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Two CHS Hospitals Once Again Earn HANYS Pinnacle Award

July 9th, 2018

St. Joseph Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, both members of Catholic Health Services (CHS), were named by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) as winners of the 2018 HANYS Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety. This is the second consecutive year that two CHS hospitals have earned this prestigious recognition in their respective categories.

St. Joseph Hospital was again recognized in the “Hospital with Fewer than 200 Beds” category, this year for its safe patient handling initiative. In the “Hospital with 200 to 500 Beds” category, Good Samaritan’s winning focus on avoiding blood culture contamination outperformed the national benchmark. HANYS presented CHS and hospital leadership with the awards at its 50th Annual Membership Conference held in Saratoga Springs.

“Good Samaritan’s and St. Joseph’s efforts demonstrate exemplary clinical excellence,” said CHS's Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO, MBA, FACEP. “Advancing the highest standards in quality, they help to ensure that CHS continues to deliver exceptional patient services.”

St. Joseph’s project, “The Cultural, Clinical and Operational Benefits of Establishing a Robust Safe Patient Handling Program,” submitted by Christopher Cells, MSN, RN-BC, noted that in 2016 in New York State more than 36,300 health care worker injuries occurred primarily to the individuals involved in the direct daily care of the patient, specifically nursing assistants and registered nurses. To address this issue, the hospital established a multidisciplinary team of physical therapists, frontline nurses, nursing education, environmental services and hospital administration. The group referenced best practices from multiple organizations, focused on safe patient handling and employed Lean methodology, ultimately realizing a 36% reduction in safe patient handling-related injuries.

Good Samaritan’s “Reducing Hospital Contaminated Blood Culture Rate Through Organizational Transparency and Surveillance of Individualized Collector Rates,” submitted by Mary Hotaling, PhD, CPHQ, MT (ASCP), DLM, concentrated on how blood culture contamination can potentially cause false-positive blood cultures and result in diagnostic errors. The hospital achieved and sustained a performance level better than the national benchmark.

Both successful projects were chosen from among 115 statewide nominations by an independent, external panel. Winners were selected in four categories: three for acute care based on bed count and one for post-acute/outpatient providers. Last year, CHS’s St. Joseph Hospital and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center were both recipients of the HANYS Pinnacle Award.

 
(L-R) St. Joseph Hospital (SJH) Director of Nursing Informatics and Performance Improvement Christopher Cells, SJH Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer Peter Scaminaci, SJH Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Gibbons, Good Samaritan Hospital Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Ockers, Catholic Health Services Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO, and SJH Director of Physical Therapy Robert Ehlers, with their HANYS Pinnacle Awards.

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