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Winthrop-University Hospital Earns Quality Improvement Award from NYSDOH
August 10, 2016

Mineola, NY – Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce that it has received the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) Obstetrical Improvement Project’s 2015 Quality Improvement Award. The NYSPQC, an initiative of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), aims to provide the best and safest care for women and infants in New York State. The goal of the initiative is to evaluate women for hemorrhage risk and provide education on the signs and symptoms of postpartum preeclampsia.

“We are pleased to be recognized by the New York State Department of Health for our efforts to advance the care for both mothers and infants,” said John F. Collins, President & CEO. “Winthrop takes very seriously the health and wellbeing of each and every patient, and this award is just one example of what we are doing to ensure our patients receive the highest quality and safest healthcare.”

Since September 2010, the Department of Health has been collaborating with New York State’s birthing facilities to improve and ensure the quality of obstetrical care, and infant health and safety. Through the NYSPQC Maternal Hemorrhage and Hypertension Initiative, which took place between April 2014 and October 2015, Winthrop clinicians learned from faculty and colleagues; received individual coaching; gathered new knowledge on the subject matter and process improvement; shared experiences and collaborated on improvement plans to create strategies to overcome improvement barriers.

“This award is being given to facilities whose project teams reported that greater than 80 percent of women were both evaluated for their risk of hemorrhage at the time of admission to the birth hospitalizations and, after delivery, received information on the signs and symptoms of postpartum pre-eclampsia prior to discharge,” stated Marilyn A. Kacica, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the Division of Family Health, NYSDOH, in the official award letter. “This is the highest level of achievement possible for this project, and we commend your entire team for their exemplary work and commitment to this important cause. …Your efforts to improve maternal and newborn outcomes are appreciated.”

About Winthrop-University Hospital

Founded in 1896 by a group of local physicians and concerned citizens, Long Island’s first voluntary hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center and New York State-designated Regional Trauma Center offering inpatient and outpatient programs and services to address every stage of life.

Consistently recognized for providing quality patient care, Winthrop’s awards, recognitions and accreditations are many, including being the first Hospital on Long Island to achieve Baby Friendly® Designation by Baby-Friendly, USA.

Approximately 5,000 babies each year begin their lives in Winthrop’s New Life Center, a modern facility that offers 16 labor-delivery-recovery rooms, each attractively decorated to provide a comfortable, homey environment. The Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), one of the most advanced facilities of its kind with class-leading outcomes in both overall survival and survival without complications in extremely premature babies, is staffed with specially trained experts in newborn medicine who care for babies born prematurely or with health problems requiring special attention.

For additional information about perinatal care at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP.