Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cardinal Health to Fund Grants

Cardinal Health Foundation will award more than $1 million through their “Patient Safety Grant Program” to help hospitals, health systems, and community health clinics improve patient safety and healthcare quality. The Foundation plans to award grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to be used to reduce hospital-acquired infections and to improve medication safety.

Cardinal launched the Patient Safety Grant Program in 2007, and received applications from more than 10% of U.S. hospitals. In the program’s inaugural year, the Foundation awarded grants totaling $1 million to be used for new and innovative programs at 34 hospitals, health systems, and clinics.

For this round of proposals, applicants must be designated 501(c) (3) by the IRS and submit a letter of intent by October 31, 2008. Full proposals for those selected to apply will be due February 20, 2009 and the grants will be announced and awarded in spring 2009.

Applicants are encouraged to involve multiple groups within the applicant’s organization, the community, and other healthcare organizations, develop programs that can be replicated at other organizations, and address at least one of the National Quality Forum’s seven priority areas.

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