In late January we submitted the Request for Application for the $300 million Health Care Facility Transformation Grant to the New York State Department of Health. Thank you to those who were involved in the application – it was a comprehensive and lengthy process that required a tremendous amount of time and energy. We expect to be notified about the grant in the coming weeks. We are very hopeful for good news and the opportunity to begin our journey of building a new integrated healthcare campus for our region.
The grant application addressed our ability to participate as a healthcare partner in the community and ensure that we have a coordinated system of care to support the healthcare management of our patients and the community – also known as Population Health. We have a number of new actions/processes in place to support our patients and their continuum of care. We have new social work positions in our Emergency Departments (ED) that assist our patients with follow up care, including primary care. The goal is to equip our ED patients with the necessary resources so they no longer need to use the EDs for primary care services. We are developing an outpatient behavioral health program with several of our community sites and have implemented a depression and substance use screening for adults and adolescents in our primary care offices – all to better identify and support the needs of our patients. We are also working to develop an outpatient integrated palliative care program model and plan to pilot it with our providers/patients at our Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center. More and more of our work is moving to the outpatient setting in collaboration with community resources, all supporting community health. Lisa Volo, director of Population Health Management for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), is leading many of the projects.
My congratulations to all of you for your support in helping us achieve high marks in clinical excellence for infection prevention. MVHS has seen improvements system wide in the prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI). We continue to do well with zero ventilator-associated events and we are seeing a substantial decrease in the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C.diff). These positive outcomes equal quality patient care, thank you.
As we approach the third anniversary of our MVHS affiliation, we have made strong gains in our clinical outcomes and our financial performance. We ended 2016 on the plus side with a small profit of $60,000 for the hospitals. Strong clinical performance combined with good financial management is critical to our community and our future.
In recent months we have been fortunate to have welcomed several new and very knowledgeable leadership team members and medical staff. Many are profiled in the staff announcements on our MVHS intranet. Please support them in their new roles. We are only as good as our team and how our team works together.
Looking for something to do with family and friends in the next few weeks? Consider signing up on the MVHS team for America’s Greatest Heart/Run Walk on Saturday, March 4. It’s a great time to walk or run with family, friends and coworkers and all for a good cause. You can sign up at one of our campus locations – check the intranet for the locations and times.
Think spring…it will be here before you know it!
Scott H. Perra, FACHE