Fairbanks Foundation, ABC Medical Home at Eskenazi Health, Maurer Receive Service Awards
POSTED: June 24, 2015
CICOA awards recognize exemplary service and leading healthcare technology.
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is pleased to announce our sixth annual award winners in recognition of those who have provided exceptional service to older adults and people of all ages with disabilities in Central Indiana:
- Impact Award – Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation
- Partnership Award – Aging Brain Care Medical Home at Eskenazi Health
- Spirit Award – Mickey Maurer
“These individuals’ heart, compassion and innovation has furthered CICOA’s mission to empower older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers,” said Orion Bell, CICOA president and CEO.
The Impact Award
The Impact Award is presented to an individual or institutional donor whose contributions to CICOA have made a significant and positive impact on program service delivery or encouraged greater support of the agency from others.
Since 2002, the Fairbanks Foundation has awarded $288,000 in grants to CICOA, and last year funded the adaptation and implementation of an electronic medical record system, or EMR. Designed as a platform for communication with health information exchanges, the EMR gives CICOA access to detailed, real-time information on client medical histories and interactions.
CICOA became one of the first social services agencies in the country to implement an EMR, and one of the first non-medical programs to join the health information exchange. Participating in the Indiana Health Information Exchange has enhanced the coordination of support between CICOA and hospitals, clinics and physician groups and enabled CICOA to better manage care and more accurately monitor the health of its clients.
“It would be difficult to overstate the impact of the EMR and its potential,” said Bell. “The Fairbanks Foundation’s gift has been a game changer in improving health outcomes for our clients.”
The Partnership Award
The Partnership Award, which recognizes partner organizations that further CICOA’s mission in service delivery, advocacy or community planning, was presented to the Aging Brain Care Medical Home at Eskenazi Health.
A component of the ABC Medical Home, the Healthy Aging Brain Center (HABC), specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of memory problems. HABC emphasizes the importance of community supports and includes CICOA staff in its service delivery. A licensed social worker from CICOA is part of the multi-disciplinary care team, as are three care coordinator assistants. CICOA also helps hire and train staff.
When HABC learned of the Fairbanks grant, it allowed CICOA to adapt its EMR system, which incorporates monitoring tools for caregiver stress, cognitive screenings and other non-medical needs, useful for the social service agency.
“Adapting the Healthy Aging Brain Center’s EMR gave CICOA a powerful technology system at a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time it would have taken to develop a similar tool independently,” said Bell. “The software helps care coordinators more easily work with physicians, social workers and other members of the health care team to develop and monitor personalized care plans for clients.”
The Spirit Award recognizes contributions of a volunteer who has made a long-term commitment to the mission of CICOA and was presented to business leader and philanthropist Mickey Maurer.
“Mickey Maurer’s commitment to the community is evident in his philanthropy and his business interests,” said Bell. “Whether it is raising awareness and money for local causes through Mickey’s Camp, addressing local issues through his columns in the Indianapolis Business Journal or the local presence of the National Bank of Indianapolis, he demonstrates his commitment to the people of Central Indiana.”
Maurer served as honorary chair for CICOA’s 40th Anniversary celebration in 2014, emceed the Disco Ball fundraising event, and encouraged others to follow his lead in making personal and financial contributions to CICOA.
“We could not fulfill our mission without generous, community-minded individuals and organizations who believe in our cause and are committed to the clients we serve,” said Bell.