2017 Auxiliary Grants - sharing the love, big time

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2017 Auxiliary Grants - sharing the love, big time

In countless ways, the MCV Auxiliary of the VCUHS (Auxiliary) contributes to make VCUHS a great place to work, receive care and learn. Each year, the Auxiliary awards grants to new and continuing programs throughout the health system, which have direct patient impacts. This year, the Auxiliary granted $326,689.83 to 69 programs.

We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Auxiliary. Following are the 2017-18 grant recipients. 

Grant # Department Proposal Description
1 ACC Pharmacy Artwork for ACC Pharmacy Waiting Room Provide framed artwork to make the ACC Pharmacy Waiting Room a pleasing, enjoyable and comfortable place for patients and family members
2 Acute Neuroscience Unit - Surgery Nursing Department Essential Oils Use to Improve Patient Satisfaction Use of the QueaseEASE product - aromatherapy - to ease patients’ anxiety, nausea and vomiting after surgery or as a result of their disease process
3 Ambulatory Care Administration Continuous Glurcose Monitoring System Used in Primary Care Support for educational resources to help patients learn how to self-manage their chronic diabetes - Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS)
4 Arts in Healthcare - Memory Products Legacy and Memory Making Program for End-of-Life Patients Patient-centered program program for patients and loved ones to create meaningful legacy products. Examples:  memory box, memory stone, handprint blanket or letters-to-family journal
5 Arts in Healthcare - Relaxation Arts In Healthcare Relaxation CD Reproduction Reproduction of 2000 Arts in Healthcare Relaxation CDs to distribute to patients
6 Audiology  - Camp TALK Supplies and Funding to host Camp T.A.L.K Funding will enable a camp for audiology patients and their families to enrich language based services. Camp is a collaboration between Audiology and the VCU School of Education
7 Audiology - Aids/Molds Loaner hearing aids, earmolds and hearing aid accessories. “Ultra-power” aids for cochlear implant candidates, earmolds, repairs and accessories for temporary loan or for those who cannot afford them
8 Bone Marrow Transplant - Ancillary Clinic Travel and refreshments for the BMT Tacky Light Tour Activities for BMT patients over the holidays
9 Cardiothoracic Surgery Hopeful Hearts Support Hopeful Hearts provides added support for patients who are awaiting heart transplants or device implants
10 Care Coordination - Baby Boxes Baby Boxes Promoting safe sleep with Baby Boxes. Sturdy and portable beds that provide a safe and object-free sleeping space; thermometers included
11 Care Coordination - BMT Support Bone Marrow Transplant Caregivers Support Monthly support and education luncheons for caregivers of BMT patients
12 Care Coordination  - Perinatal Loss Program  Spanish-speaking support group for families that experience the loss of an infant The group will provide an environment that is emotionally supportive by emphasizing effective coping mechanisms, family centered activities, and culturally sensitive discussion with the use of translators
13 Care Coordination - Life Packs Life Packs Back packs with personal essentials and information about community resources are provided to adult homeless patients
14 Care Coordination - Sewing and Growing Sewing and Growing through Creative Arts Soft and colorful smocks are provided for premature NICU infants. Parents are given “sewing kits” to make the smocks special for their children
15 Center for Human-Animal Interaction Support for Dogs on Call program Program supports Dogs on Call, which provides comfort for patients and elevates the quality of our service
16 Child Life and Pastoral Care Fingerprint Charms for Bereaved Families Kits to make silver fingerprint charms for families of patients who die
17 Clinical Nutrition Services Teaching Aids for Patients Food models are used to provide nutrition education
18 Emergency Medicine - Phoenix Project Serenity Phoenix (PSP) Environmental distractions and WalMart gift cards are provided to victims of violence to enhance their physical and emotional healing
19 Emergency Medicine - Sparrow Project Sparrow Project Kits made of basic necessities for impoverished, disadvantaged patients who come into the Emergency Department
20 Epilepsy Monitoring Unit EMU Kids on the Move - Backpacks to hold children's epilepsy monitors Backpacks will be provided for children who are hospitalized. They will allow children to move and play safely, while also meeting their developmental needs
21 Food & Nutrition Services  Breakfast Flower Program Fresh flowers are placed on patients’ breakfast trays every morning
22 Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Scaling to New Heights Providing bathroom scales for patients with PAH will enable them to check their weight daily and reduce the likelihood of hospital admissions or readmissions
23 Internal Medicine/Endrocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Diabetes Teaching Kitchen for Hands-On Learning Mobile teaching kitchen for diabetes patients to learn how to make good food choices and prepare healthy meals using hands-on, patient-centered and interactive learning
24 Massey Cancer Center - Dalton and Stony Point - Handbags Handbags for GI Cancer Patients receiving continuous chemotherapy Funds for the purchase of small handbags in different styles for the female patients who are being treated with continuous chemotheraphy pumps
25 Massey Cancer Center - Dalton Oncology - Aromatheraphy Aromatherapy for stress reduction in the Dalton Clinic The use of aromatherapy diffusers to change the atmosphere of the clinic using essential oils - expected to increase job satisfaction and decrease levels of stress
26 Massey Cancer Center - Integrative Health Committee Using Technology to Promote Self-Management of Cancer & Treatment Symptoms Ipads with apps that will include a variety of intergrative health approaches - meditation, guided imagery, relaxation techniques, as well as access to the Integrative Health website from MCC
27 Massey Cancer Center - Wig Salon Head Coverings for Cancer Patients Provide support to the Magical Touch Salon to provide wigs, tools for care of the wigs, hats, etc. for patients experiencing complete or partial hair loss related to cancer and its treatment
28 Medicine Specialty Unit Snoezelen Care Snoezelen is Dutch meaning to seek and explore and to relax. Funding for a sensory object bin with tools and coping mechanisms to improve patient quality of care
29 NOW Center - Infusion Technology Devices for Increased Patient Comfort Providing a comfort measure of distraction with iPad tablet devices, including Netflix subscription
30 OB/GYN - Centering Pregnancy Enhancement of CenteringPregnancy Model Funding enhances the Centering Pregnancy model through the provision of needed resources that will reinforce the educational components of the breastfeeding curriculum, enhance patient satisfaction and empower women to feel more competent in role as new mother
31 OB/GYN - Mother/Infant Unit Child Passenger Safety Vehicle Simulator Simulator provides education for families needing car seat safety training
32 OB/GYN - Perinatal Loss Support Perinatal Loss Support Memory boxes, images, supportive books, and reading materials for obstetric patients who suffer perinatal loss
33 Palliative Care - DVD Leisure Activities for Palliative Patients Portable DVD Players, Assorted DVDs and wheeled book cart to provide comfort and leisure recreation for palliative patients and their families
34 Palliative Care - Music Music Therapy Purchase of Apple iPods with portable speaker systems for music to play at the bedside; including a year’s subscription of the Apple music family plan
35 Pastoral Care  - Bereavement Program Support for the Bereavement Committee and Unit Bereavement Coordinators The Bereavement Committee offers support to all patients and families experiencing loss. This grant would be used for cards, memorial services, education program for the committee, burial support for families, etc.
36 Pastoral Care - CHoR Memorial Service Support for the space and refreshments for the annual (2) CHoR memorial services The Bereavement Care program supports families who have lost children. The memorial services, hosted by Pastoral Care, are for families of children who have died
37 Pediatric Surgery Gastrostomy Care Project Provide each child with a kid-friendly carry bag to transport supplies necessary to care for the tube to include emergency replacement supplies, written and video instructions. In addition, 3 iPads for the family to view teaching video during clinic appointment and parent support group
38 Pediatric Trauma/Safe Kids Virginia Transportation Evaluation and Education/Safe Transportation for Children at Discharge Safety seats for loaner program and giveaways so children are transported safely after discharge
39 Pediatrics  - Brook Road - Therapy/Assistive Technology Assistive Technology Loaner Mount Purchase of a loaner mount system to be owned by CHoR and loaned to patients during eye gaze communication device trials in order to increase their success
40 Pediatrics -  Petersburg - CARRY Program CARRY Program CARRY (Cheap, Active Resources Ready for You) provides simple activities that provide language and articulation opportunities, gross and fine motor opportunities and social and cognitive opportunities for patient and family at home
41 Pediatrics - Child Psychiatry Support for Gender Non-conforming Children and Their Families Lending library-informative books for parents and families of gender non-conforming youth as well as parent and child support group for younger children
42 Pediatrics - Crying Program Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Program Use of the educational Period of PURPLE Crying program which describes normal infant crying patterns, teaching caregivers how to soothe crying infants and explains the dangers of shaking a baby. Includes educational pamphlet, DVD and verbal education prior to discharge
43 Pediatrics - Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism Diabetes Camp WannaCure 2017 Funding to support the 12th Annual Camp WannaCure, a camp for children with diabetes that boosts self confidence while also teaching healthy diabetes management
44 Pediatrics - Emergency Department Thermometer Project Provide families with thermometers and instructions on how to accurately take rectal, oral and auxiliary temperatures; will assist parents in their ability to care for their sick child at home and aid them in their decision to seek medical care
45 Pediatrics - Emergency Department - Books Books for Pediatric Emergency Patients Stocking of Pediatric ED Book closet with multicultural/bilingual themed board books
46 Pediatrics - Healthy Lifestyles Center Healthy Lifestyles Center Patient Resources The added tools supported by this grant would provide patients with nutrition education, monitors for physical activity assessment, and cooking classes, further increasing the value provided to a population in need of intervention to improve health
47 Pediatrics - Pediatric Nephrology Kidney Day/Bean Support Group Sponsorship of Kidney Day for patients and families to connect with one another and learn
48 Pediatrics - Petersburg Therapy Center - Go Baby Go Go Baby Go: Early Power Mobility Project Adaptation of ride-on cars to provide patients with independent functional mobility and a means to interact with peers
49 Pediatrics - Pulmonary Asthma Education and Environmental Remediation/UCAN asthma program Support education initiatives and supplies to reduce adverse environmental exposures in the homes of our vulnerable families living in substandard environments
50 Pediatrics - Pulmonary/Cystic Fibrosis Care Center - Horses/Brave Bots Enhancements in Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Care: Rody Horses and Brave Bots Enhance CF care by providing comfort items to our pedidatric patients by using the inflatable Rody Horses to improve lung health and Brave Bots dominoes help patients cope with CF
51 Pediatrics - Summer Safety Fair Funds the supplies, refreshments and event costs for the 2017 summer safety fair Support for the summer safety fair assists the pediatric department with their injury prevention activities and outreach efforts
52 Pediatrics - Therapy Center  Ready, Set Read - Brook Road Books and parent education for "Ready, Set….Read!" Ready, Set…Read! Children’s books and parent education that supports family involvement and encourages collaboration between therapists and families at the CHoR-Therapy Center supporting patient outcomes and family experiences with CHoR
53 Pediatrics - VTCC Safe Video Game systems for patients Patients playing video games can learn social skills and life skill, gain practice waiting their turn, sharing, winning and losing. Playing with staff offers a chance to interact in a less formal way with the patients
54 Plastic Surgery - Center for Craniofacial Care Post-Operative Scar Improvement; Girls Night Out/Boys Night Out  Provide silicone scar products to financially compromised families at no charge as part of post-operative regimen. Additionally, funding for two events to promote self - esteem and allow patients to socialize in a supportive environment outside the hospital
55 Rainbow Society Employee Support Funds to support employees during times of financial distress
56 Rehabilitation Servcies - Outpatient Physical Therapy - NOW Clinic Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp Working with Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp (registered non-profit) a group of VCU Health team members (nurses, social workers and therapists) will organize the first stroke camp (three day weekend camp) in Virginia. The camp will center on support, education, socialization and relaxation for stroke survivors and their caregivers
57 Rehabilitation Services - Care Coordination  Spinal Cord Injury Peer Mentor and Family Support Program Expansion of peer mentoring program through collaboration with the newly established VA state chapter of the United Spinal Association. Certified peer mentors will be matched with newly diagnosed individuals who are referred to the program
58 Rehabilitation Services - Inpatient rehab Society Sunday Sessions Will provide entertainment two Sundays each month for hospitalized physical rehabilitation patients
59 Rehabilitation Services - Physical Therapy "Why I Hurt" Pain Class Program will provide education and support for patients with chronic pain
60 Rehabilitation Services - Speech Language Pathology Greater Richmond New Voice Club A volunteer-run organization to educate people who have undergone a laryngectomy and support them during rehabilitation
61 Rehabilitation Services - Therapeutic Recreation Specialty Wheelchairs for Sports Introduce specialty sports wheelchairs to patients to encourage their participation in community adaptive athletic activities
62 Surgery - Accute Care- CTCCE Rural Trauma Team Development Five Rural Trauma Team Development (RTTDC) courses will be developed and used as educational opportunity for rural community partners. Courses will assist health care professionals determine patients’ acuity; managing care with limited resources; and, the need to expedite patient transfers
63 Surgery - Evans-Haynes Burn Center Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (S.O.A.R.) Training SOAR is a hospital based, one-on-one peer support program that consists of volunteers who are former burn patients and survivors. Support will be used to purchase training materials for initial and ongoing traning of SOAR volunteers as well as training of program coordinators
64 Surgery - Project EMPOWER Support of IVPP's Project EMPOWER Funds will be used to provide emergency assistance to patients and team members who are victims of intimate partner violence and sexual violence and to support health care provider training
65 Surgery - Trauma - Stop the Bleed Stop the Bleed Campaign for Richmond Public Schools Funding for five Richmond City high schools and eight middle schools to receive bleeding control bags; bags will contain enough equipment to treat 18 individuals who have sustained injuries. Funding includes training
66 Surgery - Trauma - Wound Care Outreach Wound Care Outreach Upon discharge, provide basic wound care supplies (three day supply of dressing changes) to the economically challenged population in our community
67 Surgery - Trauma Survivors Network Materials and support for trauma survivors The trauma team aims to increase survivor support through the use of support groups, crisis funds, peer mentoring as well as a patient and family handbook, which will help patients understand and navigate resources at the hospital and in the community
68 Women's and Children's Health Family Life Education and Lactation Services Funds to support increased growth of Daddy Bootcamp Program, education materials in Spanish and video clips
69 Women's Health - South Hill Centering Pregnancy Funds for supplies to support a bi-monthly Centering Pregnancy program as well as a Centering Site certification