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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Foundation grants large and small make a big impact


Patient receiving scale and water bottle

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Sometimes it’s the simple, low-cost solutions that make the biggest difference. That’s the case with Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation grants to help patients better manage heart disease on a daily basis.

Grants totalling $21,000 allow Abbott Northwestern’s Progressive Heart Failure Unit to distribute free scales and water bottles to patients, supporting the goal of reducing hospital readmission for heart failure.

“One of the earliest signs of heart failure is weight gain,” said Catherine Houda, patient care manager of the unit. “If patients gain a couple pounds overnight or five within a week and aren’t aware, and consequently don’t call the doctor to report it, they could develop more serious symptoms resulting in readmission,” she said. Many simply can’t afford a scale to properly manage their condition.

The water bottles have milliliter markings to make it easier for patients to monitor fluid intake. This also is important in helping patients avoid more serious symptoms.

The grants for scales and water bottles were just a small part of the $7 million awarded by the Foundation in 2010. Hospital programs garnered $6.5 million in grants, and community partners were awarded $460,000.

Some larger areas of support included:

  • $446,000 for the Piper Breast Center expansion and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment
  • $100,000 for a healing coach to serve cancer patients
  • $350,000 for continuing education for nursing and other clinical staff
  • $620,000 for an array of research projects in areas such as cardiovascular, HIV+ population, sleep apnea and patient care outcomes.