The affiliation of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) under the Mohawk Valley Health System officially began on Thursday, March 6, 2014. It’s a new and exciting time for healthcare in our region. We will be spending the next few months getting to know each other, learning about the different service areas at each facility and beginning to collaborate in areas that help support a more streamlined approach for patient and resident care. I want to thank both healthcare organizations for their support as we begin this new journey.
Congratulations to our Regional Dialysis Center. They have been recognized as a Five-Diamond Patient Safety Facility by IPRO End-Stage Renal Disease Network of New York State. The Five-Star program assists dialysis facilities in improving staff and patient awareness of specific patient safety areas. This designation speaks well of our program that provides for more than 450 patients in a five county area.
My thanks to those of you who were part of America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk either as a volunteer or as a participant. It’s always impressive to see thousands from our community join together on a very cold winter day to raise awareness and funds to help eliminate heart disease. The Mohawk Valley Heart Institute sponsored the Health and Fitness Expo and more than 420 people participated in the wellness screening. Special thanks to our nurses, physicians, Emergency Services personnel and law enforcement for helping to keep everyone safe throughout the weekend.
Very soon at SEMC we will roll out the new hospital information system called Paragon. This system will replace Patient/Nursing Charting, Physician Computer Order Entry, Medication Administration, Patient Admission and Registration, Medical Records, Patient Billing, Accounts Payable and more. Paragon will also give us the opportunity to implement new automation with Operating Room Management, Materials Management and Electronic Physician Documentation, which are all currently done manually and on paper. The “go live” date is Monday, May 12.
At FSLH the Knowledge Based Medication Administration (KBMA) went live in March. The bar-coded wristbands for our patients are used for medication administration and have been easily accepted by our patients and staff. It’s a great tool in caring for patients and ensuring that the right medication is administered at the right time, in the right dose for the right patient. This year and into 2015 we will be busy with technology initiatives at both hospitals.
Our Foundations are very busy supporting our organizations. The Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Home Makeover has begun with tickets available online at www.faxtonstlukes.com/mhm. Proceeds support women’s and children’s services at FSLH. And it’s not too late to get your ticket to the very popular Prohibition Party at FX Matt Brewing Company on Friday, April 25. Discounted tickets for employees are available through the SEMC Foundation Office or www.stemc.org/foundation and support patient improvements at SEMC.
Again my thanks to all of you for the good work you do in caring for our patients and residents. Also thank you for your support of the affiliation as it’s an opportunity to continue to provide exceptional care for our communities.
Sincerely,Scott H. Perra, FACHE
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