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AHRQ awards nearly $4 million in challenge grants to help hospitals improve patient safety

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded almost $4 million to fund 13 projects designed to improve patient safety. Six of the grants will assess patient safety risks and devise ways to prevent them. The remaining seven projects will implement safe practices that show evidence of eliminating or reducing known hazards to patient safety.

The 13 grants build on the Agency's 3-year, $165 million investment in patient safety research. AHRQ currently has over 100 other research projects that comprise an extensive, user-driven patient safety research agenda designed to improve patient safety and enhance the quality of care. Below is a list of the institutions that have received a challenge grant, the city and State in which the project will be conducted, and the Federal dollars awarded.

The Agency will provide up to 50 percent of the total cost of the projects, while grant recipients will be required to provide a minimum of 50 percent of the total costs. However, some grant recipients will be providing far more than the minimum. For example, for the implementation project awarded to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan will provide up to $10 million in incentive payments to hospital participants in Michigan, in addition to the commitments made by participating Michigan hospital teams and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.

These cooperative agreements were announced in collaboration with the Patient Safety Task Force established by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson to coordinate research efforts across HHS. The Task Force is composed of representatives from AHRQ, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Food and Drug Administration.

Risk Assessment Grants

Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA
$200,000

St. Jude's Children's Research
Hospital, Memphis, TN
$200,000

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA
$199,968

Veterans Medical Research Foundation
San Diego, CA
$187,895

Oregon Department of Human Services
Portland, OR
$165,205

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
$139,400

Implementation Grants

Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation
Eugene, OR
$498,720

University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
$470,620

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
$454,590

Kaiser Foundation Research Institute
Oakland, CA
$443,767

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
$400,000

Cincinnati Foundation for Biomedical Research and Education
Cincinnati, OH
$327,721

University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
$270,175

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