CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier CMNH Grants

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System is fortunate to serve as our area’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH). Not only do we provide excellent programs to local kids, we get unrivalled support from key partners to bring departments like yours equipment, training, and services to enhance your hard work and our patients’ experiences and outcomes. These partners and efforts include:

  • Local & national partners such as Walmart, Panda Express, RE/MAX, and Love’s Travel Stops, to name a few;
  • Sponsors of & riders who register for Miracle Tour; and
  • Associates who give to CMNH through our annual Associate Giving Campaign!

We are proud to be able to help you serve our patients with the best equipment and services possible.   

Your Grant Contact:

Kelley Matkins, CMNH Program Director, will be your contact throughout this process. Please contact Kelley with any questions:

  • Email: kelley.matkins@christushealth.org
  • Cell: 318.588.0781

CMNH Grant Cycle:

We have established TWO application periods for CMNH funds annually:

  • Winter – due FEBRUARY 15, 2022 
  • Summer – held in collaboration with the Guild Grant process in Aug/Sept
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CMNH Grant Guidelines

Request for funds from CMNH under the Funds Request Application must follow these general guidelines. Guidelines are general and may not pertain to all departments; each request will be considered individually. Administration will make the final decisions on requests greater than $2,500.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:

  • ONLINE ONLY – The grant application is now only online. You will fill out the application below and upload any supporting documentation in the appropriate section of the application below. 
  • USE IT OR LOSE IT – In order to make sure funds are being utilized and available to those who need them, the Foundation has adopted a “Use It or Lose It” policy. Grant funds not used within 6 months of their award will go back to the Foundation, and the requestor may reapply for them in the next grant cycle.
  • ONGOING COSTS – Please be sure to plan your budgets to accommodate ongoing costs related to your grant requests. Ongoing costs could include service contracts, the cost of supplies, and subscription costs. The Foundation may pay for the first year service contract for a new piece of equipment, but departments will be responsible for those ongoing costs beginning in year two.  

1a. NON-CAPITAL REQUESTS (requests less than $2,500)

If the individual items in your application are less than $2,500, you will follow the guidelines for a non-capital request. 
  • Submit electronic Foundation funding form (below) to include upload of merchandise description, quote or invoice from vendor with all applicable taxes and shipping charges. If you are unsure on taxes, know that Louisiana state and local taxes equal 9.7%.
  • Foundation will review and return with any questions or approval. If approved, Foundation will award a specific dollar amount for department’s request.
  • Upon approval of any non-capital fund request, department will coordinate with Kelley at Foundation to purchase items. Items may be purchased directly by department for reimbursement upon presentation of valid receipt OR items may be purchased by Foundation representative if requestor provides valid quote.
  • Department will be responsible for any charges over and above the approved amount. 

1b. CAPITAL REQUESTS (requests $2,500 or more)

If any individual item in your application is MORE THAN $2,500, you will follow the guidelines for a capital request for that item. 

  • Submit Foundation funding form, merchandise description, Capital Request Check-Off Template, and quote or invoice from vendor to include all applicable taxes and shipping charges. If you are unsure on taxes, know that Louisiana state and local taxes equal 9.7%.
  • Foundation will review and return with any questions or approval. If approved, Foundation will award a specific dollar amount for department’s request.
  • Upon approval of any capital purchase, Administration Contract Specialist will coordinate all Strata and related processes to obtain capital items.
  • Department will be responsible for any charges over and above the approved amount.

2. PATIENT STORY SUBMISSION

If CMNH funds are awarded, requestor will submit story idea within six months of merchandise being in active use (to allow for installation and training to occur as needed) to show how CMNH funds have benefited patient(s) and department. Valid story submissions must:

  • Be submitted via email to kelley.matkins@christushealth.org;
  • DUE: September 15, 2022
  • Provide contact information for the patient who has benefitted and/or their guardian; and,
  • Include a picture of the equipment or service. Clinicians may appear in the photo; please include a signed photo consent form.

3. PROJECT FUNDING ELIGIBILITY

Projects may or may not be approved for consideration as determined by CMNH funding policies. You will find a list of eligible and ineligible project categories below. 

  • The following areas are ELIGIBLE for funding consideration:
    • Patient service programs and equipment;
    • Advocacy and health education programs;
    • Specialized training and professional development.
  • The following areas are INELIGIBLE for funding consideration:
    • Annual or day-to-day operating expenses;
    • Memberships or subscriptions;
    • Salaries. 

Please contact Kelley with any questions on these categories.

4. DEPARTMENTAL PARTICIPATION IN CMNH ACTIVITIES

In the online application, you will be asked to describe your department’s participation in volunteer and storytelling activities in the prior year. While not a requirement, it is strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated for associates to participate in CMNH volunteer and storytelling events during the year.

5. ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE

You will be required to sign your online application using either a mouse for desktop computers, or your finger or a stylus for tables and smartphones. Your signature indicates you understand and agree to abide by these guidelines.

6. FUNDING DECISIONS AND TIMING 

All applications will be reviewed and your department notified of approvals or other decisions based on CMNH spending policies within four-six weeks of the application deadline closing. 

FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THESE GUIDELINES MAY ELIMINATE FURTHER FUNDING TO DEPARTMENT.

CMNH Funds Online Application

CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS (CMNH) FUNDS APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES

  • CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS (CMNH) FUNDS APPLICATION

    Request for funds from CMNH under the electronic Funds Request Application must follow the guidelines listed above. Guidelines may not pertain to all departments; each request will be considered individually. Administration will make the final decision on requests greater than $2,500. Please reach out to Kelley Matkins with any questions (see contact information above).
  • REQUESTOR'S INFORMATION

    Please enter the following information to begin your electronic application.
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  • HELPFUL REMINDERS

    Please scroll up to review application guidelines. Also note the following reminders:
  • Reminder: Non-Capital vs. Capital Request

    Non-capital requests are for individual items LESS THAN $2,500; capital requests are for individual items $2,500 OR MORE.
  • Reminder: APPROVED Funding Categories

    Patient service programs and equipment; advocacy and health education programs; specialized training and professional development.
  • Reminder: EXCLUDED Funding Categories

    Annual or day-to-day operating expenses; memberships or subscriptions; salaries.
  • FUNDS REQUEST DETAILS

    Please complete the following with as much detail and supporting documentation as you can provide to support your request for CMNH funds.
  • Please tell us why you are applying for CMNH grant funds, what the funds would pay for, why the item(s) is/are needed, and how you expect them to help children served by our hospital.
  • Please upload a description of your project, along with any quotes from vendors or other items you feel would be beneficial to your grant application. For capital requests, please upload the Capital Request Check-Off Template (file download available in section 1b).
    Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 256 MB.
    • Please tell us about your department’s participation in volunteer efforts to support CMNH programs and activities in the last year. Feel free to list activities and include approximate number of volunteers and hours served. If your department did not participate, please explain.
    • Please tell us about your department’s participation in storytelling opportunities to support CMNH programs and activities in the last year. Feel free to list activities (i.e. Miracle Monday interview, Voice of the Patient, Live Well interview, etc.).
    • SIGNATURES & SUBMISSION

      PLEASE NOTE: by signing below, you agree to abide by the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) Funds guidelines as issued by CHRISTUS Foundation Shreveport-Bossier. FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THESE GUIDELINES MAY ELIMINATE FURTHER FUNDING TO DEPARTMENT.
    • From a desktop computer, please use your mouse to sign in the box above. From a tablet or smartphone, you may use your finger or a stylus to sign in the box above.

    CHRISTUS Foundation — Shreveport-Bossier

    7591 Fern Avenue, Suite 1903 • Shreveport, LA 71105

    (318) 681-6781 • fax (318) 798-8317

    CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center Celebrates
    First Robotic Heart Bypass Surgery

    Shreveport, Louisiana, Dec. 20, 2021– CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center is celebrating a landmark milestone in cardiovascular care with the announcement of the successful completion of the first minimally invasive robotic -assisted heart surgery.

    On Thursday, December 16, Timothy Danish, M.D., CHRISTUS Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon, and the CHRISTUS surgical heart team specially-trained in robotics used the daVinci XI Surgical System to perform a coronary artery single vessel bypass graft on a 68-year-old male.

    “It was a smashing success-the patient is doing well and we’re extremely excited about it,” said Dr. Danish.

    Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery is a common heart procedure; and now patients in the Ark-La-Tex have a less invasive option available at CHRISTUS Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. The robotics technology changes the field of vision for the surgeon, providing 10 to 15 times magnification-a significant increase over the standard surgical loops, which only provide 3 to 4 times magnification. The robotics increases the safety of the procedure by allowing the surgeon to control the viewfinder and surgical instruments in real time from a workstation instead of standing throughout a long and complex procedure. The computer interface also has the ability to provide more exact needle placement, which is critical to the success of heart surgery. The heart’s blood flow can be re-established to the affected area of the heart without having to open the chest cavity. Instead, the heart is accessed through small incisions made between the ribs.

    During the procedure, the surgeon is seated at a workstation a few feet away from the patient, and controls three robotic arms on the operating table, which become his or her eyes and hands for the minimally invasive surgery. While viewing a video monitor to see the surgical site, the surgeon expertly maneuvers instrument handles on the surgical robot to replicate those movements with the instrument tips at the site of surgery. 

    “The robotic approach of this procedure minimizes the trauma of the surgery,” said Dr. Danish. There is a huge benefit to not having a full sternotomy, having the chest fully opened during the procedure. We anticipate that it will lead to a quicker recovery, a shorter hospital stay, and less pain for the patient.”

    Upon completion of the procedure, Dr. Danish and his team immediately transferred the patient from the operating room to the heart catheterization lab for a post-procedural angiogram to ensure proper blood flow and function of the newly bypassed artery. The morning after surgery, the patient reported minimal pain and was mobile and comfortable. He has since been discharged and is now recovering at home.

     “It was functioning beautifully, we are very pleased,” said Dr. Danish. “Our team is extraordinary. They’re very hard working and dedicated. I am one piece of the puzzle, with the whole team we were able to accomplish something amazing for this patient and for the future of heart surgery in our community.” 

    The successful completion of this robotic heart surgery is the latest innovative achievement CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System unveiled as its new state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, a $43 million investment in facilities and technology at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center, nears completion. Patients now have access to cutting-edge robotic heart therapy without having to travel out of the region. 

    “It truly is a remarkable accomplishment, being able to be one of the first to offer patients in north Louisiana a robotic bypass procedure that accelerates the healing process and allows the patient to get on with life with a new artery graft that traditionally required open heart surgery. Having this performed on our campus is historic for cardiac care in this region,” said Steen Trawick, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System.

    For more information on cardiovascular services offered at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center, visit https://www.christushealth.org/trinity/clinic/locations-directions/cardiovascular-thoracic-surgery .