IPRO Honors 2016 Quality Awardees

An inner-city medical center, an upstate group practice and the nation’s largest public healthcare delivery systems are all winners of this year’s IPRO Quality Awards, which were announced at IPRO’s 32nd Annual Meeting,  held June 7, 2016 at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel in East Elmhurst, New York. The Queens Hospital Center of Jamaica, New York was recognized for having achieved the greatest improvements in reduction of healthcare associated infections of all New York State hospitals participating in IPRO’s quality improvement activities-an 83% relative improvement in catheter associated urinary tract infections and a 66% relative improvement in central line blood stream infections. Arnot Health, a group practice headquartered in Elmira, New York, was honored for having attained National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient Centered Medical Home Level 3 recognition for 12 different practice locations. The team is recognized for successful submission of essential quality performance measurements and for supporting 80 eligible physicians in achieving benchmark “meaningful use” of electronic health records. Finally, IPRO recognized New York City Health + Hospitals, a major, integrated public health system, for its organization-wide commitment to improving patient care, as evidenced by a majority of HHC hospitals achieving significant improvements in rates of central line blood infections and catheter associated urinary tract infections. “This year’s IPRO Quality Award winners demonstrate a genuine and sustained organization-wide devotion to improving quality for all patients, said IPRO Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President Clare Bradley, MD, MPH. “We congratulate the winners and salute their achievements.” Featured speakers at this year’s Annual Meeting included Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; David Rush, Home Dialysis Patient, Kidney Transplant Recipient, and Entertainer; and John Black, MBA, John Black and Associates, Lean Healthcare Consulting. For more information on this year’s Quality Awards and Annual Meeting, read the IPRO press release at www.ipro.org.