Thank you to the 23 GIVING WoMN members and guests for joining us on Tuesday, February 9 at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley for our Winter Education Event. The evening was filled with great food, great company and offered a wonderful culmination of what GIVING WoMN is all about as we heard from our final 2014 grant recipient and our 2016 recipients were revealed.
Jill Henly, Manager of Care Coordination and Social Work at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (“CKRI”) provided us with a detailed report on how they used their grant and how this project will act as a springboard for similar care coordination programs for other groups of patients. In February, 2014, CKRI received a $25,000 grant from GIVING WoMN to help research and develop the case finding dashboard that they use to manage their stroke care coordination services. Our grant also assisted with their ability to hire a nurse care coordinator to determine next steps for patients and a care guide to help the patients find the best resources (transportation, care locations, etc.) to keep them on their rehabilitation track. The technology funded through the grant has become so advanced that the Care Coordinator can pull information for the entire population of stroke survivors and be provided with an immediate update on where each is at in their care process including alerts for who, if any, are behind in care or missing key components to their rehabilitation course. CKRI has been able to come up with this specialized course of rehabilitation for stoke patients depending on the level of after care needed. The course includes the necessary steps for each patient from 48 hours after discharge until a minimum of 1 year after discharge, including throughout the lifetime of the patient as needed. By setting up this incredible process, in the 2015 calendar year alone of the 550 acute stroke patients admitted through Abbott, CKRI has managed to reconnect 148 patients with needed therapy and physician services, booked 174 outpatient therapy evaluations and booked 39 physical medicine and rehab outpatient appointments. This has caused a 46% decrease in emergency room visits and a 7% decrease in inpatient hospitalizations for this population. By reducing medical expenses through eliminating additional hospitalization and emergency care for these patients and directly coordinating their care schedules, with the help of GIVING WoMN, CKRI has managed to provide all of these patients with a better quality of life. What a tremendous impact!
Speaking of impact, CKRI is now looking to expand their Stroke Care Coordination Services to the other Allina metro hospitals; United and Mercy. They also intend to develop similar models for patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, using this care coordination model for stroke patients as a foundation. It was a fascinating and very meaningful presentation that illustrated the difference that our grants make. For those of you interested in more of the specific information provided by CKRI here is the presentation (please be patient as the presentation loads): GIVING-WoMN-Courage-Kenny-Stroke-Care-Coordination-Report-02-09-2016
The second portion of the evening was lead by Grants Committee Co-Chair Ruth Bowman. Ruth provided us with a wonderful overview of the steps involved in the process selection. From the vetting of the 34 initial nominations, review of the 14 full grant proposals, determining the final 10 nominees for ballot consideration to the selection of the final 5 recipients it is clear that the committee has been very diligently at work since last May. Thanks to Ruth and Sue Gage for heading up the committee as well as all of the committee members for providing us with such a great group of grant recipients! We can’t wait to hear directly from them all at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday May 10! You can read more about the 2016 grant recipients in the separate “2016 Grant Announcement” post and in our February 2016 Newsletter.
As another fun and inspirational meeting is in the books we’d like to thank the Engage and Educate committee (Heather O’Connor, Kaari Miller, Renee Macomber, Tobi Kalish, Amy Sorrels and Renee Kessler) for putting on another wonderful event. A special Thank You to our member volunteers, Mina Harrigan and Charlene (Char) Berg Murphy who manned the cold south entrance and elevators to make sure everyone made it to the event location. E&E is so grateful for members like you!