Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)
HELP is a comprehensive program of care for hospitalized older patients, designed to prevent delirium and function decline. Morristown Medical Center implemented HELP on a general medical floor in September 2010. The program has grown both in scope and importance since its implementation and is one of the most successful in the country. The rate of delirium has decreased over 40 percent on most medical units and up to 60 percent on others. In addition, we've seen more than a two-day decreased length of stay for patients enrolled in HELP. This program relies on grants and philanthropic support.
The Need: $188,235
Morristown Medical Center has been designated a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health system Elders) hospital with “Exemplar” status and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top hospital nationwide for geriatrics. We have dramatically grown our geriatric medicine offerings and provide some of the finest care for older adults in our community. This fund will be used to make strategic investments in continued education, training and new programs for our patients.
The Need: $100,000
MMC recognizes that nursing excellence is achieved in large part of advanced education. Research shows that nurses who achieve a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are better prepared to meet the demands placed on them and are valued for their skills in critical thinking, quality of patient care and leadership, as well as their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Rapid changes in technology and health care require nurses to become certified in a clinical specialty - like oncology or emergency medicine - to help them perform at their highest level. Because many nurses struggle to cover the cost of tuition, funding will be provided for education scholarships for qualifying nurses.
The Need: $100,000
Inpatient Integrative Medicine for Oncology
An expansion of integrative medicine services into the inpatient unit will allow for a continuity of patient care and will reduce stress and anxiety related to an inpatient admission and cancer diagnosis. Services include massage, acupuncture and nutritional consultations.
The Need: $58,823
Cancer Resource Navigator
The cost of drugs continues to rise as new agents enter the market and patients remain on therapy for years. Therapy costs, coupled with the changing landscape of insurance coverage, high deductible plans and lifetime caps on health care expenses, leave many cancer patients with a large financial burden. Many are not aware of the subsidy programs available to help defray out of pocket expenses. We seek to hire a full-time expert in the field who is knowledgeable about coverage, drug assistance programs and national and local foundations able to offer financial assistance. This uniquely skilled person will help patient complete forms, gather the necessary documentation and submit applications for needed assistance.
The Need: $91,176
Parking for Patients
Parking charges at the hospital may present a burden to some families, especially to the underserved or those who have a family member hospitalized for an extended period of time. Recognizing the impact this may have on those families, Claudia and Ken Silverman established and funded the Claudia and Kenneth Silverman Parking Program. Our social workers, patient liaisons and care managers are in a unique position to identify those who need financial assistance. Working with security and the parking garages, parking fees will be eliminated for those families. We are seeking funds to help augment and sustain this new program. We anticipate approximately 5,000 families will qualify for this program.
The Need: $25,000
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