Mercy Regional Medical Center has received a $100,000 grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation and will join the foundation’s Zero Suicide Collaborative.
The project will move Mercy toward a holistic and comprehensive approach to patient safety, quality improvement and to the safety and support of staff members, who treat and care for suicidal patients.
Mercy was one of 17 hospitals across the country to receive a Zero Suicide Collaborative grant, including six children’s hospitals in Ohio. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among those between the ages of 35 and 54.
All Zero Suicide grantees will receive comprehensive training and expert consultation from the Zero Suicide Institute, whose framework is based on the reality that suicidal people often fall through the cracks in a fast-paced and sometimes fragmented health care system.