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:

  • Eliminating health care associated infections (HAIs), specifically MRSA and C. difficile infection prevention and management, with the goal of reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), surgical site infections (SSI) and blood site infections (BSI) to zero
  • Medication safety and reconciliation in forms ranging from prescribing correct medication to ensuring the right medication gets to the right patient at the right time and assuring information is communicated and understood at key transition points


“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:




Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

Philadelphia, Pa.

SMASH (Stop MRSA Acquisition and Spread in our Hospitals)

Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Institute at The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

Development of a Home Medication Documentation Interactive Training 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 of BJC HealthCare)

St. Louis, Mo.

Promoting Antibiotic Stewardship at Christian Hospital

Catholic Healthcare West

San Francisco, Calif.

Medication Reconciliation

CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation

Corpus Christi, Texas

High Priority Safety 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 Center

Bangor, Maine

Enhancing Patient Safety 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 Hospital

Pasadena, Calif.

NICU Ventilator-Acquired 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, Calif.

Medication Management 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


Portland, Maine

Creating a Standardized, System-Level Discharge Planning and Medication Reconciliation Process

Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation

Fort Collins, Colo.

Eliminating healthcare-associated infections at Medical Center of the Rockies

Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases

New York, N.Y.

Reducing CDI through Interactive Patient Education

Meridian Health

Neptune, N.J.

Pharmacist Model of Care Demonstration Project

North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Inc.

Great Neck, N.Y.

National Clinical Outcomes Database in Anesthesiology

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Evanston, Ill.

Reduction in Catheter-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 Institute

La Jolla, Calif.

Systemwide Standardization of Glycemic Control Protocols

St. John Hospital and Medical Center

Detroit, Mich.

Developing a Process to Reduce Risk of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections in the Non-intensive Care Units

St. Joseph Health System - Humboldt County

Eureka, Calif.

SJHS-HC Care Transition 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, Calif.

Spreading Successful Innovation: Improving Medication Administration Accuracy

University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital

Birmingham, Ala.

Comparison of Chlorhexidine Rinse, Commercially Available Oral Care Kit, and Standard MICU Oral Care in the Reduction of VAP

University of Virginia Health System

Charlottesville, Va.

Randomized controlled trial of Hand Hygiene plus Gloving for the Prevention of Invasive Infections in Preterm Infants

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Richmond, Va.

Safety First, Every Day

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Seattle, Wash.

Optimizing Care 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


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