The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation awarded more than $800,000 in support of programs, projects, and initiatives at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center through its Hearts Grants Program, which provides funding for innovation that might otherwise go unfunded.

Since 2004, the Hearts Grants Program has funded nearly 500 grants totaling close to $12 million, including this year’s 35 grants. The Hearts Grants Program is funded by the Foundation’s annual fund and Heroes & Hearts event.

“The Hearts Grants are at the core of the Foundation’s mission, as the funds promote excellence in research, education, and care for all,” said Amanda Heier, Chief Executive Officer of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. “Our Hearts Grants contribute to the transformative work that takes place at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, and ensures that the hospital’s providers and staff have access to the very best resources and training, have the ability to build out impactful programs, and utilize the most advanced technology and medical equipment available for our community.”

“The impact of each and every Hearts Grant is evident throughout the hospital, ranging from the physical, such as furniture and equipment, to the intangible, such as staff training and seed funding necessary to launch new programs and ideas,” said Susan Ehrlich, Chief Executive Officer of Zuckerberg San Francisco General. “These funds not only enrich experiences for our patients and visitors, but for our staff and providers, while enabling us to provide the best care for even more San Franciscans.”

Programs funded through the 2017 Hearts Grants have a wide reach and significant impact, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. These programs include the Department of Surgery receiving $49,450 to purchase laryngoscopy equipment for cutting-edge 360 video and virtual reality training for emergency medicine, surgery, and anesthesia providers. Another program will educate and prepare pregnant women for childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting. The $8,000 funding to the Department of Public Health will support revamping of the curriculum and provide participants with incentives. The Department of Medicine is awarded $7,130 to pilot the Cardiac Recovery through Dietary Support program that will provide medically tailored meals and nutritionist support to patients admitted for heart failure exacerbation and is at risk for readmission. A $52,150 grant is being awarded to LGBTQ Patient Quality Care in order to support data collection for identifying LGBTQ disparities in patient care and experience. And another program, Anatomic Pathology, receives $57,593 to purchase an ultrasound machine to perform fine needle aspiration in a safer, more accurate and effective manner. A complete list of the 2017 Hearts Grants is below.

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2017 Heart Grant Awardees

  1. Patient Self-Management $3,050
  2. Clinical Laboratory General Operation $4,600
  3. The GOOD NIGHT Group Medical Visit $5,000
  4. Forgetful but Not Forgotten $6,060
  5. Patient Comfort Dialysis $6,551
  6. Cardiac Recovery through Dietary Support $7,130
  7. Early Mobility Safe Patient Handling $7,143
  8. Weight Management Program $7,881
  9. Health Education Program $8,000
  10. Functional Limb Service $10,000
  11. Pharmacy Leadership Development $11,700
  12. Expedited Acute Stroke Care $12,281
  13. Mobile Comfort Care Services $13,340
  14. Cutting Edge Technology $15,377
  15. Care Coordination Leadership $18,500
  16. Potrero del Sol Park FAMILIA Mural $18,874
  17. Risk & Safety Management $20,000
  18. Children’s Immigrant & Refugee Health $21,452
  19. Uniting for Children & Families $23,060
  20. Charge Nurse Development $25,000
  21. Electronic Fetal Monitoring $30,000
  22. Patient Family Conference Room $31,770
  23. Video Laryngoscopy for Neonatal Intubation $35,590
  24. Neuroendoscopy $38,666
  25. Patient-Centered Reproductive Care $45,774
  26. Virtual Reality Training to Improve Trauma Care $49,450
  27. LGBTQ Patient Quality Care $52,150
  28. Fine Needle Aspiration Ultrasound $57,593
  29. Transesophageal Echocardiography Simulator $98,156
  30. Financial Fitness Clinic $5,000
  31. Financial Fitness Clinic $15,000
  32. Vocational Rehabilitation $15,000
  33. HIVE $20,000
  34. Cancer Care Program $25,000
  35. OTI Junior Academy $50,000