funds from UPMC, The Beckwith Institute annually provides grants to improve clinical outcomes by empowering both clinicians and patients to explore innovative ways of transforming health care.
“The inventiveness and passion of our staff and clinicians continue to be reflected in the quality of the projects supported by the Beckwith grants,” said Tami Minnier, chief quality officer of UPMC. “We know that many of these efforts will have long-term and positive impacts on the care of our patients.” 
The grants are administered through two complementary efforts: the Frontline Innovation Program, which focuses on improving the patient bedside experience, and the Clinical Transformation Program, which supports comprehensive redesign of processes to put the involvement of the patient and their loved ones at the core.
The new Clinical Transformation Program award winners for 2015-16 include:
• a tablet-based decision support tool for families facing premature births and decisions about the use of life support
• a process where patients with multiple brain metastases input their values and goals into a unique algorithm that calculates scores showing which treatment is favored
• a multidisciplinary model for adolescents to serve as a national model for transgender care
• a web-based decision aid for women considering elective hysterectomy
For the full list of grant awards please visit

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