Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md., celebrated Veterans Day in November by honoring employees and their family members who have served our nation in the military. The program was led by AAMC senior leadership who have served in the armed forces.
Among the AAMC employees honored at the event was Evelyn Rochlin, RN, clinical director, nursing. Capt. Rochlin served in the U.S. Army.
U.S. Navy Capt. Andrew S. Whitson served as the event’s special guest speaker. Whitson is a former fighter pilot who is assigned to the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs as the director, House of Representatives Navy Liaison Office. His military honors include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal. The festivities included the Annapolis High School Naval Junior ROTC conducting the procession of colors and the Arundel High School marching band performing patriotic songs.Photo courtesy of Anne Arundel Medical Center
Anne Arundel Medical Center’s celebration of Veterans Day included, from left, Francis S. Baluyot, medical lab technician, who served as hospital corpsman senior chief; Evelyn Rochlin, RN, clinical director, nursing, who served as a captain in the U.S. Army; guest speaker Capt. Andrew S. Whitson, U.S. Navy; and Rodney Gettman, AAMC security, a retired U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant.
AAMC announced Nov. 15 that it has become the only acute care facility in Maryland to receive LEED certification to the Gold level, as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.
LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. AAMC is one of only 183 healthcare sites in the U.S. to achieve the designation.
In April, AAMC opened a new patient tower that achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED certification for AAMC was based on numerous green design and construction features.
Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, D.C., and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., have earned the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders designation from The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing.
To achieve the NICHE designation, multidisciplinary teams from Sibley and Suburban worked collaboratively for several months to form an advisory team, complete leadership training, create an audit of geriatric care at their institutions and develop an action plan that addresses staff education and opportunities for improvement. “Our objective is to create an environment that anticipates and responds to [patients[‘]] specific needs,” said Joan M. Vincent, RN, MSN, MS, NEA-BC, senior vice president for patient care services and CNO at Sibley, in a news release.
Adults 85 and older comprise almost 20% of patients at each hospital, and hospital officials say that will increase considerably during the next 30 years.
“These demographics represent a call to action for our hospitals to provide an infrastructure that will improve outcomes and create a more positive hospital experience for patients and their families,” said Barbara Jacobs, RN, MSN, CCRN, CENP, Suburban’s senior director of nursing and CNO. The two hospitals, which are members of Johns Hopkins Medicine, have identified specific areas for improving clinical outcomes, including decreasing length of stay and reducing hospital-acquired complications such as pressure ulcers, falls and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
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