Faxton St. Luke’s receives honor


SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Healthcare Association of New York State presented its 2019 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety to five healthcare organizations from across the state in recognition of their outstanding initiatives that enhanced patient care.

Presented annually, the Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety highlights New York providers’ great achievement in improving healthcare delivery.

“We commend Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, Rochester Regional Health, Saratoga Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital for their innovation and commitment to improving patient care in their communities, and congratulate them on this well-deserved award,” commented HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD.

“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of hospitals, health systems and other providers throughout the state who all demonstrate an unwavering commitment to providing high-quality care.”

Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare

St. Luke’s Campus for CDIFFerently: A Bundled Approach to Sustained C. diff Infection Prevention

This comprehensive Clostridium difficile infection reduction strategy focuses on diagnostic stewardship, environmental contamination, transmission prevention and education.

The individual CDIFFerently elements were tied together with a marketing campaign to pique interest and sustain engagement. Innovative strategies included a CDIFFerently mascot, t-shirts for staff, screensavers on all facility computers and prizes to encourage competition in achieving goals. Successful results include:

The healthcare facility-onset incidence rate ofClostridium difficilewas reduced by 48%.

The facility achieved greater than 80% compliance with the testing algorithm.

Utilization of an ultraviolet light disinfection system was expanded to include 98% ofClostridium difficiledischarge rooms and 13% of total discharge rooms.


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