We have recently begun to move to more private patient rooms at both our campuses – St. Elizabeth and St. Luke’s. In June, 3C at our St. Elizabeth Campus was reconfigured and set up for 24 private patient rooms. The feedback from patients, families, staff and providers has been very positive. This month we reopened the fifth floor at the St. Luke’s Campus with 18 private rooms followed by private room expansion on our Special Care Unit and AC 3. In August, AC1 and Sixth Floor will increase their private rooms to 24 and 16 respectively. When patient volumes spike we have a plan of care in place to provide for patients in a semi-private setting, but our overall goal is more private patient rooms. It takes teamwork and coordination of our care delivery system to make this happen. Thank you for your continued commitment to improving the patient experience.
The new hospital project continues. Many of you are involved in the meetings with the Design Team and your feedback and participation have been invaluable. Thank you. We are also working with the city and county to develop a plan for the parking garage that will be needed on the site. I anticipate several meetings in the coming weeks toward that initiative.
This year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Utica Boilermaker! This community-wide event is also an international event with runners and family members enjoying all that our area has to offer. My thanks to those of you who volunteered at the medical tents, water stations, health expo and my congratulations to the members of our Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Family who participated as runners and walkers. It’s a weekend where we show our pride in the Mohawk Valley.
In reviewing our finances year-to-date we have an operating loss through June of $521,000 compared to a budgeted gain of $983,000. Visits to our Emergency Department and Urgent Care are greater than budgeted while our outpatient surgeries, primary care visits and cardiac procedures are lower than expected. We continue to work with our managers to review current needs of the organization as well as forecast needs and services through year end.
This month we went live with our new policy system, PolicyStat. You can access it from our MVHS intranet. The new system allows for greater ease with policy searches helping you to access policies and ensure our compliance for patient care. I encourage you to check out the new service.
Congratulations to our MVHS Stroke Team! We received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The St. Luke’s Campus is the area’s only designated Stroke Center with the third largest volume of stroke patients in New York State. It’s our people who make the difference and save lives – from our first responders in the field to the teams in our Emergency Departments, our neuo interventionalists and our care teams.
I hope you had a chance to enjoy the picnics. Thank you to our Sodexo Team. They get us picnic-ready. It is a tremendous amount of work for them and they always do it with a smile. Thank you to the team members who helped to serve. I enjoy this event (even when we need to dodge a little rain). It nice to see all of you and its one small way to say thank you for all you do.
Here’s hoping for a dryer and warmer August. I hope you make the time to enjoy summer and all that it has to offer.
Scott H. Perra, FACHE