NEWS RELEASE-Immediate Release

2017

TCRHCC Receives Cardinal Health Foundation Grant to Increase Opioid Safety

Generation Rx Grant supports healthcare systems in the mission
to reduce the risk of opioid overdose and dependency

Tuba City, AZ, August 1, 2017 — The Cardinal Health Foundation announced that it has awarded Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) grant funding from its Generation Rx Best Practices in Pain Management program.

TCRHCC is one of 10 healthcare organizations that received a one-year grant to create measurable action plans designed to optimize opioid prescribing, increase patient awareness about risks, and improve outcomes for patients suffering from chronic, non-cancer pain. The grants are designed to help healthcare organizations better engage healthcare providers, patients and caregivers to reduce the number of opioids prescribed for pain.

“TCRHCC will be addressing the epidemic from multiple angles, including prescriber education about opioid prescribing guidelines, and increasing the use of non-medication treatment alternatives, where appropriate” said Mary Byrne, TCRHCC Pharmacist. “We will also be providing community awareness and education about the risks of certain pain medications, and obtaining medication return bins, where patients can dispose of their medications, at Sacred Peaks Health Center and LeChee Health Facility.”

TCRHCC will also participate in a virtual learning collaborative led by chronic pain pharmacists at the Chronic Pain Clinic (CPC) at Geisinger Health in Danville, Pa. The CPC was established in 2012 to help chronic pain patients better manage their pain, while providing clinical and educational support for the health system’s physicians.

Geisinger’s chronic pain pharmacists work with the health system’s primary care physicians to increase safe prescribing, and find alternative treatment options when appropriate, which include non-opioid medications, physical therapy, acupuncture and/or behavioral therapy.

The virtual learning collaborative will help grantees develop similar collaborations with pharmacists and physicians in their community.

“TCRHCC is fortunate to have innovative staff that search for programs to assist in prevention and healthier models of care for our community. We have already hired key staff to address the Opioid Crisis, this grant will augment the programs and task forces we have already created to raise awareness”, states Lynette Bonar, RN, FACHE, TCRHCC CEO.
 
“TCRHCC shares our goal of improving overall quality of care, increasing patient engagement and minimizing or finding alternatives to prescription opioids,” says Dianne Radigan, vice president of Community Relations at Cardinal Health. “We’re pleased to support TCRHCC as it develops innovations in care for chronic pain patients; our hope is that their best practices can influence other healthcare systems around the country to help reduce opioid dependency.”

For more information about TCRHCC prescription medication disposal or education programs, go to tchealth.org/pharmacy.html .

About the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation
The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) is a 73-bed, acute and outpatient regional health system organized as a private nonprofit healthcare organization operating under the Indian Self-Determination Act P.L. 93-638 since September 30, 2002. TCRHCC serves a large geographic area, primarily encompassing over 6,000 square miles on the western Navajo Nation and adjacent Hopi and other communities.

About the Cardinal Health Foundation
The Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve health care efficiency, effectiveness and excellence and the overall wellness of the communities where Cardinal Health, Inc.'s (NYSE:CAH) more than 40,000 employees live and work. The Cardinal Health Foundation also offers grants to encourage community service among its employees and works through international agencies to donate much-needed medical supplies and funding to those who need them in times of disaster; because Cardinal Health, Inc. is #AllInForGood. To learn more, visit www.CardinalHealth.com/community and visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CardinalHealthFoundation

About Generation Rx
Generation Rx works to end prescription drug misuse through prevention education, drug take back, best practices in pain management and community collaborations. The program was created through a partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Since 2009, more than one million people across the country have been reached with Generation Rx messages, and pharmacists in 40 states have been honored with the Generation Rx Champions Award. To learn more, visit www.GenerationRx.org.

About Cardinal Health
Cardinal Health, Inc. is a global, integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospitals, healthcare systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices worldwide. The company provides clinically proven medical products and pharmaceuticals and cost-effective solutions that enhance supply chain efficiency from hospital to home. Cardinal Health connects patients, providers, payers, pharmacists and manufacturers for integrated care coordination and better patient management. Because Cardinal Health helps ensure pharmacists and the consumers they serve have access to medications they need while working to help prevent prescription drug diversion, the company’s Foundation and its education partners created Generation Rx, a national program to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications. Backed by nearly 100 years of experience, with approximately 50,000 employees in nearly 60 countries, Cardinal Health ranks #15 on the Fortune 500. For more information, visit cardinalhealth.com, follow @CardinalHealth on Twitter and connect on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/ company/cardinal-health.

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