The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust

Transformative Funds Announced with Lehigh Valley Health Network

The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust and Lehigh Valley Health Network Announce Transformational Project Focused on Improving Patient Care and Outcomes

The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust (The Pool Trust) and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced they will work together to fund new clinical and community transformative programs that address social determinants of health or community-based patient care barriers. The Pool Trust has awarded $750,000 for these programs to support projects ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

The Clinical Transformational Excellence Award by The Pool Trust will give financial support to proposed projects that demonstrate potential to transform healthcare delivery and provide greater value to patients.  Selected projects will identify innovative clinical interventions, patient care challenges and other issues that impact the clinical care of patients. The Community Transformational Excellence Award also will support projects that address the social determinants of health, such as issues related to housing, mental health, food insecurity, and education.  These social determinants have been identified as having a great influence on the health and well-being of patients.

“We are excited to work with The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust on innovative projects that have the potential to transform care delivery and improve the long-term health of our community,” said Debbie Salas-Lopez, MD, LVHN’s Chief Transformation Officer. “We look forward to working collaboratively with our patients and community to ensure we have all voices represented.”

Dr. Salas-Lopez and Edward F. Meehan, Executive Director of The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, encourage LVHN colleagues from any and all departments, functions, service lines, and disciplines – clinical and non-clinical – to submit applications. “We created these funds to support work that addresses the social determinants of health for the community,” Mr. Meehan explained. “The Community Health Needs Assessments, conducted by LVHN, point to the many opportunities we have to improve the overall health of the Lehigh Valley. These funds can creatively address social factors that greatly impact health.  We will use data analytics to identify areas of opportunity, track progress, and measure success.”

These Transformational Excellence Awards build on previously funded work by The Pool Trust that supports research, development, and innovation in addition to awards funded for early career researchers, seed projects and pilot programs throughout all staff levels at LVHN. Dozens of programs have been implemented at LVHN as a result of prior Pool Trust funding including a Traumatic Falls Survey, PA Law Enforcement Use of Narcan, House Calls by Paramedics, and a Geographic Exploration of Lehigh Valley Health – Diabetes.

The 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.