Good Samaritan Hospital Joins Unprecedented National Campaign to Save 100,000 Lives Through Health Care Improvements

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As part of its ongoing commitment to providing quality medical care, Good Samaritan Hospital has joined the Institute for Healthcare ImprovementÂ?s Â?100,000 Lives Campaign,Â? the first-ever national campaign to save 100,000 lives by implementing proven health care improvement techniques.

As part of its ongoing commitment to providing quality medical care, Good Samaritan Hospital has joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s “100,000 Lives Campaign,” the first-ever national campaign to save 100,000 lives by implementing proven health care improvement techniques. Good Samaritan Hospital was one of the first New York State hospitals to join this initiative, which has already enlisted more than 2,000 additional hospitals across the country.

The campaign was formally unveiled on December 14, 2004 and has been endorsed by such distinguished health care organizations as the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS).

“Quality is the focus of everything we do at Good Samaritan Hospital,” commented Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator for Good Samaritan Hospital. “We are continually seeking new ways of doing things to elevate the quality of care that we provide to our patients and their families. We are proud to have joined with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and hospitals nationwide in this historic effort to save 100,000 lives.”

Health care facilities that choose to participate in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s campaign commit to implement some or all of the following six quality improvement changes:

  •     Deploy rapid response teams that allow any staff member, regardless of position in the chain of command, to call upon a specialty team to examine a patient at the first sign of decline.
  •     Deliver reliable evidence-based care for acute myocardial infarction by consistently delivering key measures that prevent patient deaths from heart attack, including early administration of aspirin and beta-blockers.
  •     Prevent adverse drug events by implementing medication reconciliation, which requires that a list of all of a patient’s medications (even for unrelated illnesses) be compiled and reconciled to ensure that the patient is given (or prescribed) the right medications at the correct dosages - at admission, discharge and before being transferred to another care unit.
  •     Prevent central line infections by consistently delivering five interdependent, scientifically grounded steps collectively called the “Central Line Bundle.”
  •     Prevent surgical site infections by reliably delivering the correct perioperative antibiotics, maintaining glucose levels and avoiding shaving hair at the surgical site.
  •     Prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia by implementing five interdependent, scientifically grounded steps collectively called the “Ventilator Bundle” – such as elevating the head of the hospital bed by 30 degrees – thereby dramatically reducing mortality and length of stay in the Intensive Care Unit.

Good Samaritan Hospital has already taken steps toward all of the campaign’s health improvement changes by implementing procedures to help prevent deaths from heart attacks, adverse drug events, central line infections, surgical site infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia, and has formed rapid response teams, as called for in the campaign’s guidelines. Good Samaritan will look to expand upon those efforts in the months ahead.

“Good Samaritan Hospital sees this campaign as complimenting the quality and safety processes and goals that we currently employ,” stated Dr. James Luciano, Vice President for Medical Affairs. “Improving the care we give to patients is the number one priority of everyone who works at Good Samaritan. Focused efforts like this campaign have been shown to improve patient care. For those reasons, we are pleased to participate in the 100,000 Lives initiative.”

HANYS President Daniel Sisto held a news conference in Albany on Monday, May 9, to announce that well over half of New York's hospitals have voluntarily joined the 100,000 Lives Campaign. The HANYS Board of Trustees has endorsed the 100,000 Lives Campaign and continues to encourage all hospitals to sign up for one or more of the Campaign's six quality practice strategies. HANYS is the statewide coordinator for the IHI initiative.

Additional partners in the Campaign include the six regional hospital associations, the State Department of Health, Center for Medical Consumers, Medical Society of the State of New York, New York Organization of Nurse Executives, New York State Nurses Association, Health Plan Association of New York State, Business Council of New York State, IPRO, Healthcare Trustees of New York State, and United Hospital Fund.

“We are organizing a world-class campaign to elect quality,” said Dr. Donald Berwick, President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). “The health care organizations that join this campaign are not only demonstrating their commitment to improvement but their determination to put proven, life-saving improvement techniques into action.”

Good Samaritan Hospital is a member of Bon Secours Health System, Inc., one of the nation’s leading Catholic healthcare systems. It is also part of the regional Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. For more information about Good Samaritan Hospital, or any of its programs, visit their website at, or contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 845-368-5000.

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