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Hospitals making headlines: Lawrence Hospital Center earns joint replacement recognition

Tuesday July 22, 2014
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Lawrence Hospital Center, Bronxville, N.Y., has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its joint replacement program by demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety.
“The Joint Commission certification is a significant achievement for us and underscores the quality of our program,” Maureen Kirk, RN, MBA, director of the Joint Replacement Center at Lawrence, said in a news release.
The hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review to obtain the certification. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Lawrence Hospital Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
The voluntary certification process involved a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and other support staff.
“Our goal has always been to provide excellent treatment with an emphasis on patient education and minimizing pain after surgery,” Kirk said in the release. “This certification should reinforce to anyone who needs their joint replaced that they can find excellent surgical services close to home – here at Lawrence Hospital.”

Get With the Guidelines awards: Elmhurst (N.Y.) Hospital Center, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y., and White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital have been awarded the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award is given to hospitals that successfully implement specific quality-improvement measures for the treatment of stroke patients.
All three also were named to the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
“This achievement reflects the continuous efforts to improve stroke care for our patients by a team of dedicated physicians, nurses and support staff,” Gordon Cantor, MD, EHC’s associate attending director of neurology, said in a news release. “This award reinforces EHC’s commitment to providing a level of stroke care that ranks among the best hospitals in the country.”
At South Nassau, Linda Efferen, MD, chief medical officer, said, “To fulfill our mission to meet the patients’ and communities’ needs for quality, patient-centered healthcare services, South Nassau must always be focused on performance improvement and raising our standards.”
This marks the eighth consecutive year White Plains Hospital has been recognized with this quality achievement award.
Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, N.J.: The Diabetes Center at Holy Name Medical Center was awarded the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program, according to a news release.
The certificate is awarded for four years and assures that educational programs meet the ADA’s national standards for diabetes self-management education programs. Diabetes programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.
The Diabetes Center at Holy Name Medical Center provides programs and counseling that reflect the highest standard of patient education about behavior change, prevention and care during complications, according to the release. The center’s goal is to help people who are living with diabetes to self manage their disease to prevent and/or delay possible complications. Patients with diabetes receive counseling from a registered nurse and/or registered dietitian who are also certified diabetes educators on insulin self-administration, blood sugar monitoring, exercise, health maintenance and the importance of routine physical follow-up, insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring.

Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, N.J., and New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y.: An academic affiliation between the medical center and the college has designated SMMC as a teaching site for NYMC’s medical education program, according to a news release.
“This is an exciting time for Saint Michael’s Medical Center,” David A. Ricci, president and CEO, SMMC, said in the release. “We are proud to collaborate with New York Medical College in an academic affiliation that will continue our long-standing tradition as an academic institution, and enable us to enhance and expand our medical education program, including the addition of an undergraduate program.”
The affiliation provides the medical center with world-class academic resources and additional medical expertise to support clinical programs and assist in the recruitment of physicians. NYMC in turn will have access to a clinical venue in Essex County, N.J., expanding the residency options for its students, as well as access to a large group of experienced physicians in a spectrum of specialties.
“Saint Michael’s and New York Medical College have a shared and long-standing proud commitment to provide medical care to all who come to us and to educate the next generation of health care providers,” Edward C. Halperin, MD, MA, chancellor and CEO, New York Medical College, said in the release. “This partnership, based upon shared values, will benefit patients, promote a pipeline of new doctors and other health care providers to serve Newark and the surrounding cities, and contribute to the generation of new knowledge about the causes, prevention and treatment of human disease and disability.”

Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center: With support from the Verizon Foundation, Sanzari Children’s Hospital has launched a pilot study that will use technology to help care for patients with Type 1 diabetes. As part of the study, patients received a smartphone from Verizon Wireless and a Telcare glucometer. The goal of the innovative pilot program is to help pediatric diabetes patients take better care of themselves with the issued smartphone.
“Today marks a new day for patients and their families where we are using technology to better manage diabetes,” Steven Ghanny, MD, research director, attending physician, division of pediatric endocrinology at the hospital, said in a news release. “Telemedicine is the wave of the future and that’s exactly what this study is all about; remotely keeping a close eye on our patients to ensure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing to manage their conditions effectively and giving them the tools to accomplish this so they can be healthy.”
The patients will use the smartphones to access a website created by the HackensackUMC information technology team and Microsoft, called MollyBook. It’s similar to Facebook, but is a private forum limited to the patients in the study. The patients can use MollyBook to access discussion groups and anonymously ask questions to other patients in the study. They can also use this site to view educational videos on various aspects of diabetes care.

Nyack (N.Y.) Hospital: The Weill Cornell Multiple Sclerosis Center at Nyack Hospital, a leading provider of care for people living with multiple sclerosis in the Hudson Valley, has been recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care through the National MS Society’s Partners in MS Care program. According to a news release, the recognition honors the center’s commitment to exceptional patient care; providing coordinated, comprehensive MS care; and a continuing partnership with the society to address the challenges of people affected by MS.
The clinical staff at the center are Director Jai S. Perumal, MD, and Jennifer Reardon, ANP.
“We have made a commitment to serving the multiple sclerosis community by partnering with the Judith Jaffe Multiple Sclerosis Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center,” Nyack Hospital Vice President and Medical Director Michael Rader, MD, said in the release. “In the two years since the program was started at Nyack Hospital, the number of people with MS served has more than doubled, filling a real need in the community and surrounding areas. Patients come from as far away as 100 miles or more to access our expert staff and comprehensive services provided.”

Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Care Center, Rockville Centre, N.Y.: Our Lady of Consolation has earned a 2014 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety from the Healthcare Association of New York State.
The award was presented at the HANYS 46th annual Membership Conference. HANYS received 67 submissions from across the state that spanned the continuum of care. The honor was specifically awarded for a Post-Acute or Outpatient Provider for Managing Behaviors Without Medication: Providing Care to Special Populations, a multidisciplinary approach to reducing the use of antipsychotic medication for those with dementia.

Newark (N.J.) Beth Israel Medical Center: The medical center has been awarded a $20,000 grant to implement a comprehensive falls prevention program for seniors in the community by the PSEG Foundation. The program will feature three components, including initial education, screenings and enrollment in “Matter of Balance” classes for those at risk.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. These falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death.
Thanks to the grant, NBIMC’s Center for Geriatric Health Care community outreach team will work to reduce the threat of falls among seniors in the greater Newark area.
“The trauma of falls presents special challenges because geriatric patients have different injury patterns that impact care and as well as significant comorbid medical conditions,” Anup Dhage, PT, MS, physical therapist, said in a news release. Dhage and Rashmi Aggarwal, NP, will serve as master trainers for the Essex County program.


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