Ten hospitals throughout the country have been chosen by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to participate in a new initiative to help relieve crowded emergency departments and raise local awareness about the over-taxed healthcare safety net. The grantees will receive up to $125,000 in technical assistance resources to streamline emergency room procedures and reduce overcrowding. Four of the participating hospitals will receive an additional $250,000 each for a demonstration project that addresses the same issue. Each site will create and disseminate a report detailing the state of the safety net in its own community. Each hospital applied with a community partner, a local organization that will bring together local leaders to help increase awareness about the state of the safety net in its own community. "We chose hospital systems that understand the dimensions of the safety-net problem in their own communities and how it affects their own emergency departments," said Pamela Dickson, senior program officer at the Princeton, N.J.-based foundation. The national program is based at the George Washington University Center for Health Services Research and Policy in the School of Public Health and Health Services and is directed by Bruce Siegel, research professor in the Department of Health Policy. -- by Cinda Becker
Hospitals chosen to participate in ER initiative
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