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SBU Medical Center Receives Two National Patient Safety Awards

Originally Posted: May 05, 2011

Accepting the NAPH Safety Net Patient Safety Award from Bruce Siegel, M.D., M.P.H., President of NAPH (center) is Christine McMullan, Continuous Quality Improvement Director (CQI) at Stony Brook University Medical Center, along with involved SBUMC administrators, faculty and staff including (pictured from left) Gina Schiavone; Steve Dolecal; Mark Shapiro, M.D.; Barbara Mills, N.P.; Julie Mount, CNS; Margaret Parker, M.D.; Steven L. Strongwater, M.D., CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital; Paul Murphy of CQI; Eric Niegelberg; Karen Chase; Debra Grimm, R.N.; Alison Rowe, R.N.; and Lauren Rogers, R.N. (Courtesy Photo: SBU Medical Center)

Southampton - Stony Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC) was recognized by the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) as a recipient of the 2011 NAPH Safety Net Patient Safety Award. The award is given to organizations for implementing evidence-based patient safety initiatives and specifically to the Medical Center for its efforts in the reduction of severe sepsis mortality. From 2006 to 2010, the Medical Center has demonstrated a 50.8 percent reduction in the incidence of severe sepsis mortality. The Medical Center will be honored at the 2011 NAPH Annual Conference in June.

SBUMC was also selected to receive an Outstanding Leadership Award for achievements in eliminating central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, this national award program recognizes teams of critical care professionals and healthcare institutions that achieve excellence and notable, sustained improvements in preventing healthcare‐associated infections, specifically in the critical care setting. SBUMC was awarded for dramatically decreasing its hospital-wide CLABSI rates by 59 percent from 2008 to 2010, resulting in a decrease of 1,144 patient days and an estimated cost savings of $7.6 million.

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