SOURCE: Business Review USA

Business Review USA

April 05, 2012 13:44 ET

UHS Offers a Patient-Focused Environment of Medical Care, in Business Review USA

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 5, 2012) - In a report in Business Review USA, Drake Lamen, M.D. of UHS explains how continuous improvement and quality care is making UHS a leader in high quality patient-centered.

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is a small community hospital that fuses the cutting-edge technology and specialized skills of a large hospital with the personalized care and flexibility of a smaller organization. Chenango is one of four hospitals in the UHS integrated health care system which is comprised of nine members that serve the medical needs of residents in the central southern tier of New York State.

The four hospitals are UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, UHS Binghamton General Hospital, UHS Wilson Regional Medical Center, and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital. UHS has a longstanding tradition of performance improvement and has been the recipient of multiple awards such as the 2010 Top 500 Agency HomeCare Elite Award and the 2010 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Award from HealthLeaders Media.

While the accolades are nice, they are merely a stepping stone to UHS' ultimate goal of being a "regional leader in high quality patient centered care" by 2014. UHS has been implementing a multi-million dollar renovation and performance improvement plan towards achieving this goal.

"We are very disciplined about clearly defining what we are trying to achieve so that we can monitor and attain improvement. We have been very successful in reaching our goals, averaging from 65 to 70 percent in rates of improvement on survey indicators," explains Dr. Drake Lamen, President of UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital.

UHS' two main initiatives are to institute better care practices as laid out by government programs such as the CMS Core Measures program and to upgrade its facilities and medical technology. By developing better care practices, UHS is cultivating a patient centered medical home model of care by instituting criteria set forth by NCQA, which stipulates using electronic medical record technology and managing better care for patients with chronic diseases and general medical conditions. UHS has worked to improve the patient experience, progress population health, and cut the costs of healthcare while reducing both the variation of care and unnecessary costs.

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About UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital
The 55,000 people who live in Chenango County enjoy the advantage of an outstanding community hospital in their midst. UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital was founded in 1912 and modernized in 1990 with a $7.5 million renovation plan. A 58-bed facility located in the City of Norwich, the hospital has more than 500 employees, making it the largest employer in the city and the fifth largest in the county.

The Norwich hospital includes inpatient and outpatient surgical care units, a women's health center and a maternity and obstetrics unit. UHS Chenango Memorial staffs an intensive care unit, general surgery, cardiology, diagnostic heart care center, orthopedics, walk-in care, diagnostic imaging and laboratory departments as well as a physician-staffed emergency department. Other specialties include Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology) and GI (gastro-intestinal/gastroenterology). The hospital's second floor is dedicated and specially designed as a residential health care/long-term care facility.

UHS Chenango Memorial's primary care network is the county's central source for preventative and routine medical care. With primary care centers in Sidney, Sherburne, Oxford and Norwich, patients in rural areas have nearby access to quality primary care. All primary care centers offer same-day appointments and are always accepting new patients.

The hospital also provides services at a large dental center in Norwich, an outpatient diagnostic imaging center and a freestanding physical therapy center, which includes a heated pool for advanced aqua-therapy.

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