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Hospitals making headlines: Nyack Hospital Wound Care Center earns recognition

Wednesday July 2, 2014
Accepting the Robert A. Warriner III, MD, Center of Excellence Award for Nyack Hospital are, from left, Carol Ackerman, EMT-P; Lawrence Simon, MD; Marian Piazza, RN; Nenita Salubre, RN; and Nancy Shimizu, RN.
Accepting the Robert A. Warriner III, MD, Center of Excellence Award for Nyack Hospital are, from left, Carol Ackerman, EMT-P; Lawrence Simon, MD; Marian Piazza, RN; Nenita Salubre, RN; and Nancy Shimizu, RN.
(Photo courtesy of Nyack (N.Y.) Hospital)
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The Wound Care Center at Nyack (N.Y.) Hospital has received the Robert A. Warriner III, MD, Center of Excellence Award for meeting the Center of Distinction quality standards for Healogics, Inc.
The center achieved patient satisfaction rates over 92% and a healing rate of greater than or equal to 91% in less than 30 median days, among other quality standards, according to a news release.
“Our physicians and nurses have a great synergy, the results of which are evidenced by this award,” Lawrence Simon, MD, director of the department of surgery and medical director of the center, said in the release. “We are all proud of this accomplishment as it reflects our commitment to excellent patient care.”
The award is named for Warriner, a pioneer in wound care and the former chief medical officer for Healogics. The Nyack Wound Care Center is a member of the Healogics Network of more than 550 centers.

Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, N.J.: The Metabolic and Bariatric Center at SMMC has earned national accreditation from the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program. The accreditation demonstrates the center’s commitment to delivering the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients, according to a news release.
To earn the accreditation, SMMC met essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and the institutional performance requirements outlined by the MBSAQIP accreditation standards.
“This designation demonstrates the level of commitment, safety and quality care our multidisciplinary healthcare team provides to patients each and every day,” David A. Ricci, president and CEO, SMMC, said in the release. “Our team stays with patients throughout and well after the weight loss process.”

Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, N.Y.: Vassar Brothers and Northern Dutchess have received the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.
The program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“We are dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care, and this program helps us achieve that goal,” Carol Charmello, RN, clinical and stroke coordinator, Paul Rosenthal Rehabilitation at Northern Dutchess, said in a news release.
The two facilities met specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period, according to the release. These include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
“These awards demonstrate our commitment to ensure our patients receive care based on internationally respected clinical guidelines,” Kimberly Brown, RN, stroke coordinator and quality management specialist at Vassar Brothers, said in the release.
The program also helps staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Northern Dutchess Hospital implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly.

Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, N.J.: Holy Name was honored with an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group in its annual Hospital Safety Score survey, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, according to a news release.
Calculated under the guidance of a Leapfrog panel, the score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32% receiving an “A” grade.

Health Quest Hospitals, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: Northern Dutchess Hospital and Putnam Hospital Center, both Health Quest affiliates, have been named Women’s Choice Award recipients, according to a news release. Both are now recognized among America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics, acknowledging their commitment to providing exceptional patient care and treatment.
Northern Dutchess and Putnam qualified for this annual list based on an in-depth proprietary scoring process that utilizes data reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The selection process identifies those hospitals that provide comprehensive orthopedic services and that meet criteria for patient satisfaction and surgical excellence based on women’s needs and preferences.
“Our team continues to provide our region with the most advanced technology and extraordinary care,” Denise George, RN, MPA, president and CEO of Northern Dutchess, said in the release. “We are very pleased with this recognition and applaud the many physicians, nurses and staff who work so diligently to deliver the highest quality orthopedic services available to both women and men.”

Schervier Nursing Care Center, Riverdale, N.Y.: Bon Secours New York Health System’s Schervier facility held a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony May 22 in celebration of the expansion of their rehabilitation services with the addition of a third rehabilitation gym.
The expanded services offer evidence-based modalities, as well as technologically advanced equipment, according to a news release. The modalities and equipment offer improved treatment and outcomes for COPD, chronic heart failure, postop hip and knee joint replacements, slow healing wounds, continence improvement, pain management and fall prevention.


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