SLCH Weekly News Vol. 4, 1st Edition | January 9, 2017

Joan Cusack-McGuirk, President & CEO

dear colleagues ...

Happy New Year! It’s been a cold and busy start to 2017. I hope you all had a terrific holiday and thanks to so many of colleagues who spent their holiday here at SLCH.

Important information regarding a change in the reporting of work place incidents was sent out last week. This new policy went into effect on January 1. See below for more information and please share this update with your colleagues!

We will be celebrating the ribbon cutting of the new Tri-State Bariatric Office at the Cornwall campus on February 1. This is a great way to meet the Bariatric team, including Dr. Weiss, Dr. Rivera, Dr. Cepeda and Director of the Bariatric Service Line, Jennie Drexler- Ferraioli.

We have several events planned in the next few weeks including:

  • Dr. Gina Del Savio will be giving a presentation on arthritis of the hands on January 11 at Glen Arden Continuing Care Retirement Community. The event, which features a free buffet dinner, is open to the public. RSVP to (845) 360-1469.
  • Dr. Wasik Ashraf will also be speaking about arthritis on January 18 at Sportsplex in New Windsor. The free program begins at 11:45 a.m. To reserve your seat, email bgunning@slchospital.org or call (845) 784-3849.
  • Dr. John McLaughlin will also be giving a presentation on arthritis and joint replacement at the Hyatt House in Fishkill
  • The SLCH Urology team will be participating in the West Point House of Blues hockey game for prostate cancer awareness on February 11.
  • That same day, both the Cardiovascular Institute and Cardiopulmonary Rehab will be representing SLCH at the Newburgh Mall's Go Red For Women Health Expo. We will be there from noon until 3 p.m.

As a reminder, the Cornwall ED Consolidation will go into effect on January 12. I know this is a big change for the organization on many fronts. This consolidation is the first phase of a larger plan to ensure that the Cornwall Campus is a robust outpatient center dedicated to strategically meeting the needs of the SLCH community and region. I look forward to bringing this vision to life with all of you.

The Newburgh Community Land Bank is hosting several open house events in the month of January. Please see the information below and share with anyone whom may be interested.

Have a great weekend!

BARIATRIC OPEN HOUSE SET FOR FEBRUARY 1

Please join us for the ribbon cutting of the new Tri-State Bariatric office located in the Cornwall campus on February 1st! Stop by to learn about the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery team including Dr. Wayne Weiss, Medical Director of the program and Jennie Drexler- Ferraioli, RN, MSN, CCRN Director of Bariatric, Critical Care, Thoracic & Urology Services. We hope to see you there!

IMPORTANT CHANGE IN POLICY RE: WORK RELATED INCIDENTS

Last week, the new policy in reporting work related incidents, accidents and injuries by SLCH employees went into effect. Please note the following:

  • There will be no more employee incident reports.
  • All work related incidents will be reported to CorVel by calling the 24/7 call-line: 1 (800) 683-6778.
  • CorVel’s nurses use nationally recognized triage protocols to facilitate appropriate treatment options. By addressing an injury/illness when it first occurs, quick and accurate care intervention can take place.

What do I do if I am injured at work?

In the case of a medical emergency, go to the Emergency Department.

In the case of a needle stick or body fluid exposure, go to Occupational Health or the ED.

  1. Notify your supervisor.
  2. At the time of the accident/injury, you and your manager/Admin. Nursing Supervisor (preferably together) must call the 24/7 nurse triage line: 1-800-683-6778 and speak with the registered nurse.
  3. Follow directions from the CorVel nurse for first aid/self-care or referral to the appropriate medical provider.

For questions regarding this important change in employee incident, accident and injury reporting, please contact Occupational Health at x2068 or x2583.

Please Note: This does not apply to outside vendors. If you have any questions, please contact occupational health at x2068 or x2583.

ED CONSOLIDATION GOES INTO EFFECT ON JAN. 12

As announced last month, the Cornwall Emergency Department will close on January 12, this coming Thursday. We sent out the press release below as a reminder to the community that as of this date, all Emergency Services on the Cornwall Campus will be consolidated to the Newburgh campus.

Administrative and transportation plans are in place to secure a smooth transition during the closure of the St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) Emergency Department, which was announced last month. The final day of operation will be January 12, 2017, after which time all emergency services will be consolidated to the hospital’s Newburgh campus.

All local and county EMS have been notified to cease ambulance services to the Cornwall campus beginning at 12:01 a.m., on January 12. SLCH’s Newburgh Emergency Department is located five miles away at 70 Dubois Street in Newburgh, New York and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with valet parking from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. An ambulance will be stationed outside of the Cornwall ED for seven days following the closure.

SLCH staff is reminding all community members in need of emergency medical care, to please utilize the hospital’s Newburgh Emergency Department, or an alternative location beginning on January 12.

In addition SLCH has arranged for Mobile Life Support Services to transport any patients remaining, or those arriving shortly before or any time after 7 a.m. when the ED closes, to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s Newburgh campus. SLCH ED staff will be on site at 6 a.m. to facilitate any transfers necessary to the Newburgh ED.

To reach SLCH’s Newburgh campus, please call 845-568-2305 for the Emergency Department or 845-561-4400 for the main number. Directions to the Newburgh campus will be made available to all patients presenting to the Cornwall campus for emergency care.

In preparation for this closure, SLCH has also expanded emergency services at the hospital’s Newburgh campus. These measures include the addition of valet parking for Emergency Department patients and visitors between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., as well as increasing the ED’s fast track hours which allows for triage of less emergent cases.

NEWBURGH COMMUNITY LAND BANK TO HOST OPEN HOUSE

The Newburgh Community Land Bank recently renovated the houses located 53 & 55 Farrington Street from top to bottom and are looking for residents who would like to be first time homeowners. The next open houses will be: Sunday, January 8th 9 AM-12 PM; Wednesday, January 18th 4-7 PM; Saturday, January 28th 9 AM – 12 PM; Tuesday, January 31st 2-5 PM. Any questions, please contact info@newburghcommunitylandbank.org.

THE FIRE PLACE

Test your fire safety knowledge. Answers will be provided in next week’s newsletter.

1. The number 1 cause of home fires is:

(a) electrical (b) cooking

2. The leading cause of house fires in the winter is:

(a) heating equipment (b) candles (c) cooking

3. The majority of home fire deaths occur:

(a) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. (b) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

4. Chimneys should be higher than the roof by:

(a) at least 2 feet (b) at least 3 feet (c) at least 4 feet

5. Place smoke detectors directly on the ceiling or on the wall. If on the wall, place the smoke detector:

(a) 1-3" from the ceiling (b) 4-12" from the ceiling (c) 15-20" from the ceiling

save the dates

DINNER WITH THE DOCTOR: ARTHRITIS OF THE HAND

Wednesday, January 11 | 6 p.m.

Glen Arden, Goshen | Dr. Gina Del Savio

Free buffet dinner followed by presentation; RSVP to (845) 360-1469

IT’S TIME TO LEARN ABOUT ARTHRITIS

Wednesday, January 18 | 11:45 a.m.

Sportsplex New Windsor | Dr. Wasik Ashraf

RSVP to bgunning@slchospital.org or (845) 784-3849

ARTHRITIS OF THE HIP, KNEE & SHOUDLER

Monday, January 30 | 6:30 p.m.

Hyatt House - Fishkill | Dr. John McLaughlin

RSVP to bgunning@slchospital.org or (845) 784-3849

ARMY WEST POINT HOUSE OF BLUES HOCKEY GAME FOR PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS

Saturday, February 11 | 7:05 p.m. | Tate Rink, West Point

GO RED FOR WOMEN HEALTH EXPO

Saturday, February 11 | 12-3 p.m. | Newburgh Mall

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