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Paynesville Area Hospital Foundation receives $25K grant for safety project

PAYNESVILLE -- The Paynesville Area Hospital Foundation is among 40 recipients of a Cardinal Health Foundation grant to improve quality and safety of patient care.

The $25,000 grant will help the Paynesville Area Health Care System implement a program to bridge medication reconciliation gaps in the community.

Todd Lemke, manager of pharmacy services for the Paynesville Area Health Care System, will lead a multidisciplinary project team to create a program assuring patients of accurate, shared medication lists. One of the goals is to reduce adverse medication reactions.

By connecting the community partners involved in each patient's medical care -- such as home health, retail pharmacies and health care organizations -- the system will ultimately create universal access for these partners so they can obtain current, accurate medication lists, patient allergies and immunization histories.

"We were very pleased to have our proposal selected through this very competitive grant program," said Bobbe Teigen, chief executive of Paynesville Area Health Care System.

"By sharing resources and building on a collaborative effort that can be adapted and used by others, this initiative could have great benefits for patient safety," she said.

Altogether, the Cardinal Health Foundation awarded more than $1 million through its E3 grant program. More than 250 letters of intent were submitted for funding. One hundred organizations were invited to submit full proposals and 40 were selected as grant recipients.

The grant funding is distributed among health organizations in 25 states. Grant amounts range from $7,500 to $37,500.