Seventeen New York Healthcare Providers To Receive IPRO Quality Awards

May 20, 2010, 10:00 ET from IPRO

Organizations and Individuals From Across State Demonstrate "Strong Commitment" to Quality Improvement

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seventeen healthcare organizations and professionals from throughout New York State will receive Quality Awards from IPRO on June 8. The awards, given annually by IPRO, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for New York State, recognize individuals and organizations that demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of care provided to New York's Medicare beneficiaries.  

The awards will be given during IPRO's 26th Annual Meeting, to be held at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel in East Elmhurst, NY.  The meeting will feature a keynote address by James R. Tallon, Jr., a nationally recognized leader in health policy, who serves as President of the United Hospital Fund.

"While they are different from one another in many respects, what unites this group of awardees is a strong commitment to quality improvement," says Clare B. Bradley MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, IPRO.  "Quality improvement is a complex and time-consuming process, and we thank them for their dedication to this effort, and for their achievements."

Awards will be given for accomplishments on a range of quality-related projects:




Beth Israel Medical Center


Patient Safety

Bronx-Lebanon Highbridge-Woodycrest Center


Nursing Home Quality

Eric D. Collins, MD, College of Physician


Patient-Centered Care/ Beneficiary Protection

and Surgeons, Columbia University

Glens Falls Hospital

Glens Falls

Care Transitions

Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association


Drug Safety and Chronic Kidney Disease

Island Medicine


Electronic Health Records/Preventive Services

Long Beach Medical Center

Long Beach

Patient Safety

Jack Mancus, MD


Electronic Health Records/Preventive Services

North Shore/LIJ Forest Hills Hospital

Forest Hills

Patient-Centered Care/Beneficiary Protection

Riverhead Care Center


Nursing Home Quality

St. James Plaza Nursing Facility

St. James

Nursing Home Quality

St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital


Patient-Centered Care/Beneficiary Protection

Schoellkopf Health Center

Niagara Falls

Patient Safety

Seton Health System St. Mary's Hospital


Care Transitions

and Seton Health Home Care

Southampton Hospital


Patient Safety

Van Rensselaer Manor Skilled Nursing Facility


Care Transitions

Westchester Medical Center


Patient Safety

Under its contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, IPRO helps New York healthcare providers to develop and adopt techniques and systems that improve care for Medicare beneficiaries in a range of clinical areas.  Those receiving Quality Awards have worked successfully with IPRO on projects relating to one or more of these areas.

The awards presentation will be part of a luncheon program that includes remarks by Mr. Tallon of the United Hospital Fund. Mr. Tallon heads a not-for-profit research and philanthropic organization that is committed to promoting high-quality, patient-centered services that are accessible to all. Among the Fund's major achievements are its leadership role in framing New York City's earliest responses to the AIDS crisis, its pioneering programs to improve end-of-life care and its developing and publishing the influential Blueprint for Universal Health Insurance Coverage in New York.

To register for the IPRO Annual Meeting, visit or call Susan Ulmer at (516) 209-5258. To learn more about IPRO's quality improvement projects, go to  

About IPRO

IPRO is a national organization providing a full spectrum of healthcare assessment and improvement services that foster more efficient use of resources and enhance healthcare quality to achieve better patient outcomes. Founded in 1984, IPRO is highly regarded for the independence of its approach, the depth of its knowledge and experience, and the integrity of its programs. IPRO holds contracts with federal, state and local government agencies, as well as private-sector clients, operating best-of-class programs in more than 33 states and the District of Columbia. A national not-for-profit organization, IPRO is headquartered in Lake Success, NY and is a 501(c)(3) corporation.

This material was prepared by IPRO, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for New York State, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 9SOW-NY-THMS6-7-10-03