FORT WORTH, Texas (May 21, 2020) – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), a leader in aerospace innovation, is partnering with JPS Health Network to leverage the use of technology to combat the spread of COVID-19 and its long-term effects on vulnerable and financially at-risk populations in Tarrant County.
Through a $500,000 Lockheed Martin grant to the JPS Foundation, which seeks philanthropic support for clinical care, research and training at JPS, the health system will move to expand telehealth services to include specialty care kiosks in neighborhood health centers and remote monitoring for COVID-19 positive patients whose condition can be managed from home.
“COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the need for healthcare to maximize technology to serve all patient communities, from veterans and the working poor to people experiencing homelessness,” said JPS President and CEO Robert Earley. “Telehealth is the medical world’s answer to social distancing. Lockheed Martin’s generous gift will allow JPS to adopt methods of care that keep our patients and our team members safe.”
“Lockheed Martin and our nearly 20,000 Fort Worth employees are committed to helping our neighbors in need and supporting those fighting this pandemic on the frontlines,” said Michele Evans, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “Through these challenging times, JPS Health Network has not wavered in providing quality medical care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. With this gift, Lockheed Martin is proud to contribute to our shared goals of doing what’s right and protecting the communities we call home.”
Providing access to telehealth visits with specialists from kiosks at neighborhood clinics will not only decrease the need for patients to travel to the main campus, but it will help those patients without smart phones get needed specialty care. The kiosks also will cut down on excessive or non-essential trips to the emergency room.
The development of a remote monitoring program would allow JPS to track the vital signs of COVID-19 patients who are discharged to finish their overall recovery at home.
“Investing in innovation that protects our community is what Lockheed Martin does,” said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley. “I am grateful for the company’s support of the vital work our public healthcare system does every day to protect the health of Tarrant County residents.”
JPS Health Network has earned two important designations from the State of Texas for the care it provides to women and newborns.
Dr. Elizabeth Spooner, Maternal Medical Director, and Jeri Ames, Maternal Program Manager, announced the health network has been designated as a Level IV institution for Maternal Care, the highest designation possible. It has also been re-designated as a Level III provider for Neonatal Care, reaffirming the high quality of services provided in that area.
Thank you all for being on this journey that started several years ago to help us reach our goal of receiving Level IV designation,” said Jessica Weathers, RN Clinical Manager, Labor & Delivery and Women’s OR, noting the accomplishments took a total team effort. “We could not have done it without each and every one of you!”
Dina Dent, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, said the designations demonstrate to the Tarrant County community the high quality of care that’s available at their local public hospital.
“This is great recognition for the organization,” Dent said.
Level IV Maternal Care institutions are recognized as being able to handle everything from the most routine to the most complex medical surgical, and/or obstetrical conditions, according to the State of Texas. Level III Neonatal designation allows healthcare institutions to care for expecting mothers in their 23 week of pregnancy. Without it, the health network couldn’t care for expecting mothers who hadn’t reached 40 weeks. JPS was originally recognized with the designation in 2018.
Roopina Sangha, Senior Physician Executive for Woman & Infant Services and Chair of OBGYN at JPS, recognized that earning the accolades took a lot of hard work over the course of several months.
“I am very proud of our accomplishment, and so glad we persisted and went for a Level IV designation,” Sangha said. “Congratulations to all with deep appreciation for everyone’s efforts over the past months in our ongoing journey to excellence in maternal care delivery.”
A group of 10 aspiring JPS Health Network nurses will go to school for free thanks to Reach for the Stars scholarships.
Funded by an anonymous donor, the scholarships are awarded twice a year to JPS team members, according to Jodi Bell, Learning Projects Director in the JPS Human Resources Department. They’re earmarked for team members who want to become a nurse or those who already are nurses but want to enhance their education and abilities.
“It’s a full scholarship,” Bell said. “It covers all tuition, books and fees. It’s really a great opportunity for people who are interested in nursing-related education.”
The scholarship recipients for the current term are:
It was a huge blessing, financially, to get this scholarship
Danielle Brenner, a lactation consultant at JPS, was a Reach for the Stars scholarship recipient in 2019. The financial support has allowed her to attend two semesters of school for free. Brenner said she is attending the University of Texas at Arlington to earn a BSN degree. She estimated she’s saving $11,000-$12,000 between tuition, books and other expenses, a boost she appreciates as she tries to go to school while holding down a full-time job.
“It was a huge blessing, financially, to get this scholarship,” said Brenner who already holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. “It was nice not to have to stress about buying books, scrubs and all of those other things that go along with it.”
Brenner said she expects to graduate in December. She said when she does it will open up a lot of career opportunities in other nursing fields.
According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, Texas has a critical nursing shortage. There were 14,973 fewer registered nurses in 2015 than there were jobs available. By the year 2030, the demand for RNs is expected to grow 53.8 percent leaving a deficit of 59,970 nurses. The report also predicted a shortage of nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives which will grow every year over the next decade.
The next application period for the Reach for the Stars scholarships will take place in July. JPS team members can contact NursingStars@jpshealth.org for more information.