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Patient Safety “Best Practices” Award for 2016

Roslyn, N.Y. March 24, 2016 — Physicians Reciprocal Insurers (PRI) presented Northwell Health, Lake Success, New York its coveted Patient Safety “Best Practices” Award for 2016. Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, Brighton Surgery Center, and The New Jewish Home, Sarah Neuman each won Honorable Mention. PRI, New York’s second largest medical professional liability insurer, established the awards in 2011 to promote awareness of client based patient safety efforts that deserve recognition throughout the healthcare industry. The awards were made during a breakfast ceremony held today at the company’s Roslyn, New York headquarters which was attended by health and medical professionals from many segments of the health care field.

First place honors went to Northwell Health, “Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections Across a Large Multi-Hospital Healthcare System”, an initiative that facilitated communication and promoted accountability among its 14 acute care hospitals and approximately 35 intensive care units to reduce the risk of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs). The award, accepted by Mark Jarrett, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Quality Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Northwell Health, was presented by Jeanne Braun, Executive Vice President, Hospitals and Special Programs, PRI.

Honorable Mention was accorded to Bonnie Carnes, Vice President of Support Services for Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, LLC, College Point, New York for (till March 2018) “Improving SBAR Usage in Hospital Dialysis Patients.” Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation (SBAR) is a simple yet effective way to standardize communication between caregivers.

Kim Strassner, Nurse and Clinical Manager for Brighton Surgery Center, LLC, of Rochester, New York accepted its Honorable Mention award for its efforts in “Reducing Incidents of TASS (Toxic Anterior Segment Syndrome)” in ophthalmic patients.

The final Honorable Mention presentation was given by Liz Weingast, Vice President of Clinical Excellence, The New Jewish Home, “Small House: Person Directed Care and Safety – The New Model”. Ms. Weingast discussed safety measures improving quality of life and enhancing clinical outcomes of residents in this progressive long term care facility.

PRI, through its hospital risk management program, led by Ms. Dawn Lewis, continues to receive accolades for innovation, a reflection of the insurer’s emphasis on patient safety, best practices and conducting quantitative analyses to help identify incidents that may result in a negative outcome. PRI, now over 30 years since its founding, is recognized as one of the most respected names in medical professional liability, a leading provider of specialty insurance coverage and innovative products for doctors, hospitals, healthcare facilities, chiropractors and dentists.
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