Innovative Programs Supported by Internal Grants

Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) Foundation's Internal Grants Program is a competitive grant initiative that funds programs, services or equipment at Princeton HealthCare System that enhance or improve clinical outcomes, services or processes. This year, PHCS Foundation is pleased to announce 10 awards totaling $250,000 to this year's Internal Grants recipients. The Foundation received 19 proposals requesting over $550,000.

"These grants are made possible through the generosity of our donors, whose gifts are supporting innovative ideas to improve patient care and services," remarked Tim Mathiasen, Senior Vice President of Development, "I would like to congratulate our awardees and thank all who applied for their important ideas."

Grant Recipients include:

Edward & Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care's "Comprehensive Survivorship Program": A Cancer Survivorship Care Program to support post-treatment cancer survivors by providing information about their treatment and follow-up care plan, helping them to understand the impact of cancer on future health, and giving them guidance and resources to take care of themselves and avoid future health issues.

Behavioral Health Work Group's (involving the Nursing Department and Department of Psychiatry) "Crisis Intervention and Prevention Training": An initiative to deliver training in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention to nurses, nursing assistants, patient care technicians and other select staff across UMCP.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Network's "Enhancing Vestibular Rehabilitation at UMCP" Program: An initiative to improve the quality of patient care and overall patient experience in the UMCP vestibular rehabilitation program with up-to-date diagnostic equipment, educational materials and staff training in evidence-based practices.

Princeton HomeCare Services' "Home Infusion Teaching Sheets": A project to improve patient success with home infusion through the use of visual tools.

Critical Care Unit's "Improving Decision-Making in the Critical Care Unit: A Four Step Model Approach": A quality improvement initiative to facilitate surrogate decision-making in the CCU by designing and implementing a protocol for regular, structured family meetings.

Maternal Child Health's "Perinatal Bereavement Program": A program that provides family-centered and evidence-based care for those suffering the loss of a baby.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center's "Prescription Assistance Program": Prescription expense relief for uninsured and under-insured clinic patients.

Department of Medicine's "Princeton Community Obesity Clinic" Program: Implementation of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, 12 month medical weight loss program in the BMS Community Health Center with a focus on diet and lifestyle modifications.

Telemetry's "Project Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Expansion": The expansion of the successful Project RED program, which has resulted in decreased readmission rates and improved patient discharge satisfaction scores among congestive heart failure patients.

Community Education & Outreach's "Total Control Wellness Program": A program providing classes to the community designed by leading experts in the fields of urogynecology, physical therapy and fitness that promote pelvic fitness and wellness.

During the 2015 cycle, we received a wide array of exceptional proposals, making the selection process especially competitive and challenging for the Internal Grants Review Committee. The creativity of our many teams and departments across our health care system was extraordinary!

Those programs not funded internally due to limited funding are under continued evaluation for other external fundraising opportunities, as relevant/available, and may also apply again in future Internal Grants Program cycles.

PHCS Foundation hopes to find philanthropists and funding sources interested in funding those programs which were not funded this year, as these programs were also funding-worthy and demonstrate the creativity of our clinical teams. Internal grant proposals for which we hope to identify external funding include:

  • Pathology's "Cancer Research Initiatives of Princeton HealthCare System," to develop a community-focused, evidence-based, innovation-driven cancer research program to improve patient care, featuring two primary components: 1) Clinical Research Core and 2) Cancer Care Symposium.
  • Monroe Ambulatory Surgical Center's "Electronic Health Records Program," to create a seamless interface and improved communication between this surgical center and the PHCS continuum of care with a focus on prevention medication errors.
  • Community Education & Outreach's "Freedom from Smoking Program," to expand and improve our existing smoking cessation program for both PHCS employees and the community at large in order to reduce illness, disability and death related to tobacco use and second hand smoke exposure.
  • Princeton Medicine's "Motivational Interviewing Program," to teach techniques to care providers that allow for an increasingly collaborative approach with patients in the process of defining their goals and making decisions.
  • Religious Ministries' "Palliative Care Chaplaincy Initiative," to continue to develop and expand the ways that the religious ministry team responds to the emotional and spiritual needs that arise when a patient and their family are converting the focus of their care from curative to comfort and symptom remediation.
  • Princeton House Behavioral Health's "PHBH Mobile Website," to develop a mobile website in keeping with state-of-the-art trends that improve patient access to care, as well as to provide tools and resources to support recovery both during treatment and after discharge.
  • Princeton Medicine's "Shared Decision Making Program," to improve patient education through securing evidence-based Shared Decision Making tools for Princeton Medicine patients to improve their medical decision making through enhancing provider/patient discussions, generating more comprehensive communication and informing patient choice.
  • Maternal Child Health's "Sim Mom and Sim Baby Initiative," to secure simulation equipment specific to maternal/child health for on-going orientation, training, and competencies of the clinical team.
  • Nursing's "Nurse Renewal Initiative," a multi-dimensional initiative to address compassion fatigue and nurse burnout systematically across the continuum of care.

For further information about the Internal Grants Program, please contact Jeanette Corris, Senior Director of Development at or 609.252.8709.