2013-06-28 / Community

St. John’s Recognized

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway has been recognized with a 2013 IPRO Quality Award.

IPRO is a national organization which provides a full spectrum of healthcare assessment and improvement services to foster more efficient use of resources and enhance healthcare quality for better patient outcomes.

The awards, given annually by IPRO, recognize organizations and professionals that demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of care provided to New York’s Medicare beneficiaries.

IPRO, a not-for-profit organization, is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for New York State, and manages the state’s End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The awards were given during IPRO’s 29th Annual Meeting, June 4th at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel.

“St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has demonstrated significant improvements in the care it provides, as a result of a collaborative and focused effort,” says Clare B. Bradley MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of IPRO.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital received the IPRO Quality Award for implementation of process changes to improve patient safety, reduce infection rates, and provide quality care to their patients.

Efforts included creating crossdepartmental collaborations to improve performance monitoring, identify defi- ciencies and implement solutions; developing department-specific quality plans; redesigning their medical records system to facilitate improved data collection; and implementing an open-door policy between the infection control department and the hospital staff.

“We are very proud to receive the IPRO Quality Award.

Our staff puts patient safety and infection control first.

The team is very pleased to have their initiatives and hard work recognized with this prestigious honor,” said Nelson Toebbe, Chief Executive Officer, and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

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