$1.4M Gift from CDPHP Will Support Patient Safety and Quality Initiatives
ALBANY, N.Y., April 12, 2012—CDPHP has committed $1.4 million to support patient safety and quality care initiatives at Albany Medical Center, including advanced technologies that improve the health, safety, and quality of care provided to the more than 575,000 patients treated at Albany Med each year.
These initiatives are providing up-to-the-minute information for more timely clinical decision-making and intervention.
“Albany Med and CDPHP have a shared vision of delivering the highest caliber of care to patients. This leadership commitment made by CDPHP President and CEO Dr. John Bennett and his institution’s board of directors is a very powerful statement about the depth and significance of our partnership and we are grateful,” said James J. Barba, President and CEO of Albany Medical Center.
“Patient safety is central to high-quality health care,” said John D. Bennett, M.D., president and CEO, CDPHP. “I applaud Albany Medical Center and support its continued investment in technologies and initiatives that will deliver the highest quality patient care with safety, efficiency and cost sustainability.”
The CDPHP funding will support Albany Med’s electronic Pharmacy/Medication Administration Check (MAK) System, which readily displays all pertinent patient information to ensure patients receive the correct medications in accurate dosages. The MAK also speeds up the process of getting medications prescribed, dosed, and dispensed to patients. The gift also will support the Horizon Enterprise Visibility Patient Tracking System, which uses multiple large flat screen monitors to display the status of patients on every hospital unit to allow staff to quickly and easily monitor and assess each patient’s location and needs in real time.
CDPHP’s commitment includes $100,000 for Albany Medical College’s new Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center. This state-of-the-art facility allows patient care and procedure scenarios to be simulated using specially trained actors, sophisticated patient mannequins, and computer-based simulators.
“The educational programs of the center not only benefit our own medical students and residents, but will also be available as training and remediation tools for practicing physicians,” said Vincent Verdile, M.D., dean of Albany Medical College and executive vice president for health affairs. “The ultimate beneficiaries of CDPHP’s investment will be patients who receive the most advanced care possible.”
CDPHP has been a supporter of Albany Med for 22 years, providing funding for scholarships and special projects, and annually supporting the Children’s Hospital through special events.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and which also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with 325 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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