Griffin Hospital’s mission is to provide personalized, humanistic, consumer-driven health care in a healing environment; to empower individuals to be actively involved in decisions affecting their care and well-being through access to information and education; and to provide leadership to improve the health of the community it serves.
Griffin is a teaching hospital and research center and offers outstanding post graduate medical education in internal and preventive medicine. Griffin is a teaching affiliate of the Yale University School of Medicine where many of Griffin’s physicians hold teaching positions.
Griffin Hospital is the home of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC). The Center is one of thirty-two PRC’s funded by the Centers for Disease Control and is the only one that is hospital rather than university based. The goal of all PRCs is to develop innovative approaches to health promotion and disease prevention that will directly benefit the public’s health.
Griffin’s strategic plan will determine its course for the period 2013 through 2016. The Board adopted strategic plan challenges the organization to reach for higher levels of performance and achievement and to overcome the many obstacles impeding today’s hospitals and health care organizations including the most challenging – financial performance. It also considers the implications of health care reform and its impact on Griffin Hospital’s operation.
The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness opened in 2011 and provides world class breast care in a patient-centered environment. The Center combines state-of-the-art technology, featuring the latest in digital mammography, diagnostic, and the most advanced, minimally invasive biopsy equipment available; a team of highly trained physicians and staff, and a Planetree healing environment to offer our patients a comprehensive range of personalized breast care and wellness services.
Also in 2011, Griffin Hospital was named one ofthe nation’s top performers on key quality measuresby The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Of the 405 top performer hospitals only 162 (40%) achieved recognition in all four measures. This put Griffin in the top 5% of the 3,099 hospitals submitting data to The Joint Commission.
In the spring of 2012, launched The Valley Initiative to Advance Health and Learning in Schools (VITAHLS to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain a Valley-wide school-based childhood obesity prevention program to reduce the prevalence of obesity in students in grades Pre-K – 12. Now in its second year, the program is in various stages of development at schools across the Valley. Griffin Hospital is committed to continuing implementation assistance, and dedicated the net proceeds of its annual gala (over $110,000) to help support the program. Soon the hospital will hire a coordinator / researcher who will collaborate with colleagues in the Valley Schools to take the program to its next level of development
Griffin Hospital’s primary need is to enhance its current Interventional Radiology Suite (IR Suite) with state-of-the-art technology that will enable the hospital to conduct essential, minimally invasive surgical procedures that diagnose and treat a range of diseases. By upgrading the IR Suite and creating new patient and staff areas to house the equipment, Griffin will simultaneously be laying the groundwork and technical infrastructure needed to create a future proposed project: a Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Angio Suite, which will require authorization from the State of Connecticut via a Certificate of Need in order to proceed (an application process is currently underway).
State-of-the-art equipment and updated medical and information technology are critical needs for a hospital to run efficiently and provide exceptional patient care. Therefore, acquisition of new products is a continual process.
Unrestricted funds are needed to support the ongoing operational needs of the hospital.
Griffin Hospital marked its 20thyear as a Planetree hospital in 2012, which was a year filled with accomplishments, challenges, and change. Perhaps most notably, the hospital implemented several initiatives to prepare for the new era of healthcare driven by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Some accomplishments include: CareChex ranked Griffin #1 in Connecticut for Overall Medical Care and Major Neuro-Surgery, and the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons awarded the hospital’s Center for Cancer Care with its second consecutive three-year accreditation. The hospital was also awarded the “Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award” by the American Heart and American Stroke Associations for ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to national standards. In addition, Griffin earned Baby-Friendly® Designation from the World Health Organization and UNICEF for its Childbirth Center in recognition of its optimal level of care for infant feeding.
The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness introduced Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography in 2012, the most advanced digital mammography system available, which increases the detection of invasive cancers by 40% and decreases false positives by 15%, continuing the hospital’s efforts to invest in state-of-the-art technology to improve patient outcomes. The operating room acquired the O-arm® Surgical Imaging System, which enables surgeons to perform less invasive spine, orthopaedic, and trauma-related surgeries procedures and confirm the precision of advanced surgical procedures before the patient leaves the operating room, and the Childbirth Center introduced the PeriCALM system, which improves the safety of labor and delivery by analyzing fetal heart rate, contractions and labor progress for potential birthing problems.
The hospital’s commitment to seeking accreditation and ensuring that its clinicians have access to the latest clinical tools to provide care is part of Griffin’s commitment to patient safety and quality. This was reflected in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Quality Core Measures scores and its overall patient experience score.
While by no means all-inclusive, this summary of 2012 accomplishments provides a representative snapshot of what took place during what was a very eventful year. As a result, the collective efforts of the Griffin family have the hospital well-positioned for both the known and unforeseen challenges of the future.
The real impact of the Affordable Care Act on hospitals and the nation’s healthcare system is still unknown. What we do know is that the Act is aimed primarily at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans and reducing the overall costs of health care. It is still not clear though how that will be achieved and what the impact will be on hospitals. Additional reforms are aimed at improving healthcare outcomes and streamlining the delivery of health care. It is clear though that reimbursement to care providers from both government and commercial payers will shift dramatically to payment based on population health, decreasing unnecessary health services, quality, patient safety and the patient experience which might be called the “value proposition.”
The Strategic Affairs Committee must factor all of these into the next strategic plan as well as the environmental factors that will likely dramatically change Connecticut’s hospital playing field. The consolidation of the state’s hospitals into large systems and the acquisition of some by national for-profit companies are both escalating rapidly, and the impact on the marketplace, the competitive environment, and Griffin must be considered.
On the positive side of the ledger, Griffin leads the state in aggregate scores on the 27 CMS/Medicare quality measures which are part of the pay- for-performance system that will financially reward top performing hospitals. Griffin is the only hospital in the state to be designated a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by the Joint Commission. Griffin Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve the effectiveness of care for certain conditions including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. This put Griffin in the top 5% of the 3,099 hospitals submitting data to The Joint Commission.
Through a relentless pursuit of excellence for more than two decades, Griffin Hospital has become the hospital of choice for the majority of residents who count on our efficient, high quality and personalized care. Griffin will continue to invest in technology and services that expand our capability to meet the needs of those we serve and maintain our industry leading performance in the areas of quality, safety, patient satisfaction and efficiency of care. This is a formula that has worked in the past and will continue to work no matter how much change occurs in the healthcare world.
Consistent with Griffin Hospital’s mission to improve the health of the community it serves, the Department of Community Outreach and the Valley Parish Nurse (VPN) program extend the hospital’s reach well beyond its walls. The nurses providefree health screenings, informational resources, links to healthcare, wellness and safety programs, education, and supportive services to community members throughout the Valley. TheNurses do not work in offices, rather in the hearts of the neighborhoods they serve, identifying shortages and problems, and linking adults and children with the services and resources that can best help them. In 2007, Griffin expanded its visibility and was able to effectively and efficiently reach more community members with the addition of a state-of-the-art, 29-foot Mobile Health Resource Van. The van visits approximately 35 sites a month, and is present at virtually every other fair, festival, and community gathering in the Valley.
During 2012, the Community Outreach department and the Parish Nurses made more than 50,000 contacts in the community and made nearly 22,000 referrals and/or recommendations. They performed 8,300 health screenings, which can help identify problems when they are most treatable, provided more than 600 bicycle helmets and over 300 car/booster seats at no cost. Of the 8,300 screenings two people were sent to the emergency department, with 680 needing to see their doctor for a health issue identified by one of the nurses.
The Valley Parish Nurses make significant contributions to the health, safety and wellness of the lives of many in the Valley community. They listen and help people on a variety of issues. They comfort and refer parents and children who are coping with illness, financial strain and family domestic issues. They educate parents and children show who are at risk for Internet predators. They meet and counsel elderly people who are struggling amid the problems and complications of aging. They educate parents and children on topics such as bike safety and many preventable unintentional childhood injuries. The nurses are also part of the Local Prevention Council for three of the six Valley towns, working toward educating children of the hazards of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. In conjunction with the Boys and Girls club, the Valley Parish Nurses host the largest Children’s Health & Safety fair, working with 100 volunteers and more than 2,000 participants.
The Valley Parish Nurse Program is directed by Daun Barrett who was also a guiding force in its early design and evolution. Daun is active in the community and has been the recipient of numerous service recognition awards.
A mom shared her story about how her trailer caught on fire, but everyone was able to escape thanks to the “Smoke House” education program at the Children’s Health and Safety Fair. The “Smoke House” is filled with water vapor to simulate smoke and children practice how to get out of a burning building. Using what they learned from this exercise, the children and mother were able to escape unharmed.
Another story came from a woman who came for a simple “blood pressure check” and ended up being rushed to the hospital. During her visit the nurse identified stroke factors and quickly determined that something was very wrong. Because of this immediate action, the impact of a beginning stroke was significantly diminished.
The Valley Breast Wellness Initiative provides free screening mammograms to women in the greater Valley area regardless of their ability to pay. The Community Outreach department and Valley Parish Nurses maintain a presence in neighborhoods, businesses, churches, health clubs, etc., in the greater Valley area, providing outreach and education to all women about the importance of breast wellness and early detection. The encourage women to get a mammogram and help navigate patients through the local healthcare system, working in tandem with partnering organizations, including the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center in Ansonia, Planned Parenthood in Shelton and the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital in Derby.
Since the program started a decade ago, more than 1,500 women have received a free screening mammogram.
In some cases, an abnormality was discovered after a breast screening. These women were able to receive additional testing and in a couple of rare cases, treatment which helped save their lives.
The Community Outreach Director, Daun Barrett and the Director of Radiology, Christine Cooper oversee this initiative.
Recently, Griffin Hospital received a generous grant from an individual donor to launch a new Clinical Pastoral Education Program for Healthcare Professionals. The purpose of the Clinical Pastoral Education (or CPE) initiative is to provide healthcare professionals with clinical and classroom training in how to incorporate spirituality into the care they provide their patients. Griffin Hospital’s Pastoral Education Director, JoClare Wilson, has developed a protocol for training in how healthcare professionals 1) can identify how patients’ beliefs and values are integral to the whole person (mind, body system), and 2) can integrate their own spirituality in their professional practice in a manner that is helpful in human interaction/relationships. Once the initial program is complete and the evaluation findings analyzed, the model will be available to Planetree affiliates throughout the growing network.
Because the program has not yet fully launched, we do not have long term success outcomes to report at this time. Ultimately, thegoals of the CPE will be accomplished in five ways:
· Enhancing the quality of spiritual care provided to patients and families in both hospitals.
· Offering training in pastoral skills to nurses at Griffin Hospital.
· Building a pool of trained healthcare providers who can serve as models of culturally sensitive leadership for provider populations
· Reducing the level of occupational stress that nursing staff experience
· Enabling Planetree hospitals, all of which have high standards for the incorporation of spirituality into the care they provide, to realize that vision by empowering staff with the tools they need to incorporate the spiritual dimension of care into their own particular professional discipline in order to enhance the overall care of the patient.
The CPE for healthcare professionals is run by JoClare Wilson, Director of Pastoral Care. Program evaluation will be conducted by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center staff.
Stories will be available once the course is underway and students have had an opportunity to apply their new training clinically.
With the help of the Valley Community Foundation, Griffin Hospital launched a pilot project to develop and evaluate a comprehensive, interdisciplinary Cancer Survivorship Program as part of the array of services offered by the hospital's new Center for Cancer Care. The goal of the pilot project is to prepare patients to meet their unique medical, psychological, and lifestyle needs as they complete active cancer treatment and transition into a new life journey: Cancer Survivorship. Through the provision of one-on-one consultations, the creation of long term care plans, classes, support groups, lectures, and specialized physical therapy sessions, the program is empowering patients as they move forward into the next phase of their lives.
Our long term success will be manifest after findings are analyzed in the summer of 2013, program improvements made, and participant (and their PCP) feedback is fully embraced.
Our Survivorship patients have expressed great satisfaction with the education they are receiving because they are now better able to report fully about their health to their physicians. Patients are grateful for the treatments and resources available to help manage some side effects of treatment and to improve their quality of life. We are seeing improved confidence, spiritual “uplift”, and increased engagement in personal healthcare planning. We have received feedback that patients feel an increased sense of mastery over their new lives, and we are watching our patientsbond with each other as they partake in lectures, group support, and training and exercise programs.
Radiation Oncology relationship with the Hospital of St. Raphael
Genetic Counseling with Yale New Haven Hospital
Pathology Lab Services with Waterbury, Middlesex, Manchester, Norwalk and Danbury Hospitals
Charger Health Center/Ansonia High School
Hill Health Center
Yale School of Medicine
Yale- Griffin Prevention Resource Center
The Valley Women’s Health Initiative
Women’s Heart Club
Valley Parish Nurse Program
Valley Council of Health and Human Service Organizations
Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce
Connecticut Hospital Association
American Hospital Association
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