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Winthrop Earns the HANYS Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety



During the recent Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Annual Conference, Winthrop-University Hospital was named the 2009 HANYS Pinnacle Award winner for Quality and Patient Safety (Large Hospital Category).

3-2 The award was given in recognition of the Hospital’s initiative to change medication ordering processes, which led to the very successful implementation of a Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) system that dramatically enhanced patient safety and improved the quality of patient care.

“We are so proud of the work we do here at Winthrop, and receiving this prestigious award recognizes Winthrop’s commitment to patient safety,” said Maureen Gaffney, RPAC, RN, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Information Officer.

“Winthrop’s success was due to our patient-centric approach to developing technology that supports how we provide care to our patients. We believe that systems need to be built to provide our clinicians with the tools they need to manage their patients in a safe environment. The improvement in our patient outcomes data support that this approach is effective and beneficial to our patients.”

In describing the initiative that earned the award for Winthrop, HANYS said, “Winthrop-University Hospital [was recognized] for Changing the Prescribing Culture Through Systematic Processes.

The systematic approach to changing the medication ordering process combined with an extensive CPOE system took ordering practices to the next level and allowed for a smooth transition to an electronic medical record.”

Established by HANYS in 2001 to recognize significant achievements by hospitals in the areas of quality improvement and patient safety, the Pinnacle Award spotlights significant quality improvement achievements by member hospitals. HANYS also publishes case studies from innovative hospitals in its annual publication Leading the Quest for Quality: Profiles in Quality and Patient Safety and among the 2009 entries was one from Winthrop concerning the reduction of adverse events through improved medication management.
Vol. 19, No. 2
Summer 2009

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