The Banner Health Foundation awarded a collective $4.5 million to 14 programs and services across Banner’s medical centers in Arizona. The foundation awards funds through its annual Highest and Best Use Awards Program, which invites Banner division leaders to submit funding proposals for a range of programs and services, including community outreach, emerging health needs initiatives, and clinician training.
Two of Emergency Medicine initiatives and outreach programs were awarded funding:
- $900,000 will support the Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN) program in the Valley and expand it to Tucson. Spanning nine campuses in the Valley, SCAN is a network of providers charged with identifying and caring for abused and neglected children who present for medical care in a Banner medical facility or emergency department. Through in-person and telephonic consultations available 24/7, front-line providers are educated on how to properly identify and address child abuse and neglect. Dale Woolridge, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine, is the medical director of the SCAN Tucson program.
- $160,000 will train Emergency department staff at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson to provide comprehensive medical services for sexual assault victims, including forensic processing, victim education and resources, and survivor care. Upon demonstration of feasibility, federal grant support to maintain this program will become available.
Read more about the foundation and this year’s awardees published in Chamber Business News.