Fund­ing clin­i­cal re­search

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS / LETTERS -

The ar­ti­cle “Re­think­ing phi­lan­thropy” (July 22, p. 30) was right on the mark. Hos­pi­tal and health sys­tem foun­da­tions are look­ing for new strate­gies to gen­er­ate char­i­ta­ble gift-giv­ing. One area that is gain­ing mo­men­tum with foun­da­tions is pro­mot­ing clin­i­cal re­search pro­grams.

As your ar­ti­cle stated, foun­da­tion ef­forts are mov­ing to­ward op­por­tu­ni­ties to give to ser­vice ex­pan­sions and com­mu­nity health im­prove­ment ven­tures. Foun­da­tions also are be­gin­ning to un­der­stand the pow­er­ful draw of their or­ga­ni­za­tions’ clin­i­cal re­search pro­grams.

It is ap­peal­ing to play a fi­nan­cial role in build­ing the “cut­ting edge” im­age that clin­i­cal re­search pro­grams bring. Some hos­pi­tals ac­tu­ally fund their re­search en­ter­prise with foun­da­tion dollars. Those giv­ing to such spe­cific ser­vice pro­grams have the op­por­tu­nity to

“It is ap­peal­ing to play a fi­nan­cial role in build­ing the ‘cut­ting edge’ im­age that clin­i­cal re­search pro­grams bring.”

see how their dollars are at work in their own com­mu­nity.

Shirley Trainor-Thomas GuideS­tar Clin­i­cal Tri­als Man­age­ment

Deer­field, Ill.

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