Helen Ross McNabb Center awarded grant from Trinity Health Foundation

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) The Helen Ross McNabb Center recently received a Trinity Health Foundation grant to study psychiatric care in an emergency room setting. The $15,000 grant is for Phase l of Trinity Health Foundation’s grant cycle.

“This grant will allow the Helen Ross McNabb Center to further understand how to best care for psychiatric patients in an emergency room setting,” said Jerry Vagnier, Helen Ross McNabb Center’s president and CEO. “Mental illness occurs in one in five adults in the United States. It is imperative we, as health care providers, are knowledgeable on the greatest way to provide treatment our clients, as a large percentage of the population is affected by mental illness.”

The Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee was founded as a supporting organization of the East Tennessee Foundation. Trinity purses the mission of understanding the key health needs of the community while supporting collaboration through project grants to nonprofit organizations in our region. Trinity annually seeks Requests for Proposals from regional nonprofits. From these proposals, 9-15 Phase I Planning Grants ranging from $5,000-$15,000 are awarded. The Phase l Grants allow recipients to further research around the ideas submitted, define specific milestones for project implementation and create a detailed budget for the Phase ll effort.

Statistics by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggests one-in-eight emergency room visits consists of a mental health or substance use condition.

“Our goal is to make emergency healthcare services more accessible for those who need psychiatric care and implement policies that support the patients,” said Leann Hilliard, Helen Ross McNabb Center's regional clinical vice president. “Poor understanding of mental health often leaves those who need health care waiting longer for treatment than other patients and receiving inadequate care. We want to change that.”

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier nonprofit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center celebrates 70 years of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 865‐637‐9711.

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