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St. John's Episcopal Hospital Recognized by IPRO for Quality Improvement Efforts

Posted on June 20, 2013

(Lake Success, NY – June 20, 2013) – St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Far Rockaway, has been recognized with a 2013 IPRO Quality Award. The awards, given annually by IPRO, recognize organizations and professionals that demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of care provided to New York's Medicare beneficiaries.

IPRO is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for New York State, and manages the state's End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The awards were given during IPRO's 29th Annual Meeting, June 4th at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel.

"St. John's Episcopal Hospital has demonstrated significant improvements in the care it provides, as a result of a collaborative and focused effort," says Clare B. Bradley MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, IPRO. "We thank St. John's for their commitment to improving the health of New Yorkers."

St. John's Episcopal Hospital received the IPRO Quality Award for implementation of process changes to improve patient safety, reduce infection rates, and provide quality care to their patients. Efforts included creating cross-departmental collaborations to improve performance monitoring, identify deficiencies and implement solutions; developing department-specific quality plans; redesigning their medical records system to facilitate improved data collection; and implementing an open-door policy between the infection control department and the hospital staff.

"We are very proud to receive the IPRO Quality Award. Our staff puts patient safety and infection control first. The team is very pleased to have their initiatives and hard work recognized with this prestigious honor," said Nelson Toebbe, Chief Executive Officer, St. John's Episcopal Hospital.

About IPRO

IPRO is a national organization providing a full spectrum of healthcare assessment and improvement services that foster more efficient use of resources and enhance healthcare quality to achieve better patient outcomes. For more than 25 years, IPRO has been highly regarded for the independence of its approach, the depth of its knowledge and experience, and the integrity of its programs. IPRO holds contracts with federal, state and local government agencies and corporate clients, in more than 33 states and the District of Columbia. A not-for-profit organization, IPRO is headquartered in Lake Success, NY. For more information about IPRO and a complete list of 2013 Quality Award winners, please visit www.ipro.org.

St. John's Episcopal Hospital is a 257-bed community hospital serving the South Shore of Long Island and Queens, New York. It offers comprehensive medical surgical care including obstetrics/gynecology and psychiatric care. Ambulatory primary and specialty care, as well as psychiatric services, are offered. Post-graduate training programs are offered in allopathic and osteopathic programs. It is a New York State designated stroke center. St. John's is the cornerstone of Episcopal Health Services Inc.

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This material was prepared by IPRO, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for New York State, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 10SOW-NY-AIM7.1-13-21

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