AHRA and Toshiba announce 2012 Putting Patients First grant recipients

AHRA and Toshiba announce 2012 Putting Patients First grant recipients

Helping facilities develop or improve existing education and patient care initiatives in diagnostic imaging, AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management and Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. announced the seven recipients of the fifth annual Putting Patients First grant program.

Six grants of up to $7,500 were awarded to hospitals, three focused on pediatrics and three on over-all imaging, and one grant of up to $20,000 was awarded to an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN)/ hospital system.

“As the landscape of the health care industry continues to change, programs like Putting Patients First remain critical,” said Carlos Vasquez, AHRA president, CRA, FAHRA. “These grants enable healthcare facilities to implement innovative programs that may not have been otherwise possible.”

IDN grant awarded to:

  • Akron Children’s Hospital (Akron, Ohio) – The Radiology Patient & Family Education Program: will develop educational materials to increase the knowledge levels of patients and their families of the radiation dose they will receive during examinations.

Three pediatric programs:

  • Crouse Hospital (Syracuse, N.Y.) – Acquiring Two Movable Lead Walls: will reduce the radiation dose to neighboring NICU babies by purchasing two movable lead walls to place between infants at the time of X-ray.
  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center (Hartford, Conn.) – Acquiring Two “Laser Localizer” Accessories: to provide training of radiologic technologists in proper use of this tool for existing 9900 C-arms, which will greatly reduce the amount of time patients are exposed to ionizing radiation.
  • Mission Children's Hospital Reuter Outpatient Center (Ashville, N.C.) – Child Life Intervention to Prepare Children for MRI Procedures: establishing the use of therapeutic play to reduce anxiety prior to imaging exams.

Three general program winners:

  • The Methodist Hospital (Houston, Texas) – Commit to Sit: focuses on establishing early, effective communication to improve patient safety and satisfaction using open dialogue and active listening.
  • Catalina Island Medical Center (Avalon, Calif.) – ACT Now: to purchase materials to improve patient comfort, and implement protocols in ultrasound and CT regarding patient processing and communication and decreased contrast, infection and radiation exposure.
  • Salem Township Hospital (Salem, Ill.) – CT Contrast & Weight-Based Dosing: designed to improve patient safety and patient care while proving weight-based dosing, quality assurance metrics, automatic documentation and integration into PACS and RIS.