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Cardinal Health Foundation Grants Funds to GGH
Geneva General Hospital (GGH) has received $22,000 in grant funding from the Cardinal Health Foundation’s E3 Grant Program to improve operating room safety and efficiency across Finger Lakes Health.

Specifically, the Surgical Services department will use funding from the Cardinal Health Foundation for patient safety initiative called: “The Who, What, When, Where and Why of the WHO Safety Checklist”. The project is aligned with Finger Lakes Health’s “Journey to the Best” and supports the health system’s vision to be the best heath system of our size in the U.S. The vision will ensure that as a rural, community health system, our standard of care is consistent with tertiary academic medical centers.

“We aim to deliver safer care everyday, with every encounter, every patient and every provider,” explained Rebecca Mack, administrative director of Surgical Services for Finger Lakes Health.

The project will involve implementing use of the WHO Safety Checklist in all Finger Lakes Health’s operating rooms to reduce the risk for error and enhance patient safety.

Mack explained that custom white boards are being installed in operating and procedure rooms at the three sites – GGH, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital and the Finger Lakes Surgery Center in Geneva. The boards will facilitate the checklist by serving as a guide to engage all staff in every surgical case to perform the checklist steps, thus enhancing accuracy and communication. As part of the project, the grant funded an interdisciplinary training for surgical services staff and surgeons utilizing case studies and scripting and utilization of the white boards as a guide to be used during all surgical procedures.

Since its inception in 2008, the E3 Grant Program has awarded more than 200 grants, totaling $6.15 million, to healthcare institutions across the U.S. to advance the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of healthcare. The program has generated millions of dollars in cost savings.

“We are encouraged by the impressive outcomes that previous grant recipients have made from the use of our E3 grants,” said Dianne Radigan, vice president of Community Relations at Cardinal Health. “There have been major strides in medication and OR safety leading to lower readmission rates, significant cost savings and, most importantly, better patient outcomes. We congratulate Finger Lakes Health and its work to achieve similar meaningful, long-term improvements.”

About the Cardinal Health Foundation
The Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve health care quality and build healthy communities. The Cardinal Health Foundation also offers grants to encourage employee service to the community and works through international agencies to donate much-needed medical supplies and funding to those who need them in times of disaster. To learn more, visit or

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