DUBLIN, Ohio, June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced it has awarded a total of $1 million in grant funding for new and innovative programs to improve patient safety at 35 hospitals, health systems and community health clinics across the country.
Grants of up to $35,000 per facility will provide funding for programs that implement creative and replicable methods to improve the quality of patient care. Examples of initiatives that received funding include: targeted screening for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), strategies to improve physician hand hygiene, electronic medical record implementation and medication safety and reconciliation projects.
The primary criterion for awarding the grants was that they address the National Quality Forum's priority areas, specifically concentrating on the following areas:
"Medication safety and health care associated infections are two of the largest patient safety issues that health care organizations face every day, and the human toll and financial burden is escalating," said Shelley Bird, chair of the Cardinal Health Foundation. "The Cardinal Health Foundation is committed to improving the overall effectiveness of health care, and we're proud to support these institutions that are enhancing patient safety and the quality of care."
Patient Safety Grant Projects include:
Name Location Initiative Albert Einstein Healthcare Philadelphia, Pa. SMASH (Stop MRSA Network Acquisition and Spread in our Hospitals) Arthur G. James Cancer Columbus, Ohio Development of a Home Hospital and Richard J. Medication Documentation Solove Institute at The Interactive Training Ohio State University Program: Impact of Using Virtual Patient Modules to Improve Medication Reconciliation Aurora Health Care Milwaukee, Wis. Targeted vs. Universal Screening for MRSA Baylor Health Care System Dallas, Texas Implementing Strategies to Improve Physician Hand Hygiene Compliance Christian Hospital (member St. Louis, Mo. Promoting Antibiotic of BJC HealthCare) Stewardship at Christian Hospital Catholic Healthcare West San Francisco, Medication Reconciliation Calif. CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation Corpus Christi, High Priority Safety Texas Program to Eliminate Hospital-Acquired Surgical Site Infections in patients with previously diagnosed diabetes and in undiagnosed patients who exhibit high blood sugar levels prior to surgery CMH Regional Health System Wilmington, Ohio Improving Patient Safety at CMH: Reducing Medication Errors Through the Use of Technology Community Memorial Hospital Oconto Falls, Wis. Enhanced Patient Discharge Program DCH Regional Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Ala. Medication Reconciliation for Heart Failure Patients East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Ala. Applying Lean Principles to the Reduction of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections Eastern Maine Medical Bangor, Maine Enhancing Patient Safety Center through Improved Communication (EPIC): A Program to Eliminate HAI and Medical Errors through Improved Communication and Teamwork in the Surgical Unit Graceville Health Center Graceville, Minn. Implementing an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) System at Graceville Health Center Huntington Memorial Pasadena, Calif. NICU Ventilator-Acquired Hospital Pneumonia Bundle Initiative Inova Loudon Hospital Falls Church, Va. Evaluation of the Prevalence of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Colonization in Pre- surgical Patients and Post-Operative Infections Lamp Community Los Angeles, Medication Management Calif. Program Lee Memorial Health System Ft. Myers, Fla. Implementing an innovative system-wide evidenced- based Asthma Management Program to ensure consistent, safe medication administration and reconciliation throughout the continuum of care MaineHealth Portland, Maine Creating a Standardized, System-Level Discharge Planning and Medication Reconciliation Process Medical Center of the Fort Collins, Eliminating healthcare- Rockies Foundation Colo. associated infections at Medical Center of the Rockies Memorial Hospital for New York, N.Y. Reducing CDI through Cancer and Allied Interactive Patient Diseases Education Meridian Health Neptune, N.J. Pharmacist Model of Care Demonstration Project North Shore Long Island Great Neck, N.Y. National Clinical Outcomes Jewish Health System, Inc. Database in Anesthesiology NorthShore University Evanston, Ill. Reduction in Catheter- HealthSystem Associated Urinary Tract Infection Rates Using Observation-Education Teams and Electronic Medical Records Ochsner Health System New Orleans, La. Improving Safety of Handling Breast Milk in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Piedmont Hospital Atlanta, Ga. Reducing Medication Errors through Pharmacist-led Reconciliation Scripps Whittier Diabetes La Jolla, Calif. Systemwide Institute Standardization of Glycemic Control Protocols St. John Hospital and Detroit, Mich. Developing a Process to Medical Center Reduce Risk of Intravascular Catheter- Related Infections in the Non-intensive Care Units St. Joseph Health System - Eureka, Calif. SJHS-HC Care Transition Humboldt County Program's Medication Safety and Reconciliation Project The Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, Neb. Prevention of Healthcare- Associated Infections Through Optimized Patient Care Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection UCSF Medical Center San Francisco, Spreading Successful Calif. Innovation: Improving Medication Administration Accuracy University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ala. Comparison of Birmingham Hospital Chlorhexidine Rinse, Commercially Available Oral Care Kit, and Standard MICU Oral Care in the Reduction of VAP University of Virginia Charlottesville, Randomized controlled Health System Va. trial of Hand Hygiene plus Gloving for the Prevention of Invasive Infections in Preterm Infants Virginia Commonwealth Richmond, Va. Safety First, Every Day University Health System Virginia Mason Medical Seattle, Wash. Optimizing Care Center Transitions through Medication Reconciliation Wesley Medical Center Wichita, Kan. Electronic Patient Triage Development and Implementation Involving Nurse, Pharmacy Technician, and Pharmacist Obtained Medication Histories in the Emergency Department and Impact on Medication Reconciliation
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 www.CardinalHealth.com/community.
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