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Ohio Business, Health Care Leaders Join Together to Improve Patient Safety, Reduce Costs in Ohio Hospitals
Date:1/15/2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in Ohio's history, business leaders and health care providers are teaming up in a statewide effort to make Ohio the safest place in the nation for health care.

The Cardinal Health Foundation, the Ohio Business Roundtable, the Central Ohio Hospital Council, the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Children's Hospital Association today announced the formation of Solutions for Patient Safety, a unique collaboration to improve quality and reduce costs of health care statewide.

Each hospital involved in the partnership, which is initially funded by a $1.5 million investment from the Cardinal Health Foundation, will implement specific programs to reduce health care-associated infections (HAIs) and medication errors. The hospitals will share information within and across institutions, and will then work to replicate best practices and outcomes with providers in Ohio and nationwide.

"One of the keys to driving a meaningful reduction in the cost of care is improving the quality of care," said R. Kerry Clark, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health. "It's clear that reducing HAIs and medication errors represents a great challenge and a great opportunity to drive measurable improvements in patient safety while reducing overall health care costs."

For more than 10 years, statewide and regional efforts to improve quality and patient safety have been underway and yielding substantial results, including the work of the Ohio Children's Hospital Association's Quality Improvement Collaborative and the Ohio Hospital Association's award-winning quality improvement efforts. This partnership will take these efforts to a new level by creating opportunities to build quality improvement systems within and across institutions that will make a positive impact on patient care for years to come.

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