Cardinal Health Awards $1 Million to Fund Patient Safety Initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- To support initiatives that enhance patient safety and quality of care, Cardinal Health announces grants totaling $1 million for new and innovative programs at 34 hospitals, health systems and community health clinics across the country.  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 Healthcare 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 700 organizations 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 healthcare industry can use quality improvements as a strategy to achieve lower costs and provide safer care for our citizens,” said Clark. "Fixing healthcare 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.

For more information, go to www.cardinal.com

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