NGHS employees awarded grants for healthcare innovation

Five Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) employees recently received grants through the NGHS Foundation’s Change Grant program for ideas designed to change “the healthcare experience” at health system facilities.

The program, funded by the NGHS Foundation’s employee giving club WATCH, empowers employees to improve patient care, enhance the employee or visitor experience or support a healthier community.

The projects include:

  • Books for pediatric patients from birth to 5 years old to promote literacy.
  • Adaptive fishing gear and supervised outings for patients with neurological conditions to help them return to normal life.
  • Journals to help postpartum mothers express feelings and document milestones.
  • Blood pressure cuffs for low-income, under- or uninsured patients diagnosed with hypertension.
  • Signage to help connect patients facing domestic abuse with resources and support.

Employees receiving grants include Emma Davis, Emily Murdoch, Radhika Prabhakar, MD, Lindsey Spaulding, and Becky Westmoreland.

“The Change Grant program is a true example of how employees can impact the place they work through philanthropy,” said Melissa Rouse, executive director of nursing excellence and research at NGHS and WATCH Co-Chair. “Our staff not only donate to impact programs in the health system and community, but also seek grants to enhance the organization for our patients, visitors and their fellow employees.”

For a full listing of all current and previous Change Grants, visit To support the philanthropic initiatives of NGHS, visit