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Southampton Hospital Receives Awards For Quality Care And Patient Safety

Originally Posted: June 21, 2010

Southampton - In addition to its recent HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence™ Award, Southampton Hospital has been recognized by two other industry organizations. IPRO, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for New York State, awarded the Hospital a 2010 Quality Award for its commitment to advancing quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries, at their 26th annual meeting earlier this month. Seventeen healthcare organizations and professions across the State were recognized with only three hospitals on Long Island in the lineup. Southampton's organization-wide commitment to patient safety has resulted in significant improvements across all surgical care improvement and heart failure measures and places the Hospital in the 94th percentile of all hospitals in New York State. IPRO is one of the nation's largest independent, not-for-profit health care consulting organizations, working with state and federal governments and private corporations to optimize the quality of health care programs and the value of dollars spent on health care.

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) has recognized Southampton Hospital's significant achievement with its 2010 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety. The program submitted by Southampton Hospital staff, "A Nursing Strategic Plan Built Upon a Foundation of Patient Safety," was a comprehensive approach for assessment, development and implementation of protocols with the overall goal of increasing patient safety. The changes resulted in a 2009 NYSDOH recognition for safe medication practice, the creation of a Director of Nursing Education to foster ongoing professional development, increasing staff for high patient census periods, among many other significant improvements. Established in 2001, the award program recognizes and encourages broad dissemination of successful quality improvement and patient safety initiatives.

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