Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital receives its largest grant

Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital recently received $795,000 from UniHealth Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, to help fund the hospital’s new Integrated Supportive Care initiative, a program that is designed to enhance the way the hospital cares for chronically and seriously ill patients, both inside and outside the hospital, according to Dignity Health officials.

It’s the largest grant the hospital has ever received from a foundation.

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The program’s main objective is to establish a structured approach to providing care to patients so that their chronic conditions — which will inevitably worsen with age and/or disease progression — do not develop into a health crisis that could have been prevented, officials said, adding that it will hopefully reduce and/or eliminate emergency room visits and hospital stays.

“This grant supports our patients and their families with the appropriate resources and education needed to manage chronic and severe illness, especially after discharge from the hospital. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce repeat hospitalizations and increase patients’ overall quality of life, said Jack Ivie, the hospital’s president.

“We look forward to collaborating with a number of different community-based providers that offer a 24/7, in-home nursing response and pharmacies that can deliver medication 24/7 — supporting medication compliance, which will reduce one of the most common reasons for rapid readmission to the hospital,” he added.