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Cardinal Health Foundation Awards $1 Million to Fund Patient Safety Initiatives

DUBLIN, Ohio, June 18, 2009 – The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced it has awarded a total of $1 million in grant funding for new and innovative programs to improve patient safety at 35 hospitals, health systems and community health clinics across the country.

Grants of up to $35,000 per facility will provide funding for programs that implement creative and replicable methods to improve the quality of patient care. Examples of initiatives that received funding include: targeted screening for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), strategies to improve physician hand hygiene, electronic medical record implementation and medication safety and reconciliation projects.

The primary criterion for awarding the grants was that they address the National Quality Forum’s priority areas, specifically concentrating on the following areas:

  • Eliminating health care associated infections (HAIs), specifically MRSA and C. difficile infection prevention and management, with the goal of reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), surgical site infections (SSI) and blood site infections (BSI) to zero
  • Medication safety and reconciliation in forms ranging from prescribing correct medication to ensuring the right medication gets to the right patient at the right time and assuring information is communicated and understood at key transition points

“Medication safety and health care associated infections are two of the largest patient safety issues that health care organizations face every day, and the human toll and financial burden is escalating,” said Shelley Bird, chair of the Cardinal Health Foundation. “The Cardinal Health Foundation is committed to improving the overall effectiveness of health care, and we’re proud to support these institutions that are enhancing patient safety and the quality of care.”

Patient Safety Grant Projects include:

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
Philadelphia, Pa.
SMASH (Stop MRSA Acquisition and Spread in our Hospitals)
Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Institute at The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Development of a Home Medication Documentation Interactive Training Program: Impact of Using Virtual Patient Modules to Improve Medication Reconciliation
Aurora Health Care
Milwaukee, Wis.
Targeted vs. Universal Screening for MRSA
Baylor Health Care System
Dallas, Texas
Implementing Strategies to Improve Physician Hand Hygiene Compliance
Christian Hospital (member of BJC HealthCare)
St. Louis, Mo.
Promoting Antibiotic Stewardship at Christian Hospital
Catholic Healthcare West
San Francisco, Calif.
Medication Reconciliation
CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation
Corpus Christi, Texas
High Priority Safety Program to Eliminate Hospital-Acquired Surgical Site Infections in patients with previously diagnosed diabetes and in undiagnosed patients who exhibit high blood sugar levels prior to surgery
CMH Regional Health System
Wilmington, Ohio
Improving Patient Safety at CMH: Reducing Medication Errors Through the Use of Technology
Community Memorial Hospital
Oconto Falls, Wis.
Enhanced Patient Discharge Program
DCH Regional Medical Center
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Medication Reconciliation for Heart Failure Patients
East Alabama Medical Center
Opelika, Ala.
Applying Lean Principles to the Reduction of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
Eastern Maine Medical Center
Bangor, Maine
Enhancing Patient Safety through Improved Communication (EPIC): A Program to Eliminate HAI and Medical Errors through Improved Communication and Teamwork in the Surgical Unit
Graceville Health Center
Graceville, Minn.
Implementing an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) System at Graceville Health Center
Huntington Memorial Hospital
Pasadena, Calif.
NICU Ventilator-Acquired Pneumonia Bundle Initiative
Inova Loudon Hospital
Falls Church, Va.
Evaluation of the Prevalence of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Colonization in Pre-surgical Patients and Post-Operative Infections
Lamp Community
Los Angeles, Calif.
Medication Management Program
Lee Memorial Health System
Ft. Myers, Fla.
Implementing an innovative system-wide evidenced-based Asthma Management Program to ensure consistent, safe medication administration and reconciliation throughout the continuum of care
Portland, Maine
Creating a Standardized, System-Level Discharge Planning and Medication Reconciliation Process
Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation
Fort Collins, Colo.
Eliminating healthcare-associated infections at Medical Center of the Rockies
Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases
New York, N.Y.
Reducing CDI through Interactive Patient Education
Meridian Health
Neptune, N.J.
Pharmacist Model of Care Demonstration Project
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Inc.
Great Neck, N.Y.
National Clinical Outcomes Database in Anesthesiology
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Evanston, Ill.
Reduction in Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Rates Using Observation-Education Teams and Electronic Medical Records
Ochsner Health System
New Orleans, La.
Improving Safety of Handling Breast Milk in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Piedmont Hospital
Atlanta, Ga.
Reducing Medication Errors through Pharmacist-led Reconciliation
Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute
La Jolla, Calif.
Systemwide Standardization of Glycemic Control Protocols
St. John Hospital and Medical Center
Detroit, Mich.
Developing a Process to Reduce Risk of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections in the Non-intensive Care Units
St. Joseph Health System - Humboldt County
Eureka, Calif.
SJHS-HC Care Transition Program's Medication Safety and Reconciliation Project
The Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Neb.
Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections Through Optimized Patient Care Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco, Calif.
Spreading Successful Innovation: Improving Medication Administration Accuracy
University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital
Birmingham, Ala.
Comparison of Chlorhexidine Rinse, Commercially Available Oral Care Kit, and Standard MICU Oral Care in the Reduction of VAP
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Va.
Randomized controlled trial of Hand Hygiene plus Gloving for the Prevention of Invasive Infections in Preterm Infants
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Richmond, Va.
Safety First, Every Day
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, Wash.
Optimizing Care Transitions through Medication Reconciliation
Wesley Medical Center
Wichita, Kan.
Electronic Patient Triage Development and Implementation Involving Nurse, Pharmacy Technician, and Pharmacist Obtained Medication Histories in the Emergency Department and Impact on Medication Reconciliation

About the Cardinal Health Foundation
The Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve health care quality and build healthy communities. The Cardinal Health Foundation also offers grants to encourage employee service to the community and works through international agencies to donate much-needed medical supplies and funding to those who need them in times of disaster. To learn more, visit

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