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Johnson Memorial receives grant from CHEFA

Stafford's Johnson Memorial Hospital will receive a $64,700 grant from Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, through a special grants program that involves the state's community foundations and non-profit organizations.

Each year, the community foundations are invited to recommend up to two non-profit organizations in their service area for a coveted CHEFA grant.

This year, the Community Foundation of the Tri-County Area recommended that Johnson Memorial Hospital submit their project to CHEFA. It was subsequently one of the eight grants awarded. The Community Foundation was confident that the Hospital's proposed project would significantly expand essential services to a population in need and would be competitive in CHEFA's grant process.

Johnson Memorial Hospital will utilize the CHEFA funds for a pilot Behavioral Health Clinical Social Work program within the Emergency Department. The CHEFA grant will enable the Hospital to effectively respond to the wide variety of therapeutic needs presented by behavioral health patients.

Through this pilot Clinical Social Work program, the Hospital will offer newly developed plans of care for Emergency Department behavioral health patients, will more effectively prepare these patients for transition from the ED environment, and will ultimately improve patient flow through the Emergency Department. The Clinical Social Workers will assign comprehensive therapeutic plans to each patient and will liaison with families and outpatient providers and agencies as necessary.This new program will establish vital resources for improvement of care while also shortening in-hospital stays and reducing repeated ED visits.

Johnson Memorial Hospital President Alfred A. Lerz commented, "We are grateful for this significant grant from CHEFA as well as the organization's commitment to the improvement of healthcare options made available to the residents of north central Connecticut. The JMH Emergency Department offers a full menu of healthcare services. This new funding will elevate and enhance the quality of care extended to our behavioral health patients."

The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority is pleased to announce the nonprofit recipients of $549,025 in grant awards for June 2006. The CHEFA Board of Directors established the grant programs at the Authority as a furtherance of the Authority mission to assist nonprofit institutions that provide critical health, education and human services in Connecticut.CHEFA's grant programs are not funded through state appropriations, but through Authority surplus funds.

"We are honored to be a part of the continuum of care and services of immeasurablevaluethat our grantees provide to the citizens of our state.

Johnson Memorial Hospitalsupplies critical healthcare services to the north central part of Connecticut, and we support their efforts toprovide the best quality care fortheir patients in need of behavioral health services with this $64,700 grant."

The amounts awarded are as follows:

Area Congregations Together, Inc.



Johnson Memorial Hospital, Inc.



Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.



Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, Inc.



McGivney Community Center, Inc.



Wheeler Clinic, Inc.



Child Guidance Clinic of Greater Waterbury, Inc.



Norwalk Senior Center, Inc.