The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust Announces $8.9 Million Grant to LVHN

Largest grant in the Trust’s history supports emerging technology for staff, consumer education.

The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust has awarded the largest grant in its nearly 40-year history to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Division of Education.

The four-year, nearly $9 million- grant will support the network as it transforms how it cares for patients and populations, and engages consumers in their personal health goals by enhancing interactions with their health care providers. The funds will enable LVHN to teach staff and consumers using emerging educational technologies including virtual reality, gaming and patient simulation.

“The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust is proud and eager to support Lehigh Valley Health Network’s ongoing efforts to achieve the Triple Aim of better care, better cost and better health,” said Edward F. Meehan, MPH, Executive Director of the Trust. “True to Leonard Pool’s mission, the ultimate beneficiaries will be the citizens of the region.”

The four focus areas covered by the grant include:
1. Workforce development – to build a nimble, emotionally intelligent workforce that meets the individual and population health needs of the community.
2. Patient Engagement – to teach caregivers how to engage patients and their family members directly in their own healthcare activities.
3. Value-Added Care – to increase the value of care through staff training in simulation environments and the adoption of electronic health records to optimize health system performance.
4. Data-driven Performance – to optimize knowledge management, skills transfer, the application of enhanced learning metrics and sharing of best practices at the local, regional and national levels.

“This generous grant gives us the time and funding to research, collaborate, design, develop and implement innovative learning solutions for our colleagues, patients and community,” said AJ Lemheney EdD, administrator of the Division of Education at LVHN. “It also supports exciting opportunities to initiate new and expand existing efforts facilitating our evolution as an accountable care organization.”

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes four hospital facilities – two in Allentown, one in Bethlehem and one in Hazleton, Pa.; 12 health centers caring for communities in five counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the region, provides care in 28 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Health Network has been recognized by US News & World Report for 19 consecutive years as one of America’s Best Hospitals and is a national Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Cancer Center is the only cancer center in the region to have been selected as a National Cancer Center Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP, 2010-14). Additional information is available at lvhn.org and by following us on www.facebook.com/LVHealthNetwork and twitter.com/LVHN_MediaTeam.

Established in 1975 by Leonard Parker Pool, the non-profit Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust serves as a resource that enables Lehigh Valley Health Network to be a superior regional hospital and improve the health of the citizens of the region it serves. Focus areas of support include Community Engagement, Primary Care/Community-Based Workforce Development, and Care System Redesign. www.PoolTrust.org

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