The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) was recently profiled in the HANYS Innovation Spotlight - Triple Aim: New York Hospitals Improving Health, Enhancing Quality and Reducing Costs. We were recognized for reducing our central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). The MVHS teams working on the initiative, which include many of you, reduced CLABSI rates system-wide by increasing staff awareness and using improved infection prevention methods. In just one year, the rates were reduced by 60.2 percent, a significant change that means improved care for our patients. This is an initiative, like so many that we do, that needs to happen each and every day. Congratulations and thank you for the exceptional work you do to care for our patients.
Our new, regional healthcare campus has moved another step forward. On Thursday, March 22, members of the Senior Team met with the Establishment and Project Review Committee (EPRC) of the Public Health and Health Planning Council to discuss the specifics of our Certificate of Need (CON) application for construction of the new hospital. The meeting went well and the members of the committee overwhelmingly approved our application, which will go to the full council on Thursday, April 12, 2018. The recommendation noted that the project is needed and financially feasible stating, “This project will centralize and consolidate inpatient services and reduce the total bed compliment … thus right-sizing the inpatient infrastructure. The consolidation will provide a foundation for the provision of safer, more efficient and cost-effective care to area residents for years.”
Over the past month, we have announced several changes to our service model including the relocation of imaging services from our Middle Settlement Road location to the Utica Business Park, Faxton and St. Luke’s Campuses as well as closing the ambulatory surgery service at the Faxton Campus. While the changes are necessary, we know they are difficult for our employees and medical staff. We are working with the individuals who are impacted by the closures and helping to transition them to new roles in the organization.
In April we will be asking those of you who provide inpatient care to participate in a hospital survey on Patient Safety Culture, administered through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). It’s an online survey that takes about 10 minutes to complete. Having a culture of safety is critical to ensuring exceptional patient care and meeting the safety needs of our employees and medical staff. Look for the notices about the AHRQ survey and please take the time to complete it. The survey is open from Monday, April 2 through Monday, April 30, 2018.
We recently opened a new primary care office in Rome and welcomed Anthony Cotronea, MD, Nicoletta Tallandini, MD, and Mary-Jane Borst, MS, FNP. They have joined the MVHS Medical Group and are accepting new patients age 18 and older. The office is located at 1617 N. James Street in Rome. Please join me in welcoming them to the MVHS family!
Scott H. Perra, FACHE