Elmhurst Hospital an award-winning facility
by Richard Bocklet
Aug 03, 2011 | 1644 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Queens residents can take comfort in the fact that Elmhurst Hospital Center is an award-winning facility right in their backyard.

The hospital has been twice recognized for its achievement in medical procedures and environmental protection measures this year.

EHC was one of 14 healthcare providers statewide to receive a 2011 Island Peer Review Organization (IPRO) Quality Award from the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for New York State, recognizing its committal to improving healthcare services throughout the state.

“Elmhurst Hospital's commitment to implementing best practices and evidence-based care has led to measurable improvements in care for their patients, and has supported our statewide quality improvement goals,” said Clare Bradley, senior vice president and chief medical officer of IPRO.

IPRO furnishes the tools to healthcare providers servicing 2.9 million Medicare beneficiaries to improve their medical processes and patient care.

“We were recognized for collaborative efforts between nurses and the medical records department, which via computer prompts, assure that nurses reassess the patient one hour after initial medication is given,” said Joann Gull, EHC’s senior executive and chief nursing officer.

The other award received revolved around a patient-centered care initiative in pain management.

“We involve the patient more in their treatment and having a say in what happens,” Gull said. “For example, now the patient tells the nurse on a one-to-ten rating system how he feels for the best administration and adjustment of medication.”

And in May, the hospital was recognized with the Green Care Award for Equipment and Supplies as one of the most eco-friendly hospitals in America.

The Green Care Awards program, presented by Strategic Sustainability Consulting, highlights the nation’s hospitals, healthcare systems, and physician practices committed not only to caring for patients, but also to protecting the planet.

Atiya Butler, the hospital’s assistant director of External Affairs, noted that the ongoing green initiative reduces waste and energy consumption, and that the hospital's cleaning products are healthier for the patients and the environment.

“Our paperless billing and electronic record keeping saves trees and the energy-efficient lighting fixtures save electricity use,” she said.

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