Cardinal Health Foundation officials announced Community Health Network Foundation has been awarded a $14,300 grant to fund a research project to improve medication reconciliation practices at patient discharge.

Through the 2010 Cardinal Health Foundation E3 Grant Program, more than $1 million in grant funding has been awarded to help United States hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve the efficiency and quality of care. Forty organizations in 25 states have been awarded grants and Community Health Network is the only Indiana health care provider to receive funding.

Dan Degnan, Community Health Network medication safety officer, will conduct the “Improving Medication Reconciliation Practices at Discharge” research to study improvements that could drive health care effectiveness, efficiency and excellence.

“The pharmacy department at Community Health Network is very excited to receive the recognition, trust and research grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation,” Degnan said. “Safety has always been a priority at Community Health Network and this research funding will help to advance this priority by assessing the best way to prevent medication errors when patients leave the hospital.”

 “We are grateful Cardinal Health Foundation has awarded the funding needed to study ways we can continue our efforts to improve patient safety and accuracy,” said Michele Thomas Dole, Community Health Network Foundation President and CEO. “This study is one more way our network is putting our patients first.”

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $96 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care.