St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Earns Third Straight Most Wired Distinction

Newburgh, NY - For the third straight year, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) has been included on the list of Health Care’s Most Wired® hospitals, ranking among the nation’s best in using information technology to improve patient care.  

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The survey, recently released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. Conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2016, the survey of 680 participants representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals—more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.—examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.

This year’s survey focused on the use of telehealth to fill gaps in care, provide 24-hour, 7-day-per-week care, and increase access to medical specialists. In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.

“With our current focus on population health and community education, it is more important than ever to find new and creative ways to reach the people we serve,” said SLCH Interim President and CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk. “Technology will continue to evolve and provide new ways to provide value-based care, making it imperative that we be at the forefront of these emerging  opportunities. I am proud of how our clinical and support teams are working together to make sure we are providing our patients with the highest possible standard of care.”

SLCH was one of 24 hospitals in New York State to receive a Most Wired designation.

 “Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely. And, removing policy and other barriers to telehealth will allow even faster adoption of these amazing technologies.”

About St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and has achieved excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services.  SLCH has received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for five consecutive years. The Joint Commission noted SLCH for excellence in Key Quality Measures in management of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke and Surgical Care. SLCH is also recognized as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the second year in a row. In January 2016, SLCH officially partnered with Montefiore Health System to strengthen the delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents.

About the American Hospital Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.

About Health Forum
Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, visit www.healthforum.com