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We at ProMedica are driven by a passion for serving our communities. One of the ways we perform that service is by seeking out and using grants that help us help the community. Grants work on the principle of sharing resources to meet agreed-upon goals. When there is a health concern in the community, it becomes our goal to address it through grant-funded projects.

How do our grant projects work? We have a dedicated grants team that works in partnership with the clinical staff to match their proposed solutions to community health problems with grant-funding opportunities. At any given time, we have a large number of grant-funded projects in progress across our health system that address a variety of health and wellness needs. Our staff works tirelessly to make sure that the grant-funded projects are successful, on time and under budget.

Through this commitment to help, ProMedica brings to life our core values and dedication to those we serve. Below, we have described just a few of our many grant-funded projects. If you have questions about these or other ProMedica grant-funded projects, please don’t hesitate to e-mail grants@promedica.org or call 419-291-8920.

A Community Obesity Prevention Project

Through a nine-month grant from the Ohio Department of Health’s Office of Healthy Ohio, the Lucas County Health Department worked with ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital to launch a project to fight the national obesity epidemic in three low-income neighborhoods in Toledo. Planted with help from community partners Toledo Grows and the Center for Innovative Food Technology, community gardens increased access to healthier foods for area residents. Updated playground equipment created new opportunities for safe outdoor activity. In addition, Wii® videogame consoles brought options for increased indoor activity to community centers. Visitors to the community centers also received nutrition education through both free healthy cooking classes for adults and kids and the Toledo Children’s Healthy Kids 10-week nutrition and fitness program for children ages 8-12 and their parents.

Find out more about Fields of Green—our name for a variety of education, health and nutrition programs developed by ProMedica.

Breast Cancer Survivorship: Living Life after Treatment

Hickman Cancer Center on the ProMedica Flower Hospital campus is offering opportunities for breast cancer survivors to work through the mixed emotions, medical issues and general questions that arise after treatment through a two-year grant from the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. In year one, a DVD hosted by News 11 anchor Chrys Peterson introduced the program and welcomed participants with testimonials from fellow breast cancer survivors. Educational workshops focused on an array of topics chosen by a survivor focus group—from self-advocacy to staying positive. Project director Michelle Cocchiarella, RN, BHN, began developing survivorship care plans to help patients currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer map out their path to survivorship and optimal wellness, ensuring plenty of support along the way for them and their loved ones. The survivorship care plan program continues in year two of the grant.

You can find out more information about comprehensive cancer care for patients in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan by visiting the ProMedica Cancer Institute page. For more information about the breast cancer survivorship program, contact Michelle Cocchiarella at 419-824-1126. Visit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northwest Ohio at www.komennwohio.org.

Learn more about breast care at ProMedica

Decreasing Cardiac Deaths through Early Intervention

Through two grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration, ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital is decreasing the rate of cardiac deaths in their region through early intervention. A Rural Healthcare Services outreach grant allocated funds for the hospital and project director Amy Preble, RN, MBA, director, emergency services, to work with local EMS to implement technology that allows first responders on a cardiac call to transmit 12-lead EKG feedback from the field to the hospital’s Emergency Center, where they can prepare for the patient’s arrival. Funding from this grant also operates an additional ambulance through ProMedica Transportation Network to take the most critically ill patients from Fostoria to ProMedica Toledo Hospital, ProMedica’s tertiary care facility, for further treatment.

Another grant allocated funds for the hospital and project director Laura Ritzler, RN, BSN, MS, director, ProMedica Total Wellness, to install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in areas where large groups gather, such as churches, throughout the community. AEDs are portable devices that a layman can use to treat a patient in sudden cardiac arrest until emergency responders arrive, increasing the patient’s chance of survival. Additional funds allow the hospital to train members of the community to use the AEDs, install signage to easily identify AED locations, and maintain the AED equipment.

You can find out more about ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital’s Emergency Center, or contact Laura Ritzler at 419-436-6849 for more information about the community AED program.

Learn more about heart care at ProMedica

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Drugs Studies

As an accredited Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) provider, the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center of Northwest Ohio at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital receives ongoing grant funding for programs and services to treat patients with cystic fibrosis. Recently, the CFF gave CF Centers the opportunity to participate in clinical trials to find new drugs to treat cystic fibrosis, improving quality of life and increasing life expectancy for CF patients. Through grant funding from CFF Therapeutics, the CF Center of Northwest Ohio and project coordinator Kelly Houser, RN, CF research coordinator, continue to operate the research center established in 2006 by founding project coordinator, Mary Vauthy, RN, where patients in our community can benefit by participating in these trials. In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first new inhaled antibiotic for CF in more than a decade, which allows patients to take the medicine in less than five minutes—a fraction of the time required for other inhaled antibiotics. The development of this life-improving medication was made possible through research conducted by CFF Therapeutics treatment development centers and the CF Center of Northwest Ohio.

Learn more about the CF Center of Northwest Ohio at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital. For more information about clinical trials at the CF Research Center, contact Kelly Houser at 419-291-4630.