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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

“Quiet at Night” initiative

North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) has announced the launch of its “Quiet at Night” initiative, a far-reaching set of new protocols and priorities designed to silence extraneous noise in an effort to allow patients to rest and heal.

“Quiet at Night” addresses a hospital noise problem that is familiar to anyone who has been an admitted patient or a visitor. Patients sleep about 80 minutes less each night in the hospital than they typically do at home. This is in large part because of noise and awakenings by staff, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. Other studies have linked excess noise and sleep deprivation to a number of negative outcomes for patients, including an increased risk of delirium, higher blood pressure, a greater use of pain medication and delayed healing.

To reduce the damaging impact of noise, NSUH’s “Quiet at Night” initiative establishes hospital quiet hours and an overhead announcement notifies visitors that patients may be trying to sleep, cuing them to keep voices low and minimize disruption.

NSUH and other Northwell facilities that have adopted “Quiet at Night” have also instituted night councils — led by workers with night-shift experience — to identify and address structural or procedural issues that increase environmental noise, such as squeaky doors or avoidable late-night deliveries.


Healthgrades and U.S. News & World Report ranked two Catholic Health Services hospitals and two nursing home facilities, respectively, among the best in the nation.

Healthgrades recognized Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and St. Charles Hospital as top-performing in its 2019 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates performance at roughly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Earlier this month, U.S. News & World Report released its latest ratings identifying top nursing homes. It evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide, in every state (619 in New York) and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. This year, 2,975 nursing homes earned the designation of Best Nursing Home and CHS facilities were among those named.

St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center, Smithtown, and Our Lady of Consolation Nursing and Rehabilitative Care Center, West Islip, were both recognized as high performing in the short stay category.


St. Francis Hospital and St. Charles Hospital, members of Catholic Health Services (CHS), received an “A” — the top grade for patient safety — in the fall 2018 Hospital Safety Score ratings administered by The Leapfrog Group. Of the more than 2,600 hospitals across the nation assigned scores, only 33 percent received an “A,” and the two CHS hospitals were among only three on Long Island to be ranked in the top tier.

St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center has once again been ranked the best hospital on Long Island, No. 5 in New York state and No. 6 in the New York metro area by U.S. News & World Report (2018–19). Also, St. Francis is among just 7 percent of U.S. hospitals to hold Magnet designation and has earned six Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses PRISM Awards and six American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Beacon Awards for Excellence.


Catholic Home Care, a member of Catholic Health Services, has been named a 2018 HomeCare Elite agency, a recognition given to the top-performing U.S. home health agencies.

HomeCare Elite names the top 25 percent of agencies based on performance measures, which included quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience, best practices implementation and financial management this year. More than 9,000 home care agencies are considered nationally, and the analysis is based on review of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services publicly reported data.

Peconic Bay Medical Center is opening its new Caregivers Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The center is expressly dedicated to providing support services for patients’ family members and recognizes the vital but often stressful role of caregiving in providing the best care for loved ones, not just during a hospital stay, but during the recovery period that follows when a loved one returns home.


Healthgrades has announced that South Nassau Communities Hospital is a recipient of its 2019 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award and five stars for its performance in Coronary Interventional Procedures. The awards place South Nassau in the top 10 percent in the U.S. for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2019.

The awards are based on Healthgrades’ evaluation of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, including cardiovascular disease, and identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures within this service line.

The achievements are part of findings released by Healthgrades and is featured in its 2019 Report to the Nation, which can be found at healthgrades.com/quality. The report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally.

South Nassau is in the process of affiliating with the Mount Sinai Health Network, which is ranked 10th in the nation for Cardiology and Heart Surgery by U.S. News and World Report.



NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Breast Health Center receives daffodil paintings

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Breast Health Center was the proud recipient of more than a dozen daffodil paintings — devotedly painted and donated by employees of The Nature’s Bounty Co. The Ronkonkoma-based global health and wellness leader makes vitamins, sport and active nutrition products, and a wide variety of supplements. The daffodil is viewed as a symbol of hope and renewal for those battling cancer. The paintings were created at the first-ever The Nature’s Bounty Co. “Painting with a Purpose” event, which, in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), raises awareness of and makes strides against breast cancer. Funds were also raised at the event in support of the ACS. The colorful daffodils will now brighten numerous treatment rooms at NYU Winthrop’s Breast Health Center, serving as a continual reminder of hope for those impacted by the disease.


A human protein involved in activation of the immune system could cause pregnancy complications in women with lupus, according to findings shared in an oral presentation at the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professional’s Annual Meeting in Chicago. Feinstein Institute for Medical Research scientist Naomi I. Maria, PhD, identified the connection in a mouse model, the first step to developing new therapies that could give hope to pregnant women with lupus — along with their unborn children.



Cynthia Aranow, MD

A bioelectronic medicine device was effective in reducing pain and fatigue in patients with lupus, according to Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Professor Cynthia Aranow, MD, who will present pilot clinical trial results Tuesday at the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Professional’s Annual Meeting. These initial results offer promise to the five million people who battle the chronic and potentially fatal autoimmune disease around the world.

Dr. Aranow’s study examined the safety and efficacy of vagus nerve stimulation by an innovative, proprietary device developed by researchers in the Feinstein Institute’s Center for Bioelectronic Medicine to reduce the pain and inflammation of lupus. The vagus nerve, part of the body’s peripheral nervous system, originates in the brain and branches out throughout the body. It controls the heart, lungs and digestive tract and has been found in previous studies to be involved in reducing inflammation.



East Northport Salvation Army Delivers Prayer Pillows

Lieutenant Vanessa Espinoza of the East Northport Salvation Army was moved by the work of her counterparts in South America and Asia, where mission-driven peers were gifting handcrafted “prayer pillows” for those in need of comfort. She, with 15 other members of her church decided to bring the same efforts to Long Island. After a season of cutting, sewing, stuffing and, most importantly, praying, the team finished 25 pillows designed to bring comfort to those they felt needed it most — patients undergoing breast cancer treatment at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown.

“This is the first year we have done this, and it has been such a blessing — we hope the people receiving them are inspired with hope and find comfort knowing we are still praying for them,” Lt. Espinoza says.