Projects

Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority: Bridging gaps in health care access

Completed Projects

Seattle Children’s Patient Navigator Pilot & Evaluation

Posted Wed, March 13, 2013

Grantee: Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation
Timeframe: July 2009-June 2011 | Amount: $277,831.98

From July 2009 through June 2011, the Pacific Hospital PDA provided a grant to Seattle Children’s to pilot the value of patient navigators for Somali- and Spanish-speaking families. The Pacific Hospital PDA also retained a consultant to conduct a complete evaluation of the financial and patient-care impact of the program. The evaluation found that the program provided significant cost savings, improvements in satisfaction for Somali- and Spanish-speaking patients and their families and the providers who care for them, as well as fewer missed appointments and more completed referrals among the families that worked with a navigator.

Reducing Inappropriate Use of the Emergency Department by the Uninsured

Posted Wed, March 13, 2013

Timeframe: 2009 | Amount: $17,677.50

The Pacific Hospital PDA sponsored a two-part study in late 2008 and in 2009 to determine the feasibility of reducing emergency department use by the uninsured through increased access to specialists and identify quantifiable savings. The goal of this study was to consolidate information about emergency department usage and to engage local hospital leaders about ways to reduce inappropriate use of emergency departments by the uninsured.

Specialty Care Demand by the Uninsured

Posted Wed, March 13, 2013

Timeframe: 2008-2009 | Amount: $32,359.50

In 2008 and 2009, the Pacific Hospital PDA funded studies to determine the actual demand for specialty care by adult low-income, uninsured persons in King County. The study found that there are approximately 0.52 expected referrals per person annually for specialty care among this population. Additionally, there is a high demand for certain specialties, with the top five specialties accounting for 55 percent of all expected referrals.

Specialty Referral Barriers - CHC Internal Systems Improvements

Posted Wed, March 13, 2013

Timeframe: 2009-2010 | Amount: $44,145.25

In 2010, the Pacific Hospital PDA funded a study to address the difficulties in tracking referrals within community health centers. The study led to improvements in several aspects of the referral processes at community health centers, including improvements in the electronic record medical referral module.

A Day Without a CHC

Posted Wed, March 13, 2013

Grantee: Community Health Council of Seattle & King County
Timeframe: November 2011 | Amount: $2,000

In November 2011, the Pacific Hospital PDA provided funding to the Community Health Council of Seattle & King County to cover the cost of producing videos for their education and awareness campaign to educate the community and state legislators about the critical role of health centers in improving health and cost savings in the local health care system.