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Capital Health In 2022, Capital Health joined community partner Trenton Health Team to launch the Trenton Neighborhood Initiative (TNI). As part of Capital Health’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the urban and suburban populations it serves, TNI works to drive $10 million of investment in the neighborhoods surrounding Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton to address the societal factors that affect the overall health of the city’s residents. Boosted by an initial $2.5 million leadership gift from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, TNI introduced a transformative multi-year plan built on four key pillars: Live, Work, Grow, and Connect. With community and partner input and involvement, the program seeks to make significant strides in housing and neighborhood improvements, workforce education and employment, child and family support services, and technology training and tools for residents.“As the health care landscape continues to evolve, it is our responsibility to understand and embrace our changing role in the community,” said Al Maghazehe, president and CEO of Capital Health. “TNI goes well beyond the walls of our hospitals and medical offices to look at societal factors that impact the health of our community. Based on input from community residents, data and recommendations from existing neighborhood plans, and industry best practices, TNI programs have been developed to have a lasting positive impact on the well-being of our neighbors and complement the health care services Capital Health offers.”
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Jefferson Health is among the first in the region to launch a Virtual Nurse Program, a new model of care that leverages the use of technology to enhance patient care in the hospital and provide support to nurses at the bedside. Under this new program, every patient is still assisgned a bedside nurse. In addition, some patients will also have a nurse who will work remotely with the bedisde nurse to provide individualized care. Virtual nurses can help with patient check-ins and rounding while supporting various care tasks, including: admission and discharge paperwork, patient and family education, care consultation and electronic health record documentation. The program’s initial pilot ran from March to June 2023 and included nearly 400 patients. Virtual nurses completed more than 100 patient interactions within the first few weeks. Plans are underwat to lauch a second pilot and expand the program to include tele-observation/virtual safety care and provider-to-provider e-consults.
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Wellspan Health has been recognized five years in a row as one of the best employers in Pennsylvania, according to Forbes. With this recognition, the health system continues to grow its presence as an employer of choice in South Central Pennsylvania. “Our goal at WellSpan isn’t just about attracting talent, it’s about creatin an environment that retains talent by ensuring our team members have the necessary skills in a technologically advanced workplace to help them be their very best,” said Arron Gillingham, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at WellSpan Health. “Our team members tell us what’s important to them and we listen. Having 20,000 problem solvers working at WellSpan means everyone is brought in on the process and that’s how we deliver on our mission.” Forbes is one of the nation’s leading and most respected business publications, compiled their list based on 2.1M employer recommendations from employees working for compaies with more than 500 team members in the United States. This recognition acknowledges WellSpan’s initiatives to embrace diversity and a culture of belonging, offer competitive compensation and family-friendly benefits, as well as providing flexible work options and opportunities for career growth and development, to name a few.
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Sentara Health celebrated the official launch of Sentara Mobile Care in Petersburg, VA, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Petersburg Public Library. The Sentara Mobile Care vehicle – part of the organization’s new and innovative Sentara Community Care Program will provide direct primary care, behavioral health, and social support services to the Petersburg community in a more flexible and convenient format. In the months ahead, the Sentara Community Care team will also explore opportunities to integrate women’s health services into its service offerings. “As an Integrated Delivery Network, Sentara’s direct care clinicians and our health coverage leadership work closely together, allowing us to better understand the unique needs of the different communities we serve – and then identify and create innovative solutions to better serve the healthcare needs of the residents in those communities,” said Dennis Matheis, President and Cheif Executive Officer for Sentara. “Our new model of care, Sentara Community Care, is an example of that innovation, bringing together a variety of healthcare providers and services in a single location. I’m delighted to be here for this morning’s dedication ceremony, and I’m particularly pleased that Petersburg residents can start receiving exceptions service from our Sentara Community Care team today!”
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Luminis Health – In a remarkable display of kindness and community spirit, students at Southern High School in Harwood, Maryland have made a significant contribution to the Thomas J. Frank Family Birth Center and Teddy’s Place Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center (LHAAMC). Students from the National Honors Society and Future Farmers of America collectively raised $6,000 and donated handmade baby blankets to support the care of sick and premature babies. Students, administrators and club advisors presented the check and blankets to members of the hospital’s care team. “This is a great example of young people in our community supporting our precious newborns and their families,” said Dr. Monica Jones, chair of Luminis Health’s Women’s and Children’s services. “Since our Level III NICU treats close to 800 newborns each year, these students’ generosity will help us provide specialized care to the tiniest and most vulnerable members of our community.” Dr. Jones personally thanked the students by saying “you are a friend of ours forever.” The students raised the money by hosting a “Stroller Roller” 3K walk/run/stroll event. Rising senior Brenna Kadjeski came up with up with the idea for the service project to honor the doctors and nurses in the NICU who treated her twin sisters. “Whenever we talk about this project in our house, it’s just a bunch of smiles. It’s a sense of pride like yes, we gave back to the NICU. It’s not just me doing something, it’s the whole family. We were able to repay them for what they did for our family, they went above and beyond for my siblings, my mom and my dad,” said Kadjeski. The donations will support various initiatives, including critical medical treatments, lodging, and educational materials for families. The handmade blankets will provide babies a sense of security by keeping them warm and safe. “The students from Southern High School students should be commended by demonstrating the true spirit of compassion and empathy through this remarkable contribution,” said Elizabeth Gross, vice-president of the Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation. “Their generosity and dedication remind us all of the power of making a positive difference in the world, and their efforts serve as an inspiration to others to contribute to those who need it the most.”
Christianacare The eBrightHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) reduced health care spending by approximately $9.5 million and earned a quality score of 86.7% in performance year 2022, according to recently released performance data by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A market-based solution to fragmented and costly care, ACO’s empower local physicians, hospitals and other providers to work together and take responsibility for improving quality, enhancing patient experience and keeping care affordable. The Medicare Shared Savings Program creates incentives for ACO’s to invest in transforming care by allowing them to share in savings they generate after meeting defined quality and cost goals. eBrightHealth’s achievements resulted in a shared savings payment of approximately $4.65 million. This is the third consecutive year the ACO has achieved shared savings and the seventh consecutive year that eBrightHealth ACO has reduced healrh care costs for its attributed beneficiaries. The cumulative amount saved during the ACO’s participation in the program is $54 million. “eBrightHealth ACO continues to deliver outstanding quality results to our Medicare beneficiaries and save millions of dollars in their care,” said Christine Donohue-Henry, M.D., MBA President and CEO of eBrightHealth ACO. “We’re so proud of our participating providers and their care teams who put their patients first every day and focus on high-quality, coordinated care to deliver the right care, at the right place, at the right time.”
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WVU Medicine WVU Medicine Urologic Oncology surgeons at the WVU Cancer Institute recently became the first in the state to perform a single-port partial nephrectomy. The Institute is one of 130 facilities in the United States to implement the single-port robot platform, and only 140 urologists are certified to use this cutting-edge surgical system. The new single-port robotic surgical system allows surgeons to insert robot-assisted instruments into the extraperitoneal space, a small, compartmentalized space within the pelvis and back, using only one of two incisions and avoid the abdonmial cavity completely. This expands options for patients who are not candidates for open or multiple port procedures due to scarring from prior abdonminal surgeries, obesity, or heart or lung conditions. WVU Medicine surgeongs are also using the system to perform single port radical prostatectomy procedures for prostate cancer, performaing as many as two-to-four surgeries per week. The approach offers several benefits over traditional open and multiple port robotic assisted approaches, including less pain, shorter recovery time, and smaller or fewer scars. This means that patients like Luiz, 72 of Morgantown, can get back to life faster after receiving surgical treatments for cancer.
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