The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $26 million to five academic medical centers — including two members of America’s Essential Hospitals — to support research on improving patient safety.

The funding was distributed as part of the Prevention Epicenters Program, which aims to develop and test new approaches to patient safety and infection prevention. The funding more than doubles previous awards under the program and extends the program to 2020.

The five facilities that received the funding for 2016 to 2020 were

  • Chicago Prevention and Intervention Epicenter, at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Health and Hospitals System, an association member;
  • Duke University and the University of North Carolina;
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and association member University of California Irvine;
  • University of Pennsylvania; and
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and BJC Healthcare.

Five other facilities previously received funding under the program to support Ebola-related research from 2015 to 2018:

  • Emory University
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Illinois, Chicago, an association member
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • University of Utah School of Medicine; association member University of Utah Health Care is the school’s teaching hospital.