AstraZeneca - AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation awards $205,564 grant to HSHS St. John’s Hospital to improve heart health

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program is awarding a grant of $205,564 to HSHS St. John’s Hospital to support its Launching a Tele-Heart Pathway program, which works to improve cardiovascular health in the community.

Launching a Tele-Heart Pathway provides health literacy and personalized interventions to fragile and at-risk heart failure patients in their homes to support self-management, independence and optimal health. It identifies and partners with patients and their caregivers in 13 disadvantaged communities, and uses daily telehealth remote monitoring, support, education and evidence-based medication adjustments.

“The Connections for Cardiovascular Health grant made it possible to launch the Tele-Heart Pathway,” said Mark R. Stampehl, MD, MA, FACC, medical director of Heart Failure at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “Our goal is to support Healthy People 2020 objectives by partnering with vulnerable and at-risk patients with heart failure and their caregivers in medically underserved and disadvantaged communities. This innovation provides daily telehealth remote monitoring, support, education and evidence-based medication adjustments for this vulnerable patient population.”

“Cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of death in the United States, which is why we must find new ways to help prevent and decrease the risks associated with this disease,” said James W. Blasetto, MD, MPH, FACC, chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. “The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is proud to provide funding to HSHS St. John’s Hospital’s innovative program to help improve cardiovascular health in their community.”

The Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program annually awards grants to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations across the country. More than $2.6 million in grants to 13 organizations will be announced this year. More than $17 million in grants have been awarded through the program since its inception in 2010. In 2015, the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSMprogram will award grants from $150,000 to $180,000.

Organizations can learn more and apply online for a Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSMgrant at Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 26, 2015.

About HSHS St. John’s Hospital

St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill., is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to Central and Southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, Center for Living, Orthopedic Services and AthletiCare. St. John's now has one of the most advanced Surgery Centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower to offer all private rooms. It is designated as a Level I Trauma Center, has its own College of Nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John's Hospital, visit or call 217-358-6126.

About AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

Established in 1993, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a Delaware not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for charitable purposes, including to promote public awareness of healthcare issues, to promote public education of medical knowledge and to support or contribute to charitable and qualified exempt organizations consistent with its charitable purpose. Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM was launched in 2010 through a charitable contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca.

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