SOURCE: Business Review USA

Business Review USA

May 17, 2012 13:55 ET

Columbia Memorial: Putting Progress and Quality Care First, in Business Review USA

New York's Columbia Memorial Hospital Looks to Sustainability and High Tech Innovations to Improve the Lives of Its Patients and Staff Every Day

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2012) - "We have to be a good citizen of the community and the earth -- today's children will still be living here, and we have to preserve our natural resources for them and generations to come," says Jane Ehrlich, CEO of Columbia Memorial Hospital. "We need to be responsible about that, to the extent that we can be." It's an important sentiment, and through green initiatives Columbia Memorial is working hard to ensure that future generations can enjoy those natural resources. But in addition to green initiatives, the hospital is also striving toward other forms of innovation in an effort to ensure that today's generations have a brighter future as well.

"The Institute of Medicine said that between 45,000 and 98,000 lives per year are lost in America's hospitals due to errors," says Ehrlich. Columbia Memorial's rigorous, physician-approved patient safety program works to ensure that no one becomes a statistic while under the hospital's roof. "We're talking about things like being certain that you have the proper patient for the proper procedure or the proper medication. Being certain that the medication is 100 percent correct for this patient. Being certain that, if you know that a patient is at risk to fall, doing everything in your power to make certain that the patient doesn't fall while they're in your hospital. This is what we mean by keeping people safe."

To read more about Columbia Memorial Hospital's progressive patient safety program, along with other expansions and innovations, check out the full article in the April 2012 edition of Business Review USA:

About Columbia Memorial Hospital

Columbia Memorial has served our region since 1893. The hospital you visit today, however, is one of the newest, most innovative and technically advanced facilities in the Hudson Valley. Everything we do, hiring the best and the brightest and rebuilding our entire hospital, is designed with one specific goal: to provide you with expert care. We are the community's hospital. Serving more than 100,000 residents in Columbia, Greene and Dutchess counties, the hospital focuses on advanced surgery, primary care and health education. It is a 192-bed acute care hospital. We also operate a 120-bed long-term care site as well as 26 outlying primary and specialty care centers. Visit for more information.

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