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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:

Name

Location

Initiative

 

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:

Name

Location

Initiative

 

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 cardinalhealth.com/community.

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 cardinalhealth.com.

SOURCE:  Cardinal Health, Inc.


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