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DECEMBER 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK STATE HOSPITALS IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY


Albany, NY — Hospitals statewide improved outcomes and patient safety through the New York State Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP).

Since 2012, NYSPFP, a joint partnership of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), has worked collaboratively with 169 participating hospitals in 10 key clinical areas to achieve the federal Partnership for Patients’ national goal of reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40% and readmissions by 20%.

Through NYSPFP, hospitals have prevented an estimated 30,000 patient injuries or complications across the state. Hospitals also made significant improvements across the board, including in the following clinical focus areas:

  • Reduced Early Elective Deliveries: 1,740 fewer babies were delivered before full term when not medically necessary, giving them a healthier start on life and reducing risk for mothers.
  • Reduced Readmissions: 23,376 fewer patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.
  • Reduced Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections: 1,210 fewer infections resulted from use of a large IV tube that provides patients with fluids and medications and withdraws blood.

NYSPFP helped participating hospitals enhance their quality improvement efforts and adopt evidence-based practices to improve outcomes. NYSPFP also supported hospitals to further develop a culture of safety to help sustain their improvements.

“Thanks to NYSPFP hospitals’ hard work and dedication to safety, fewer patients were injured, developed complications, or returned to the hospital after a recent stay,” said HANYS President Dennis Whalen and GNYHA President Kenneth Raske. “Through their steadfast efforts, hospitals statewide are advancing the triple aim of improved health and better care at lower costs. We salute NYSPFP hospitals for their ongoing commitment to excellence as they strive to provide patients in New York State with the best possible care.”

“NYSPFP applauds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its development and leadership of such an innovative national program that has enabled us to bring expertise and best practices from across the country to support New York hospitals,” said NYSPFP Co-director Lorraine Ryan of GNYHA. “Through NYSPFP’s collaborative approach, hospitals have accelerated and advanced their quality efforts and are now positioned to sustain their improved patient care and outcomes.”

“Patients in New York State are safer and outcomes are better, because of our hospitals’ accomplishments,” said NYSPFP Co-director Kathleen Ciccone of HANYS. “We are proud to have partnered with such committed hospital leadership and staff on this important work and we are confident that New York’s hospitals will continue to build on this momentum in the years ahead.”

The Partnership for Patients is a national patient safety initiative launched by HHS and supported by the Affordable Care Act. Selected in December 2011 to jointly lead this initiative in New York State, HANYS and GNYHA have worked with hospitals to focus on improving outcomes in clinical areas such as infections, injuries from falls, and reducing avoidable readmissions. NYSPFP provided participating hospitals with best-practices expertise, education, training, on-site support and technical assistance tailored to their needs, and ways to measure and evaluate their progress. NYSPFP also worked with hospitals to ensure sustainability beyond the program.

For more information, visit www.nyspfp.org or contact:

HANYS:
Michael Pauley (518) 431-7770

GNYHA:
Brian Conway: (212) 506-5477