AHRA and Toshiba Announce 2015 Putting Patients First Grant Winners
Eighth Annual Program Grant Total Reaches $490,000; 50 Grants

TUSTIN, Calif., January 25, 2016 – Seven leading healthcare providers have been selected as recipients of the eighth annual 2015 Putting Patients First grants, which will fund education and training programs to improve the patient experience and safety in diagnostic imaging. AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) and Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. awarded one grant of up to $20,000 to an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) and six grants of up to $7,500—three focused on pediatric imaging, and three on overall patient care and safety in imaging.

“Grant programs like Putting Patients First are critical to improving patient care in medical imaging, given the pressures and changes hospitals face due to reform and limited financial resources,” said Ernie Cerdena, CRA, FAHRA, president, AHRA. “This year’s selected recipients demonstrated unique programs that will make significant improvements to patient care, and these innovative programs will serve as a best-practices tool that can be adapted by other healthcare providers.”

The IDN grant has been awarded to:
  • University of Virginia Health System (Charlottesville, Va.) – will implement a comprehensive MRI education program targeting children and their parents to help reduce pediatric sedation and anesthesia during exams. 
Pediatric and overall patient care grants have been awarded to:
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.) – will incorporate a quality improvement initiative to define an internal standard for reporting and recommendations when evaluating pediatric breast ultrasound images. 
  • ProMedica Toledo Hospital (Toledo, Ohio) – will establish the Tranquility program, which will implement distraction and relaxation methods, such as music therapy, to reduce stress in and radiation exposure to pediatric patients. 
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio) – will create patient-friendly MRI and CT preparation rooms that will improve the comfort and overall experience of patients and families.  
  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital (Boca Raton, Fla.) – will create an app or a series of short video clips, provided on a mobile device, that will educate patients on the various exams they are scheduled to have.
  • Holy Name Medical Center (Teaneck, N.J.) – will establish the Radiation Awareness to Reduce Radiation Exposure (R.A.R.E.) program, which will offer medical staff and community members extended training on medical imaging radiation.
  • Jefferson Outpatient Imaging (Norriton, Pa.) – will purchase fleece jackets to keep patients warm and more comfortable during PET/CT scans. The jackets will also make intravenous injections easier with hidden zippers.  
“At Toshiba, we have a strong commitment to safety, education and the development of best practices that can be shared with other institutions,” said Cathy Wolfe, senior director, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Toshiba. “The Putting Patients First grant program makes it possible for many healthcare providers to fund important education and training programs that meet their specific hospital needs and unique patient population.”

About AHRA
The Association for Medical Imaging Management is the professional organization representing management at all levels of hospital imaging departments, freestanding imaging centers, and group practices. Founded in 1973, AHRA’s 5,000 members reach across the country and around the world. AHRA offers a complete slate of professional development programs, including a comprehensive selection of educational conferences and seminars, networking opportunities, award-winning publications and the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) credential.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and cardiovascular equipment, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit Toshiba’s website at www.medical.toshiba.com

About Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation 
Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray and vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI systems, as well as information systems for medical institutions. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation’s website at www.toshibamedicalsystems.com.

About Toshiba
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical products and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future,” Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation” and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in a safe, secure and comfortable society.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion). To find out more about Toshiba, visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

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