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  • Rome Memorial Hospital recognized for protecting patients from hospital acquired infection

    Rome Memorial Hospital has been recognized by Excellus BlueCross/BlueShield (BCBS) with a Quality Leader Award for its efforts to protect patients from hospital acquired infections (HAI).
    “This award is representative of the hard work and dedication put forth by all of our employees,” said Amy Carissimo-Harris, RN, BS, director of infection prevention at Rome Memorial Hospital. “Infection Prevention is a team sport. It takes coordinated efforts on all fronts to achieve lower than expected infection rates, and these competitive based awards reflect our consistent commitment to quality.”
    The hospital is part of the Upstate New York Hospital Quality Initiative (UNYHQI) collaborative that is leveraging electronic surveillance technology to detect infections more efficiently through CareFusion MedMined® services.
    Excellus Health Plan offers participating hospitals an opportunity to receive financial recognition for their efforts in superior infection prevention performance as measured by MedMined® services, through the Quality Leaders Program.
    “We received this award as a result of our Excellus BCBS/Carefusion nosocomial infection monitoring, which is done with Medmined software,” Carissimo-Harris explained. “Each participating hospital submitted their infection markers, and those with the lower than predicted rates received recognition.”
    In addition to this award, Rome Memorial Hospital has earned national recognition as a leader in infection prevention and patient safety. The hospital was honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for eliminating central line infections from its Intensive Care Unit, a clinical achievement that has been sustained for 10 years.
    “Our track record demonstrates that our processes and procedures are ingrained into the every-day practices of our caregivers,” Carissimo-Harris said. “I believe all RMH staff take infection prevention seriously and understand that each of us play a role, regardless of job description.”
    Rome Memorial Hospital also received this Quality Leader Award in 2015, which is reflective of the hospital’s consistent effort and dedication to the safety of its patients, according to Carissimo-Harris.
    “Being recognized for something we take extremely seriously and work hard at is truly satisfying,” Carissimo-Harris said. “Our staff is very proud to have received this award again this year.”