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.
2016 Research & Education Awards
Nurse Residency Program ($50,000). To
deliver a training program to support and transition 32 newly graduated nurses
from the academic setting to the professional role of nursing.
Student Nurse Extern Program ($50,000). To
support a twelve-week program
that allows baccalaureate nursing students, between their junior and senior
year, the opportunity to begin the transition from student nurse to licensed
Attachment, Regulation and Competency Trauma
Training ($26,000). To train staff from Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, NewStart and Emergency Department social workers
about interventions for individuals who have experienced prolonged traumatic
Medbridge Education Subscription for
Therapists and Athletic Trainers ($15,200). To provide continuing
education in evidence-based practice to approx. 80 therapy providers (PT, OT
and Athletic Trainers) in order to standardize treatment approaches.
Patient Experience Conference - The Beryl
Institute ($10,500). To support educational opportunities for
leadership as Meriter explores best practices in patient experience.
Musculoskeletal Pain Training ($9,375). To support
on-site seminar for 50 physical and occupational therapists in best practices
in the treatment of musculoskeletal chronic pain.
Ethics Committee Educational Programs
To provide training and guidance on ethical healthcare issues for
medical, hospital and community professionals.
Care Coordination Conference ($8,000). To send three members of the Care
Coordination team to a national conference to learn about current topics in
case management, including transitions of care, care coordination and creating
new case management programs across the entire continuum of care.
NANT Membership and Conference (7,960). To support sending six neonatal therapists
to attend the National Association of Neonatal Therapists conference to learn
about current research, therapy implementation strategies and parent education
Palliative Care Education ($6,725). To send care team to conferences and
seminars to support development of palliative care programs across care
settings and develop core competencies in difficult care conversations and
Facing the Challenges of Educating a Neonatal
Care Team ($6,613). To support
enhanced neonatal simulation and training program for fellows, advanced
practitioners and transport staff from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.
TeamSTEPPS Training for the Operating Room
($5,500). To support delivery of TeamSTEPPS, an
evidence-based framework to optimize team performance across the healthcare
delivery system, to Operating Room staff.
Medical Grand Rounds and Specialty-Targeted
Education ($4,500). To provide
continuing medical education in critical practice areas, increase awareness of
Meriter goals and initiatives to improve patient safety and patient outcomes.
Stepping On Fall Prevention Community Class
($4,326). To deliver Stepping On to Dane County older adults, an evidence-based, seven-week
fall prevention program emphasizing behavioral change. The program addresses lower extremity
strength and balance, home and community hazards, encouragement of visual
screening to assess for low vision, and avoidance of medications with fall risks.
PEOPLE Partnership: Career Exploration and
Simulation Experience for Pre-college Students ($4,320). To support simulation experiences at the
Center for Health Education and Simulation for middle school and high school
students through PEOPLE, a summer enrichment program at UW for students of
color and low-income students.
CGRN Certification for Gastroenterology
Nurses ($3,720). To support
CGRN certification for six nurses in Digestive Health.
Madison Charrette ($3,000). To support discussions around community
plan to end homelessness.
Geriatric Pelvic Floor Rehab Training for
Home Health Therapy ($1,725). To develop an incontinence rehab program for
40 home health therapy staff.
Certification study materials and Exam Fees
for Sterile Processing Professionals ($1,125). To support certification
efforts for nine sterile processors.
Multifetal Gestation Pregnancies, Fetal
Kidney Dysfunction and Programming of Life-Long BP ($30,000). To study how
fetal kidneys in twin or multiples adapt to intrauterine growth restriction
(IUGR). IUGR babies are at risk for a
many adult onset diseases, including low and high renin primary hypertension
and shortened life span.
Impact of Common neonatal drugs on Epithelial
to Mesenchymal Transition in Lung Alveolar Cells ($30,000). To
investigate the effects on epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of
dexamethasone and caffeine, two commonly prescribed medications in the NICU
used to minimize chronic lung disease (CLD) in premature infants.
Effect of Oxytocin on Retina Angiogenesis as
a Measure of ROP ($30,000). To test the hypothesis that oxytocin controls
retinal blood vessel development such that its deprivation in premature babies
predisposes them to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP).
Procalcitonin as a Biomarker in Detection of
Early Onset Neonatal Sepsis Using Umbilical Cord Blood Analysis ($30,000). To study
plasma procalcitonin as a marker for early onset sepsis in neonates admitted to
Meriter NICU with presumed sepsis.
Translational Studies of Therapeutics for
Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy ($20,400). To support additional
pre-clinical studies of therapeutics in familial dilated cardiomyopathy, one of
five medical centers participating in the trial.
Community Paramedic Pilot Study ($50,000). To initiate a community paramedic program in partnership with the City of Madison Fire Dept. to manage complex Meriter patients in the home with a goal of reducing preventable ED visits and hospital admissions.
Take One Tablet ($50,000). To pilot a remote patient monitoring system for heart failure patients discharged from Meriter Hospital in order to improve patient self-care behaviors and reduce readmissions.
An Educational Approach to Emotional Intelligence: How to increase Emotional IQ and Resilience while decreasing Burnout in Physicians ($42,300). To determine the efficacy of a CME-style training activity as a method of increasing Emotional IQ, Resiliency and reducing Burnout among employed physicians of UnityPoint Clinic.
NICQ Next Collaborative ($25,000). To participate in collaborative efforts to reduce death or morbidity among micro premature infants during the first 72 hours with a focus on best practices to reduce brain injury.
Prevention of Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting Using Aromatherapy ($972). To evaluate the effectiveness of aromatherapy in the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting.