Mercy Home Health Receives Grant to Increase Patient and Colleague Safety
Mercy Home Health has received a grant of $19,071 through the Catholic Health East Zero is Possible Safety Grant Program to purchase gait belts to enhance safety conditions among colleagues and patients. The funds will be used to purchase gait belts to reduce employee overexertion injuries due to lifting and to lower the rate of patients seeking emergent care for injury caused by fall.
Performance Improvement Specialist Sarah Corcoran, OTR/L; Manager of Quality Improvement, Sarah Frank, RN, MSN; and Rehabilitation Specialist Deborah Ludwig, PT, COS-C, CCI, CFCE, CPI developed the grant proposal on behalf of the organization and are members of the Mercy Home Health Safety Committee.
To qualify for the grant award, proposals were to be innovative and replicable across the System, directly aligned with CHE Pillars of Finance, Quality, People, Service and Growth, and provide a resource to eliminate safety risks. Projects funded through the program were selected based on its capacity to increase patient and colleague safety.
Development of the project is expected to begin this summer.