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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Awards St. James $50,000

The Initiative Will Improve Cardiovascular Health and Advance Health Equity in Support of Million Hearts® 2027


St. James Healthcare, now part of Intermountain Healthcare, is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of six organizations to receive Million Hearts® Health Equity Implementation project funding to implement evidence-based strategies to improve cardiovascular health and advance health equity.  

The funding will support St. James Healthcare's "Hearts in the Mountains" initiative. The program will improve access to care for people with heart failure living in rural communities in Southwest Montana by supporting the availability of virtual and remote models of cardiac rehabilitation. Patients will be using self-measured blood pressure and weight monitoring and telehealth services to connect with specialists at St. James Healthcare. In turn, reducing hospitalizations, readmissions, and improving overall outcomes for heart failure patients who reside in rural communities.

Jennifer Davenport, MD St. James Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer

At St. James Healthcare, we provide the highest quality of care to our patients so that they can stay and heal close to home. The “Hearts in the Mountains” initiative will allow those with heart issues to continue their recoveries at home all the while allowing our caregivers insight into their progress. We are incredibly excited about partnering with the NACDD and working to address rural health issues in such a transformational way.

Jennifer Davenport, MD St. James Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) reviewed more than 100 applications from organizations that submitted proposals in response to the Million Hearts® Health Equity Implementation RFP. Each organization will receive up to $50,000 to effectively implement Million Hearts® strategies among priority populations to advance health equity between January – June 2023. Each grantee will focus on a Million Hearts® priority population and implement appropriate strategies outlined in Million Hearts® 2027 Focusing on Health Equity to address their needs.


About St. James Healthcare and Intermountain Healthcare   
St. James Healthcare has served the people of Southwestern Montana for more than 135 years and is the largest and only acute care health care facility in the region. St. James Healthcare is a 67-bed hospital located in Butte, Montana, with more than 450 caregivers, alongside 100 physicians and advanced care professionals, offering 24-hour care and dozens of progressive specialty services. St. James Healthcare is part of the Intermountain Healthcare system. Based in Utah with locations in seven states (Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming) and additional operations across the western U.S., Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit healthcare system comprised of 33 hospitals, 385 clinics, medical groups with some 3,800 employed physicians and advanced practice providers. To help people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is committed to improving community health and is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes at sustainable costs. To learn more about St. James Healthcare, visit sjh-mt.org.  

About The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Promoting Health. Preventing Disease.  
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and its more than 7,000 Members seek to strengthen state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control in states and nationally. Established in 1988, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NACDD is the only membership association of its kind to serve and represent every chronic disease division in all states and U.S. territories. For more information, visit chronicdisease.org.

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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Awards St. James $50,000