RUMC Makes 2009 New York State Hospital
Report Card Honor Roll
Each year, the New York State Hospital Report Card recognizes hospitals that
perform above the state’s average on specific measures by listing the facility
on its Honor Roll.
The Honor Roll consists of hospitals who have treated at least 30 cases, and
whose risk-adjusted mortality rate is statistically lower than the state
average mortality rate using a 95 percent confidence interval on a given
Richmond University Medical Center appears in the Honor Roll for exceeding
state averages in treating postoperative pulmonary embolism or deep vein
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in an artery of the lungs. It is
usually produced by foreign matter in the bloodstream, most often a blood clot
originating in a vein of the leg or pelvis. This may occur after an operation
or confinement to a bed. Pulmonary embolism is one of the most common causes of
death in hospitalized people who must remain in bed for a long time.
DVT is a condition marked by the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) within
a deep vein, usually in the leg or pelvis. These clots may then travel through
blood vessels and then cause an obstruction in blood flow to a body organ. For
example, when the blood flow to the heart is interrupted, a heart attack may
This patient safety indicator is intended to identify deep blood clots in
the lungs or legs, following surgery. The indicator is used to reveal
complications of surgery or other invasive procedures.
Hospitals displaying a lower than expected, or as expected rate on this
measure – like Richmond University Medical Center – have employed effective
techniques for prevention of this complication.
RUMC exceeds many expectations in the state report on hospital-acquired
The New York State Department of Health recently released a comprehensive
report on hospital-acquired infections. Richmond University Medical Center’s
numbers are lower than the state averages for the second year in a row. The
report concentrated on surgical-site infections and central line-associated
bloodstream infections (CLABS).
RUMC has significantly lowered central line-associated bloodstream
infections in its intensive care units by employing a collaborative effort in
all aspects of patient care. The hospital has strived to eradicate such
infections. In the Coronary Intensive Care, Surgical Intensive Care, and
Neonatal Intensive Care units, RUMC had no infections.
The report also looked at infections related to colon and hip surgeries. In
2008, RUMC identified no surgical site infections for hip surgeries.
“This report is a clear indication that the efforts hospitals continue to
make to prevent and control infections are having a positive impact on patient
care,” said Daniel Sisto, President of the Healthcare Association of New York
“Richmond University Medical Center has made a commitment to high quality
patient care and patient safety,” said Richard Murphy, President and CEO of the
hospital. “We are pleased that our prevention programs are yielding such good
results and we will continue to work toward further improvement.”
The hospital is staffed with professionals who are highly trained in
infection control and who are knowledgeable about current infection trends and
apply the most up-to-date methods to prevent, treat, document and track