Horizon Foundation and Howard County General Hospital Jointly Fund $3 Million Partnership
Columbia, MD - The Horizon Foundation is granting $950,000 to Howard County General Hospital over the next four years to help establish a Center for Excellence in Geriatric Health, address emergency psychiatric needs and improve access to care for lower income county residents.
The unprecedented funding, the largest to a single institution in the Foundation’s nine-year history, supports The Community Health Partnership, a joint initiative of the Foundation and the Hospital. Howard County General Hospital has committed $2.1 million to the Partnership, for a total commitment of approximately $3 million from the two organizations.
“The relationship between the Hospital and the Foundation is broader and deeper than that of a grantor-grantee,” Horizon President & CEO Richard M. Krieg said. “We share a number of priorities such as improving access to care and expanding programs and services for seniors.”
He explained that the Community Health Partnership was developed over several years with input from both organizations’ Boards of Trustees. The Hospital and the Foundation have achieved an exemplary working relationship, Krieg said. “We work closely on many issues, including some that fall outside the focus of this Partnership.” He cited the community emergency response network and strategic planning as two examples.
The Foundation and the Hospital have jointly earmarked more than $2 million of Partnership funding to address the needs of older adults in Howard County, which has the fastest growing population of seniors in the State. The funding will be used to evaluate the feasibility of including dedicated geriatric facilities within the current Campus Development Plan (CDP). If the studies determine such a project is feasible and supported by projected demographics, it then will be determined how the center of excellence might be structured and what programmatic enhancements could be included.
“Over the next decade, the fastest growing segment of our population is those 50 years of age and older. As Howard County ages, we will continue to expand and change to meet the community’s health care needs,” said Victor A. Broccolino, president/CEO of Howard County General Hospital. “This feasibility study will help determine the best ways to meet those needs.”
In addition to improved services for older adults, the Partnership funding has been directed at developing a state-of-the-art Behavioral Emergency Unit. The Hospital’s new emergency department facility opened in February. As the only provider of emergency services in Howard County, the Hospital has seen a four percent increase in emergency psychiatric evaluations over the past two years.
Funding also will support a program that includes physician care of hospitalized patients served by the Columbia Center of Chase Brexton Health Services. This facility, which was created with Horizon Foundation financial and planning support, serves a clientele which includes Medicaid, Medicare and uninsured patients. Hospital-based physicians, or “hospitalists,” will be attentive to Chase Brexton patients needing acute care services. In addition, the Hospital and the Foundation will create a special Partnership fund to assist the Chase Brexton facility, with the Hospital contributing $200,000 over a four-year period to that fund and The Horizon Foundation adding $50,000 to the fund.
The Horizon Foundation addresses community health issues through a strategic grants program and partnerships with private and public institutions. As a community health foundation, it takes a broad view of health and wellness and is committed to helping build a healthy and resilient community in Howard County. The Horizon Foundation was created as in independent philanthropy in 1998 with the proceeds derived from Howard County General Hospital’s contribution of $70 million to create the Foundation, when the Hospital joined Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Howard County General Hospital: A member of Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1998 is a 208-bed, not-for-profit, health care provider located in Columbia, Maryland. Serving the community since 1973, the hospital, with a professional staff of more than 800 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 70 medical specialties and sub-specialties, a workforce of nearly 1,700, and greater than 600 community volunteers has grown into a comprehensive, acute-care medical center that treats a full range of conditions from neonatal care to oncology and outpatient care to critical care.