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For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
William Minogue
Maryland Patient Safety Center
410-540-9210
wminogue@marylandpatientsafety.org

Maryland Patient Safety Center Awards 100K in Patient Safety Grants

Baltimore, Maryland, June 5, 2006 - The Maryland Patient Safety Center recently announced the recipients of two local grant winners of the Cardinal Health Patient Safety Solutions Grants. Atlantic General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center were selected from among 34 applicants to receive $50,000 grants for patient safety projects they plan to develop.

Atlantic General Hospital, based in Worcester County, will develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an electronically based medication and allergy reconciliation system linking primary care physicians’ practices with the Atlantic General Hospital’s inpatient data system.

The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center project will develop, evaluate, and disseminate a tool for computerized prescribing of controlled substances to children, with decision support for improving patient safety.

“We are very pleased to be able, through the funding of the Cardinal Health Foundation, to support these important patient safety projects and look forward to sharing these patient safety improvements with other hospitals,” said William Minogue, M.D., executive director, Maryland Patient Safety Center. “Both hospital projects have tremendous potential to advance the quality of care that patients receive.”

The Cardinal Health Foundation provided funding for the grants. The selections were made by the Maryland Patient Safety Center’s Leadership Council, based on a set of criteria that included how well the project responded to a clearly-identified, high-priority patient safety issue and whether it took an innovative approach to the development of solutions. The organizations awarded grants will be required to submit periodic reports on progress, and will present their project at the Third Annual Maryland Patient Safety Conference in March 2007.

The Cardinal Health Foundation
Supported by the global resources of Cardinal Health (www.cardinalhealth.com), including more than 55,000 employees around the world, the Cardinal Health Foundation is the focal point of the company’s community relations efforts. The Foundation’s mission is to advance and fund large regional and national programs that improve access to and delivery of quality healthcare services. With annual revenues of more than $75 billion and operations on six continents, Cardinal Health is the leading provider of products and services supporting the healthcare industry.

The Maryland Patient Safety Center
The Maryland Patient Safety Center is a collaboration between the Maryland Hospital Association and the Delmarva Foundation that brings together health care providers to study the causes of unsafe practices and put practical improvements in place to prevent errors. Designated in 2004 by the Maryland Healthcare Commission, the Center’s vision is to make Maryland hospitals and nursing homes the safest in the nation. For more information go to www.marylandpatientsafety.org.