New York State Health Department Announces Series of Conferences on Nursing Home Quality Practices

Albany, March 31, 2004 – The New York State Health Department today announced a series of conferences on Nursing Home Quality Practices to be held across the state from April 20 through April 30, 2004 for nursing home providers.

For the second consecutive year, award-winning nursing homes and their representatives will share information with conference participants on innovative practices that are helping to enhance the quality of life for New York’s nursing home residents.

State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., said, “Thanks to the leadership of Governor Pataki, New York State has the finest health care system in the nation. It is encouraging to see a growing collaboration within New York’s nursing home industry to advance innovative quality practices that will ensure residents are receiving quality care. I commend the leadership of the award-winning nursing homes, as well as the commitment of conference participants in this statewide initiative.”

The regional conferences will include presentations by industry leaders for the advancement of quality practices in one of the following areas: nutrition/hydration monitoring in the area of weight loss prevention, end-of-life care or workforce recruitment and retention programs. The following providers will present information on their award-winning initiatives:

  • United Helpers, Canton Nursing Home (St. Lawrence County) - Established interdisciplinary teams to quickly identify and treat residents experiencing significant weight loss through advanced dietary supervision and monitoring. As part of the program, nursing personnel perform ongoing assessments of residents who experience weight loss over a short period of time, and, in turn, increase the supervision and monitoring of these residents to track their progress.
  • Our Lady of Mercy Life Center (Albany County) - Implemented a system to strengthen and enhance staff monitoring of involuntary weight loss among residents. The practice includes advancement of a weight loss tracking system that records monthly weight status and measurements as part of the continuous evaluation of residents experiencing weight loss to ensure that appropriate interventions are put in place to address their conditions.
  • Gouverneur Healthcare Services (New York City) - Created a system to enhance one-on-one supervision of residents during meals, including an ongoing evaluation of the dietary restrictions for residents to ensure that their daily nutritional needs are met. This expanded initiative has helped reduced the frequency of tube feedings for residents with multiple dietary needs.
  • St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children (New York City and Westchester County) - Advanced quality practices for pediatric residents receiving palliative care, including pain management interventions, social activities and enhanced staff supervision and monitoring.
  • Ideal Senior Living Center (Broome County) - Implemented the “RED CARPET” Program which emphasizes and acknowledges the needs and contributions of employees. The program includes the advancement of employee training and recognition awards. The home’s employees are committed to fostering a guest-like atmosphere for residents.

The regional conferences are being sponsored by the department, in collaboration with the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (NYAHSA), and the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA). Nursing home administrators, medical directors, directors of nursing, directors of social work and other appropriate health care personnel are encouraged to attend the conferences. All programs will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Regional Conference Schedule:

  • April 20
    Buffalo Marriott
    1340 Millersport Highway
    Amherst, NY
    (716) 689-6900
  • April 21
    Holiay Inn (Carrier Circle)
    6555 Old Collamer Road, South
    Syracuse, NY
    (315) 437-2761
  • April 22
    Albany Marriott
    189 Wolf Road
    Albany, NY
    (518) 458-8444
  • April 29
    The Sheraton – Long Island
    110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway
    Smithtown, NY
    (631) 231-1100
  • April 30
    LaGuardia Marriott
    102-05 Ditmars Blvd.
    East Elmherst, NY
    (718) 565-8900