North Carolina Consortium for Medication Safety (NCCMedS) Announces First Year Findings

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NCCMedS, announced summary findings of its first year experience in networking small and rural hospitals. At a public meeting of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy on February 21, 2012, co-directors John Kessler, Pharm.D, and Steve Dedrick, MS Pharm described the consortium’s unique efforts to assess and improve medication safety in 28 rural hospitals.

“Our goal,” said Dr. Kessler, “is to lead rural North Carolina hospitals to a nationally recognized level of excellence in the safe use of medications and become a model for medication safety and quality improvement. We are doing this by developing a framework for long term collaboration among the rural hospital members; developing professional relationships that provide ongoing leadership support for medication safety initiatives; and providing access to expertise and support for medication safety initiatives.”

Mr. Dedrick, described the role of experienced medication safety Advisors in conducting more than 30 site visits and collaborating with executive, quality improvement and clinical leaders. “Our findings”, said Mr. Dedrick, “showed widespread interest in engaging with the project, both within and outside of the pharmacy.” NCCMedS Advisors and key leaders from each site assessed more than 140 key characteristics of safe medication use and the hospital’s commitment to a positive culture of safety.

Any NC hospital may join in Year 2 by contacting the project directors.

About NCCMedS - Founded in 2010, this consortium is in part, funded by a federal grant to hospitals that maintain 49 or fewer staffed beds. The grant goal is to encourage hospitals to improve quality, safety and compliance. The Office of Rural Health and Community Care (ORHCC) administers this grant in North Carolina. Due to the relatively small size of the individual awards, hospitals have voluntarily joined together to benefit from the economies of scale as well as the shared learning that occurs in the network. For more information, visit

About SecondStory Health - Founded in 2003, this privately held medication safety software development and consulting company is responsible for leading the NCCMedS project and is located near Research Triangle Park in Carrboro, NC. For more information, visit

About the NC Office of Rural Health and Community Care – Formed in 1973 to protect the health and safety of all North Carolinians and provide essential human services, in collaboration with its partners. For more information, visit


John Kessler, 919-621-8973
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