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March 2019

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Publications

Congratulations to the physicians who have recently published. If you would like to have your publication listed in the next edition of Highland Physician please send in the format seen below to HighlandPR@urmc.rochester.edu and indicate that it is a submission for the physician newsletter.

Highland is First in Upstate New York to Receive Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation

Highland is First in Upstate New York to Receive Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation

The Highland Hospital Emergency Department is the first in upstate New York to receive the silver standard - Level 2 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA), which recognizes emergency departments that provide excellent care for older adults. The designation is granted by The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), with support from The Gary and Mary West Health Institute and John A. Hartford Foundation.

Highland Joins UR Pursuing Excellence Initiative

Highland Joins UR Pursuing Excellence Initiative

Outstanding team work leads to higher quality patient care. That’s the basis for UR Pursuing Excellence, an initiative aimed at building highly motivated, interprofessional, collaborative teams that continuously implement best practices to improve outcomes and quality measures. The goal is to transform the way providers, nurses, residents, and others work together in pursuit of clinical excellence. 

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Endovascular Suite Expands Highland Vascular Surgery Capabilities

With the addition of the Endovascular Suite as part of Highland’s newly renovated Operating Rooms in the South Wing, the hospital is now providing a full gamut of vascular surgery procedures. The largest operating room at Highland, also called the Hybrid OR, is 1,100 square feet. “The room includes an advanced imaging system that enables Highland to address more diverse patient needs and offer an expanded vascular surgery service,” said Roan Glocker, M.D., M.P.H., Highland vascular surgeon.

Readmission Prevention: A Top Priority at Highland

Readmission Prevention: A Top Priority at Highland

Highland continues to pursue initiatives to prevent hospital readmissions, an important quality measure in our health care system and a key factor in determining Center for Medicare/Medicaid (CMS) reimbursement rates.

Highland has formed several committees to examine reasons for readmission within a 30-day threshold and help develop and implement solutions. The teams focus on patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) diagnoses and the hospital is also part of an Accountable Health Partners (AHP) committee that examines what can be done to connect inpatient and outpatient systems to help reduce hospitalization.

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