$1 million in grants from the Cardinal Health Foundation. Apply now!

CONTRIBUTOR

Dianne Radigan

Vice President Community Relations Cardinal Health

The Cardinal Health Foundation recently announced that we’re again accepting applications for our E3 Grant Program, which each year commits $1 million to initiatives that improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of health care.

This competitive grant program is open to any non-profit organization with a focus on patient safety. Whether you’re working at a hospital, ambulatory care center, clinic, or health care association – if you’re interested in implementing proven-successful best practices that improve patient care and efficiency – we invite you to apply for funding.

Since 2008, the Cardinal Health Foundation has invested more than $6.15 million in more than 211 grants through this program. We’re very focused on helping health care providers across the continuum of care to reduce the length of time it takes to implement evidence-based practices and to work collaboratively to improve the quality of care, nationwide. We’re exceedingly proud of how past E3 grant recipients have leveraged this funding to save ‘days, dollars and lives.’ They’ve implemented best practices that have reduced days spent in the hospital, saved dollars that would otherwise have been spent on avoidable adverse events and most importantly, saved and improved the lives of patients.

Here are a few shining examples:

  • Culpeper Regional Hospital in Culpeper, Va., received an E3 grant and implemented a program that led to a 23 percent decrease in readmissions for hospital-to-home patients and a 44 percent decrease in readmissions for nursing home patients. The estimated cost savings? More than $1 million.
  • Holy Spirit Health System in Camp Hill, Penn., decreased operating room turnover between surgeries from 32 minutes to 17 minutes throughout their health system, generating a cost savings of more than $1.3 million.
  • With grant funding from the E3 Grant Program since 2010, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has decreased adverse drug events by 65 percent, avoiding more than $3 million in unnecessary hospital costs in its critical care units. The staff achieved these impressive results through the implementation of medication reconciliation, infusion pump programming, and independent double checks.

If you’d like to join this list of progressive hospitals that have leveraged E3 Grant Program funding to improve patient care and efficiency, then apply now! This year, we’re encouraging applicants to submit grant requests for projects that:

  • Extend protocols that address the needs of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome – a group of Ohio hospitals developed protocols to help babies recover from being born addicted to opiates. For the first time this year, E3 grants will be made available to hospitals or health systems that want to implement these protocols at their institutions;
  • Improve medication safety – particularly at transitions across the continuum of care from the hospital-to-home and hospital-to-ambulatory settings;
  • Improve operating room safety – in partnership with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the Cardinal Health Foundation is seeking institutions to test a protocol for assessing risk and implementing changes in the operating room to reduce pressure ulcers during surgery.

We anticipate awarding 25-30 grants between $7,500 and $35,000. Full proposals are due December 6, 2013 and should be submitted through an electronic application found on Cardinal Health’s website. Those wanting to learn more about what it takes to develop a successful grant application can also review sample grant proposals online.