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Reducing Infections at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center announces today that it has taken a major step toward the prevention of two costly, and in some instances, deadly infections through the use of an advanced technology solution provided by healthcare technology firm CipherHealth. The infections are central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). The hospital will perform CAUTI/CLABSI rounds using CipherHealth’s digital rounding solution, Orchid, to track issues and ensure proper protocol is followed to reduce the number of annual infections.

Central line and catheter-associated urinary tract infections are two of the most common hospital acquired infections, yet both are almost entirely preventable. These infections lead to increased healthcare costs, length of hospital stays, and morbidities. According to the CDC, there are respective averages of 13,000 deaths from CAUTIs and 28,000 from CLABSIs each year in the United States. Combined, CLABSIs and CAUTIs add an additional $2 billion of healthcare costs annually. Research has shown that following simple checklists can dramatically reduce these infections from occurring, but only if all of the correct steps are followed during every patient interaction.

Orchid is an adaptable solution featuring scripts and checklists, utilized in a variety of ways by hospitals across the country in order to improve the patient care experience. CipherHealth’s partnership with Saint Joseph’s demonstrates yet another ingenious use for Orchid, by delivering a tool to effectively address a costly healthcare issue.

 “We are excited to be utilizing a new technology for this important initiative. We are hoping that the efficiency brought by Orchid, including the real-time data capture, the automated reporting capabilities, and the pre-programmed alerting can help our organization expand the scope of our patient safety rounding program and bring positive and lasting improvements for our patients,” noted Margaret Cusumano, Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Joseph’s.

Saint Joseph’s is proactively working to ensure that the proper procedures are followed every time a clinician interacts with a patient to drastically reduce the infection risk. Teams at Saint Joseph’s are using customized scripts with Orchid to target root causes of both types of hospital-acquired infections. The script’s questions cover the preparedness of the care environment, patient information, and timeline and dressing of each catheter. By addressing each stage of the process, the scripts include comprehensive questions to ensure that no shortcuts are taken.

 Orchid also provides detailed reports and analysis, which provides the executive team at Saint Joseph’s unprecedented visibility into CLABSI/CAUTI protocol compliance rates, so that they can pinpoint exactly where and when breakdowns in this process are occurring. These reports also track trends in compliance over select periods of time and identify the most common reasons for non-compliance. This transparency is valuable for uncovering opportunity areas that can drive organization-wide improvements.

“We are excited to implement Orchid for Saint Joseph’s patient safety initiative. The annual rates for these types of infections are considerably high at hospitals across the country, and we are proud to be part of Saint Joseph’s proactive leadership in reducing rates and improving patient care,” said CipherHealth Account Strategist, Alicia Yang.


--Westchester Residents to Benefit from Access to Coordinated, High Quality Science-Driven Clinical Care--

Montefiore Health System and Saint Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers, NY today announced they have entered into a clinical affiliation agreement designed to provide patients with seamless access to an expanded continuum of advanced care.

“We are thrilled to have Saint Joseph’s as our partner in South Yonkers,” said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., president and CEO of Montefiore Health System. “Both Montefiore and Saint Joseph’s share a deep and longstanding commitment to providing patients with optimal care directly in the neighborhoods where they live and work. This new affiliation builds upon that tradition by leveraging the expertise of our two organizations to strengthen and expand access to care in the local community.”

The affiliation will provide Westchester residents increased access to Montefiore’s unparalleled clinical services, including its cardiovascular care programs, which rank among the nation’s best for quality care experiences and positive patient outcomes.

“Our patients have been at the forefront of everything that we do for more than 125 years and we are excited about joining with Montefiore, a true world-class academic medical center, to usher in a new level of clinical care,” said Michael J. Spicer, F.A.C.H.E., president and CEO of Saint Joseph’s Medical Center. “We believe this collaboration will set a new standard for clinical excellence at the community level.”

The affiliation with Saint Joseph’s also includes their St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester Division, one of the most highly-regarded inpatient and ambulatory behavioral health providers in New York State.  The combined resources of Montefiore, Saint Joseph’s and St. Vincent’s  will complement and expand the menu of behavioral health services available to children and adults of all ages throughout Westchester and New York City.

Montefiore is accountable for the care of approximately 400,000 lives throughout the region, and plans to continue to expand this approach to better serve residents of Westchester. Montefiore is already a strong pillar in the community with a longstanding presence in Westchester through its multiple specialty practices in the region. In November 2013, Montefiore Health System opened its doors at Montefiore New Rochelle and Montefiore Mount Vernon. More recently, White Plains Hospital joined the Montefiore Health System.

About Montefiore Health System

Montefiore is a premier academic health system and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Combining nationally-recognized clinical excellence with a population health perspective that focuses on the comprehensive needs of the communities it serves, Montefiore delivers coordinated, compassionate, science-driven care where, when and how patients need it most. Montefiore consists of eight hospitals and an extended care facility with a total of 2,747 beds, a School of Nursing, and state-of-the-art primary and specialty care provided through a network of more than 150 locations across the region, including the largest school health program in the nation and a home health program.  The Children's Hospital at Montefiore is consistently named in U.S. News' "America's Best Children's Hospitals."  Montefiore's partnership with Einstein advances clinical and translational research to accelerate the pace at which new discoveries become the treatments and therapies that benefit patients. The health system derives its inspiration for excellence from its patients and community, and continues to be on the frontlines of developing innovative approaches to care.  For more information please visit Follow us on Twitter; like us on Facebook; view us on YouTube.

About Saint Joseph’s Medical Center
Since 1888, Saint Joseph’s Medical  Center has served Yonkers and the surrounding communities of lower Westchester and northern Bronx with patient-centered, quality-focused inpatient and outpatient care, including specialized programs such as orthopedics, cardiology and geriatrics; advanced emergency treatment; state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers; inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services; and a network of primary care services serving Westchester, the Bronx and northern Manhattan. Its St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester division offers a comprehensive range of mental health, addiction and residential programs serving Westchester and New York City.

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® Recognition from The Joint Commission

--One of just 712 hospitals nationwide to receive designation two consecutive years-- 

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Saint Joseph’s was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Saint Joseph’s is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

This is the second year Saint Joseph’s has been recognized as a Top Performer. Saint Joseph’s was recognized in 2012 for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Saint Joseph’s is one of only of 712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past two consecutive years.

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Saint Joseph’s for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Saint Joseph’s is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Michael J. Spicer, President and CEO of Saint Joseph’s. “We are proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center Recognized with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center (Saint Joseph’s) in Yonkers has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart/Association Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Saint Joseph’s earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“Saint Joseph’s is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal,” said Michael J. Spicer, President and CEO. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

“We are pleased to recognize Saint Joseph’s Medical Center for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission

Saint Joseph’s Medical Center yesterday was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Saint Joseph’s was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Saint Joseph’s is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

Saint Joseph’s and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must:
  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above.
A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, or providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

“Saint Joseph’s and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Saint Joseph’s is safe, effective care. We are proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” says Michael J. Spicer, Saint Joseph’s President and CEO.

In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Saint Joseph’s will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website ( The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.