The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is receiving the largest research grant in MU history. The 14.8 million dollar grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is aimed at reducing avoidable hospitalizations in nursing home patients.
Dean Judith Miller said the grant will fund the placement of nurses to help cut down the amount of hospital visits for residents.
“We know there’s specific health problems that cause them to be hospitalized over and over again," said Miller. "So we now are going to implement a model in 16 nursing homes to really measure the impact of our intervention.”
The school is already doing research on aging and working with a local independent living community, Tiger Place. Miller said that work will provide a foundation for the research to be implemented over the next four years.