The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced a $5.3 million grant to Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for an initiative that aims to address "preventable harm" in the intensive care unit.
To that end, the grant will support the creation of patient-specific checklists and tools to facilitate communication between families and healthcare providers to ensure that doctors and nurses know patients' and families' wishes regarding healthcare decisions. BIDMC will apply both health information technology and input from patients and families to address all types of harm, including a loss of dignity or respect for ICU patients.
With the grant, BIDMC joins a larger Moore Foundation-led consortium of hospitals focused on improving ICU care, including Johns Hopkins Medicine, the University of California San Francisco, and Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston.
"Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has a long and distinguished history in patient and family engagement, starting with the nation's first Patient Bill of Rights in 1972 to its commitment in 2008 to eliminate preventable harms in its medical center," said Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation president and CEO Steve McCormick. "This commitment, coupled with the center’s nationally recognized innovations in technology, aligns with our Patient Care Program and the vision of our founders, Gordon and Betty Moore."