SOURCE: The VHA Health Foundation

March 07, 2005 13:01 ET

VHA Health Foundation Announces 2005 Call for Proposals

Creating Better Health Through Innovation

IRVING, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2005 -- The VHA Health Foundation is challenging health care providers across the country to submit their best, most innovative programs for funding consideration. The Foundation will award grants ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 to support promising initiatives at the local level that represent a novel and/or significantly better approach to solving a problem or need related to health and/or health care.

All U.S. non-profit health care providers, including hospitals, health care systems, clinics and medical practices, with IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply. Programs representing local and national partnerships are encouraged to apply.

The VHA Health Foundation's grant program, Creating Better Health Through Innovation, encourages creativity, innovation and the adoption and/or adaptation of new ideas and practices in the health care industry. Programs selected for funding represent innovations that are beyond the concept stage, ready to implement, expand or further refine and are candidates for replication in other markets.

"Our commitment is to bring innovative ideas to life and, by maximizing our extensive local and national relationships, share these new findings nationwide," said Linda DeWolf, president, VHA Health Foundation. "In doing so, we become a national catalyst for change and a springboard for improved health care outcomes."

In September 2004, the Foundation awarded grants to six organizations that submitted proposals. Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Glasgow, Mont.; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; Scripps Mercy Hospital/Scripps Health, San Diego, Calif.; Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Mich.; The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.; and the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, each received funding from the Foundation.

The Foundation also posted on its searchable Web site 450 executive summaries from the more than 500 proposals that were submitted for consideration. "Even though we didn't fund all these programs, we felt the health care community could learn something from each of them," said DeWolf.

The Letter of Intent deadline is April 18, 2005. Invitations to submit full proposals will be issued May 13, 2005. Grant awards will be announced in September 2005. More detailed information about grant requirements and the application process is available on the VHA Health Foundation's Web site, www.vhahf.org.

The VHA Health Foundation, located in Irving, Texas, is a public foundation created by VHA Inc. to encourage leadership and innovation in addressing health and health care issues. Efforts benefit VHA member health care organizations as well as non-members. The VHA Health Foundation funds programs that focus on new approaches to health and health care that make a difference, generate synergies that bring resources to add value and enhance outcomes, and diffuse knowledge and best practices.

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