NEW YORK-New York City-based grantmakers are more generous with locally based health and human service charities than they are with charities nationally, a new study has found. In 1991, New York foundations gave 13.5% of their grant money to health charities both in New York and across the nation, while all U.S. foundations gave 16.9%. Human service spending accounted for 11.2% of New York foundations' grants, compared with 14.2% by all U.S. foundations. But the picture changed when researchers at the New York-based Foundation Center measured the percentage of grant money going to local charities. As a percentage of overall giving, New York foundations gave 18.6% to New York-based health charities and 13.5% of New York-based human services grantees. It may mean they're more attentive to "issues of community," said Steven Lawrence, a research assistant.
NEW YORK-Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons has established what may be the country's first dedicated center for alternative and complementary medicine at a university. The center has been established with a $750,000 start-up grant from the Richard and Hindain Stamford, Conn. The grant will be paid over five years. One of the center's first projects will be to co-sponsor a new elective course in alternative/complementary medicine for the college's second-year students. Alternative or complementary medicine includes non-conventional diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, such as mind-body medicine, hypnosis, biofeedback, nutritional and vitamin therapy, acupuncture and therapeutic touch. Studying these therapies "doesn't mean we're endorsing them," said Herbert Pardes, M.D., vice president of health sciences and dean of Columbia's medicine faculty. "It means that we are trying to understand these forms of therapy and see if they are complementary to traditional U.S. medicine."
PHILADELPHIA-Pennsylvania Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University last month agreed to link their academic, clinical and administrative programs. The boards of the two teaching institutions have approved guiding principles for the agreement. Currently, they share chairmen in orthopedics and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery. Ultimately, the two institutions will share common clinical leadership. However, both will retain their own governance, ownership and administration. TJU operates 717-bed Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 100-bed Thomas Jefferson University Hospital-Ford Road Campus and 40-bed Children's Rehabilitation Hospital. The 739-bed Pennsylvania Hospital also operates a mental health center, a psychiatric facility and a 28-bed skilled-nursing facility.