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Cardinal Health Foundation Awards $1 Million in Grants to Improve Health Care Efficiency, Quality

Forty Organizations in 25 States Leverage New Funding to Improve Medication and Operating Room Safety, Efficiency

DUBLIN, Ohio, Aug. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced that, for the third consecutive year, it has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve the efficiency and quality of care.

Forty organizations in 25 states have been awarded grants ranging from $7,500 up to $37,500 as part of the 2010 Cardinal Health Foundation E3 Grant Program, which was launched in 2008 to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of health care, nationwide.  

Since the grant program's inception, the Cardinal Health Foundation has awarded 108 grants totaling more than $3 million to help hospitals, health systems and clinics implement evidence-based best practices that improve patient safety and the cost effectiveness of health care.

The 2010 E3 Grant Program encouraged applicants to submit funding requests for projects that will either improve medication management or improve efficiency and safety within the operating room. A full list of winners in each category is provided below.

The Cardinal Health Foundation also this year invited E3 Grant Program applicants to apply for scholarships to attend professional development programs hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). As a result, the Cardinal Health Foundation awarded scholarships to help individuals from 37 heath care facilities attend IHI professional development programs that will teach them how to create a culture of safety within their organizations.

"By improving medication and operating room safety and efficiency, health care providers can dramatically reduce health care costs and even more importantly, they can save lives," said Shelley Bird, executive vice president of public affairs for Cardinal Health and chairperson of the Cardinal Health Foundation. "The Cardinal Health Foundation is proud to support the innovative work of our 2010 E3 Grant Program winners, and we believe their efforts will lead to direct and long-lasting improvements in health care efficiency, cost-effectiveness and quality."

Organizations that received 2010 E3 Grant Program funding for medication management projects:





Antelope Memorial Hospital

Neleigh, Neb.

Computerized Physician Order Entry and Barcode-Enabled Point-of-Care Systems


Baptist Health's Institute for Patient Safety and Medical Simulation

Montgomery, Ala.

The Impact of Error Prevention Technique Testing in a Simulation Laboratory


St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center – Phoenix, Ariz.

Phoenix, Ariz.

Simulation for Safe Medication Processes


CentraState Healthcare Foundation

Freehold, N.J.

"The White Vest Study" (preventing nurse interruptions while administering medication)


Community Health Network Foundation

Indianapolis, Ind.

Improving Medication Reconciliation Practices at Discharge


Clovis Medical Center

Fresno, Calif.

Utilization of Pharmacy Technicians in the Medication Reconciliation Process


Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems

Brewer, Maine

Reaching Out for Your Safety—FDA Alerts in Primary Care


El Rio Community Health Center

Tucson, Ariz.

Improving Medication Safety by Providing Pharmacists with Patient Diagnosis on Electronic Prescription Orders


FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital

Pinehurst, N.C.

The Effectiveness of Hourly Rounding on Patient Safety, Satisfaction and Nursing Workload


Forsyth Medical Center Foundation

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Safe Med Plus: An Innovative Medication Reconciliation / Patient Safety Program to Reduce Hospital Readmissions


Ingham Regional Medical Center

Lansing, Mich.

Care Transitions Initiative


Kansas University Endowment Association

Kansas City, Kan.

A Dedicated Pharmacist to Improve Medication Safety and the Quality of the Discharge Process and Decrease Readmissions


Lahey Clinic

Burlington, Mass.

Lahey Clinic Medication Reconciliation Partnership  Project


Bassett Medical Center

Cooperstown, N.Y.

Anticoagulation Management Service Systems Expansion


Natchaug Hospital

Mansfield, Conn.

NetSmart Infoscriber Initiative for Community-Based Program EMR


National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

Silver Spring, Md.

Oral Medicine Adherence Education Program


Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation

Columbus, Ohio

Reduction of Adverse Drug Events via a Critical Care Collaborative (Phase II)


Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Bedside Medication Administration


Paynesville Area Health Care System

Paynesville, Minn.

Bridging Medication Reconciliation Gaps in Our Community


Rush University Medical Center

Chicago, Ill.

Care Trans-IT: An informatics Tool to Facilitate Medication Reconciliation During Care Transitions


Mercy Willard Hospital

Willard, Ohio

Pharmacist-Lead Diabetes Management Outpatient/Inpatient Service


St. Aloisius Medical Center

Harvey, N.D.

Medication Safety Grant


Suburban Hospital

Bethesda, Md.

Dedicated Pharmacist for the Hospitalist Program


Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Cleveland, Ohio

Evaluation of Two Patient Education Methods for Patient Knowledge, Clinical Outcomes and Associated Costs in Patients Recently Started on Warfarin


Health Care Improvement Foundation

Philadelphia, Pa.

A Regional Demonstration Project to Improve Safe Use of HYDROmorphone


The Institute for Family Health

New York, N.Y.

Preventing Medication-Related Birth Defects Using Electronic Health Records


Wayne State University

Detroit, Mich.

Comparison of Outpatient Medication Prescription Error Rates in a Pediatric Emergency Department Pre and Post Electronic Medication Error Alert System


Wellmont Health System

Kingsport, Tenn.

Pharmacy Technician-Based Medication Reconciliation Program Pilot Study


Organizations that received 2010 E3 Grant Program funding for projects that will improve operating room safety and efficiency:





CAMC Institute

Charleston, W.Va.

Vascular Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis Study (VSAPS)


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati, Ohio

Developing Procedural Competency through Video-Assisted Assessment of Pediatric Airway Management


Grady Health System Foundation

Atlanta, Ga.

Operating Room Safety


Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley

Kingston, N.Y.

Operating Room 'Culture of Safety' at Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley


Holy Spirit Health System

Camp Hill, Pa.

Lean Healthcare: Improving efficiency and patient flow in the Operating Room


Johns Hopkins Heath System

Baltimore, Md.

Prevention of Surgical Site Infections Utilizing Intra-Operative Cameras to Improve Operative Practices


Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Houston, Texas

Impact of SSCL Use on Surgical Complications


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

New York, N.Y.

Multiphase Targeted Intervention to Increase Staff Communication of Patient and Safety Concerns in the Operating Room


Rhode Island Hospital

Providence, R.I.

Marking in the Universal Protocol: Enhancing Time-Outs (MUP-ET)


Saint Alphonsus Family Maternity Center

Boise, Idaho

Labor & Delivery Universal Surgical Team


Saint Peter's University Hospital

New Brunswick, N.J.

Streamlining the Patient Preoperative Process


University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Ala.

Perioperative Patient Throughput


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

About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $99 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiency and quality, and increasing profitability. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #17 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at

SOURCE:  Cardinal Health, Inc.

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