$50,000 Seed Grants Awarded

Six projects have been awarded $50,000 each as part of the IHQI's Seed Grant program.

The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) has awarded $50,000 each to six projects as part of IHQI’s inaugural Seed Grant program. Twenty-three proposals from UNC Hospitals, UNC Physicians Network and UNC Faculty Physicians were received.

 The purpose of the IHQI Seed Grant program is to support projects that:

  • result in sustainable and meaningful improvement in the value of patient care
  • align with UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine strategic goals
  • increase improvement capacity and eliminate functional silos

The funded proposals are:

Discharge Time at North Carolina Children's Hospital
North Carolina Children’s Hospital
Lead: Kathleen Bradford, MD

Enhanced Recovery after Major Gastrointestinal Surgery
North Carolina Memorial Hospital Perioperative Services
Leads: Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD, and H.J. Kim, MD

Lung Protective Ventilation and Standardized Spontaneous Breathing Trials
Surgical ICU and Neuroscience ICU
Lead: Thomas Bice, MD

Stepped Approach to Preventive Services Outreach in Primary Care
UNC Primary Care Improvement Collaborative
Lead: Shana Ratner, MD

Survivorship Care Plans
North Carolina Cancer Hospital
Lead: Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN

Unplanned Inpatient Hospital Admissions for Cancer Patients
North Carolina Cancer Hospital
Lead: Bhisham Chera, MD

About the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement
The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement’s mission is to catalyze healthcare improvement, spread and culture change by engaging providers in improvement projects, training and research. IHQI promotes the development of experience and expertise in improvement through the Seed Grant program, expands and enhances training in improvement techniques, using the Lean Six Sigma approach in cooperation with UNC Medical Center's Department of Operational Efficiency and develops externally funded research in quality improvement.