Philanthropist and health systems visionary Steeve Kay has committed, through the Kay Family Foundation,an additional $500,000 to Claremont Graduate University’s successful Kay Center for E-Health Research. The new funding is effective July 1, 2009 and covers a two-year period, during which time Kay Center researchers are expected to accelerate and broaden their portfolio of health and disability systems research.
“I am delighted with the rapid progress the Kay Center has made. It is becoming a national force in Health IT,” Kay said. “With this commitment, the Kay Center will continue to address major challenges in health care, such as using Health IT to improve the delivery of disability benefits to millions of
Americans each year.”
“Since the Kay Family Foundation’s original gift in 2006, it has become clear that the research being done at the Center is already making enormous contributions to improve a wide range of health care services,” said CGU President Joe Hough. “This additional grant of $500,000 represents a strong endorsement of the work of the Center by Kay Family Foundation. All of us are extremely grateful to Mr. Kay for his generous support of the Center, and we count ourselves very fortunate to be working with a man of such vision and compassion.”
Kay Center highlights include performing collaborative research with national leaders such as Dr. Susan Daniels, convening a series of policy forums in Washington DC to offer Health IT solutions, and producing high-quality doctoral graduates who have gone on to lead successful careers in both academia and government.
“This is exactly the impact-oriented research that our School of Information Systems and Technology strives to accomplish, and we are poised to make an impact right now when Health IT is so high on the national agenda,” said Kay Center Director and Associate Professor Tom Horan.
About the Kay Center for E-Health Research
The Kay Center for E-Health Research (www.kaycenter.cgu.edu) was established in 2006 with a $1 million grant from the Kay Family Foundation. Kay Center research projects are designed to advance scientific understanding and public policy improvements relative to how new electronic health systems can be used to promote industry efficiency and societal welfare.
About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of the top graduate schools in the United States. Our nine academic schools conduct leading-edge research and award masters and doctoral degrees in 22 disciplines. Because the world’s problems are not simple nor easily defined, diverse faculty and students research and study across the traditional discipline boundaries to create new and practical solutions for the major problems plaguing our world. A Southern California based graduate school devoted entirely to graduate research and study, CGU boasts a low student-to-faculty ratio.