Rome Memorial Hospital leads region in protecting patients from infection and other complications

    December 29, 2017


    For the fourth consecutive year, Rome Memorial Hospital has been recognized as a regional leader among hospitals for avoiding hospital acquired infections and other preventable complications. This reflects RMH’s commitment to patient safety and the highest level of quality care.

    “Rome Memorial Hospital is a recognized leader in protecting patients from avoidable hospital acquired infections and other complications,” said Vice President Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer Durinda Durr, R.N., M.S. “This level of consistency has been achieved through the coordinated efforts of our staff and providers who place the safety of our patients as their number one priority.”

    “As an organization, we’ve adopted proven evidence-based strategies that have been ingrained into our every-day practices through ongoing education and surveillance,” Durr said.

    Nationally, 751 hospitals that rank in the worst-performing quartile will be penalized with a 1 percent reduction in their Medicare reimbursements under the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program.

    The program evaluates hospitals’ performance in preventing hospital acquired infections, such as MRSA, surgical site infections, and urinary tract infections, and other hospital acquired conditions, such as pressure ulcers, blood clots and other surgical complications.

    “All RMH staff take infection prevention seriously and understand that each of us play a role, regardless of job description. This achievement reflects our consistent commitment to quality,” said Amy Carissimo-Harris, RN, BS, director of infection prevention at Rome Memorial Hospital.

    The hospital was recently recognized by Excellus BlueCross/BlueShield (BCBS) with a Quality Leader Award for its efforts to protect patients from hospital acquired infections (HAI). The hospital was also previously 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 11 years.

    About Rome Memorial Hospital
    Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc., (RMH) Rome Memorial Hospital is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary care to long-term care, Rome Memorial Hospital delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. With its specialized Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital has become recognized as a valuable resource for senior services. Ranked among the top 20 percent of skilled nursing facilities for three consecutive years, the hospital has earned special designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility for providing quality care for older adult patients. Rome Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health.