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A Salute to Caregivers celebration recognizes National Family Caregivers Month in November
A Salute to Caregivers celebration recognizes National Family Caregivers Month in November
E3 Grant Program supports health care providers improving the effectiveness, excellence and efficiency of patient care

Hampton Roads, Virginia (Sept. 18, 2014) — The Cardinal Health Foundation announced it has awarded Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia $31,500 in grant funding from the E3 Grant Program to implement best practices and help improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of patient care.

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (SSSEVA) is using the funding for the Hampton Roads Care Transitions Project to address the issue of medication management across transitions of care from hospital discharge to the patient’s home in the community. The goal of Hampton Roads Care Transitions Project is to provide medication management to reduce preventable hospital readmissions for adults 60 years of age and older with targeted diagnoses. SSSEVA will do this in collaboration with Sentara Healthcare System at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital using evidence-based transition of care and home medication management models.

Anticipated outcomes of the project include resolution of 95 percent of the medication issues identified and improvement patients’ abilities to self-manage their health. It is estimated that the project will save over $625,000 in health care expenses, based on projections of the number of patients participating and the cost savings of avoided hospital stays.

SSSEVA has been implementing a similar project with Sentara Leigh hospital for the past year. Results show a 40 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions for patients participating in the project.

“We are very grateful for the funding provided by the Cardinal Foundation that will enable us to replicate our success at another hospital,” said Fran Anderson, director of SSSEVA’s Center for Aging and administrator for the project. “This is an important project because it supports our mission of helping older adults to live in the community and maintain their independence.”

The Cardinal Health E3 Grant Program awarded funding to health care providers in 22 states. Since the inception of the E3 Grant Program, the Cardinal Health Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in funding to 249 hospitals, health systems or other health-related organizations across the country.

This year’s E3 Grant Program called for proposals that addressed one of three areas: projects that will improve medication safety, particularly as patients move from hospital environments to the home and other health care settings; projects that, in partnership with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), improve operating room safety and test a protocol for assessing risk and implementing changes in the operating room to reduce pressure ulcers during surgery; or projects that result in the implementation of best practices in the care of babies born addicted to opiates.

“After six years of providing support to health care providers, we are so pleased to continue offering these grants to organizations that are working to implement best practices and improve the effectiveness, excellence and efficiency of patient care," said Dianne Radigan, vice president of Community Relations. “Cardinal Health has a vested interest in helping health care providers save days, dollars and lives by working collaboratively to improve the quality of care nationwide. We congratulates Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia for their work to achieve meaningful, long-term improvements."

“After six years of providing support to health care providers, we are so pleased to continue offering these grants to organizations that are working to implement best practices and improve the effectiveness, excellence and efficiency of patient care," said Dianne Radigan, vice president of Community Relations. “Cardinal Health has a vested interest in helping health care providers save days, dollars and lives by working collaboratively to improve the quality of care nationwide. We congratulates Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia for their work to achieve meaningful, long-term improvements."

SSSEVA has over 100 employees and about 100 volunteers. The majority of the agency’s funding comes from federal and state sources targeted to serve low-income and frail older adults and their caregivers. Other sources of revenue include contributions by the United Way of South Hampton Roads and United Way of Franklin-Southampton Area, grants, local jurisdictions and private donations.

 

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Receives Grant Funding from the Cardinal Health Foundation

 

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Debbie Schwartz
Director of Development and Community Relations
757-222-4520
dschwartz@ssseva.org

Nealy Gihan
Marketing & Communications Associate
757-461-9481, ext. 105
ngihan@ssseva.org

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