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In 2013, the Schwartz Center aims to support and promote innovations that contribute to the development of Patient Centered Medical Home* practices that exemplify compassionate healthcare. The Schwartz Center defines compassionate healthcare as the recognition and validation of the needs, concerns and distress of others coupled with actions to ameliorate them in every health-related interaction.

Successful proposals will describe how grant funds will be used to support and enhance sustained and compassionate personal relationships between patients and families and their healthcare providers. Proposals should describe specific initiatives for maintaining the continuity of compassionate relationships between patients and all levels of care providers — especially where team-based care or care transitions can leave patients confused about who is coordinating their care. We are interested in supporting innovations that foster continuity in caring relationships — not just continuity in data and patient management systems.

2013 Eligibility:

Any 501(c)(3) not-for-profit healthcare organization/facility in the U.S. that meets any of the following criteria, as of the final application deadline of April 26, 2013:


If you are pursuing designation under one of the above criteria but do not expect to receive it until after April 26, 2013, you are not eligible for this round.

Grant Period:    One-year or two-year period, beginning September 2013. 

Grant Range:    $25,000 - $75,000 per year. 
           
(Note: the total award for a two-year grant will not exceed $100,000, and funding in year two will be conditioned upon satisfactory progress against year-one deliverables.)
 
Grants are expected to vary in size, and partial funding may be awarded to some proposals.

Given the small size of our grant program, we will not provide funding for overhead expenses, nor for implementation (or achieving meaningful use) of an electronic health records program.

Awardees must be willing to share the results of their work at a meeting or conference scheduled near the end of their one- or two- year grant period, with travel expenses covered by the Schwartz Center.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Likelihood that the project will result in sustained improvement to patient/family  experiences of compassionate care
  • Degree to which the project represents an innovative approach to address the 2013 Grant Program Guidelines
  • Evidence that patient/family perspectives will be, or have been, directly incorporated into the proposed project and work plan
  • Strength and rigor of the proposed evaluation plan, with preference for the inclusion of objective and validated measures of patient experience
  • Financial feasibility, including demonstrated ability to attract matching or complementary funds for the project if warranted
  • Degree to which the project model is replicable and  can be scaled to spread after the grant period
  • Feasibility of plans to publish or otherwise disseminate the knowledge, expertise and best practices gained through the project.

*The “patient-centered medical home” (PCMH) is not a place, but rather a model of care that strengthens the clinician-patient relationship by replacing episodic care with coordinated care and a long-term healing relationship. Each patient has a relationship with a primary care clinician who leads a team that takes collective responsibility for patient care, providing for the patient’s health care needs and arranging for appropriate care with other qualified clinicians. Implementation of the medical home model is intended to result in more personalized, coordinated, effective and efficient care. The PCMH may include extensions of primary care through the use of nurses and laypersons who can reach out to the patient to form relationships on behalf of the PCP to bring care closer to the patient on a more frequent and less costly basis than office visits would permit.