ONEIDA — 2017 was an unprecedented year for Oneida Healthcare. Building on its success in 2016 success, Oneida Healthcare continued to produce quality results in the areas of patient safety and experience that ranks them among the best in the nation.
For a third consecutive time, Oneida Healthcare’s hospital received an “A” from The Leapfrog Group for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meetingsafety standards. It is the only area hospital to receive an “A” for patient safety throughout Onondaga, Madison, Oneida, Oswego, Cayuga, and Herkimer counties.
Oneida Healthcare’s hospital received national recognition for patient satisfaction by healthgrades, ranking it in the top 10 percent of the nation. In addition, the facility was give the Women’s Choice Award for being one of America’s 100 best hospitals for the second consecutive year.
Excellence in maternity
Oneida Healthcare’s Lullaby Center continued in 2017 its designation as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Specialty Care in the area of Maternity. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes in the area of maternity.
Women’s Health Associates
In January, Women’s Health Associates in Rome,8080 Turin Road, welcomed Jo Ann Roberts, nurse practitioner, as its newest medical staff member. Her joining the practice increases access to obstetrics and gynecology services.
Cancer Care in Oneida
In the fall of 2017, Oneida Healthcare, in affiliation with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center from Buffalo, opened a Cancer Care program in Oneida providing access to oncology specialist, clinical trials, infusion, telemedicine, and survivorship.
The 12-chair infusion program located in Oneida is the first step of a three phase plan to deliver comprehensive oncology that meets National Cancer Institute standards of care which is currently not available in Central New York.
State of the art
Oneida Healthcare added a 128 Slice CT Scanner to its Imaging Services Department. It takes advantage of the latest advances in CT imaging technology to provide increased speed and detailed imaging while reducing patient radiation.
Also, Tru-D SmartUVC, an ultraviolet light disinfection system used to clean patient rooms and further reduce hospital acquired infections, was acquired.
In January, Oneida Healthcare added podiatry care and vascular care, both in Oneida, to its network. Further expansion of the oncology program is anticipated.