RPMH to benefit from grant received by TCQPS

The Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety, an affiliate of the Texas Hospital Association, has received a grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation to improve medication safety in Texas’ rural hospitals.The almost $30,000 grant will allow TCQPS to work with three facilities on improving the discharge process, enhancing medication safety and ultimately reducing the number of avoidable readmissions. The three chosen facilities, Memorial Medical Center in Port Lavaca, Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville and Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater, currently are participating in a TCQPS initiative to reduce preventable rehospitalizations called Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge), and will now adopt additional safeguards to ensure compliance with medications by expanding on and evaluating the role of clinical pharmacists in post-discharge care. Through the support of the Cardinal Health Foundation, these rural facilities will work to strengthen the medication reconciliation process, discharge planning activities, communication with outpatient providers regarding medications and assistance for patients in obtaining their prescriptions.In addition to the medication safety grant, the Cardinal Health Foundation offered TCQPS and the three hospital teams an opportunity to receive $6,000 worth of training at an Institute for Healthcare Improvement course.“We are excited to provide tools and education on discharge planning to our hospital members,” said Terri Conner, Ph.D., vice president of TCQPS. “We especially are interested in exploring opportunities for clinical pharmacists in rural communities to demonstrate cost-effective involvement in patient care.”In 2011, the Cardinal Health E3 Grant Program has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to help nearly 40 health care providers in 20 states improve the excellence, effectiveness and efficiency of health care they provide to patients. For the second consecutive year, this competitive grant program specifically encouraged providers to submit funding requests for programs that seek to improve medication management or operating room safety.“The E3 Grant Program funding has been used by hundreds of health care organizations over the past three years to implement meaningful, long-term improvements in the way they care for patients,” said Shelley Bird, executive vice president of public affairs for Cardinal Health and chairperson of the Cardinal Health Foundation. “We congratulate the Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety for being selected as a grant recipient this year.” About the Texas Center for Quality & Patient SafetyThe Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety, formed in 2010 as an affiliate of the Texas Hospital Association, is a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation that brings together hospitals, state and national patient safety experts, and evidence-based best practices to improve patient safety and reduce costs by enhancing the quality of care delivered. Learn more at www.texashospitalquality.org. About the Texas Hospital AssociationFounded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents more than 85 percent of the state’s acute-care hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 355,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more at www.tha.org  or follow THA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/texashospitals. About the Cardinal Health Foundation The Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve health care quality and build healthy communities. The Cardinal Health Foundation also offers grants to encourage employee service to the community and works through international agencies to donate much-needed medical supplies and funding to those who need them in times of disaster. To learn more, visit www.cardinalhealth.com/community.