Message from the CEO
For over 130 years Auburn Community Hospital has proudly served the community as a non-profit, community hospital. We continue to be dedicated to providing local access to high-quality, comprehensive medical care by offering the latest medical innovations to meet the evolving healthcare needs of our community. Auburn Community Hospital has made great strides in 2011 and has achieved a number of accomplishments thanks to the hard work of our dedicated staff. From a quality perspective, the facility, including the clinical laboratory has achieved Joint Commission Accreditation. In addition, the Radiology Department’s MRI and Mammography service has been accredited through the American College of Radiology. I am also very excited to report that Auburn Community Hospital has achieved Stroke Center Designation from the New York State Department of Health in affiliation with the University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital. Due to our commitment to women and maternal care and through the financial support of the community, The Stardust Community Birthing Center was created. We also launched our new Grateful Patient program, Champions of Care, which was developed to provide patients and their families an opportunity to support the hospital with a donation while paying tribute to their caregiver(s) – the individual or group of individuals who make a difference in their visit or stay. Since the program was launched in the spring of 2011, the Champions of Care program has acknowledged more than 100 individual clinical and non-clinical staff members, along with entire departments.
From an Information Technology standpoint, a new clinical IT system, McKesson Paragon, has been implemented. This system includes electronic medical records as well as computerized order entry for medical staff which means a higher quality of care for our patients. A new hospital website was developed with information and interactive tools on health topics important to our community and can be accessed at www.auburnhospital.org
From a financial perspective, Auburn Community Hospital was designated as a Sole Community Provider by the federal government. This status will result in a higher reimbursement rate for healthcare services provided to the Medicare population. It is projected that this will bring in an additional $2 million a year funding to the hospital. We continue to be proactive as we consider identifying a strong partner willing to make a commitment to Auburn Community Hospital and the community that it serves. Currently, the steering committee is reviewing proposals and a recommendation will be made to the Board of Trustees in early 2012.
As we move forward our focus will be on health, not just diagnosing and treating illnesses, but preventing them as well. We will continue to explore and implement initiatives focused on wellness, similar to our recent achievement of a Smoke Free Campus.
At Auburn Community Hospital, we consider it our privilege and responsibility to provide safe, quality care and to ensure that our patients' experiences are excellent.
Scott A. Berlucchi, FACHE, NHA
President and CEO