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CHS Pinnacle Award Recognizes Quality & Patient Safety Initiatives

May 16th, 2017
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center earned the Catholic Health Services (CHS) Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety for its Positive Patient Identification System in the CHS’s acute care category. St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation 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 for its Reduction of Preventable 30-Day Rehospitalization through its telemonitoring program in the continuing care category.

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 comprising 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.

“This award is modeled after the Healthcare Association of New York State’s Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety and is CHS’s way of honoring those playing a leading role in promoting improvements in health care delivery,” explained CHS’s Executive Vice President and System Chief Medical Officer Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO, who congratulated the honorees, along with CHS’s President and Chief Executive Officer Alan D. Guerci, MD, who presented the awards.

Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission, in a special videotaped address offered his congratulations to the winners. The guest speaker was John J. Nance, pilot, aviation analyst for ABC World News and aviation editor for Good Morning America. Nance, who has written at least 20 books, including the acclaimed Why Hospitals Should Fly, is one of the founders of the National Patient Safety Foundation and is dedicated to reforming health care to an effective and safe system of prevention and wellness.

The event was made possible, in part, through the support of MedPro RRG, a MedPro Group/Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate; Phalanx Healthcare Solutions, LLC; Wells Fargo Insurance Services; and Western Litigation.

Photos: Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center (top) won the CHS Pinnacle Acute Care Award, and St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitative Care Center (bottom) won the CHS Pinnacle Continuing Care Award.