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Cardinal Health Awards $1 Million to Fund Patient Safety Initiatives

34 Organizations Receive Grants from Largest and First-of-Its-Kind Fund in

Private Sector

WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To support initiatives that enhance patient safety and quality of care, Cardinal Health announced today grants totaling $1 million for new and innovative programs at 34 hospitals, health systems and community health clinics across the country. This program is the largest and first of its kind given by a health care company.

The awards were announced today by Cardinal Health Chairman and CEO R. Kerry Clark at a briefing at the National Press Club on Quality as a Path to Improving the Cost of Health Care in America.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 will provide funding for programs that implement creative and replicable methods to improve the quality of patient care. Initiatives that received funding include a regional, collaborative program to reduce Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in New Mexico, an initiative to create the largest national clinical outcomes database to define, measure and benchmark the highest standards of practice in anesthesiology and a hospital in New Jersey using pre-labeled and pre-filled insulin pens to reduce errors in insulin administration.

More than 10 percent (700 organizations) of the nation's hospitals applied for the grants. In choosing recipients, Cardinal Health looked for projects that respond to a clearly identified, high priority safety issue; collaborative programs; projects that apply new thinking and approaches to development of solutions; model programs that can be replicated at other organizations and demonstrable and sustainable measures to ensure that improvements last over time.

"I believe the health care industry can use quality improvements as a strategy to achieve lower costs and provide safer care for our citizens," said Clark. "Fixing health care is not a simple task, but we have it within our control to take simple steps that can have a dramatic effect."

According to the Institute of Medicine, medication mistakes injure more than 1.5 million patients each year, causing nearly 100,000 deaths and costing the health care industry more than $3.5 billion. The 34 grant recipients are tackling these and other quality issues to improve patient safety.

Patient Safety Grant Projects include:

Name Location Initiative

Avera McKenna Hospital & Sioux Falls, Saving lives in rural

University Health Center S.D. communities

Cambridge Health Boston Redefining and redesigning

Alliance hospital discharge

Catholic Healthcare Cincinnati Configure medication use system

Partners using Pyxis automation


Children's Hospital Madera, Mind the gap: healthy literacy

Central California Calif. initiative

Children's Hospital of Detroit Monitoring of end tidal CO2

Michigan, Wayne State


Cincinnati Children's Cincinnati Partnering with families to

Hospital improve patient safety

Community Medical Centers Fresno, Patient quality / safety

Calif. monitoring program

DCH Regional Medical Tuscaloosa, Early predictor of critical

Center Ala. health status using SWAT


Fairmont General Fairmont, Anticoagulation clinic

Hospital W.Va.

Geisinger Clinic Danville, Adverse drug event assessment

Pa. using electronic health


Holy Cross Hospital Silver Crew resource management



Hospital of the Philadelphia The role of end tidal CO2

University of


Indianapolis Health Indianapolis Smart pump informatics:

Information Exchange comparing Alaris database

Lee Memorial Health Fort Myers, Structured response through

System Foundation Fla. integration of best practice

nursing interventions and tools

to prevent hospital-acquired

pressure ulcers

Mackinac Straits Hospital St. Ignace, Coumadin therapy monitoring

and Health Center Mich.

MeritCare Health Systems Fargo, N.D. Advanced medical home with

pharmacist intervention

Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, N.Y. Electronic decision support for

prevention of venous

thromboembolic disease

Nationwide Children's Columbus, Fall prevention program in

Hospital Foundation Ohio hospitalized children

New York Presbyterian New York Educating family caregivers -

Hospital catheter related infections

North Shore - Long Island Great Neck, National clinical outcomes

Jewish Health System N.Y. database in anesthesiology

Our Lady of Mercy Medical Bronx, N.Y. Warfarin: Overseeing current

Center practice and implementing

measures for safe use

Palomar Pomerado North Escondido, Adverse Drug Event evaluation

County Health Development Calif. project

Providence Hospital Mobile, Antibiotic prophylaxis in

Ala. cardiac surgery: The effects of

obesity on serum levels during


Rady Children's Hospital San Diego Improving pediatric

& Health Center anticoagulation safety

Rush University Medical Chicago Prospective model for

Center identifying patients at risk for

catheter-associated urinary

tract infections

Saint Barnabas Medical West Insulin therapy risk reduction

Center Foundation Orange, program


Santa Clara Valley San Jose, (1) Improve the survival rate of

Medical Center Calif. very low birth weight infants;

Foundation (2) and (2) Building a safe bridge

between inpatient and outpatient

settings for anticoagulation

Sunrise Community Health Evans, Integration of patient care:

Colo. Pharmacy and EHR

University Medical Center Las Vegas Antibiotic stewardship/infection

of Southern Nevada control program

University of California San Diego Safety and health improvement


University of New Mexico Albuquerque, Regional collaborative program

Health Sciences Center N.M. to reduce MRSA in New Mexico

Wellmont Health System Kingsport, Safest hospital initiative


Whidbey General Hospital Whidbey Infection control bundles

Foundation Island,


In addition to the corporate commitment to patient safety, the Cardinal Health Foundation has provided more than $10 million for significant health care initiatives since its inception in 2002. Many of these have a special focus on patient safety including:

-- Serving as a lead sponsor for the Institute for Healthcare

Improvement's 100,000 Lives and 5 Million Lives Campaigns.

-- Funding important patient safety initiatives in partnership with

leading national and regional organizations, such as the National

Quality Forum, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and

the Maryland Patient Safety Center.

-- Development of a national poison prevention campaign focused on

medication safety in partnership with SafeKids Worldwide.

About Cardinal Health

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is an $87 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 health care-associated 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) electronic infection surveillance service, VIASYS(R) respiratory care products 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 .

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