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July 5, 2018 News Headlines

HANYS Holds 50th Annual Membership Conference

Hundreds of New York’s healthcare leaders gathered at The Saratoga Hilton in beautiful and historic Saratoga Springs last week for HANYS' 50th Annual Membership Conference.

This year’s enhanced Conference agenda included breakout sessions covering a variety of healthcare topics, while keynote sessions explored today’s volatile healthcare and political landscapes. Reflecting on these landscapes, HANYS President Bea Grause urged providers to proactively “confront the chaos” and plan for the future.

Coverage of our Conference keynotes, town hall session, and annual awards ceremony follows; more highlights from our educational sessions will be shared later this week.


Bea Grause Urges Providers to “Confront the Chaos” in President’s Address

HANYS President Bea Grause addresses members at HANYS’ 50th Annual Membership Conference. HANYS President Bea Grause addresses members at HANYS’ 50th Annual Membership Conference.

In her annual President’s Address to members, HANYS President Bea Grause described the turbulent environment that healthcare providers face and urged them to “confront the chaos.”  Watching events unfold and waiting to react to them is an inadequate approach to the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world we live in. Instead, we must gain an understanding of the larger forces at work and plan for an uncertain future.

She said HANYS has been doing just that. A group of HANYS members have lent their expertise to a “scenario planning” process that aims to identify trends impacting healthcare and develop four separate plausible scenarios for the future. Ms. Grause said that this process has already borne fruit in terms of focusing the organization on specific issues and member concerns, and has ignited new ways of thinking about the problems we face. To advocate effectively, preparation is imperative, and Ms. Grause explained that the scenario planning process will help frame HANYS’ advocacy strategies.

The goal, she said, is to be a proactive player in shaping the future, not a reactive organization that just puts out fires. Planning is just one step in this process. She emphasized the importance of listening―to viewpoints that may not agree with your own―and then taking a stand to defend your mission. For healthcare providers, that mission is the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower per capita costs. Then, perseverance and tenacity are needed, she said, because there will always be headwinds and obstacles to progress.

Ms. Grause encouraged providers to consider this approach as they strive to achieve the Triple Aim and provide care to all in their communities.
 


HANYS Presents 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Stephens Mundy

Bea Grause, HANYS President, presented the HANYS 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Stephens M. Mundy, Past President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Vermont Health Network–Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) and UVM Health Network–Alice Hyde Medical Center. Bea Grause, HANYS President, presented the HANYS 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Stephens M. Mundy, Past President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Vermont Health Network–Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) and UVM Health Network–Alice Hyde Medical Center.

HANYS presented its 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Stephens M. Mundy, Past President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Vermont Health Network–Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) and UVM Health Network–Alice Hyde Medical Center.

Since joining CVPH in 2002 (now part of UVMHN), Mr. Mundy established himself as a major force for positive change, reshaping and improving care delivery in the North Country. He has also been a powerful voice for advocacy on behalf of all of New York’s healthcare providers.

Mr. Mundy led CVPH, and more recently, Alice Hyde Medical Center, through turbulent years marked by reimbursement reductions, the rise of electronic health records, and healthcare reform. Mr. Mundy navigated these challenges while modernizing operations and undertaking innovative approaches to providing high-quality care in a rural setting.

Learn more about Mr. Mundy’s leadership and many accomplishments in our press announcement.

HANYS' Distinguished Service Award was established by the Association's Board of Trustees in 1979 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding personal service in the healthcare field.


HANYS Presents its 2018 Community Health Improvement Award

Hugh R. Thomas, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Rochester Regional Health System, accepted the 2018 Community Health Improvement Award on behalf of Unity Hospital’s Healthy Moms Program; pictured here with Sue Ellen Wagner, Vice President of Community Health, HANYS, and Executive Director, Healthcare Trustees of New York State. Hugh R. Thomas, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Rochester Regional Health System, accepted the 2018 Community Health Improvement Award on behalf of Unity Hospital’s Healthy Moms Program; pictured here with Sue Ellen Wagner, Vice President of Community Health, HANYS, and Executive Director, Healthcare Trustees of New York State.

HANYS presented its 2018 Community Health Improvement Award to Unity Hospital in the Rochester Regional Health System for its Healthy Moms program. This community-based program has had a significant impact on lives and health outcomes for inner-city women and infants in Rochester since 2010. Healthy Moms is supported by the collaborative efforts of Rochester General, Strong Memorial, and Highland hospitals, OB/GYN practices, and community-based organizations.

Watch our video to learn more about Unity Hospital’s Healthy Moms program and its results. More program information can be found in our press release.

HANYS established the Community Health Improvement Award in 1997 to recognize outstanding initiatives designed to improve the health and well-being of communities. The award is presented to facilities and programs that target specific community health needs, demonstrate leadership, collaborate among diverse groups, and achieve quantifiable results.


HANYS Presents 2018 Pinnacle Awards for Quality and Patient Safety

Presented annually, the Pinnacle Awards for Quality and Patient Safety highlight New York providers’ great achievement in improving healthcare delivery. This year, 115 organizations across the care continuum submitted nominations.

HANYS presented its 2018 Pinnacle Awards to providers in four categories:

  • system or hospital with more than 500 beds,
  • hospital with 200 to 500 beds,
  • hospital with less than 200 beds, and
  • post-acute/outpatient provider.

HANYS’ 2018 Pinnacle Award winners are listed below. Expanded details for each award-winning program can be found in our press release.

Dr. James Anderson, Medical Director for Behavioral Health and Integrated Services, accepted the Pinnacle Award on behalf of Bassett Healthcare Network; pictured here with Nick Henley, HANYS Vice President of External Affairs (left); and Dr. Robert Panzer, HANYS’ Quality Steering Committee Chairman and Associate Vice President for Patient Care Quality and Safety and Chief Quality Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital Dr. James Anderson, Medical Director for Behavioral Health and Integrated Services, accepted the Pinnacle Award on behalf of Bassett Healthcare Network; pictured here with Nick Henley, HANYS Vice President of External Affairs (left); and Dr. Robert Panzer, HANYS’ Quality Steering Committee Chairman and Associate Vice President for Patient Care Quality and Safety and Chief Quality Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital.

Bassett Healthcare Network received HANYS' Pinnacle Award for the category of Post-Acute or Outpatient Provider for Using Project ECHO to Spread Primary Care-Based Buprenorphine Management for Opioid Addiction: Life-Saving System Transformation.

Watch our video to learn more about Bassett Healthcare Network’s initiative and its results.

 

Christopher Cells, RN-BC, CPHQ, MSN, Director of Nursing Informatics and Performance Improvement (second from left), and Robert Ehlers, Director of Physical Therapy, accepted the Pinnacle Award on behalf of St. Joseph Hospital, Bethpage; pictured here with Nick Henley, HANYS Vice President of External Relations (left); and Dr. Robert Panzer, HANYS’ Quality Steering Committee Chairman and Associate Vice President for Patient Care Quality and Safety and Chief Quality Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital (right) Christopher Cells, RN-BC, CPHQ, MSN, Director of Nursing Informatics and Performance Improvement (second from left), and Robert Ehlers, Director of Physical Therapy, accepted the Pinnacle Award on behalf of St. Joseph Hospital, Bethpage; pictured here with Nick Henley, HANYS Vice President of External Relations (left); and Dr. Robert Panzer, HANYS’ Quality Steering Committee Chairman and Associate Vice President for Patient Care Quality and Safety and Chief Quality Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital (right).

St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, part of the Catholic Health Services of Long Island system received HANYS’ Pinnacle Award for the category of Hospital with Less than 200 Beds for Improving Organizational Efficiencies: The Cultural, Clinical, and Operational Benefits of Establishing a Robust Safe Patient Handling.

Watch our video to learn more about St. Joseph Hospital’s initiative and its results.

Thomas Ockers, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, accepted the Pinnacle Award on behalf of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center; pictured here with Nick Henley, HANYS’ Vice President of External Affairs (left); and Dr. Robert Panzer, HANYS’ Quality Steering Committee Chairman and Associate Vice President for Patient Care Quality and Safety and Chief Quality Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital. Thomas Ockers, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, accepted the Pinnacle Award on behalf of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center; pictured here with Nick Henley, HANYS’ Vice President of External Affairs (left); and Dr. Robert Panzer, HANYS’ Quality Steering Committee Chairman and Associate Vice President for Patient Care Quality and Safety and Chief Quality Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital.

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, part of the Catholic Health Services of Long Island system, received HANYS’ Pinnacle Award for the category of Hospital with 200 to 500 Beds for Reducing Hospital Contaminated Blood Culture Rate Through Organizational Transparency and Surveillance of Individualized Collector Rates.

Watch our video to learn more about Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s initiative and its results.

Mark Solazzo, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, accepted the Pinnacle Award on behalf of Northwell Health; pictured here with Nick Henley, HANYS Vice President of External Affairs (left), and Dr. Robert Panzer, HANYS’ Quality Steering Committee Chairman and Associate Vice President for Patient Care Quality and Safety and Chief Quality Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital. Mark Solazzo, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, accepted the Pinnacle Award on behalf of Northwell Health; pictured here with Nick Henley, HANYS Vice President of External Affairs (left), and Dr. Robert Panzer, HANYS’ Quality Steering Committee Chairman and Associate Vice President for Patient Care Quality and Safety and Chief Quality Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital.

Northwell Health received HANYS’ Pinnacle Award for the category of System or Hospital with More than 500 Beds for Path of Least Resistance: An Organization-wide Approach to Antimicrobial Stewardship.

Watch our video to learn more about Northwell Health’s initiative and its results.