We are seeking partnership opportunities with organizations facilitating multi-year programs that can effectively act upon grants from our foundation ranging between $25,000 to a maximum of $250,000 per year. Each year, we will evaluate our partnership based on achievement of mutually agreed upon annual impact goals.

Additionally, applying organizations must meet our organizational status requirements.

Overview

To improve the lives of 2.5 million underserved structural heart and critical care patients by 2025, our funding focuses on the following types of programs, with preference given to partners that support underserved patients in multiple ways:

Detection:

  • Screening to detect structural heart disease
  • Public education on structural heart disease detection
  • Clinical education on structural heart disease detection

Treatment:

  • Structural heart disease treatment
  • Clinical education on structural heart disease treatment

Recovery:

  • Patient-to-patient structural heart disease pre- and post-treatment support
  • Clinical education on critical care recovery of cardiac and high-risk surgery patients

Programs must target underserved structural heart and critical care patients as defined below:

  • Structural Heart Disease patients: for the purposes of Every Heartbeat Matters, we define structural heart disease patients as those having mechanical issues of the heart (i.e. heart valve disease, heart failure, ventricle dilation, other structural heart comorbidities). Programs must target populations at-risk of the disease, including those over age 50, those at risk of developing rheumatic heart disease, and those with a genetic predisposition.
  • Critical Care patients: for purposes of Every Heartbeat Matters, we define critical care patients as those needing in-hospital (i.e. critical care, intensive care unit, operating room) continuous hemodynamic monitoring.
  • Underserved definition: we define “underserved” as equivalent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services definition of health disparity, which is a type of difference in health that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantages.

To help us accurately measure our collective impact, each partner is asked to provide patient impact data on the number of underserved structural heart and critical care patient lives improved by programs over 12-months, even with multi-year programs. Please note that multi-year grant installments will not be made until impact reporting is submitted and approved by the foundation.

Partners will be asked to provide data on each type of program supported, as well as unique total number of underserved patients impacted (i.e. if one patient is both screened and treated, they are reported under both program totals, and then separately in total unique patients).

For estimating underserved patients impacted by public and clinical education programs, we encourage use of logic models, sample surveys, and research on underserved disease prevalence in the targeted community.

Partners will be provided a link to the reporting portal when impact data is due at the end of each calendar year.

The Every Heartbeat Matters reporting tool can be helpful for data collection during program.

To ensure accuracy and sound program management, each year, we will conduct a deep review of 10 percent of our partners’ use of funds and impact on previously submitted reports.

We are committed to transparency in our financial arrangements with health care professionals, provider organizations, teaching institutions, and non-profit organizations. Please note we may publicly disclose information regarding the terms of any financial support provided by our foundation, which may be legally required under federal, state or local law, rule or regulation (e.g., the Sunshine Law provisions of the Affordable Care Act). Additionally, we may publish this type of information on our website or in any other public manner to provide full disclosure of our financial arrangements with health care professionals.

Detection

Detection of structural heart disease is the first step to improving patient lives. That’s why Every Heartbeat Matters supports programs that help underserved patients get the awareness and disease diagnosis they need including:

Program guidelines:

  • Heart screenings must be performed by a licensed clinician using auscultation (stethoscope) or echocardiogram
  • If a structural heart condition is detected, a medically appropriate path of care must be outlined for the patient, including a referral to a treating physician or indigent care programs

Reporting requirements:

  • Number of underserved patients screened for structural heart disease (by age, 0-24, 25-49, 50+)
  • Number of structural heart disease conditions detected and referred for care

Program guidelines:

  • At least 50% of Every Heartbeat Matters funding must be focused on structural heart disease (preference will be given to programs with a greater percentage of time spent on this topic)

Reporting requirements:

  • Number of underserved patients educated
  • For public health awareness campaigns, patients may be estimated from underserved patient population in the target community, the results to a sample survey, or other logic model that provides a strategic estimate of how many underserved patients are impacted by public education efforts
  • A feedback mechanism is required to confirm patient education:
    • Patient viewed a website for at least one minute
    • Patient downloaded or printed materials from a website
    • Patient confirmed / documented they learned about structural heart disease in a documented way (check box, brief questionnaire, text entry, email)
    • Sign- in sheets at in-person events, seminars, conferences
    • While awareness campaigns can be effective programming for SHD detection education, media impressions with no demonstrated feedback mechanism cannot be counted

Program guidelines:

  • At least 50% of Every Heartbeat Matters funding must be focused on structural heart disease detection (preference will be given to programs with a greater percentage of time spent on this topic)
  • Programs must be free of any commercial influence, should not promote Edwards’ products, and should reflect that independence standards, such as those provided by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, are followed

Reporting requirements:

  • Number of underserved patients impacted over 12 months by the clinicians trained on structural heart disease detection, who indicate training was impactful and will improve the lives of their patients
  • Estimated underserved patients served by clinicians should be based on clinical practice and patient population (research, surveys, or logic models may be used to make informed assumptions)
  • Clinicians must be reported by type of clinician (i.e. cardiac surgeon, interventional cardiologist, primary care physician)
Treatment

Too many people die from structural heart disease when resources and treatment options are scarce. Every Heartbeat Matters supports programs that help underserved patients receive the structural heart care they need including:

  1. Structural heart disease treatment:
    • Medical treatment
    • Product donations
    • Wrap-around services that support care (such as transportation and case management programs)
  2. Clinical education on structural heart disease treatment

Program guidelines:

  • Treatment of a patient’s structural heart condition must be performed by a licensed physician
  • All treatment must be provided as a charitable service to the patient without billing to any third party or entity, including the patient
  • Charitable program support may not be provided to government officials or family members, hospital staff or family members, or non-profit organization’s staff or family members
  • Edwards Foundation grant may not be used to purchase Edwards technologies; please contact Edwards_Foundation@Edwards.com to inquire about the company’s product donation program

Reporting requirements:

  • Number of underserved patients treated for structural heart disease (by age, 0-24, 25-49, 50+)
  • Types of treatment provided to structural heart disease patients (heart valve replacement, heart valve repair, heart valve medical management, etc.)
  • Number of unsuccessful treatments and reasons why

Program guidelines:

  • At least 50% of Every Heartbeat Matters funding program time must be focused on structural heart disease treatment (preference will be given to programs with a greater percentage of time spent on this topic)
  • Programs must be free of any commercial influence, should not promote Edwards’ products, and should reflect that independence standards, such as those promoted by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, are followed

Reporting requirements:

  • Number of underserved patients impacted over 12 months by the clinicians trained on structural heart disease treatment, who indicated training was impactful and will improve the lives of their patients
  • Estimated underserved patients served by clinician should be based on clinical practice and patient population (research, surveys, or logic models may be used to make informed assumptions)
  • Clinicians must be reported by type of clinician (i.e. cardiac surgeon, interventional cardiologist, nurse)
Recovery

Structural heart disease and critical care patients need to be able to recover from their treatments to ensure that they can fully heal, emotionally and physically, and get back to their lives and families. That’s why Every Heartbeat Matters is focused on supporting the patient journey, from detection, to treatment, and through recovery.

Program guidelines:

  • Provide patient-to-patient support pre- and post- structural heart disease treatment

Reporting requirements:

  • Number of underserved structural heart patients supported

Program guidelines:

  • At least 50% of Every Heartbeat Matters funding must be focused on critical care recovery for patients treated in-hospital for cardiac and/or high-risk surgery (preference will be given to programs with a greater percentage of time spent on this topic)
  • Programs must be free of any commercial influence, should not promote Edwards’ products, and should reflect that independence standards, such as those promoted by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, are followed

Reporting requirements:

  • Number of underserved patients impacted over 12 months by the clinicians trained on critical care recovery of cardiac and/or high-risk surgery, who indicated training was impactful and will improve the lives of their patients
  • Estimated underserved patients served by clinician should be based on clinical practice and patient population (research, surveys, or logic models may be used to make informed assumptions)
  • Clinicians must be reported by type of clinician (i.e. cardiac surgeon, interventional cardiologist, nurse, anesthesiologist)

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