Bechtel Foundation: Supporting the Program for the Aging Century

reprinted from Issue 18, Spring 2014 of Frontiers of Medicine (PDF)

The Program for the Aging Century was established at UCSF in 2011 through a gift from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. "Our vision is to serve as a catalyst for change," says Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, the program’s director and the Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professor in Clinical Translational Research and Aging. "We serve as an incubator for testing new strategies and approaches."

The Program for the Aging Century brings together visionary leaders, and creates transformative models in clinical care, research and education. It also amplifies efforts within the Division of Geriatrics, providing additional resources to evaluate, refine, and scale up successful pilot projects beyond UCSF. It has already leveraged several other major grants, and is helping UCSF become a premier center of innovation in geriatrics.

"We are pleased to support the Program for the Aging Century in its efforts to spur significant change in how we care for older adults," says Lauren B. Dachs, president and executive director of the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. "By educating health care providers and community leaders, building and testing innovative care models, and conducting state-of-the-art research, UCSF is a national leader in addressing the critical and timely challenge of improving care for frail elders."

"Philanthropy provides essential resources for testing new models of care, preparing for the clinical needs of the future, and supporting the next generation of clinicians, educators, and researchers," says Ritchie. "We have been able to capitalize on the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation’s generous gift and expand on it substantially, and are tremendously grateful for their partnership."

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