Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jun 30, 2011
Contact : Robert Cavanugh, Manager of Public Affairs  

Cardinal Health Foundation Grants Meridian Health $35,000 to Improve Patient Safety at the Point of Care


Neptune, NJ - Meridian Health today announced that it has received a $35,000 grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation to improve operating room safety and efficiency.

Specifically, Meridian Health will use the funds from the Cardinal Health Foundation to implement team training modeled from a nationally known model, TeamSTEPPS, which encourages the use of huddles, briefings and checklists to support improved teamwork. The operating room will be improving upon their current checklist and communication methods, adopting a state-of -the-art operating room checklist containing World Health Organization components for all surgeries. They will improve upon communications surrounding the checklist in order to strengthen the culture of safety. This will also promote operational efficiencies and promote physician and nurse satisfaction.  

“At Meridian Health we are committed to improving patient care,” said Richard Hader, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Meridian Health. “This grant allows our operating room team members to learn new tools and techniques in communication and collaboration to further improve patient care.”

In 2011, the Cardinal Health E3 Grant Program awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to help nearly 40 health care providers in 20 states improve the excellence, effectiveness and efficiency of health care they provide to patients. For the second consecutive year, this competitive grant program specifically encouraged providers to submit funding requests for programs that seek to improve medication management or operating room safety.

“The E3 Grant Program funding has been used by hundreds of health care organizations over the past three years to implement meaningful, long-term improvements in the way they care for patients,” said Shelley Bird, executive vice president of public affairs for Cardinal Health and chairperson of the Cardinal Health Foundation. “We congratulate Meridian Health for being selected as a grant recipient this year.”

About Meridian Health Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For”, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing. For more information, please visit

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