The Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, an association that represents Long Islands 24 nonprofit and public hospitals, presented the 2009 Excellence in Patient Safety Award to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Manhasset, N.Y., for its comprehensive stroke program.
The hospital received the award during a trustee briefing/reception sponsored by the NSHC and the Healthcare Association of New York State. The award recognizes distinguished achievement in patient safety and quality improvement.
Twenty-four programs were entered into this years competition, which seeks to highlight best practices.Kenneth Abrams, MD, senior vice president of clinical operations at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, left, stands with Wendy Darwell, COO, Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council.
Long Island hospitals are engaged in innovative quality improvement programs each and every day, Wendy Darwell, chief operating officer for NSHC, said in a news release. The hospitals commitment to the highest level of quality and patient safety was evident in every nomination we received, but North Shores application was truly exceptional.
An award of special recognition also went to Southampton Hospital for its innovative Fall Prevention program. The nominations were scored for their impact on patient care and safety, innovation, adherence to quality improvement principles and methodologies, use of relevant process and outcome measures and systems through the improvement process, sustainability, evidence of cost-consciousness and demonstration of effective use of human and material resources.