Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Cardinal Health Foundation announced that it has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve medication and operating room safety, efficiency and quality of care.
Forty organizations in 25 states have been awarded grants ranging from $7,500 up to $37,500 as part of the 2010 Cardinal Health Foundation E3 Grant Program, launched in 2008 to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of health care nationwide. More than 250 letters of intent for funding were received, with 100 organizations invited to submit full proposals and 40 being selected as grant recipients. Paynesville Area Hospital Foundation was selected as a finalist and has received a grant award in the amount of $25,000 to help drive improvements through their medication safety proposal, "Bridging Medication Reconciliation Gaps in our Community."
Todd Lemke, PharmD and Manager of Pharmacy Services for Paynesville Area Health Care System (PAHCS) will lead a multi-disciplinary project team to create an innovative program assuring patients of accurate, shared medication lists that reduces adverse medication reactions. By connecting the community partners involved in each patient's medical care, ex: home health, retail pharmacies and health care organizations, the system will create universal access for those community medication partners to current, accurate medication lists, patient allergies and immunization histories.
"We were very pleased to have our proposal selected through this very competitive grant program," stated Bobbe Teigen, CEO, Paynesville Area Health Care System. "I would like to thank our Pharmacy team for their vision to create and maintain a communication tool that will link community partners involved in individual patient medication. By sharing resources and building on a collaborative effort that can be adapted and used by others, this initiative could have great benefits for patient safety. This grant will truly allow our healthcare organization to strengthen its mission of "improving the health and well being of the people and community we serve."