Updates from the community hospitals CEO
From activities to distinctions, there is a continuous stream of positive news generated by Cleveland Clinic’s community hospitals. Here is a sampling, as noted by Fred DeGrandis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic Community Hospitals.
‘Green’ health awards recognize environmental efforts
This month, all Cleveland Clinic hospitals are receiving Environmental Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth. In addition, the entire system is receiving the "Systems for Change" award, proving that working together as a team has truly shown results.
Data from Cleveland Clinic hospitals was collected and presented on waste reduction and recycling, chemical management, mercury reduction/elimination, green building, device reprocessing, pharmaceutical waste handling, local food, green cleaning, energy conservation, water conservation, contributions to MedWish (the nonprofit organization that sends donated medical supplies to developing countries), EPA compliance, environmental education for employees and community members, transportation, environmentally preferred purchasing, community engagement, progress against stated goals and innovation.
Special recognition goes to Ashtabula County Medical Center, Fairview, Hillcrest and Lakewood hospitals, which this year exceeded a 10 percent recycling rate and made enough progress in each area to move up from the Partner Recognition to Partner for Change Award. Fairview and Hillcrest also joined Huron and Cleveland Clinic main campus in achieving the Making Medicine Mercury Free Award.
Fairview Breast Health Center earns certification
In March, the Fairview Hospital Breast Health Center received official word of accreditation from a consortium of national accrediting bodies along with a three-year certificate. Fairview is one of the first breast health programs to be certified in the nation, and the first in Ohio. This is a new certification from a conglomerate of national and professional organizations. Members of the board include the American Board of Surgery, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Clinical Oncology, College of American Pathologists, American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Oncology Nursing Society and others.
The multidisciplinary team at Fairview received numerous positive comments in the survey summary with many aspects of the program described as “excellent.” The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves this accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
The Breast Health Center services at Fairview are part of a comprehensive cancer program. Physicians from Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute see patients at Fairview as well as at Hillcrest Hospital and the main campus in downtown Cleveland.
Marymount opens new vascular suite
Marymount Hospital is the first community hospital in northeast Ohio with advanced vascular technology to help diagnose and treat vascular disease, including carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms, circulatory conditions and more. The suite’s new angiography system features a robotic c-arm for interventional procedures and 3D visualization of anatomy. Marymount is the first Cleveland Clinic community hospital to have this equipment, and it represents a $2.5 million investment to upgrade vascular capabilities.
Hillcrest’s campus expansion
It has been a year since Hillcrest Hospital broke ground for its Expanding Excellence project, and construction is moving along nicely. By mid-2010, the hospital will have expanded and redesigned the major components of the $163 million campus expansion, which includes increasing the number of private patient rooms, doubling the size of the emergency department and elevating the NICU to the highest Level III care.
Generous gifts benefit nursing, Euclid Hospital
Euclid Hospital received a $150,000 gift from Stanley Shalom Zielony, a patient of Euclid Hospital’s orthopaedic and rehabilitation services. This generous contribution will fund a much-needed second elevator to assist in the transportation of patients to and from their rooms for rehabilitation services.
In addition, the Long Island, N.Y., resident recently made a major gift establishing the Stanley Shalom Zielony Center for Advancing Nursing Education, which is expected to help more than 1,000 Cleveland Clinic nurses a year pursue their undergraduate and advanced nursing degrees. The center was dedicated this month.
In other nursing news, upcoming nursing career nights are planned at Lutheran Hospital (on June 11) and South Pointe Hospital (Oct. 22).
Finally, the Huron School of Nursing is celebrating its 125th year on Oct. 24. For more information, see the separate story in this month’s issue of Catalyst eNews.
These briefs originally appeared in Weekly Update, an employee e-newsletter.
Fred DeGrandis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic Community Hospitals, oversees the following Cleveland Clinic hospitals: Euclid, Fairview, Hillcrest, Huron, Lakewood, Lutheran, Marymount and South Pointe along with affiliate Ashtabula County Medical Center. Last month, Cleveland Clinic and Medina General Hospital officials signed an affiliation agreement, which will make Medina General the ninth Cleveland Clinic community hospital. To learn more about Medina General, see the separate story in this month’s issue of Catalyst eNews.
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