AHRA, Canon Medical Systems unveil 2017 Putting Patients First grant winners

AHRA and Canon Medical Systems USA have announced the 10th annual Putting Patients First grant winners. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston received a $20,000 Integrated Delivery Network grant, and six other health systems received grants of up to $7,500.

“The Putting Patients First grants allow healthcare providers to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care through critical programs, training or seminars within diagnostic imaging,” Angelic Bush, CRA, AHRA president, said in a prepared statement. “The success of the programs and educational tools from previous winners over the past decade shows what can be achieved with these grants and provides best practices to share with other hospitals and institutions.”

“The Putting Patients First program allows us to continue that mission for our partners and provide them with the much-needed resources to create education and training programs,” Cathy Wolfe, senior director of global strategic communications and market intelligence for Canon Medical Systems USA, said in the same statement.

MGH’s grant will cover the addition of in-bore lighting and a cinematic projector to “help ease pediatric patients’ and parents’ anxiety during imaging exams.”

The other grants were awarded to Altru Health System (Grand Forks, North Dakota), Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation (Omaha, Nebraska), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California), CARTI Cancer Center (Little Rock, Arkansas), Nemaha Valley Community Hospital (Seneca, Kansas) and UT Health: The University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston, Texas).