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INSTITUTE OF LIVING AND HELEN & HARRY GRAY CANCER CENTER RECEIVE $4.9 MILLION

Two Hartford Healthcare units – the Institute of Living and the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center — have received major grants.

The Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital received a $4.4 million donation from an anonymous donor to help fund the Olmsted landscape rehabilitation project.

The donor was a patient at the Institute of Living during the 1940’s. She was treated at the Institute of Living with insulin shock treatment after suffering from a severe breakdown. Her family recalls her saying that the Institute of Living, “Gave her back her life.”

Some of the donation will be used to fund the Olmsted landscape rehabilitation project. Numerous trees on the grounds of The Institute of Living represent rare or unusually large species. Many of the trees on the grounds are thought to date back to the 1860’s. The funding will be used to replace damaged or deceased trees along the tree walk.

Frederick Law Olmsted, one of America’s famous landscape architects, designed the grounds of The Institute in 1861. The design was executed by Olmsted and his protégé, Jacob Weidenmann. Frederick Law Olmsted was a 19th century visionary and pioneer conservationist who founded the profession of landscape and architect in America. Some of his other designs include Central Park in New York City, the Boston Park System, and the U.S. Capitol Grounds in Washington, D.C.

At a recent tree planting ceremony, the last of the 17 new specimen trees was planted in an effort to restore the grounds of the Institute of Living to their historic magnificence. The Institute of Living was founded in 1822 and was one of the first mental health centers in the United States.

Meanwhile, Hartford Hospital’s Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center was again selected as part of network of community cancer centers under the umbrella of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, a member of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program since it began in 2007, has been awarded approximately $500,000 annually to fund participation in the network for the next two years. The Hartford center is the only facility in New England to be part of the national network.

The NCCCP is a collaborative network of community hospitals working to expand cancer research, enhance access to cancer care and improve the quality of care for cancer patients served by community hospitals with an emphasis on underserved populations.

Leadership Greater Hartford endowment

To mark its 35th anniversary, Leadership Greater Hartford has established an endowment fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Grants from the fund will be used by Leadership Greater Hartford to support its mission to develop, connect and inspire diverse leaders to build strong and vibrant communities throughout Greater Hartford. This is accomplished through programs that provide experiential learning through workshops, tours and hands-on team projects. Leadership Greater Hartford brings together and trains a diverse array of community-minded individuals, representing all ages, socioeconomic levels, home towns, and occupations.

“The endowment fund will ensure that Leadership Greater Hartford is able to sustain our 35-year history of building leaders while building community” said Ted Carroll, president of Leadership Greater Hartford.

Nancy Bernstein of West Hartford is serving as the establishing donor of this new endowment. Bernstein has served on Leadership Greater Hartford’s Board of Directors, currently serves on its Legacy Advisors committee and is the president and CEO of Women’s Health Connecticut in Avon.

She said, “In 2002, when I was first introduced to Leadership Greater Hartford’s Quest program, I realized the positive impact it had on me as well as my company’s role in the community. To help secure its future is an honor for me and critically important for the Greater Hartford region.”

Founded in 1977 with support from the Hartford Foundation, Leadership Greater Hartford was originally developed by the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce as a year-long program to provide leaders and emerging leaders with skills and knowledge needed to be effective in a changing world.

HEDCO gets $10,000

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded a $10,000 grant to HEDCO Inc. in Hartford.

HEDCO helps to stimulate economic development by collaborating with public and private organizations to help start, finance, retain and recruit small businesses in all of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns. The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support the statewide expansion of HEDCO’s small business development services.

“The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will help us implement our new technology plan,” stated Samuel Hamilton, chief executive officer of HEDCO. “Our new, interactive web site will make HEDCO’s financial and technical assistance more accessible and convenient to small businesses across Connecticut.”

In brief

Mike D’Antoni, coach of the men’s Olympic basketball team and the New York Knicks, has donated over $20,000 worth of business suits and professional attire to the Save a Suit Foundation in Shelton. The nonprofit organization provides business suits and clothing to military veterans and soon-to-be college graduates… Cumberland Farms’ six-month-long Pediatric Care Campaign is nearing the finish line in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Participating Cumberland Farms stores will donate five cents per cup from its Chill Zone sales throughout July to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center… The TD Charitable Foundation is accepting nominations from homeless shelter and transitional housing programs. The foundation will select 25 programs across the bank’s East Coast footprint to receive $100,000 grants. The award of $2.5 million represents the foundation’s seventh annual “Housing for Everyone” grant competition.

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HEIFER INTERNATIONAL RECEIVES $8 MILLION FOR EAST AFRICA DAIRY DEVELOPMENT EXTENSION

Heifer International has received an $8.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for project work on the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project.  The grant will support existing projects in Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda and explore possibilities for expansion in Ethiopia and Tanzania between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.

“We are excited for the opportunity to continue serving dairy farming families and grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their support,” said Elizabeth Bintliff, vice president of Heifer International’s Africa area program.

EADD began in 2008 as a four-year, $42.8 million project funded by the Gates Foundation to help about 179,000 smallholder dairy farmer families to double their household income, create, connect and expand dairy market infrastructure, and sustainably increase dairy productivity and efficiency.  Currently in its final year of the pilot phase, EADD has grown to be one of the leading market-oriented agro-livestock development initiatives in East Africa, earning the farming families more than $35 million.

The project, implemented by Heifer International, is in partnership with TechnoServe, The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), World Agroforestry Research Institute and Africa Breeders Services.

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About Heifer International:
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org or call  (800) 696-1918.

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NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH AMERICAN RED CROSS

Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, announced today a two-year commitment to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Responder Program, which funds immediate response and long-term recovery efforts following major disasters. The foundation’s contribution to the fund is $500,000 over the course of two years and can be immediately dispersed during disaster efforts.

In addition, as part of the agreement with the American Red Cross, Northwestern Mutual can activate a microsite to enable its 5,000 employees and 16,000 field force members to pledge personal donations to major disasters. A microsite is being launched to designate support to those affected by the wildfires in Colorado, including some Northwestern Mutual clients and financial representatives living in the Colorado Springs area.

“Northwestern Mutual is honored to partner with the American Red Cross, which has supported people through unexpected life circumstances for more than 100 years,” said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “And, that’s what makes this a great partnership — for more than 155 years Northwestern Mutual has been protecting families from unexpected financial risks and getting them through times of recovery.”

“I am thrilled that Northwestern Mutual is partnering with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Responder member,” said Patty Flowers, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Wisconsin. “Their partnership ensures that we are there immediately following a disaster and using our resources most efficiently to help anyone in need.”

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About the Northwestern Mutual Foundation The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate foundation in the state of Wisconsin – is to build strong, vibrant communities that serve as a legacy to future generations. The Foundation’s giving is designed to create an impact on the communities where the company’s employees and financial representatives live and work. In fiscal year 2012, the Foundation will contribute $16.7 million to nonprofit organizations across the country.

About Northwestern Mutual The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) – among the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2012 according to FORTUNE® magazine – has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 155 years. As a mutual company with $1.2 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time.  Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurancelong-term care insurancedisability insuranceannuitiesinvestment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.

About the American Red Cross The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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HEDGE FUNDER CHARITY GETS $1 MILLION BOOST FROM NYC CHEFS

To mark the R Baby Foundation’s fifth anniversary, founder Andrew Rabinowitz turned to New York’s culinary stars.

Aureole executive chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware agreed to help with the proposed food tasting, as did Gramercy Tavern’s Michael Anthony, who was selected this week by the James Beard Foundation as best New York City chef. Other executive chefs joining the event are Chris Shea of Fishtail by David Burke and Jeremy Bearman of Rouge Tomate.

“I thought the model of a food tasting would be unique for us,” Rabinowitz said in a phone interview. “It will be like a high-end cocktail party.”

A partner and the chief operating officer of hedge fund Marathon Asset Management LP, Rabinowitz, 41, created R Baby in 2006 after his daughter, Rebecca, was misdiagnosed and died eight days after birth at a New Jersey hospital.

Tonight’s R Baby Foundation Five Star Food and Wine Gala at New York’s Plaza Hotel has sold all of its 1,000 tickets, priced at $500 and up. The charity has raised about $1.1 million, which includes donations from supporters who aren’t attending the event, Rabinowitz said.

“I’m really humbled by the response we’ve gotten,” he said.

Since its launch, R Baby has raised about $5 million to improve the standard of care for pediatric emergency wards. Its past grantees include University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York- Presbyterian and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Kennedy of Marwood

While patrons sample the chefs’ dishes and wines selected by Per Se sommelier Anani Lawson, Edward Kennedy Jr., son of the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, will give the keynote speech. The younger Kennedy is president of Marwood Group LLC, a private-equity firm in New York.

Marathon’s other co-founders, Chief Executive Officer Bruce Richards and Chief Investment Officer Louis Hanover, will receive the foundation’s leadership award. Charles Clarvit, former co-head of BlackRock Alternative Advisors, will introduce them.

Rabinowitz said the event is special for him because it’s connected with his passion for food. His father used to run a restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village in the 1960s before he became a school teacher. As an adult, Rabinowitz took several cooking classes at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education.

“My wife tells me I’m very good,” he said. “I don’t follow recipes. I started becoming friendly with chefs, and they would show me what they’re doing, and one thing led to another.”

Simulation Training

Rabinowitz said he hopes the money raised eventually will transform the way infants are cared for in hospitals. One of his goals is to encourage the adoption of a simulation training program for doctors handling newborns, which R Baby funded at the Yale School of Medicine. More than 40 hospitals use the program today, he said.

“The pain of the loss of my child never goes away,” said Rabinowitz, the father of 3 sons. “I am much more neurotic about my children. You become much more protective of them.”

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SOUTH CAROLINA BLUE CROSS FOUNDATION RECEIVES $5.25 MILLION GRANT

The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation presented a check for $5.25 million to the South Carolina Free Clinic Association (SCFCA) here today, enabling the 42 member clinics across the state to have a centralized, integrated and multifaceted support system. The system will include such functions as establishing a statewide certification program and special projects to implement statewide or regional efforts that would strengthen individual clinics’ capabilities.

“South Carolina’s free clinics have been taking care of our state’s uninsured citizens for years but they cannot offer quality healthcare services without support from our community, both locally and statewide. The BlueCross Foundation is pleased to present this $5.25 million grant that will be used for central support to collectively strengthen this large network of independent clinics,” said Harvey Galloway, the foundation’s executive director.

“The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is an unparalleled ally in ensuring that low-income South Carolinians have access to the quality healthcare services they need and deserve,” said Amanda Berrier, executive director of the South Carolina Free Clinic Association. “This year’s award is unprecedented — it allows us to look beyond providing access to healthcare for our state’s uninsured, to being able to demonstrate as a network that the quality of care free clinic patients receive is allowing them to live healthier lives.”

The SCFCA and its members together will receive $1.75 million for each of three years, totaling $5.25 million. This was the fifth of seven events that the foundation is hosting around the state to present its latest round of grants and honor the recipients in front of community and business leaders along with other dignitaries. Since the foundation was established in 2003, it has allocated more than $37.8 million in South Carolina to address issues such as childhood health, community health, mental health, obesity, diabetes, nursing and health research, and the increasing need for free medical clinics.

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HEALTHCARE GEORGIA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2012 RECIPIENTS OF JOSEPH D. GREENE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced the 2012 recipients of the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award. The announcements took place during a special ceremony at the opening of Connections 2012: Because Results Matter, the Foundation’s fifth statewide convening of nonprofit grantees, partners, and community leaders.

“On behalf of the Board and staff of Healthcare Georgia Foundation, we salute the 2012 recipients of the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award,” said Gary D. Nelson, PhD, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “Through the dedication and tireless efforts of these heroes for health, Georgians today and tomorrow will benefit greatly from their legacy of servant leadership.”

According to Nelson, “The honorees epitomize the meaning of charity captured in an old proverb, ‘the true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.’ Communities flourish as a result of the efforts of these five individuals and one collaborative and their unselfish service in the promotion of better health and healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.”

The 2012 recipients are:

Individual Recipients

Paul Bucynsky, MD
Volunteer Organization: Mercy Health Center

Dr. Paul Bucynsky co-founded Mercy Health Center in 2001 for the specific mission of “providing quality healthcare in a Christ-centered environment, to our uninsured neighbors.” As the Center’s Medical Director, Dr. Buczynsky volunteers at least ten hours per week providing leadership for the organization, consulting the medical needs of patients, seeing patients during scheduled evening clinics, and coordinating the schedules of volunteer medical providers. Through Dr. Buczynsky’s vision and service, Mercy Health Center conducted more than 9,000 patient visits in 2011 (completely free of charge), to patients in Athens and the surrounding communities.

Karen Carter, MD
Volunteer Organization: Special Olympics Georgia

Dr. Karen Carter has spent the past 12 years volunteering her time helping to make sure the athletes at Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) are fit to compete. A passionate supporter of the disability community, Dr. Karen (as she likes to be called) has served as the Medical Director for the State Indoor Winter Games. She also volunteers as one of the medical personnel at the State Summer Games, and is available on call 24/7 to handle injuries and incidents that may arise during the Games. Dr. Karen’s service stands out among SOGA’s 22,000 volunteers. Not only does she help more than 5,600 athletes compete in the Games, she inspires them to improve their physical fitness, participate in social activities, and gain the confidence they need to shine.

Charles G. Johnson, MD
Volunteer Organization: Good Shepherd Clinic

During the early years of Dr. Johnson’s private practice, volunteerism was defined as good
neighbors taking care of one another. After 47 years in private practice in Clayton County, Dr. Johnson retired for a year and quickly became restless. When asked to volunteer at the Good Shepherd Clinic, he agreed immediately and without hesitation. Now 87 years young and the Clinic’s Medical Director, Dr. Johnson regularly uses his humor along with his caring nature to provide Clayton County’s uninsured residents with access to primary healthcare. In the years since he joined the Clinic, it has grown from 1,000 to 3,000 patients served annually, all of whom have been touched by his strength, expertise, humor, and passion for helping others.

Mary Lynch, MD
Volunteer Organization: Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation

Dr. Mary Lynch is an ophthalmologist who began volunteering at Georgia Lions Lighthouse
Foundation in 2008. Since that time, she has provided more than 400 full eye exams to low-income clients, a critical service which often falls through the cracks. Dr. Lynch’s volunteer work with Lions Lighthouse extends far beyond the vision care she provides for her patients. She was instrumental in the creation of the Lighthouse’s first medical committee, which helped navigate the creation of 22 statewide vision clinic sites. Through her work, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation was able to serve more than 4,000 Georgians in 2011 – helping countless clients perform better at work and feel more optimistic about their futures.

Janice and Tolbert Morris 
Volunteer Organization: Helping Hands Outreach Clinic

Janice and Tolbert Morris founded the Helping Hands Outreach Clinic in 2001, fulfilling a dream to serve the unmet basic healthcare needs of indigent and uninsured residents in Rockdale County. Soaring demand for the Clinic’s services has resulted in more than 7,000 patient visits over the past 11 years. Together with volunteers, minimal staff, partnerships with medical providers, and donations from local businesses, the Clinic provides a wide range of services, including basic healthcare services, preventive and patient education, referrals, health fairs, prescription assistance, and diagnostics.The Clinic has become a beacon in its community and a model for success for Georgia’s free clinics.

Collaborative Recipient

Coordinated Collaborative Care (C3)
The Coordinated Care Collaborative (C3) was established in 2010 to serve the Fayette County
Population. The collaborative is comprised of a lead organization and five partner agencies that work together to provide a wide range of coordinated health and social services. After years of working together informally, the partner organizations began to discuss formalizing the relationship to better serve shared target populations and streamline health and social services already in place. The collaborative takes a holistic approach to healthcare, providing the citizens of Fayette County with access to a network of providers that might otherwise be unavailable to them. This unique network is able to maintain patient confidentiality while providing coordinated care that serves and monitors the needs of the patient. Those treated within the collaborative are able to receive a high level of care that is comparable to those with access to mainstream health and wellness care, which makes C3 an outstanding
model for a nonprofit collaborative approach to healthcare delivery.

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Abour Joseph D. Greene
In his 2005 memoir, From Cotton Fields to Board Rooms, Joseph D. Greene recounted leaving his home in rural Georgia in 1959 with his high school diploma and just $35 he had earned from picking cotton. The years that followed were decorated with success and achievements, as he elevated himself from the cotton fields of his youth to become a revered public leader. As a founding Healthcare Georgia Foundation board member, Mr. Greene helped steward the organization from its inception in 1999 through his retirement as board chair in 2006. In November 2007, the Foundation lost an inspirational leader when this gentle soul lost his battle with cancer. In 2008, Healthcare Georgia Foundation dedicated its community service award program in his honor, naming it the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award.

About Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, private independent foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. Through its strategic grantmaking, Healthcare Georgia Foundation supports organizations that drive positive change, promotes programs that improve health and healthcare among underserved individuals and communities, and connects people, partners and resources across Georgia. For more information, please visit the Foundation online at: www.healthcaregeorgia.org.

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NYSDOH, NYC INVESTMENT FUND, & NY eHEALTH COLLABORATIVE LAUNCH DIGITAL HEALTH ACCELERATOR FOR APP DEVELOPMENT

Health care providers and government agencies are looking to make New York a center of digital health innovation.

The New York State Department of Health, the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF) and the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), a nonprofit spearheading the development of health record exchanges in the state, have launched the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA) to allow new tech companies to receive financial support and to develop their new products for market in a business-incubator setting in cooperation with local hospitals and health care providers.

NYCIF is a private fund geared toward stimulating the city’s economy.

“This accelerator will help New York keep and attract businesses that grow our state’s economy and create jobs in our communities,” Maria Gotsch, president and CEO of NYCIF, said in a statement.

The organizations launched the accelerator on April 26.

Over several months, 12 early- and growth-stage companies will work with hospitals and providers to be mentored by senior-level executives. They’ll develop products that incorporate care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and messaging.

Vendors will engage with hospitals, long-term care providers, community health centers and primary care providers. Participating New York hospital networks include North Shore-LIJ Health System, NYU Langone Medical Center and Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Each company will receive $300,000 from a group of investors that include insurers Aetna and UnitedHealth Group and venture capital firms, such as Milestone Venture Partners and New Leaf Venture Partners.

“The convergence of health IT and health care expertise will be extremely critical and powerful in making health care more effective, convenient and affordable for everyone,” Dr. Lonny Riesman, Aetna’s chief medical officer, said in a statement.

“We believe the New York Digital Health Accelerator model will help bring practical solutions to market in a significantly shorter time frame,” Tom Vanderheyden, vice president, emerging businesses group at UnitedHealth Group, said in a statement.

Because tech companies have had difficulty adapting to policies and regulations required by the health care industry, the mentorship could provide valuable help for tech companies, according to David Whitlinger, executive director of NYeC, the organization that oversees the state’s health information exchange (HIE) network, called the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

The program is accepting applications from interested companies until June 1. NYeC is expecting 200 applications, which participating providers and venture capitalists will evaluate, said Whitlinger.

A review process will reduce the number of participating vendors to 30 or 40, said Whitlinger. The reviewing parties will be looking for strong management teams and robust applications in managing patient care, he said.

Mobile health applications for the iOS and Android platforms are among the possible development targets in the program, Whitlinger noted. Potential for growth in mobile health exists as doctors are able to engage patients using mobile apps and access patient clinical data from the SHIN-NY network on mobile devices, said Whitlinger.

With its investment of more than $800 million, New York offers an advanced infrastructure for connecting to health records, Whitlinger noted. Incubating companies will get priority access to the SHIN-NY network, he said.

A knowledgeable user community will allow the development community to experiment and incubate new products, he added.

Products can then be marketed internationally after their development in New York, said Whitlinger.

“The Digital Health Accelerator program will further advance New York’s national leadership in health IT as it will attract leading-edge companies at the forefront of developing the technology necessary for robust electronic health records and digital care coordination systems,” New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah said in a statement.

In November, the NYeC joined a group of states and health care software vendors to form the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, which issues specifications on the sharing of EHRs in HIEs.

Bringing new software companies to New York is a boost to the state’s economy but also provides them with the feedback to bring their products to market, according to Whitlinger.

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