IPRO Honors 15 Health Professionals and Organizations for Quality Improvement Efforts

Jun 26, 2008, 01:00 ET from IPRO

    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifteen health care
 practitioners and providers from across New York State are the recipients
 of this year's IPRO Quality Awards. The awards are given annually by IPRO
 to members of New York's health care community that have demonstrated
 outstanding performance in the area of quality improvement. This year's
 awards were conferred during IPRO's 24th Annual Meeting, which also
 featured a keynote address by Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President, New York
 Academy of Medicine. Based in Lake Success and Albany, New York, IPRO is a
 national leader in health care quality measurement and improvement.
     "We're proud to recognize this group of hospitals, nursing homes, home
 health agencies, physician offices and health care professionals for their
 efforts in quality improvement," said Theodore O. Will, Chief Executive
 Officer, IPRO. "Each has shown an outstanding commitment to the health of
 New Yorkers."
     Awardees were acknowledged for quality improvement in one or more
 areas, including: organization-wide commitment to quality improvement,
 performance improvement and patient safety; sharing of best practices;
 reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and use of restraints; adoption of
 electronic health records and bar coding; improving care for diabetes;
 decreasing use of anticholinergic drugs in the elderly; reducing
 unnecessary acute care hospitalizations; and pain management. (NOTE: Photos
 are available. See contact information. For complete information on the
 awards and photos of the awards ceremony, please see
Awardees include: -- Glen Cove Hospital, Glen Cove, New York -- UHS/Delaware Valley Hospital, Walton, New York -- Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York -- Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, New York -- HCR Home Health Agency, Rochester, New York -- Twin Tier Home Health Agency, Inc., Vestal, New York -- Jose S. Leon, Jr., MD, Medical Director, Dolan Family Health Center, Huntington Hospital, Greenlawn, New York -- Nathaniel Brownlow, MD, New York, New York -- River Valley Family Medical Services, Barryville, New York -- HIP Health Plan of New York, New York -- Independent Health, Buffalo, New York -- Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, New York -- Clove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Staten Island, New York -- Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home, Staten Island, New York -- Woodmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Inc., Woodmere, New York With more than 20 years of experience in health care quality improvement and evaluation, IPRO holds major contracts with state and federal governments, as well as private-sector clients, to review the cost and quality of services provided to Medicaid recipients, Medicare beneficiaries, and patients enrolled in managed care organizations and to work with the health care community to improve those services. IPRO also manages the End Stage Renal Disease Network for New York.
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