Innovation at Rome Hospital

The mission of the Healthcare Association of New York State, as described on its website ( is "to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation, and service to health providers and systems across the entire continuum of care."

Rome Memorial Hospital earlier this year received special recognition from the Healthcare Association for the innovative way in which the hospital treats patients who are on ventilators.

The Healthcare Association recognized the hospital for demonstrating commitment to and expertise in improving quality care. The hospital was featured in the Healthcare Association’s 2011 Leading the Quest for Quality publication.

This particular publication allows other hospitals and organizations to learn about innovative ways to improve treatment and expand safety practices at their particular care facility.

Gale Barone, director of education, pointed out that critical care coordinator Richard Simpson led the intensive care and nursing group in the research, education and adoption of procedures that reduce the amount of sedation that a patient receives while on a ventilator.

In its effort to improve care at the hospital, the staff has shown it can search for ways "to ensure quality care for our patients every day," Simpson said.