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October 4, 2022

44 New York facilities achieve IHI’s Age-Friendly Health System designation in 2022 with support from HANYS

Improving the care of older adults, 85 healthcare facilities have been designated Age-Friendly in the program’s first two years

RENSSELAER, NY – The Healthcare Association of New York State is pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of 44 New York healthcare providers who have been recognized as Age-Friendly Health Systems by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement this year after participating in the HANYS-led New York State Age-Friendly Action Community 2022 cohort.

“HANYS is tremendously proud of the healthcare facilities that participated in our Action Community this year,” said HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD. “It’s so important that older adults have the opportunity to meaningfully participate in their own care. These healthcare providers have fully embraced evidence-based elements of care that have demonstrably improved care for older adults and their loved ones.”

Celebrating our new Age-Friendly Health Systems

There are two levels of Age-Friendly Health System recognition from IHI.

We congratulate the following 2022 cohort members designated Age-Friendly Health Systems, Committed to Care Excellence:

  • BronxCare Health System – Poe Medical Clinic
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Department of Geriatric Medicine
  • UHS Primary Care – Binghamton, Candor, Clinton Street, Deposit, Endicott, Endwell, Greene, Johnson City, Newark Valley, Oneonta, Owego, Robinson Street, Upper Front Street, Vestal and Windsor

We congratulate the following 2022 cohort members designated Age-Friendly Health Systems Participants:

  • Catholic Health – St. Charles Hospital
  • Community Health Center of Buffalo
  • Episcopal Health Services – St. John’s Episcopal Hospital
  • Maimonides Medical Center
  • Monroe Community Hospital
  • Northwell Health – Zucker Hillside Psychiatric Hospital – Inpatient, Zucker Hillside Psychiatric Hospital – Outpatient
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Inc. – Lourdes Senior Care
  • Rochester Regional Health –St. Lawrence Health – Canton Potsdam Hospital, Gouverneur Hospital and Massena Hospital
  • SBH Health System – St. Barnabas Geriatric Ambulatory Clinic, St. Barnabas Hospital (ED and Geriatric Inpatient Unit)
  • St. Peter’s Health Partners – Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University – University Hospital-Ambulatory Care
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University – University Geriatricians, Upstate University Community Hospital
  • The Albany Med Health System – Glens Falls Hospital’s Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease
  • The Chautauqua Center – Dunkirk, Jamestown
  • University of Buffalo – Erie County Medical Center
  • University of Rochester – Jones Memorial Hospital, Jones Memorial Medical Practices (Family Medicine-Andover, Family Practice-Belmont, Family Practice-Bolivar, Family Practice-Wellsville at Loder Street, Family Practice-Wellsville at Martin Street and Family Practice-Wellsville at North Main Street)
  • Wyoming County Community Hospital

Understanding Age-Friendly

Age-Friendly Health Systems use a set of four evidence-based elements to organize the care of older adults, known as the “4Ms”: What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility. Age-Friendly facilities that implement the 4Ms see improvement in patient experience scores and quality outcomes such as readmissions, emergency department utilization and length of stay.

HANYS’ New York State Age-Friendly Action Community program

HANYS launched the New York State Age-Friendly Action Community in 2020 with support from the New York State Department of Health, The John A. Hartford Foundation and IHI. The Action Community helps participating health systems accelerate the adoption of 4Ms care, using an “all teach, all learn” model.

Participant teams receive group education through monthly webinars and topical coaching calls and attend a half-day virtual summit. Teams then perform tests of change to identify which approaches work best in their unique care settings. Under the expert guidance of HANYS and our faculty, teams then scale and spread 4Ms care across their facility, transforming the care delivered to older adults.

Register for the 2023 New York State Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community cohort

HANYS members and non-members are invited to join the New York State Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community. The 2023 initiative will include a series of monthly webinars beginning in January. Thanks to generous support from the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the New York State Health Foundation and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, there is no fee to participate.

Visit our website to learn more, and register for our Nov. 7 informational webinar, “Become an Age-Friendly Health System in 2023 with HANYS.”


The Healthcare Association of New York State is New York’s statewide hospital and continuing care association, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations. HANYS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation and service to healthcare providers and systems across the entire continuum of care.