KINGSBROOK OPENS NEW OUTPATIENT SPECIALTY CENTER
Kingsbrook celebrated the opening of its new outpatient center with the help of community leaders, elected officials, managed care affiliates and staff. The center which has been in the works for almost 2 years ago was designed to support Kingsbrook's ongoing commitment to improving overall quality of care and to transform how care is delivered in response to the unique patient population; keeping in mind the changes health care reform legislation is bringing. Kingsbrook's new center provides truly integrated care, one stop shopping, with a team of physicians representing several specialties all practicing together in one location and using a common computerized health record. At this new center care is individualized and coordinated--a unique way of practicing quality medicine in central Brooklyn.
Additionally, Kingsbrook is the very recent recipient of a $1,000,000 grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). This grant is integral to how this new facility will be used and will allow Kingsbrook to implement a new model of care for patients, a model known as patient-centered medical home, PCMH, a care delivery model that places the patient and family literally at the center of how their care is provided. This model has the potential to dramatically improve the health of those suffering from multiple medical conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, or chronic lung ailments.
KINGSBROOK ACHIEVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION AS TOP QUALITY PERFORMER FROM JOINT COMMISSION
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center is now recognized to be among the highest performing hospitals in the United States by The Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures ™, a program that recognizes accredited hospitals from across the country that attain excellence in performance. The Joint Commission is the most recognized independent accreditation agency in the nation, assuring that quality and safety standards are met in over 19,000 healthcare organizations and programs. Kingsbrook joins just three other hospitals in the metro New York City area to receive this very prestigious recognition. More specifically, Kingsbrook attained top performer ranking in accountability measure performance in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. "We are so very pleased and proud to be recognized by The Joint Commission for the superior level of care our entire team at Kingsbrook delivers day in and day out. I am especially pleased to know our longstanding commitment to be a leader in quality care in Brooklyn has been attained. Our community deserves nothing less," said Linda Brady, MD, President and CEO. For more information on this recognition and to see the other 16 hospitals in NY listed as a top performing hospital, please visit The Joint Commission's website; Improving America's Hospitals: The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012.
KINGSBROOK RECEIVES GRADE A RATING FROM THE LEAPFROG GROUP
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center received the highly regarded "A" rating for Patient Safety from the LeapFrog Group, a trusted, transparent, and evidence-based national survey of more than 1100 hospitals who voluntarily participate free of charge. The Leapfrog Group aims to educate and to encourage consumers to consider safety when selecting a hospital for themselves or their families. In addition, the score will foster strong market incentives for hospitals to make safety a priority. For more information on The Leapfrog Hospital Survey visit http://hospitalsafetyscore.org. "LeapFrog Group's highest ranking, this grade A recognition, speaks volumes to our on-going commitment to patient safety and quality advancement," states Kurt Kodroff MD, Vice President of Quality Management at Kingsbrook, "We take great pride in this achievement as it greatly impacts our patient satisfaction and our overall quality of care."
New York State Partnership for Patients
The Goal of this new initiative is to reduce preventable hospital acquired conditions by 40% by the end of 2013. Additionally, to reduce avoidable readmissions by 20% by the end of 2013. The Kingsbrook Partnership for Patients Team focuses on the following elements: Nursing, Infectious prevention, building culture and leadership and preventable readmission.
KINGSBROOK PARTICPATES IN GOLD STAMP PROGRAM TO PREVENT PRESSURE ULCERS
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center becomes one of six collaborators in Brooklyn in the New York State Gold STAMP (Success Through, Assessment, Management, and Prevention) Program to Reduce Pressure Ulcers. The New York State Department of Health and other professional and provider organizations across the continuum of health care, have partnered together and developed a quality improvement program to reduce the incidence of facility acquired pressure ulcer's and ultimately improve care to patients and residents living with pressure ulcers. The Gold STAMP Program to Reduce Pressure Ulcers in New York State is a coalition of organizations convened to provide evidence-based resources and education across the continuum of care in New York State in order to improve the assessment, management, and prevention.
KINGSBROOK RECEIVES AVON GRANT FOR BREAST HEALTH EDUCATION
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $55,000 one-year grant to Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the first year that the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this important health issue. Kingsbrook's Breast Health Program will educate Central Brooklyn women and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program will also provide needed services to many women who are under or non-insured in the community.
KINGSBROOK RECEIVES GRANT FROM SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR BREAST HEALTH EDUCATION
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center was awarded $72,000 from The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of the facility's breast health outreach initiative. The program is designed to provide mammography services in underserved communities throughout Central Brooklyn to minority women aged 40 and older.Through this vital funding, Kingsbrook's Breast Health Program will provide community awareness programs, group and private education workshops about the importance of breast screening, and will provide referrals for mammography services. Additionally, the program will also provide needed services to many women who are under or non-insured in the community.
LEADING ELECTED OFFICIALS BREAK GROUND ON NEW, EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AT KINGSBROOK JEWISH MEDICAL CENTER
Leading Federal, State and City elected officials will joined healthcare advocates and community leaders to officially break ground on the new, state-of-the-art emergency room and emergency department facilities at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Central Brooklyn. In increasingly tough times in healthcare, many Brooklyn hospitals are in financial and programmatic crisis. In contrast, KJMC, while experiencing similar challenges, has a clean balance sheet and is able to welcome Brooklyn leaders to their campus to break ground on major new initiatives, which will allow their emergency department to serve over 6,000 more emergency and urgent care cases each year.
Kingsbrook Named One of the Safest Hospitals in New York State
The 2011 New York Hospital Report Card was released listing Kingsbrook as one of the safest hospitals in the state. This report is produced by Niagara Health Quality Coalition (NHQC).
NHQC is an independent organization based in Western New York that pioneered methods to use federally-endorsed hospital quality indicators to measure hospital performance. Twelve other states have copied this group's work.
Kingsbrook Designated NICHE Facility
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center has been designated a NICHE Hospital, committed to patient-centered care for our older adults. We are proud to carry the NICHE designation as a sign of our resolve to provide patient-centered care for older adults. NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is the only national designation indicating a hospital's commitment to elder care excellence.
Through our participation in the NICHE program - the largest geriatric nursing program available - we are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote positive experiences for the older adults in our care. This results in improved outcomes and greater patient and family satisfaction.
Healthcare IT News & U.S News & World Report Features Kingsbrook as one of 118 'Most Connected Hospitals!'
U.S. News & World Report has released its list of 118 hospitals that are leaders when it comes to using electronic medical records and providing quality care.
"U.S. News defines a hospital as Most Connected if that hospital, or a major unit of it such as a children's hospital within the larger institution, has met twin standards: achieving Stage 6 or 7 of EMR adoption [based on HIMSS Analytics criteria] and earning either a national Best Hospital or Best Children's Hospital ranking or a high-performing designation in one or more medical specialties," according to the magazine's website. Only three hospitals in New York State received this recognition. Visit www.healthcareitnews.com for more information.
Kingsbrook Receives Recognition from NCQA
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center's primary care program received recognition from the NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP). Facilities who achieve DRP Recognition show their peers, patients and others in the community that they are part of an elite group that is publicly recognized for its skill in providing the highest-level diabetes care.Kingsbrook's region of Central Brooklyn is known as an epi-center for diabetes, one of the highest in New York State.
NCQA developed the Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of consistent high quality care. This voluntary program is designed to recognize physicians and other clinicians, who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes.
Kingsbrook Receives IPRO Award for Excellence in Surgical Care
Kingsbrook Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center has received the IPRO Award for its organization-wide, exemplary commitment to quality improvement in surgical care improvement. This impressive award recognizes Kingsbrook's outstanding commitment to quality practices and patient safety.
Each year IPRO recognizes outstanding performance by health care providers and stakeholders throughout New York State with its Quality Awards Program. This year's honorees included hospitals, nursing homes, an ambulatory care facility and patient support organizations.
IPRO is a national organization providing a full spectrum of healthcare assessment and improvement services that foster more efficient use of resources and enhance healthcare quality to achieve better patient outcomes. Founded in 1984, IPRO is highly regarded for the independence of its approach, the depth of its knowledge and experience, and the integrity of its programs.
Kingbrook's Nurses Rated the Best in Brooklyn For Communicating Well With Patients
Kingsbrook's Nurses have achieved this top score in Brooklyn for three quarters! This recognition is a true testimony to our Nurse's committment to compassion and caring. Detailed information listed on www.hospitalcompare.gov. As reported by HCAHPS: Date Range: Q4-09 to Q3-10.
Kingbrook's Doctors Rated the Best in Brooklyn For Communicating Well With Patients
Kingsbrook's Doctor's have achieved this top score as well, an indication of Kinsgbrook's overall focus on qualty and patient centered care. Detailed information listed on www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov. As reported by HCAHPS: Date Range: Q4-09 to Q3-10.
Kingsbrook ReceivesTop Hospital Recognition
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center is listed on "My Health Finder" Honor Roll for post-operative DVT and PE, and accidental puncture and laceration. Kingsbrook is one of 20 hospitals in the State of New York to receive "Top Hospital Recognition" and the only hospital in Brooklyn to be on this list.
Hospitals were evaluated based on mortality rates, patient safety indicators, two types of adverse events and participation in national safety programs. The analysis focused on areas where hospitals performed better than average. The top 15 percent of hospitals were selected for the Honor Roll.
Rutland Nursing Home's Adult Day Health Care Program Expands With $4.5 Million Grant
Kingsbrook's long term care facility, Rutland Nursing Home has received a $4.5 million dollar HEAL Grant from the New York State Department of Health . This grant will allow for the expansion of Rutland's Adult Day Health Care Program via the decertification of 60 skilled nursing home beds, the relocation of Rutland's Administrative offices and long term care Pediatrics.
Rutland's Adult Day Care Program promotes niche services for Russian, Chinese and Caribbean residents. Additionally, Rutland offers an array of services including skilled nursing , sub-acute rehabilitation, comprehensive wound care, certified ventilator dependent care, long -term skilled nursing pediatric care and a variety of other sub-acute services. The Adult Day Program currently maintains 60 day slots and 50 evening slots for community residents.
"On The Move!"
This spring, Kingsbrook will break ground for a major expansion of our emergency department which, when complete, will allow us to see over 6,000 additional patient visits each year. We are also about to launch several internal facilities renovation projects aimed at improving our ability to deliver more patient centered care within our various ambulatory care settings. We are able to pursue these growth oriented expansions because we received a highly competitive grant of $5 million from the New York State Department of Health. We were also chosen to receive an additional grant of $4.6 million from the same agency, allowing us to enhance access to those frail and elderly within our community who are in need of adult day care services. These same funds will also modernize the Pediatric Long Term Care Program; a Rutland Nursing Home program and the only such program in Brooklyn. You should know, being a recipient of these grants is more than an honor, it is validation that Kingsbrook is worthy of such an award, an award not every hospital receives.
The most recent nationally reported quality measures report has Kingsbrook rated above the state and national averages in the 30-day risk standardized mortality measures for heart failure and
pneumonia. As you know, effective communication between a patient and their nurse is essential and just last week, we were notified that our nurses achieved the highest ranking of all hospitals in Brooklyn in the most recently reported national survey.
In the area of IT technology, Kingsbrook has long been listed on the HIMSS Analytics website among the elite few hospitals in the country that has attained the near top tier Stage 6, acknowledging the facility's advanced approach to electronic medical record (EMR) technology and its commitment to quality care planning. Kingsbrook is the ONLY hospital in Brooklyn at this level and is one of four in all of New York State. Kingsbrook is also listed on the New York State Honor Roll for post-operative deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and is one of just twenty hospitals in the State of New York to receive "Top Hospital Recognition" and the ONLY hospital in Brooklyn to be on this list.
We are on the move and well on the way to achieve our vision of being the premier hospital and long term care facility in central
KINGSBROOKS NEW NEUROSURGERY CENTER
Kingsbrook has opened a new Nuerosurgery Center in the DMRI building on their main campus at 585 Schenectady Avenue. Kingsbrook is committed to providing uncompromising, cutting-edge treatment spanning the entire spectrum of Neurosurgery and its various subspecialties. We offer only the highest quality care, utilizing the latest advances in technology and neurosurgical techniques in the treatment of disorders and diseases of the brain and spine. Our patient- centric approach insures comprehensive attention to the unique condition of each individual from our expert team of physicians-leaders in their specialties – and their dedicated support staff.
Some conditions the Department of Neurosurgery specializes in:
- Brain Tumors
- Pituitary Tumors
- Brain Trauma
- Arteriovenous Malformations
- Chiari Malformations
- Spinal Tumors
- Spinal Stenosis
- Spinal Cord Compression
Kingsbrook has opened a new Nuerosurgery Center in the DMRI building on their main campus at 585 Schenectady Avenue. The Department of Neurosurgery works as a collaborative unit with Kingsbrook's Spine Center, bringing together Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, Orthopedic Surgeons, Pain Management Physicians and Rehabilitative Medicine to form a team of practitioners. Dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of patients suffering from spinal cord and spine disorders, the combined efforts of our specialists are able to deliver the highest quality surgical and non-surgical treatment of spinal diseases, disorders and injuries, including:
- Spinal Tumors
- Spinal Arthroplasty
- Disc Herniations
- Spinal Cord Compressions
- Spinal Features
- Congenital Deformities