Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Wins 2021 Pinnacle HANYS Award for Antibiotic Stewardship Program
NEW HYDE PARK, NY, 23 November 2021 / PRNewswire / – Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care has been honored by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) with a Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety. Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care has been recognized for implementing an Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) across its large-scale emergency care network.
Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care launched an Antibiotic Stewardship Program in 2019 to monitor and improve how antibiotics are prescribed by providers and taken by patients. In the first year of the program, the network’s 52 emergency care centers saw a 21% drop in total antibiotic use, which equates to 167,000 fewer antibiotic prescriptions. The stewardship program effectively protects patients against antibiotic resistance, side effects and medical costs.
“The overuse of antibiotics has a huge impact on the physical and financial health of our patients and the community,” said Neal shipley, Medical Director, Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care. “Nationally, emergency care centers are responsible for the highest percentage of inappropriate antibiotic use. It was something we just couldn’t ignore, and we are proud that HANYS recognized our team’s unwavering dedication to our customers.
Paving the way for antibiotic management across the country
Inappropriate use of antibiotics is a national problem, particularly in the emergency care space, where 39% of visits result in a prescription for antibiotics. About two million antibiotic-resistant infections and 23,000 deaths occur each year in United States following inappropriate use of antibiotics. Among the accomplishments recognized by HANYS was the scalability and replication potential of Northwell-GoHealth ASP.
The ASP relies on the partnership of clinical leaders, who educate practitioners and patients to foster a culture of antibiotic awareness. Regional GoHealth Urgent Care markets across the country have started adopting Northwell-GoHealth ASP. The organization hopes to see other emergency care centers develop their own programs.
“Antimicrobial resistance is a huge threat,” said Bea Grause, IA, JD, President, Health Care Association of New York State. “We are honored to celebrate the tremendous work of antibiotic management at Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care. They truly deserve a Pinnacle Award and are a role model for other vendors striving for similar success. “
The HANYS Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety annually recognizes successful quality improvement and innovative patient safety initiatives in four categories based on size and type of organization. Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care is the first of four 2021 winners to be announced.
Watch Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care’s Pinnacle Award video profile to learn more about the organization’s antibiotic stewardship program.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is from New York State the largest healthcare provider and private employer, with 22 hospitals, 830 ambulatory care facilities and over 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people every year in the new York metropolitan region and beyond, thanks to the philanthropic support of our communities. Our 77,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,900 salaried physicians, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – strive to improve health care. We are making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We train the next generation of healthcare professionals to be visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School from medicine to Hofstra/ Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For more information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu and follow us @NorthwellHealth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
GoHealth is a consumer-centric on-demand healthcare platform that serves as a digital and physical gateway to the healthcare ecosystem. At GoHealth, we aim to provide fast, accessible and high-quality on-demand patient care, both virtually and in person, through our technology and data-driven approach to care and our partnerships with healthcare systems. health market leaders. GoHealth operates more than 167 on-demand care centers in the largest new York Metropolitan area; the Portland, Oregon–Vancouver, Washington, Metropolitan area; the San Francisco Bay Area; Hartford and Southeast Connecticut; Winston-Salem and Charlotte, North Carolina; Saint Louis and Springfield, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Northwest Arkansas; Delaware and Maryland.
GoHealth Urgent Care is a holding company of TPG Growth, TPG’s growth and mid-market equity investment platform, with more than 103 billion dollars assets under management. For more information, please visit www.gohealthuc.com.
The Health Care Association of New York State is that of New York Statewide Association of Hospitals and Continuing Care, representing public and nonprofit hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other health care organizations. HANYS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation and service to health providers and systems across the continuum of care.
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