Research & Education Grants

Meriter Foundation offers physicians and affiliated staff access to funding through its Research & Education Grants program.  A subcommittee of the Foundation Board of Directors awards, on average, $500,000 each year.

The studies and educational opportunities listed below are currently underway because of the financial support of Meriter Foundation.

2015 Research & Education Awards

Educational Grants:

Practicing Excellence Physician Effectiveness Project ($53,000). Web-based video learning system to provide practical tools and education for clinicians and care teams.

Nurse Residency Program ($50,000). A training program designed to help transition 42 newly graduated nurses from the academic setting to the role of professional nurse.

Student Nurse Extern Program ($50,000). A twelve-week program that allows nursing students, between their junior and senior year, the opportunity to begin the transition from student nurse to licensed professional nurse.

Pilot Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program ($10,082). To support pilot of WoundTreatment Associate Program for five nurses, to reduce pressure ulcers through early recognition and treatment of skin changes.

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training and Materials ($10,000). To support recertification training for three instructors to train staff in de-escalation techniques.

Mental Health First Aid Training and Instructor Course ($9,895). Train 75 staff members in understanding, recognizing and responding to individuals in mental health crisis.

Ethics Advisory Group 2015 Educational Programs ($8,500). To support bioethics education programs, spring tutorial in bioethics and annual Fall Ethics Forum.

Graduate Social Work Stipends ($8,000). To provide stipends for four graduate social work students for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 for Adult Psychiatry and Emergency Services.

Comprehensive Esophageal and Reflux and Anorectal Manometry Testing Course ($7,854). Off-site training for 2 nurses to improve procedural and interpretive skills for esophageal motor disorders and bowel function.

Nursing Certification Preparation Courses:

  • Outpatient Therapy ($10,000)
  • Emergency Services ($7,000)
  • Critical Care ($5,000)
  • Oncology ($4,743)
  • Care Coordination ($4,475)
  • Peri-anesthesia ($1,374)

Participation at 2015 National Magnet Conference ($6,800). Send four nursing leaders to the National Magnet Conference.

System-wide Education Program for Nurses ($6,000). To support delivery of one-day training for nurses to support professional development with input from direct care staff.

University of Iowa Advance Practice Institute ($6,000). To send a nurse leader to program to learn to promote and lead teams in the adoption of evidence-based practices.

Peer Review Education Program ($6,000). Support for a system-wide education program on peer review.

Palliative Care Forum ($3,200). To fund an annual forum to educate direct care staff on concepts of palliative care.

Meriter Medical Grand Rounds Series 2015 ($3,000). To support educational series for Meriter Medical staff on current issues in medicine.

Certification and Study Materials for Sterile Processing Professionals ($3,000). To provide study materials and exam fees to certify five technicians in sterile processing.

TeamSTEPPS Training for the Intensive Care Unit ($2,500). To train staff in team leadership, situation monitoring, mutual support and communication.

Nursing Leadership Academy ($750). To send an emerging leader to the WONE Nursing Leadership Academy.

Research Study Grants:

Developmental Programming: Iron Deficiency and Inflammatory Obesity Mediators (IDIOM) Study ($35,000). To improve understanding of the diverse health implications of obesity during pregnancy.

Identification of Therapeutic Targets for Hyperoxia Induced Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in a BPD Lung Cell Model ($35,000). To better understand the development of broncopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a chronic lung disease that is a common complication of premature birth.

Oxytocin and Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP): Proof of Principal ($35,000). To study the effect of oxytocin supplementation on the regulation of vascular growth in the retina, in order to prevent retinopathy of prematurity (blindness) in premature infants.

Identifying Fluid, Oxygen, Calories and Infection (FOCI) Multisystem Strategies to Reduce Chronic Lung Disease ($9,984). To identify risk factors in low birth weight infants.

Pilot Program Grants:

PulsePoint Initiative ($31,000). To support implementation of a smartphone application which lets citizens trained in CPR know when and where their help is needed to respond to cardiac emergencies in the community.

Improving the Communication and Documentation of Noncritical Findings in Radiology Reports ($25,272). To pilot a program to better communicate and document non-critical findings in radiology reports.

NICQ Next Collaborative Year 2 ($20,000). To apply best practices to improve nutrition and reduce necrotizing enterocolitis, a severe complication of premature infants.

NICU Lactation Resource Nurse Program ($15,000). To educate and train 10-15 nurses to support pump dependent and breastfeeding mothers. Part of a larger pilot study to improve infant nutrition.