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Cardinal Health Foundation announces patient safety grants

BY Gina Acosta

DUBLIN, Ohio — The Cardinal Health Foundation has announced the 13 winners of the first multi-year E3 Patient Safety Grants, which help improve health outcomes for high-risk patients.

"Cardinal Health Foundation has committed two- to three-year grants totaling nearly $2 million to help organizations improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of patient care," said Dianne Radigan, vice president of community relations at Cardinal Health.

Each organization will focus on engaging patients and/or their caregivers in self-care, and improving medication safety use for patients during transitions of care, such as transition from the hospital to the home.

As they develop their programs, recipients also will participate in a learning collaborative facilitated by the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM), which is designed to help organizations more quickly implement evidence-based practices.

The multi-year learning collaborative will focus on transformational leadership, quality improvement and patient engagement. AIMM coaches will provide training and guide grantees through an accelerated quality improvement process that will enable them to leverage their work and achieve more significant results.

"The collaborative is designed to facilitate and support practice transformation under an accelerated timeframe," said AIMM Executive Director Todd Sorensen. "Grant recipients will learn from each other and accomplish more than they can on their own."

Since 2008, through its E3 Patient Safety Grant Program, the Cardinal Health Foundation has invested $16 million to hundreds of healthcare organizations across the country. "We support a wide array of patient safety work, but the focus is always on accelerating the rate of change with two goals: improved patient outcomes and reduced healthcare costs," Radigan said.

Because of the complexities in healthcare and healthcare systems, it takes an average of 17 years for evidence-based practices to be fully implemented into healthcare practices, according to The National Institutes of Health.

"Within a year or two, our past grantees are affecting change, eliminating errors and creating lasting improvement," Radigan said. "They are reducing readmissions to hospitals, reducing lengths-of-stay and, most importantly, saving lives."

2016 E3 Grant Recipients
• Boston Children's Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts): Optimizing Medication Safety for Children with Medical Complexity at Hospital Discharge
• Community Health Center of the Black Hills (Rapid City, South Dakota): Improving Patient Safety through Medication Adherence
• Dignity Health-Northridge Hospital (Northridge, California): Coordinating Chronic Disease Transitional Care
• Home Health VNA (Lawrence, Massachusetts): Building a Multi-Dimensional Approach to COPD Management for Patients Admitted to Home Health Care
• Minnesota Hospital Association (St. Paul, Minnesota): Creating a Universal Protocol for Hospital Discharge to Reduce Medication-Related Readmissions and Adverse Events
• Mountain Area Health Education Center (Asheville, North Carolina): Creating a Regional Pediatric Care Collaborative for Children with Asthma
• National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (Alexandria, Virginia): Implementing the Ohio Care Message Project
• Nemours Children's Health System (Wilmington, Delaware): Adding a Hospital-based Pharmacist to Patient Navigation Team to Improve Pediatric Discharge
• Royal Oaks Hospital (Windsor, Missouri): Optimizing Medication Safety for Children with Medical Complexity at Hospital Discharge
• Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia): Hampton Roads Care Transitions Program: Expanding Medication Management and Care Transitions for Seniors
• University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (Baltimore, Maryland): Using e-Health to Improve Transitions of Care
• Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle, Washington): Partnering with Pharmacists to Increase Medication Safety for Heart Failure Patients across the Continuum of Care
• Wilkes University in collaboration with Commonwealth Health-Moses Taylor Hospital and Commonwealth Health-Regional Hospital (Wilkes-Barr, Pennsylvania): Providing Pharmacy Service at Discharge for Patients with Multiple Chronic Diseases
 

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Lemi Shine expands household product line

BY Gina Acosta

AUSTIN, Texas – Lemi Shine, the household cleaning brand powered by natural extracts, has launched its first line of liquid dish soaps.

Accpording to the company, the new dish soaps provide a trifecta of a powerful, safe and affordable clean. The liquid dish soaps are nontoxic, biodegradable, phosphate-free and septic system-friendly. 

“At Lemi Shine, we develop citrus-powered cleaning products that deliver Clean Freak-approved results,” said Lemi Shine CEO Curtis Eggemeyer. “Not only do our dish soaps save you from putting a bunch of harsh chemicals into your home, but our new inverted soap bottle lets you use every last drop with no waste.”

Lemi Shine partnered with the award-winning packaging design and engineering team at TricorBraun to develop the unique inverted bottle. Lemi Shine’s ReadyFlo no-drip technology allows dish soap users to simply flip, click and place the bottle on the counter so the product is ready for use anytime.

The new liquid dish soaps join Lemi Shine’s line of household cleaning products that includes kitchen and bathroom cleaners, appliance cleaners, dish detergent, detergent boosters and more. Lemi Shine cleaning products can be purchased at grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide or online here.  

 

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CRN to exhibit at conference for women bloggers

BY Gina Acosta

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition will be an exhibiting sponsor at #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us, the largest conference ever for women bloggers.

In addition to exhibiting at the three-day event, which takes place Aug. 4–6 in Los Angeles, CRN will be hosting a special luncheon on Aug. 5 called “Get Healthy; Get Wise,” which will feature an interactive panel discussion on “the do’s, the news, and the clues” when it comes to understanding the role of vitamins and other dietary supplements in living healthier lives. The luncheon event will also feature a special presentation by Vitamin Angels Founder and President Howard Schiffer. Panelists include Wendy Bazilian, Dr.PH, RD, educator, author and journalist, and Felice Gersh, M.D., OB/GYN and integrative medicine specialist and international speaker on women’s health issues. The panel will be moderated by CRN’s Duffy MacKay, N.D., senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.

“As the leading trade association for our industry, it is imperative that we stay current with communications trends and adapt best practices,” said Judy Blatman, senior vice president, communications, CRN. “The BlogHer conference has a stellar reputation, and the community is made up of the savviest online communicators. It was the ideal opportunity for us as we seek to increase awareness of the benefits of dietary supplements and generate new relationships within the blogging landscape.”

CRN is also bringing in a rotating lineup of reputable healthcare practitioners who will be serving as wellness ambassadors at the association’s exhibit booth, available to offer suggestions and answer questions about improving nutrition, filling nutrient gaps, and the role of vitamins and other dietary supplements in healthy living. 

The BlogHer conference series started in 2005 as a community-building and education platform for the up-and-coming female blogger community, and has since grown to host 3,000+ attendees. 

 

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