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HANYS Spotlights St. Catherine of Siena as Innovative Hospital

December 28th, 2016

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) has selected St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center as its feature Innovation Spotlight. HANYS is the only statewide hospital and counting care association in New York, with a mission of advancing the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation, and service to healthcare providers and systems across the entire continuum of care.

The Innovation Spotlight, Triple Aim, is a communication tool used to share how hospitals and continuing care organizations are improving population health, enhancing the quality of patient care capita cost of healthcare.

St. Catherine of Siena was selected for its innovations implemented by its pharmacists. A complete and accurate medication list is a critical step to ensuring medication safety throughout all phases of care. During a monthly audit, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center pharmacists identified an opportunity for improving medication-entry errors in prior-to-admission medication lists. To address the issue, they designed the Medication Reconciliation Pharmacist Program in February 2015.

The program began with pharmacists performing a complete review of all medications by interviewing patients and families and contacting nursing homes and assisted living facilities as necessary. The pharmacists prevent drug interactions, duplication, and the prescription of non-formulary medications. They target congestive heart failure (CHF)/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) admissions and have the potential to prevent readmissions, facilitate early discharges, and improve patient safety and satisfaction.

The program has resulted in a downward trend of CHF and COPD readmission rates, and the medication error rate has stabilized.