HIGHLIGHTS

Glendale Adventist Medical Center: ACCESS Project
Glendale Adventist Medical Center's ACCESS Project aimed to improve access to cancer clinical trials for patients experiencing traditional barriers to healthcare. The project sought to (1) create access to increasingly effective cancer therapies that are often years from being readily available to the public; (2) simplify access to these therapies for vulnerable populations, particularly those at advanced cancer stages; and, (3) raise awareness among physicians treating cancer patients about treatment options and new therapies. To accomplish this, ACCESS shared cancer clinical trial information with oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and primary care physicians who treat patients with cancer and assisted them with enrolling patients into appropriate clinical trials. In 2009, UniHealth Foundation funding of $100,000 supported a replicable project that increases patient access to cancer clinical trials, improves outcomes for patients and is ultimately self-sustaining.



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LA Christian Health Centers: Patient Care Team Redesign
With clinic sites in Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles and the Pico Aliso district of East Los Angeles, Los Angeles Christian Health Centers (LACHC) is a source of hope and healing to thousands of low-income and homeless Los Angeles residents. Since its founding in 1995, LACHC leadership and staff have labored to provide more and better service to their patients, a goal that often meant accepting risk and embracing change. In February 2011, with the support of a $200,000 UniHealth Foundation grant, LACHC undertook its boldest change initiative, the Patient Care Team Redesign Project.










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