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Cardinal Health Supports Industry Dialogue on Hot Industry Topics at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition
  • Cardinal Health Foundation Sponsors Symposium to Share Best Practice Techniques for Improving Patient Safety through Transitions of Care  
  • Cardinal Health Hosts “Boot Camp” to Help Hospitals Effectively Prepare for Joint Commission Surveys 

DUBLIN, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2011 — At the 46th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), taking place from Dec. 4-8 in New Orleans, several practicing pharmacists and thought leaders from Cardinal Health will lead industry dialogue around two of the hottest topics in hospital pharmacy.

First, on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, the Cardinal Health Foundation will sponsor a symposium entitled Transitions of Care: Building Bridges Between the Hospital and the Community. The symposium is coordinated by The Ohio State College of Pharmacy and ProCE and will explore the issue of transitions in care – the movement of patients between health care practitioners and environments as their conditions and care needs change – and its impact on medication safety and outcomes. The symposium will be moderated by Patricia Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP, director of Accreditation and Medication Safety Professional Services for Cardinal Health’s Pharmacy Solutions business. It will explore the role various healthcare practitioners, especially pharmacists, can play in transition care models and panelists will discuss how different care transition models can be implemented at the community level.  Panelists include:

Marialice S. Bennett RPh, FAPhA Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and
Residency Director, Ambulatory and Community Care Residency Programs,
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Terri B. Cardwell RPh, PharmD, MHA Director, Safe Med Program
Fosyth Medical Group, Novant Health
Joseph Dula, PharmD Regional Director of Clinical Services
Pharmacy Services, Inc.
Larry C. Schieber, RPh Owner and operator, Schieber Family Pharmacy
Robert J. Weber, RPh, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FASHP Assistant Dean for Medical Center Affairs, Clinical
Associate Professor
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Those who attend this session can earn two hours of continuing education credits. No additional fee is required to attend this event, but seating is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register at www.ProCE.com/ASHPmidyear2011. Walk-in registration will be available on site, space permitting.

Second, on Monday, Dec. 5, from 2-5 p.m., four of the nation's leading experts on hospital pharmacy safety and accreditation from Cardinal Health's Pharmacy Solutions business – Pat Uselton, vice president of quality and regulatory affairs, and Robert Jordin, Patricia Kienle and Lee Murdaugh, directors of accreditation and medication safety – will lead a seminar entitled Surviving a Joint Commission Survey: An Accreditation Boot Camp.   

These panelists – three of whom co-author ASHP's industry-standard textbook on maintaining continuous compliance with Joint Commission standards –  will share guidance related to the latest accreditation standards. They will also help attendees better understand changes in the Joint Commission’s new medication reconciliation National Patient Safety Goal, medication management and other organizational standards that affect hospitals’ accreditation status. 

Those who attend this session can earn three continuing education credits. No additional fee is required to attend this event, but seating is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees of ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition in New Orleans can also learn more about these topics by talking with hospital pharmacy experts at the Cardinal Health booth, #1431.


About ProCE
ProCE, Inc. is an independent company based in Bartlett, Ill., offering a full line of educational programming for healthcare professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and pharmacy technicians. ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

About The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Established in 1885, the College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest colleges at The Ohio State University. Its overall mission is to advance pharmaceutical care for the people of Ohio and the global community through its teaching, research and service. The college offers high quality programs at the undergraduate, graduate professional, graduate research, and postdoctoral levels. For more information visit pharmacy.osu.edu or on Facebook at facebook.com/osu.pharmacy.

About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $103 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, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. 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 #19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at cardinalhealth.com and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.


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