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Cardinal Health Invites Health Care Providers to Apply for $1 Million in Grants to Fund Patient Safety Initiatives
Date:9/17/2008

DUBLIN, Ohio, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced that for the second year, it will award more than $1 million in funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve patient safety and health care quality.

Cardinal Health launched its Patient Safety Grant Program in August 2007 as the first and largest fund of its kind in the private sector, and received applications from more than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals. In the program's inaugural year, the company awarded grants totaling $1 million to new and innovative programs at 34 hospitals, health systems and clinics, nationwide.

Again this year, the Cardinal Health Foundation plans to award grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to programs that improve the quality and safety of patient care, with priority consideration being given to programs that reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and improve medication safety.

"We believe that by taking a zero tolerance approach to medical errors, we can dramatically improve health care quality while also removing considerable, avoidable costs from the health care system," said R. Kerry Clark, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health. "The goal of the Patient Safety Grant Program is to encourage health care leaders to take immediate action to implement collaborative, long-term, results-oriented initiatives to eliminate medication errors and preventable infections."

Applicants are encouraged to:

-- Clearly identify the high-priority safety issue that the program will

address;

-- Secure significant involvement and support from the applicant

organization's senior-most leadership;

-- Demonstrate how the applicant's organization is financially invested in

the program, through operating support or in-kind contributions of time

and materials;

-- Incorporate nationally determined best practices into their proposals;

-- Focus on collaboration by involving multiple groups within the

applicant's organization, its community and other health care

organizations;

-- Include clear measures to assure that improvements can be sustained

over time;

-- Develop programs that can be replicated at other organizations; and

-- Address at least one of the National Quality Forum's seven priority

areas, which include: patient and family engagement, population health,

safety, palliative care, care coordination, patient-focused care and

overuse. More information about the seven priority areas can be found

at: http://www.qualityforum.org/about/NPP/assets/NPP_Goals_07_03_08.pdf

To be eligible for funding, facilities must be designated as 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service and submit a letter of intent by Oct. 31, 2008, at http://www.CardinalHealth.com/community. Full proposals, for those selected to apply, will be due Feb. 20, 2009 and grants will be announced and awarded in Spring 2009.

About Cardinal Health

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $91 billion, global company serving the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies reduce costs, improve safety, productivity and profitability, and deliver better care to patients. With a focus on making supply chains more efficient, reducing hospital-acquired infections and breaking the cycle of harmful medication errors, Cardinal Health develops market leading technologies, including Alaris(R) IV pumps, Pyxis(R) automated dispensing systems, MedMined(TM) infection surveillance services and the CareFusion(TM) patient identification system. The company also manufactures medical and surgical products and is one of the largest distributors of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies worldwide. Ranked No. 19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 40,000 people on five continents. More information about the company may be found at http://www.cardinalhealth.com.


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