FMC collaborates with community organizations and receives grant funds

July 12, 2013

As one of many key community players in Northern Arizona, Flagstaff Medical Center frequently collaborates with other major community organizations to sustain beneficial programs. Recently, North Country HealthCare and Northern Arizona University teamed up with FMC for two separate causes, receiving grant funds to help develop each program.

First Things First grant
FMC will receive $89,000 as a subaward on a grant received by North Country HealthCare from the First Things First Coconino Regional Partnership Council to work with North Country to establish a Healthy Steps model of pediatric care coordination in Coconino County.

The program is part of an effort to provide children up to the age of 3 with a medical home and care coordination beginning at the time of birth. In an effort to reach this goal, a connection needs to be formed at birth between a healthcare provider and the baby. This is FMC’s role. At birth, a hospital-based care coordinator from FMC’s Women and Infants’ Center will help encourage that connection through newborn observations, further screenings, assistance in pediatric visits and the overall enhancement of the child and family’s wellbeing.

Flinn Foundation grant
FMC will also receive $100,000 over two years as a subaward on a grant received by NAU’s Flinn Foundation to study ways to improve hospital-to-home transitional care for patients with heart disease.
Work will focus on decreasing avoidable readmissions and emergency department visits by developing discharge plans that are culturally-appropriate and that collaborate with family and community resources. These efforts alignwith FMC’s expanding work in population health management and patient and family centered care.

Both programs will begin in August and support FMC’s mission of transforming the health of the communities it serves.