May 17, 2020

New York Awards $462 Million To Aid 22 Hospitals, Five Public Hospital Systems

Hospital Grants
United States Healthcare
Bill Schwarz
Jen
Admin
3 min
New York health officials are hoping to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling institutions shift to primary and outpatient care.
According to recent reports, 22 hospitals and five large public hospital systems statewide will continue to provide key services thanks to funds of $462...

According to recent reports, 22 hospitals and five large public hospital systems statewide will continue to provide key services thanks to funds of $462 million being provided by New York health officials.

The funds followed a federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years. The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling institutions shift to primary and outpatient care, an official release stated.

Come March of 2015, further funding from the Medicaid waiver will be available following another round of applications, state Health Department spokesman Bill Schwarz said. In this phase, authorities turned down two hospital requests for funding, concluding that they weren’t needed.

“This helps those institutions that are financially challenged or to help maintain operations as a bridge to get to larger funds," Schwarz said. "The goal is to achieve the triple aim of reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality."

St. James Mercy Hospital was awarded $6.4 million last month, according to the Evening Tribune, and CEO Jennifer Sullivan noted that St. James has already received an initial $1.2 million payment from the outlay.

“We are very pleased that our application has been approved," Sullivan told the Evening Tribune. "We have worked diligently in recent months with NYSDOH officials to preserve healthcare services in Hornell. This award of IAAF funding clearly demonstrates the commitment of the Department of Health to support rural healthcare delivery and the need to transform to a sustainable model of care.”

Among large public hospital systems, interim subsidies included $152.4 million for New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., $37.2 million for Nassau Health Care Corp. and $20.4 million to SUNY hospitals downstate, $15 million to SUNY hospitals upstate and $8.5 million to SUNY hospitals on Long Island.

Awards to 22 so-called safety net facilities included $53.4 million for Brookdale Hospital, $36.9 million for Interfaith Medical Center, $23.6 million for Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, and $4.3 million for Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, all of which are in Brooklyn, New York.

Brookhaven Medical Center in Suffolk County was approved for $5.5 million and other downstate awards included $5.2 million for Nyack Hospital in Rockland County and $4.3 million for Bon Secours Charity Health in Orange County.

In northern New York, awards were $10.4 million to Carthage Area Hospital, $4.7 million to Lewis County General Hospital, $4.25 million to Massena Memorial Hospital, $2.5 million to Gouverneur Hospital, $2.2 million to Moses Ludington and $1.1 million to River Hospital.

In western New York, TLC Health Network was awarded $6.6 million and Wyoming County Community Health was awarded $1.9 million. Cuba Memorial was also awarded $3.35 million in western New York.

Additional grants included $3.6 million for Health Alliance in Ulster County and $287,000 for Rome Memorial in Oneida County.

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Jul 22, 2021

COVID-19 "causing mass trauma among world’s nurses"

COVID19
Hospitals
nurses
burnout
5 min
COVID-19 "causing mass trauma among world’s nurses"
Two nurses tell us about COVID-19, nurse burnout, and how to address it

Healthcare providers are facing ongoing nursing shortages, and hospitals are reporting high rates of staff turnover and burnout as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In June a report found that levels of burnout among staff in England had reached "emergency" levels

Registered nurses Molly Rindt and Erika Haywood are nurse mentors on US recruitment platform Incredible Health. In this joint Q&A they tell Healthcare Global about their own experiences of burnout and what can be done to tackle it. 

What does it mean to be suffering from burnout? 
Some of the most common reasons for nurse burnout include long work hours, sleep deprivation, a high-stress work environment, lack of support, and emotional strain from patient care. 

While every profession has its stressors, the nursing industry has some of the highest burnout rates. The massive influence on patients’ lives, the long hours, and many other factors put nurses at risk of severe burnout. And with the rise of COVID-19, many healthcare professionals feel the strain more than ever.

Burnout in nurses affects everyone — individual nurses suffer, patients are impacted, and employers struggle with enormous turnover. This is why it’s crucial for healthcare systems and management to watch for signs of nurse burnout and take steps to provide a healthier workplace. Employers should be careful to watch for burnout symptoms in their healthcare staff — and not ignore them. 

Symptoms include constant tiredness, constant anxiety related to work, emotional detachment and unexplained sickness. 

How widespread is this problem?     
Unfortunately, burnout affects approximately 38% of nurses per year and even the WHO recently labelled burnout as an official medical diagnosis. To put this statistic into perspective, nearly 4 out of 10 nurses will drive to work dreading their shift. Burnout is a reason nurses leave their positions. 

Other top reasons for leaving included a stressful work environment, lack of good management or leadership, inadequate staffing, and finding better pay or benefits elsewhere.

Even before the pandemic, demanding workloads and aspects of the work environment such as poor staffing ratios, lack of communication between physicians and nurses, and lack of organisational leadership were known to be associated with burnout in nurses. 

Have either of you experienced burnout? 
Rindt: I have experienced burnout as an RN. I was constantly fatigued,  never felt like I was off work, and would frequently dream I was still at work taking care of patients. In my particular situation, I needed to take a step back and restructure my work schedule to allow for more time off. After doing this, I was able to reduce burnout by deciding to work two shifts back-to-back and then have 2-3 days off.

Haywood: I definitely experienced constant anxiety related to work - so much so it would impact the days I wasn’t at work. At one point, I was even on medication to help combat the anxiety and stress I was facing on the job. 

I had heart palpitations, chest pain, and wouldn’t be able to sleep before working the next day, which slowly started to impact other aspects of my life. I knew I couldn’t continue to live this way, it wasn’t sustainable. Because of this, I began to focus on my needs and prioritising self-care, especially during the beginning of the pandemic. Putting my needs first and not feeling guilty were necessary for me to overcome burnout.

What impact is COVID-19 having on nurses' wellbeing? 
Some nurses have suffered devastating health consequences. Many nurses have dealt with excessive on-the-job stress, fears of becoming infected, and grief over seeing patients succumb to COVID-19 while isolated from their families.

New evidence gathered by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) suggests COVID-19 is causing mass trauma among the world’s nurses. The number of confirmed nurse deaths now exceeds 2,200, and with high levels of infections in the nursing workforce continuing, overstretched staff are experiencing increasing psychological distress in the face of ever-increasing workloads, continued abuse and protests by anti-vaccinators. 

However, other small silver linings that came from the pandemic include increased professional autonomy, leadership opportunities and career growth potential.

How much of the cause of burnout is due to the hospitals or healthcare providers, and what can they do to address it?

Nurse fatigue poses serious problems for healthcare organisations, and a recent survey from Kronos found 63% of nurses say their job has caused burnout. The survey also found that more than 4 out of 5 nurses think hospitals today are losing good staff because other employers offer a better work/life balance.

Nurse burnout  not only contributes to staff turnover, but it can impact the facility’s quality of care, patient satisfaction, and even medical outcomes. 

Strategies to address burnout include training improving  nurse-to-patient ratios, include nurses in policy discussions, and prioritise fostering a healthy work culture in hospitals. 

What does your role mentoring nurses on the Incredible Health platform involve?
Rindt: My role can vary based on the needs of the nurses. The nurses love knowing they have someone in their corner who can give interview preparation advice or provide suggestions on how to improve their resume. Knowing that there is someone who is well-versed in the job process and can help set expectations on what to anticipate, really helps to remove a layer of uncertainty.

Haywood: When screening nurses, it is customised to what their individual RN or nurse practitioner needs, and at a time that is most convenient for them. Nurses are busy and often aren’t thought of first. Being able to provide support from the very beginning of their career advancement journey helps tremendously.  We also provide resources such as resume templates and tips that can help nurses be successful and feel supported.

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