Awards & Recognition

 


AMDA Award for Sea View

In addition to system-wide recognition, Sea View was one of three winners of an American Medical Directors Association Foundation Evercare Award for improving the quality of life for people residing in nursing homes through effective palliative care. Sea View’s palliative care program, which began in 2004, has led to positive outcomes for patients, and internal surveys show resident satisfaction with care remains consistently high.

For additional information, view Sea View’s presentation on the AMDA Foundation web site.

HHC Program wins Second National Association of Public Health Safety Net Award

The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems has recognized Kings County with a Safety Net Award, one of two received by HHC in 2010.

Kings County won in the Health Information Technology category for its use of healthcare IT to reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired infections in its surgical intensive care unit. By using data to consistently document and monitor compliance with evidence-based practices, the hospital increased compliance rates and dramatically reduced the incidence of infection.

Read more about Kings Award on NAPH web site.

Nurse Practitioner Elva Rodriguez wins Sloan Award for Public Service

Elva Rodriguez, a nurse practitioner in the Women’s Health Service at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic and Treatment Center, will be honored in March with a Sloan Award for Public Service. For 23 years, Ms. Rodriguez has been an inspiration and mentor to her colleagues, and a compassionate and caring nurse to her patients.

Her dedication is personal and legendary; she’s invariably the first one in and the last one out, and she never turns a patient away. For colleagues and coworkers, she’s an indefatigable source of energy and a model of compassion.

Part of what makes her special is her ingenuity, a quality especially prized in resource-challenged neighborhood health centers like Belvis, which serves the Mott Haven and Hunts Point communities. Thinking outside the box, and pulling teams together at a moment’s notice and on a shoestring are among her specialties. Getting the job done is her trademark.

Combining her deep commitment to hands-on clinical work with her drive to innovate and improve the quality of care, she co-developed a database that allows tracking of all Pap test and sexually transmitted infection tests performed at Belvis. She also created a supplemental tracking and monitoring tool for abnormal results to facilitate appropriate follow-up and case management, ensuring that every patient who requires care receives it.

Adored by her patients and the community, a leading clinical provider, a mentor to her colleagues, a technological innovator, and a Women’s Health champion, Elva Rodriguez is a transformative member of the Belvis team.

As Elizabeth Rodriguez, the associate director of the facility said, “Elva Rodriguez was a mentor to me, and she pushed me to continue my education. I wouldn’t be where I am today in my career without her encouragement and support.”

As one patient put it, “She cares for three generations in my family, and we’ve known her for 11 years. She is an outstanding person, always available, calm, caring, and efficient. She goes out of her way to make me, and her other patients,feel comfortable. When I lost a baby, she not only comforted me, she shed tears with me. I love her.”

For additional Information see the Press Release.

Quest for Quality Award

In recent years, HHC has garnered an increasing number of awards for its commitment to quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Eisenberg award from the National Quality Forum, the Codman award from the Joint Commission and the Pinnacle award from the Healthcare Association of New York State. This past year Queens Hospital Center became the first municipal public health facility to receive a Citation of Merit, one of three national awards granted by the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Competition. The prize recognizes Queens’ exceptionally effective approach to reducing disparities in care through its strong ties to the community, and its high level of community accountability.

In recent years, HHC has garnered an increasing number of awards for its commitment to quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Eisenberg award from the National Quality Forum, the Codman award from the Joint Commission and the Pinnacle award from the Healthcare Association of New York State. This past year Queens Hospital Center became the first municipal public health facility to receive a Citation of Merit, one of three national awards granted by the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Competition. The prize recognizes Queens’ exceptionally effective approach to reducing disparities in care through its strong ties to the community, and its high level of community accountability.

For more information, see pages 10-11 for Queens Hospital Center's profile in the 2010 Quest for Quality booklet.

Palliative Care Wins Circle of Life Award

This past year HHC’s system-wide palliative care program also received recognition from the American Hospital Association. The program was awarded a Circle of Life Citation of Honor, the first time that such an honor was bestowed on a public hospital or hospital system. HHC’s program was judged to be among the top eight of more than 100 national competitors, a remarkable achievement for an enterprise-wide program launched barely five years ago.

This recognition affirms our leadership role in providing compassionate and highly patient-centered palliative care. The rapid growth of our program confirms that patients and families want support in making informed decisions in their own best interests as they approach the end of life. And those who are suffering from the debilitating symptoms of a serious or terminal chronic illness want treatment focused on enabling them to make the most of every day.

In 2010, Bellevue’s palliative care program expanded with the addition of an outpatient clinic in the spring, and in November, Coney Island opened a 19-bed dedicated palliative care unit designed to make patients and families as comfortable as possible. Coney was an early leader in recognizing the value of palliative care, and they have served 5,000 families since 2005.

Our commitment to palliative care is anchored around our belief that all patients who suffer from serious chronic conditions or a terminal illness should know about their options for less invasive treatment, for pain medications they may not have otherwise considered, and for living with dignity during their last months or days. HHC offers palliative care services at all of our 11 acute-care facilities.

For more information, see page 7 of 24 for HHC's profile in the 2010 Circle of Life booklet.