By AHRA Staff
April 2012—This article will be the first in a series of vendor spotlights, designed to keep our members aware of AHRA’s partnerships and show our appreciation for all that our vendor partners do.
Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. has been a long-standing supporter of both AHRA and the AHRA Education Foundation. In 2008, Toshiba and AHRA partnered on the Putting Patients First Program to provide healthcare facilities with the resources needed to improve imaging quality and safety for patients through an unrestricted educational grant from Toshiba. The program has been a resounding success and continues to grow each year. Since its inception, the program has provided grants for 19 AHRA members and their facilities.
This past year, Toshiba increased their funding of the program to $75,000. This allowed AHRA and Toshiba to fund six grants of up to $7,500 each to hospitals and imaging centers and an additional grant of up to $20,000 to an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) to fund programs, training, or seminars aimed at improving patient care and safety in CT, MR, ultrasound, x-ray and vascular imaging. The new grant of up to $20,000 was awarded to an IDN or hospital system for projects that improved overall patient care and safety in imaging across the IDN/hospital system. All facilities will develop and share their best practices. Beyond receiving funds, the grant recipients publish an article in an AHRA publication about their innovative programs to improve patient care and safety in diagnostic imaging.
“Toshiba is committed to developing technologies that advance diagnostic imaging and partners with healthcare facilities to improve the quality of patient care,” said Catherine Wolfe, senior director of corporate and strategic communications at Toshiba. “Through the continued growth of the Putting Patients First Program, we hope to help support healthcare facilities create innovative programs designed to improve patient safety and comfort, provide continued education for healthcare providers and share best practices.”
As a long-standing partner of AHRA, please thank your local Toshiba representatives for all that they do to ensure AHRA stays at the forefront of medical imaging management. AHRA looks forward to further expanding our relationship with Toshiba in the coming years.