UVM Medical Center Foundation grants support staff’s big ideas

Fund pools philanthropic gifts from our community to support areas of greatest need

Many of our employees have ideas about how to improve patient care. To help bring some of those ideas to life, employees and clinicians at the UVM Medical Center were invited this year to submit grant applications to The UVM Medical Center Fund.

This fund pools philanthropic gifts from our community to support the areas of greatest need at our medical center. Applicants requested funds to support initiatives they are passionate about and believe would improve the quality of patient care.

Five proposals were awarded grants:

  • Ronald Moulton, a CT technologist in the Radiology Department, will design and build a traction system that will allow orthopedic surgeons to safely obtain CT scans of patients in traction. The device will better inform treatment strategies and surgical planning and, potentially, improve outcomes.
  • Funding was provided to allow 12 nurses return to school to earn bachelor’s degrees. Hospitals that have more nurses with BSN degrees have better patient outcomes, including fewer deaths and hospital-acquired conditions, and shorter hospital stays.
  • David Tomasi, PhD and Inpatient Psychiatry have created an exercise room for its patients on Shepardson 3. The room was modeled after the one in use on Shepardson 6, which uses exercise to help build healthier coping skills.
  • Employee Wellness will train two employees in Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART). Each trainer will then facilitate one eight-week SMART training to a group of 20 patients with chronic conditions.
  • Christopher Morris, MD, professor of Radiology and Surgery, is developing a novel dialysis “anchor” that will prevent many patients from needing catheterization. This saves patients from the physical effects of a complex, expensive treatment.