The Foundation's Urgent Matters program was designed to improve the availability and timeliness of care in hospital emergency departments and the use of these departments as a window into the safety net to raise public understanding of the interaction between safety net functions and workings of the health care delivery system as a whole.The Safety Net system of health care providers who care for everyone regardless of ability to pay is increasingly threatened by multiple factors that are stressing the entire health care delivery system. Nowhere is this more evident than in hospital emergency departments (EDs) which are laboring under the effort to fill a growing list of critical roles including, but not limited to, provider of last resort, sole source for essential services such as trauma, and front door to the hospital. ED overcrowding, which consistently causes long delays for patients and increasingly diverts ambulances to other hospitals, constitutes a critical health care access barrier in a key component of the safety net. The purpose of this project is to employ several tactics to overcome these barriers by: (1) improving the availability and timeliness of care in the ED; and (2) using the ED as a "window onto the safety net" to raise public understanding of the interaction between provider safety net functions and the workings of the health care delivery system as a whole. This contract provides support for time-sensitive planning activities of the program, including: (1) work with Foundation staff on program design issues; (2) finalize the Call for Proposals; (3) develop application review processes; and (4) create a workplan and budget for the first year of the program implementation.
Amount Awarded $29,000.00
Awarded on: 8/2/2002
Time frame: 8/1/2002 - 9/30/2004
Grant Number: 46486