State Health Department Announces $1.2 Million in Grant Awards as Part of Statewide Patient Safety Initiative

ALBANY, March 11, 2005 — New York State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., today awarded a total of $1.2 million in state grants to six health care facilities for their advancement of quality assurance measures and effective clinical practices to ensure that patients have access to high quality health care.

Dr. Novello presented awards of $200,000 each to St. Francis Hospital (Dutchess County); St. Mary's Hospital (Montgomery County); Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University (Suffolk County); Beechwood Continuing Care (Erie County); Madison York Assisted Living (Queens County); and Hudson Headwaters Health Network (Warren County).

"New York's patient safety initiatives and the tremendous commitment made by health care providers across the state build on Governor Pataki's commitment to ensuring New Yorkers access to one of the finest, most advanced health care systems in the world," Dr. Novello said. "This funding will help facilities advance programs that are improving patient safety."

The awards represent an important component of New York's comprehensive statewide patient safety initiative to identify adverse incidents involving patients and to promote the development of additional quality assurance measures by hospital's statewide. Since 2000, New York State has dedicated more than $7 million to support patient safety initiatives developed and implemented by health care providers statewide.

In addition, as part of his 2005-06 Executive Budget, the Governor is proposing a quality initiative that will provide $1 Billion for the support of Health Information Technology advances implemented by hospitals that will create a Computerized Physician Ordered Entry System to help reduce medical and medication errors, ensure more timely patient test results, and enhance information sharing capabilities among health care providers.

The New York State Patient Safety Awards program recognizes those health care facilities that have developed innovative patient safety measures. The health care facilities that receive the awards are committed to working with the State Health Department on an ongoing basis to develop and promote ways to further improve patient safety.

The New York State Patient Safety Awards program recognizes those health care facilities that have developed innovative patient safety measures. The health care facilities that receive the awards are committed to working with the State Health Department on an ongoing basis to develop and promote ways to further improve patient safety.

Today's funding will support the following initiatives:

  • Building on Excellence for Quality program the facility has experienced documented and sustained improvements in reducing the incidence of falls and pressure ulcers. The four step program along with consistent leadership and more effective utilization of existing resources have contributed to a major change in current practice. As a result, the quality indicators used to identify and respond to falls and skin ulcers among residents have been refined and strengthened.

As part of today's ceremony, Dr. Novello also presented certificates of recognition to Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York City), Strong Memorial Hospital (Monroe County), Huntington Living Center (Seneca County) and DePaul Adult Care Community (Monroe County) for their efforts in the advancement of patient safety initiatives.