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.
As the healthcare landscape in metro New York shifts and consolidates, the LMP is restructuring itself as well in order to more closely align ourselves with our union and management partners, who have undertaken their own structural shifts. New teams, under the direction of seasoned organizational development leaders, will strategically support labor-management collaboration within the new, extended health care systems that are emerging. This fall, the LMP promoted three of its staff to support this model.
An energetic group of over 250 Environmental Services (EVS) workers, EVS managers, and infection control specialists attended a conference in October 2017 to learn about the vital role that EVS staff plays in infection prevention in hospitals and nursing homes. The conference was hosted by the Labor Management Project (LMP) in collaboration with 1199SEIU, the Greater New York Hospital Association and the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York. Attendees heard from three prominent public health and infection prevention experts who spoke about environmental threats in healthcare settings and acknowledged the critical importance of EVS staff’s work to patient safety.
Eva James, an RN and 1199SEIU contract administrator for Mount Sinai Beth Israel, walked down the hall at the Brooklyn Marriott with a smile on her face. “The RN Symposium was great,” she said. “I learned so much about how hospitals are shifting to larger health care systems and about future roles for RNs. It was a good learning day.”
Three storyboard presentations featuring projects from the Labor Management Project (LMP) and its partners were selected to be displayed at the prestigious Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 2017 National Forum. The projects were the work of Montefiore Hospital, Northwell Health and Kaleida Health and their 1199SEIU partners. The annual forum brought together nearly 6,000 healthcare professionals to learn the latest in healthcare improvement trends, methodologies and tools.
On June 6, the Labor Management Project (LMP) celebrated its 20th anniversary. The following is part two of a series on how we got started and what we’ve accomplished together over the years. In the first part of this series, we spoke with Samantha Morales, exploring the context and development of the LMP in the mid- to late-1990s. (See part one here.) This month, we sat down with Susan Wasstrom, LMP co-director from 2004 to 2011 and director from 2014 to 2016, to learn more about the LMP’s history and development.
With Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria having devastated the Caribbean, the southeastern US coastline, and all of Puerto Rico and contributing to the heat-related deaths of 12 Florida nursing home residents, the need for training in emergency preparedness for nursing homes could not have come at a better time. Last month, nursing home managers and workers representing 40 homes throughout Nassau County gathered to discuss emergency preparedness.
As the long-term care industry becomes increasingly competitive, nursing homes are continually striving to provide the highest quality of resident and patient care. ArchCare is part of that trend, and one of its latest initiatives demonstrates the power of including direct care workers in quality improvement efforts.
Thanks to recent quality improvement initiatives, staff and patient relationships and staff’s ability to solve problems have improved significantly at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center (BLHC), according to recent surveys. The improvements are the result of the Patient-Centered Care (PCC) program the Labor Management Project (LMP) piloted at BLHC, in close partnership with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the Committee of Interns and Residents, and the New York State Nurses Association.
Hospital workers who participated in the 1199SEIU Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) at Mount Sinai Beth Israel collectively lost 515 pounds during the yearlong program, a success celebrated by Jeremy Boal, president of Mount Sinai Downtown, and 1199SEIU Vice President Manuel Leon, along with other Union, management and Labor Management Project (LMP) staff. At a luncheon on July 6, Dr. Boal and Mr. Leon awarded certificates of completion to employees who participated in the last of the program’s six cohorts.
On June 6, the Labor Management Project celebrated its 20th anniversary. The following is part one of a series on how we got started and what we’ve accomplished together over the years.