Two programs at Inspira Health Network in New Jersey that have improved the health of recently hospitalized patients were recognized with statewide awards, according to a news release.
The New Jersey Hospital Association recently recognized Inspira at its annual awards program with two of the six awards given in the categories of community outreach and quality improvement.
NJHA’s community outreach award recognized Inspira’s Coordinating Options Across the Continuum of Healthcare program. The COACH program helps to improve the well-being and quality of life of patients facing substantial health, social and economic complexities and challenges. The program specifically targets medically fragile patients who are diagnosed with heart failure, diabetes, pneumonia, renal failure, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart attack, according to the release.
Meanwhile, Inspira’s multidisciplinary team for inpatient diabetes education was recognized for excellence in quality improvement, through the NJHA Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, according to the release. The program brings together a multidisciplinary team to help patients who have diabetes and also are being treated for another illness. The team includes representatives from nursing, physical therapy, nutritional therapy, pharmacy and social services/care coordination. The team provides a one-hour inpatient intervention for patients and their families, resulting in personalized follow-up sessions in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
“Both programs aim to help patients be successful in their return home from a hospital stay and avoid readmission,” John DiAngelo, president and CEO of Inspira Health Network, said in the release.