Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, Hospitals Launch Caregiver Support Program

Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, Hospitals Launch Caregiver Support Program

The Cleveland ClinicAscension MichiganCatholic Health, and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation have announced a $20 million partnership aimed at supporting caregivers. 

Conceived by the Cleveland Clinic, the Transformational Healthcare Readiness through Innovative Vocational Education (THRIVE) program is designed to reduce the high turnover rate among caregivers, the fastest-growing occupation in the healthcare sector. The THRIVE model takes a collaborative and strategic approach to recruitment and retention challenges by implementing new screening tools designed to proactively identify caregivers who are most at risk of facing barriers to work readiness and success; providing enhanced training; and offering tailored life skills support and one-on-one coaching by specialists.

Funded with cumulative investments of more than $20 million, including more than $15 million in grants from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, THRIVE will be piloted over the next three years in three regions — Northeast Ohio (by the Cleveland Clinic), western New York state (by Catholic Health), and southeast Michigan (by Ascension Michigan) — to demonstrate how health systems can better support caregivers. 

"THRIVE is a great opportunity for the foundation to help facilitate and support an unprecedented partnership between three health systems working within three major cities and regions to better support, recognize, and value caregivers," said Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., Foundation president and CEO David O. Egner. "The program sits at the intersection of two of our grantmaking focus areas — caregivers and workforce development. And with caregiver recruitment and retention being a challenge that exists beyond the foundation’s two primary geographies of western New York and southeast Michigan, our hope is for THRIVE to serve as a sustainable model that can be implemented nationwide."

"Cleveland Clinic, Ascension Michigan and Catholic Health Announce Innovative $20 Million Partnership to Benefit Caregivers ." Cleveland Clinic, Ascension Michigan, Catholic Health, and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Press Release 04/10/2019.