Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has been named a $150,000 grant recipient from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) for its Wounded Warrior Family Caregiver Program.
Conemaugh Memorial is one of only five recipients for the grants that will be implemented over a three year period, 2012-2015. RCI, named in honor of First Lady Rosalynn Carter, has partnered with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to combat a care-giving crisis identified by Carter as having “far-reaching consequences for every American.”
“The movement of research from clinical trials (evidence-based) to community settings has great importance and impact on care giving families of today,” says Leisa Easom, Ph.D., executive director of the RCI.
Laura J. Bauer, director of National Initiatives for the RCI adds, “The aim of this program is to assure that family caregivers receive interventions that have been proven effective in reducing the burden and depression associated with care giving.”
Grants were given to programs through Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer Caregiver Health (RCI-REACH) and caregivers of soldiers returning from deployment and living with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and / or physical disability through the Wounded Warrior Family Caregiver Program (WWFCP): Problem-Solving Training for Family Caregivers of Returning Soldiers.
“Conemaugh Memorial is the only grant recipient for the Wounded Warrior Family Caregiver Program. It is an honor to be selected to participate in this very important program. We look forward to working with RCI in supporting our regional veterans and their caregivers,” says Barbara Duryea, Director Research and Development at Conemaugh.
Additional recipients include North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Fort Worth; the Child & Family Service Gerontology Program in Ewa Beach, Hawaii; Home Aids of Central New York in Syracuse; and Nevada Senior Services, Inc. in Las Vegas.
Grant applicants were required to complete technical assistance webinars and assignments to increase agency and community capacity to successfully deliver the program. Finalists were reviewed by a four-person selection panel comprised of professionals from the University Center for Social and Urban Research and Institute on Aging at the University of Pittsburgh, the Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State University, the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions at Georgia State University and J.A.S. Associates, Inc. in Broomfield, Colorado.
Conemaugh Memorial will be in attendance at the PA Disabled Veterans Rehabilitation / Vocational Retraining Project Community Response Symposium VII on Wednesday, August 15 at the Hiram G. Andrews Center to showcase its Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) project.
To learn more about Conemaugh’s Wounded Warriors Family Caregiver Program call (814) 269-5241.
About Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (MMC), the flagship hospital of the Conemaugh Health System, is a regional referral hospital known for clinical excellence. Memorial has received HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award for 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007, for clinical outcomes which are among the Top 5% in the nation. Learn more about Trauma Services and other programs at www.conemaugh.org.
About Conemaugh Health System
Serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs; Conemaugh Health System (CHS) is the largest healthcare provider in West Central Pennsylvania with 4,500+ employees and 350 physicians. Learn more at www.conemaugh.org.
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