Grant will support programming to support Brooklyn community

BROOKLYN, NY (Jan. 2024) Maimonides Health announced today that Mother Cabrini Health Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant. The grant was awarded to Integrating the Advanced Illness Management (AIM) in the Emergency Department: The AIM-ED Project (AIM-ED Project). The AIM-ED project aims to improve patient outcomes by involving patients and their families early in defining their care objectives. This participation informs the development of the treatment plan, considering their cultural, ethnic, religious, and spiritual beliefs.

“At Maimonides, we understand the unique healthcare needs and challenges older adults face. With this understanding, we have developed a comprehensive and compassionate approach to care through our Advance Illness Management (AIM) program in July of 2021. We began the AIM program for all admitted patients with generous support from the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation Inc. and the Healthcare Association of New York State. With the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation funding, we can expand our AIM program to the emergency room, where initial care strategies are often formulated, setting the course for patients’ immediate and subsequent clinical pathways,” said Khadeja Kausar, Principal Investigator for the AIM projects and Director of Business Intelligence and Value-based Management, Maimonides Medical Center.

“As an Age-Friendly Health System, we are proud to be part of a global movement that recognizes and advocates for the unique healthcare needs of older adults. Mother Cabrini Health Foundation funding will significantly contribute to our commitment to promoting healthy aging, improving outcomes, and enhancing the overall experience of our older adult patients and their families,” said Dr. John Marshall, Chief Medical Officer, Maimonides Medical Center.

“We are grateful for the support of partners like Mother Cabrini Health Foundation that allows us to continue pursuing our mission of providing excellent, world-class patient care to every Brooklynite,” says Ken Gibbs, President and CEO, Maimonides Health. “Initiatives like the AIM program allow us to take care of some of our more vulnerable patients from the moments they step through our ER doors.”
“Addressing New York’s immediate and long-term health needs requires a comprehensive approach. Over the past five years, we have worked to get funding into communities across the State struggling with heightened health inequities. While responding to urgent needs, we’ve also focused on building strong community relationships, funding long-term infrastructure and pursuing community input so that our grantmaking efforts are as impactful and sustainable as possible for New York’s underserved communities both today and for years to come,” said Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo, Chief Executive Officer of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.

Maimonides Health was recognized as an Age-Friendly Health System – Committed to Care Excellence by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in June 2023. The AIM program team plans to expand this program further to outpatient practices and the community in the near future.

About Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of vulnerable communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services. Named after a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation funds programs and initiatives across New York State that either provide direct healthcare services or address the social determinants of health. For more information, visit

About Maimonides Health
Maimonides Health is Brooklyn’s largest healthcare system, serving over 300,000 patients each year through the system’s three hospitals, 1,800 physicians, and more than 80 community-based practices and outpatient centers. The system is anchored by Maimonides Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest independent teaching hospitals and home to centers of excellence in numerous specialties; Maimonides Midwood Community Hospital (formerly New York Community Hospital), a 130-bed adult medical-surgical hospital; and Maimonides Children’s Hospital, Brooklyn’s only children’s hospital, and only pediatric trauma center.
Maimonides’ clinical programs rank among the best in the country for patient outcomes, including its Heart and Vascular Institute, Neurosciences Institute, Bone and Joint Center, and Cancer Center. Maimonides is an affiliate of Northwell Health and a major clinical training site for SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. For additional information, please visit

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