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Monday, July 10, 2017

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center won the CHS Pinnacle Acute Care Award

St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitative Care Center won the CHS Pinnacle Continuing Care Award.

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center earned the Catholic Health Services (CHS) Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety in the acute care category for its Positive Patient Identification System. St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitative Care Center’s Interdisciplinary Approach to Falls won the Pinnacle Award in the continuing care category. The presentations were made at a conference held at the DeMatteis Center in Greenvale on May 5.

St. Joseph Hospital earned finalist honors in the acute care category for two projects that tied: Reducing Rule-Based Error and Improving Outcomes for Hospitalized Dementia Patients. Catholic Home Care was awarded finalist honors in the continuing care category for its reduction of preventable 30-day re-hospitalization through its telemonitoring program.

CHS leadership invited clinical teams at its six hospitals and within its continuing care division to submit descriptions of projects that have advanced quality patient care. A committee of representatives from across CHS evaluated the projects and selected the honorees. This program was launched three years ago as part of CHS’s Performance Improvement Plan to highlight the many quality efforts at CHS facilities. It also reflects CHS’s “No Harm” Campaign and coincides with its High Reliability journey, in partnership with and support from The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading standard-setting body in health care.

The Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) has received the Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. This marks the sixth year that NUMC has been recognized with a quality achievement award in this area.

Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Since the program’s launch in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.

NUMC also received the association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll. Target: Heart Failure is an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines designed to reduce the risk of heart failure patients ending up back in the hospital. Hospitals are required to meet criteria that improve medication adherence, provide early follow-up care and coordination, and enhance patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

Matthew Gendron (center), is surrounded by family and friends who turned out for the Northwell Health Walk at Jones Beach. Mr. Gendron, age 19, received lifesaving treatment at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

More than 7,000 participants helped raise a record $635,000 at four Northwell Health Walks across Long Island, Westchester and Staten Island. From the Jones Beach boardwalk in Wantagh to Tanger Outlets in Riverhead supporters laced up to support women and children’s health initiatives, and cardiac and cancer care.

Mr. and Mrs. Met greeted walkers at the Jones Beach 5K while Zumba instructors warmed up the crowd at Midland Beach in Staten Island, part of a festive day with a serious goal: Funds go to several area hospitals, with the Jones Beach walk benefiting Northwell’s Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

Since its inception, the Northwell Health Walk has raised nearly $3.3 million. Donations will be collected through June 9.

South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Board of Directors has agreed to enter a period of exclusive negotiations with the Mount Sinai Health System to come together as part of a long-term strategy to improve care available for residents of South Shore and Long Island.

In the coming months, South Nassau and Mount Sinai will explore a formal affiliation agreement that could lead to an alignment of medical services, management and governance between the 455-bed Oceanside hospital and the world-renowned Mount Sinai Health System.

If a final agreement is reached and approved, South Nassau, which has served Nassau County residents since 1928, would become the flagship institution of Mount Sinai on Long Island and be a part of Mount Sinai’s $8 billion health system that includes the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai — one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country­ — seven hospitals in the New York metropolitan area and a network of more than 7,000 physicians.

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Good Samaritan has been recognized as a Stroke Gold Plus facility since 2009, but this marks the first time that the medical center has achieved Target: Stroke Honor Roll status.

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines — Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Jennifer Mieres, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Senior Vice President of the health system’s Center for Equity of Care, and Michael Wright, Vice President of Diversity and Health Equity, at the DiversityInc event in NYC.

Northwell Health has been recognized as one of DiversityInc’s Top 12 Hospitals and Health Systems for the fifth consecutive year. Northwell moved up to third on the national list for its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. The rankings were announced at the DiversityInc Top 50 event in New York on May 2.

DiversityInc’s Top 12 Hospitals and Health Systems recognition is based upon CEO and leadership commitment, talent and workforce engagement, and supplier diversity. The organization also stood out for its employee resource group participation, manager participation in cross-cultural mentoring, executive diversity councils setting goals tied to executive compensation, and educating and mentoring diverse suppliers.

The Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) has earned three-star quality overall ratings, the highest possible rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), in three cardiac surgery categories: isolated coronary artery grafting bypass (CAGB), isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) and combined AVR and CABG surgery.

Based on the STS’s stringent review, NSUH’s Heart Hospital was one of only 14 hospitals in the United States and Canada to receive the overall three-star quality rating for outcomes and patient care in all three categories, placing it among an elite 1.4 percent of hospitals. The STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Report analyzed data from 1,017 participants between January 2014 and December 2016.

The star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic programs in the US and Canada, according to the STS. The rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Receives International Recognition for Breastfeeding Program

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have recognized Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center for excellence in lactation care.

Good Samaritan has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has recently completed activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

One hundred hospitals are recognized worldwide with the IBCLC Award. Good Samaritan is one of only two such facilities on Long Island, and the only one in Suffolk County, to achieve this recognition.