Brought to you by the Labor Management Project, Partnership Matters gathers news about best practices, training opportunities, reports and more to help you keep up with the latest trends in health care delivery and labor-management partnerships.
Streamlining Supply Management at Northwell Health
As health care systems consolidate, they are trending toward operations that self-distribute patient care supplies, allowing for greater purchasing power and efficiencies. Northwell Health developed a consolidated service center model to streamline product delivery logistics across its hospitals. In late 2016, its Integrated Distribution Center faced challenges that affected productivity. Management and 1199SEIU invited the Labor Management Project to assess the situation and facilitate solutions, with great success.
Eight New LMP Partnership Success Stories Highlight Recent Achievements
To document some of our successes here at the Labor Management Project, we publish a collection of brief reports called Partnership Success Stories. We just added eight new reports to the collection on our website.
LMP Supports the Brooklyn Workers’ Council
As we reported last year, Brooklyn’s healthcare infrastructure is undergoing a major transformation as Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Interfaith Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center unite into one system. The new entity, called One Brooklyn Health System (OBHS), was created under a plan conceived and funded by New York State to increase access to quality healthcare in central and northeastern Brooklyn.
Walking for Wellness at MSBI
Sitting for long periods of time is a health hazard. Sedentary behavior has been linked to higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and early death, leading experts to call sitting the “new smoking.” To encourage more physical activity among Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) staff, the hospital’s labor management wellness committee inaugurated six indoor and outdoor walking routes on National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day in May.
Labor and Management Partnership Helps Prevent Diabetes
Hospitals are increasingly offering employee wellness programs to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic conditions such as diabetes. A new report from the LMP’s research department documents the effects of a wellness program piloted by the LMP’s Workplace and Community Health Program, in partnership with Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) and 1199SEIU, which helped staff lose weight and develop healthy habits.
Improving Behavioral Health
Mental illness/behavioral health challenges are highly common among nursing home residents. Over the past two decades, the number of individuals with mental illness–particularly depression—has increased significantly, and admissions for mental illness now exceed those for dementia. According to national statistics, nearly half of nursing home residents suffer from depression. At a March 27 Labor Management Project (LMP) and Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC) seminar addressing this issue, experts outlined various methods, including drum circles and pet therapy, for engaging uncommunicative or frustrated residents who may act out if they are unable to express themselves in other ways.
Best Practices for Infection Control through Environmental Services
Did you know that, at any given time, one in 25 patients in the U.S. is battling an infection acquired in the hospital? Or that an estimated 720,000 hospital-acquired infections occur every year in the U.S.? In addition to the human costs, hospital-acquired infections impose a heavy financial burden on healthcare institutions. Environmental Service (EVS) workers play a critical role in the fight to end this growing crisis, but they need the proper support, training, time and equipment.
Answering the C.A.L.L. for Exceptional Care
A new initiative was spearheaded by Oshei Children’s Hospital (OCH) in Buffalo, New York and 1199SEIU, and supported by our new Upstate New York Labor Management Project (LMP) presence. A new LMP case study, the third in our “The Power of Partnership” series, offers an inside look at this collaboration, which led to increased provider responsiveness, communication, and a cleaner hospital environment. OCH is the largest healthcare provider in Western New York and a part of the Kaleida Health healthcare system.
Reducing Patient Cycle Time
An average visit to a doctor at Maimonides’ 9th Avenue Women’s Primary Care Center used to take about three and a half hours. That is no longer the case. Working with consultants from the Labor Management Project, a process improvement (PI) team was able to cut that time in half.
MSBI’s New Strategy Helps Patients, Staff and the Bottom Line
We all know that the New York healthcare landscape is encountering many challenges, including closures, consolidations and increased competition. In January 2016, Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s (MSBI) leadership joined with the leadership of 1199SEIU to form a Crisis Joint Leadership Team, with the assistance of the Labor Management Project. That team has already had many substantial achievements, which have facilitated MSBI’s transformation.