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Kaiser Permanente Grant Supports NPHHI Transformation Center, Cements Belief in Safety Net

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 29, 2012

WASHINGTON—The National Public Health and Hospital Institute (NPHHI)—NAPH’s research affiliate—has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from Kaiser Permanente to support the work of NPHHI’s newly launched Transformation Center (TC). An unprecedented venture for NAPH, the TC aligns NPPHI research, education, and development opportunities to support NAPH members as they build high-quality, patient-centered, seamless systems of care.

This multiyear grant, which comes from a fund established by Kaiser Permanente at the East Bay Community Foundation, provides core stability for the TC, which will serve as a catalyst for change among safety net health systems. The TC offers resources such as innovative programs and best practices, targeted research, and case studies; educational activities such as the NAPH Fellows Program; and opportunities to participate in demonstration projects and collaboratives. Through these avenues, the TC is fostering cost-efficient, population-focused care among NAPH members, helping them maintain their commitment to serving our nation’s vulnerable patients.

The award demonstrates Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improving the health of the underserved and eliminating disparities in care. “The Transformation Center represents NAPH’s commitment to support and catalyze the profound changes that will be required of our public hospitals to step up to the challenges under health care reform,” said Winston Wong, MD, medical director, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives. “Kaiser Permanente is proud to invest in this effort to move from a system of ‘sick care’ to one that supports workforce and organizations that help patients stay out of the hospital and optimize their health at home and in the community.”

“We are pleased and excited about Kaiser Permanente’s investment in our Transformation Center, which is also an investment in NAPH’s strategic agenda,” says Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, NAPH president and chief executive officer. “Our members are innovators and have a great deal to share with each other and the entire industry, especially as we approach health reform. With this grant, Kaiser Permanente has shown a belief in the value of the safety net and the work NAPH is doing to improve care.”

Kaiser Permanente and NAPH have a longstanding relationship. In 2009, Kaiser Permanente partnered with NAPH and the National Patient Safety Foundation on a program called the Patient Safety Initiative at America’s Public Hospitals. This 2-year program was designed to enhance patient safety programs at public hospitals to ensure safe, high-quality care for vulnerable and low-income populations that depend on publicly supported health care institutions for medical care. The prominence of quality as an NAPH priority was further enhanced by the allocation of scholarships provided by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement-Kaiser Permanente Scholarship program.

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About the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH)
NAPH represents the nation’s largest metropolitan hospitals and health systems that fulfill a safety net mission of providing high volumes of care to low income individuals. These facilities provide high-quality health services for all patients, including the uninsured and underinsured, regardless of ability to pay. In addition to functioning as the country’s default national health insurance system, safety net hospitals provide many essential community-wide services, such as primary care, trauma care, and neonatal intensive care. Safety net hospitals also train many of America’s doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. Since its inception in 1980, NAPH has cultivated a strong presence on Capitol Hill, with the executive branch, and in many state capitols. NAPH advocates on behalf of its members on such issues as Medicaid, Medicare, and access to health care services for vulnerable populations. For more information, visit our website at http://www.naph.org/.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.8 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.

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Erica Addison
202-585-0566

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