Milestones: The Fund's Role in New York's Health Care History

1879
The United Hospital Fund is founded by hospital trustees to “obtain benevolent gifts for the hospitals of New York and to coordinate and extend the work of hospitals.”
 
1904
The Fund establishes the Hospital Conference of New York, later to become the Greater New York Hospital Association.
 
1935
The Fund establishes the Associated Hospital Service of New York, now Empire BlueCross BlueShield.
 
1938
The Fund helps form the Greater New York Fund, now United Way of New York City.
 
1956
Together with other community groups, the Fund founds the Community Blood Council of Greater New York, now the New York Blood Center.
 
1958
The City Hospital Visiting Committee affiliates with the Fund to improve care in public hospitals.
 
1962
The Committee on Nursing Homes – Long Term Care is founded to visit the city’s nursing homes and report on conditions affecting quality of life.
 
1979
The Fund develops its Patient Origin Information System and produces the first citywide profile of inpatient hospital use.
 
1983
The Fund awards its first AIDS-related grant to Saint Vincents Hospital and Medical Center.
 
1985
The Fund helps establish the Health Care for the Homeless Program, now operating independently as Care for the Homeless.
 
1992
With philanthropic partners, the Fund creates the Primary Care Development Program to improve and expand primary care in low-income communities.
 
1995
With Columbia University and New York University, the Fund forms the New York Consortium for Health Services Research.
 
1996
The Fund spearheads the Hospital Palliative Care Initiative to improve hospital care for dying patients and their families, and launches the Families and Health Care Project to help meet the needs of family caregivers.
 
1998
The Fund is selected to establish a national forum to measure and report on health care quality, now operating independently as the National Quality Forum.
 
2000
To support the development of programs that bring health care and social services to seniors in their homes, the Fund creates the Aging in Place Initiative.
 
2001
In response to the events of September 11, the Fund allocates $1 million to a Special Recovery Initiative, which results in 340,000 previously uninsured New Yorkers' gaining coverage through Disaster Relief Medicaid.
 
2003
To promote system-wide health care quality improvement, the Fund launches the New York Quality Strategies Initiative.
 
2004
To improve health care for all New Yorkers, the Fund launches Strategic Health Initiatives for New York: The Campaign for United Hospital Fund.
 
2005
The Fund establishes the Medicaid Institute at United Hospital Fund to help all stakeholders explore options for redesigning, restructuring, and rebuilding New York's then $42 billion Medicaid program.
 
2006
The Fund helps found the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), a public-private partnership to guide the development of health information technology in New York.
 
2007
The Fund and Greater New York Hospital Association establish a multi-year, multi-faceted partnership with New York-area hospitals to improve quality of care and patient safety.
 
2008
To help forge effective working partnerships between family caregivers and health care professionals, the Fund establishes the Next Step in Care campaign and website; continuing its pioneering work through its Aging in Place Initiative, the Fund launches the NORC Blueprint website.

2009
The Fund and Greater New York Hospital Association launch the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program to train early- and mid-career physicians (and later, nurses) to help them champion quality improvement and patient safety efforts within their hospitals

2010
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation selects the Fund, one of four initial grantees, to develop a diabetes control strategy targeting seniors living in two New York City communities as part of the national initiative Together on Diabetes: Communities Uniting to Meet America's Diabetes Challenge.
 
2012
With AARP Public Policy Institute, the Fund publishes Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care, a pioneering study documenting that nearly half of family caregivers perform medical/nursing tasks for which they need more training and support from health care providers.

2013
To lay the foundation for effective partnerships between health care professionals and family caregivers, the Fund develops its ten-point Transitions in Care 2.0 Action Agenda.

2014
The Fund releases the first appraisal of New York's new health insurance exchange, identifying ten issues to watch as it moves into the future.
 
2015
Expanding its efforts to make health care safer and more effective, UHF launches the Quality Institute at United Hospital Fund to advance effective quality measurement, strengthen provider capacity, and better engage patients.
 
2016

To promote optimal physical, emotional, and cognitive development in the first five years of life, UHF establishes the Children’s Health Initiative to help bring early childhood interventions into pediatric primary care, foster value-based payment to encourage expanded practice, and engage parents and educators.

 

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