Grant News

The Rhode Island Foundation’s Special Medical Funds program has awarded Hasbro Children’s Hospital a $35,000 grant to support mental health care for cystic fibrosis patients and caregivers. With improvements in cystic fibrosis diagnosis and treatment that have helped patients live longer than ever before, we have seen the number of patients and families needing mental health support rise dramatically. The funding will enable us to better address the growing mental health needs of cystic fibrosis patients and their caregivers.

The Tomorrow Fund has awarded a grant of $152,247 to support the salaries of key staff members in the Tomorrow Fund Clinic for fiscal year 2019.

Andrade-Faxon Charities for Children has awarded a grant of $10,000 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to support the Fostering Health Program. This grant will help provide care coordination to the more than 300 children who are enrolled in the program. The Fostering Health Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the only practice in Rhode Island that provides comprehensive, coordinated medical and behavioral health care specifically to children who are in foster care, at-risk, and post-reunification or adoption.

The Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Foundation has awarded a grant of $75,000 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for renovations to the pediatric surgical services area. As part of the Every Child, Every Day campaign, these renovations will transform our surgical services area on the second floor to reflect our focus on high quality patient- and family-centered care.

The Tomorrow Fund has pledged a grant of $500,000 to the Every Child, Every Day campaign to support a project to create and furnish a six-bay infusion suite with nurses’ station and a consult room in space behind the Tomorrow Fund Clinic. The expanded clinic footprint will help us meet the growing demand for infusion services and ensure that we provide the best care possible for the children and families who rely on us for cancer care.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital was awarded a grant of $12,000 from the Vigneron Memorial Fund to purchase instrumentation for assessing and treating pediatric eye diseases and disorders in the pediatric ophthalmology clinic.

The Emilie Luiza Borda Charitable Fund awarded a grant of $11,578 in support of the TB Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. This funding helps us to provide our patients with exceptional care as well as give them the resources they need to better care for themselves and their families while undergoing treatment.

The Shriners of Rode Island Charities Trust has awarded a grant of $100,000 to support a project to revitalize and transform the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Healing Garden. This initiative will ensure that the thousands of children and families we serve, as well as visitors and staff, will have access to a welcoming, healing and nurturing outdoor space.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital has been awarded a $55,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation’s RIGHA program for the PediBridge Clinic, which will address the growing mental and behavioral health needs of patients arriving at our pediatric Emergency Department.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital was recently awarded two grants to the Every Child, Every Day campaign totaling $1 million: $750,000 from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, specifically for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit renovations/improvements, and $250,000 from the Champlin Foundation for renovations to inpatient floors.

For the fourth consecutive year, One Mission Foundation has awarded a grant of $25,000 to continue a program of healing arts and activities dedicated to the pediatric oncology and hematology center. The “One Mission Artist in Residence Program” in the Tomorrow Fund Clinic is designed to lift the spirits of children and families fighting cancer.

The John R. McCune Charitable Trust has awarded a grant of $40,000 to the Every Child, Every Day campaign to support renovations at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The Trust also awarded an additional grant of $10,000 which will be directed to the hospital’s Child Protection Program.

Rhode Island Foundation awards $61,000 grant for pilot program

In July, the Rhode Island Foundation awarded the Pediatric (Pedi) Heart Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital a $61,000 grant to implement a pilot program for adolescents with congenital heart disease (CHD). The program will assist patients and their families in transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Hasbro Children’s Hospital is Rhode Island’s only medical facility dedicated to pediatric care and is the largest children’s hospital between Boston and New York City.  Ninety-five percent of Rhode Island’s pediatric cardiac patients – more than 3,000 children – are treated at the Pediatric Heart Center.

In recent years, medical science has made huge strides in extending the lives of children with chronic illnesses like CHD. However, patients with CHD require lifelong cardiac care.  As a result, the need for a program that gives young people the tools to move from pediatric to adult care has grown exponentially. Thanks to the Rhode Island Foundation grant, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Heart Center Transition Program was established and strives to become the model for chronic illness care programs of the future.

The core component of the program is shared medical appointments (SMAs). The 90-minute SMAs are held monthly for eligible patients between the ages of 12 and 23. Participants receive medical exams along with education and peer support. Concurrently, a parents group offers information on how to facilitate the child’s transition. An interdisciplinary team including a pediatric nurse practitioner, social worker, nurse, psychologist, and medical assistant provides evaluation and care before and after the SMA. At the end of the SMA, patients create a personal transition goal. Three months later, participants return for a follow up evaluation and meet with a social worker to review progress. After transferring to adult care at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute, a transition coordinator continues to guide adolescent patients with coaching, outreach, resources, and support. 

At the completion of the pilot program, the Pedi Center will create a training manual for distribution and future use.