The Healthcare Association of New York State has cited Mount St. Mary's Hospital for its efforts in reducing falls of patients. The hospital earned nomination for a Pinnacle Award for Quality and Safety specifically for its initiative "Reducing Patient Falls - Purposeful Rounding."
The initiative is led by Mark E. Carl, nursing supervisor/quality improvement coordinator, with work by nurses and nurses' aides in the care of their patients. The overall initiative involves extensive data gathering and study, which has resulted in a significant decline of falls with injuries at Mount St. Mary's.
The result of implementing what was learned from the data was a fall rate of 1.63 per 1,000 patient days, which is below the national average of 3.5 falls per 1,000 patient days. Falls resulting in injuries decreased to a total of two in 2013, also well below the national average for hospitals.