WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A partnership between White Plains Hospital and Cabrini of Westchester has created a network recognized as one of the nations' top in lung care, and was recently cited as a best practice in transitions of care for pulmonary patients at the recent PointClickCare SUMMIT, a national conference for healthcare professionals.
Recognizing the need for chronic lung disease care, Cabrini of Westchester established a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program to serve as a step-down program for patients being discharged from area hospitals. In order to reduce re-hospitalizations, last year White Plains Hospital partnered with Cabrini of Westchester to develop a system of patient transition.
As a result of the partnership, Cabrini of Westchester’s Pulmonary Program has enabled White Plains Hospital to decrease its pulmonary-related readmissions from 24 percent to 16.8 percent in the first year of operation, and has increased quality outcomes and patient satisfaction.
“An estimated 250 attendees at the presentation were clearly enthused to learn about how they could adopt this best practice in their healthcare communities,” said Karen Hanney, case management/utilization administrator at White Plains Hospital. ”We are gratified that by sharing the Cabrini/White Plains Hospital experience, we were able to provide the audience with a deeper knowledge of the latest available tools, tips and best practices to enable them to deliver quality care to the growing, medically complex senior population,” she said. Hanney and Lorraine Horgan, vice president of external affairs at Cabrini of Westchester, presented their data from their pulmonary partnership at the PointClickCare Annual SUMMIT in Orlando, Florida earlier this month.
PointClickCare is a national electronic health record organization specializing in post-acute care settings. The SUMMIT drew attendees from all over the country, representing PointClickCare customers, partners and industry experts who gathered to learn about the newest care innovations, best practices and share in the latest insights on emerging technology trends while networking with peers.