UPMC Susquehanna celebrates progress of 2017, potential of 2018

WILLIAMSPORT — As dusk settles on 2017 and the new year dawns, UPMC Susquehanna envisions a bright future as a provider of regional good health and prosperity.

Similar to the Law of Reciprocity, the health system invests in the communities it serves to make them better, and trusts that its communities will make the health system better in turn.

“Over the past year, we have made excellent progress on our major system goals, which include bringing more highly specialized care to the region, lowering the lifetime cost of health care, and improving patient experience,” says President of UPMC Susquehanna Steve Johnson.

In 2017, UPMC Susquehanna celebrated its one-year anniversary with UPMC, adopted Lock Haven and Sunbury hospitals and received national and statewide recognition for outstanding baby-friendly initiatives, rehabilitation, patient care and patient safety. The health system gained two new gynecologic oncologists and six acute care trauma specialists to serve the region and is working to partner with area employers to introduce the UPMC Health Plan and wellness programs that will aid in reducing the cost of health care.

“Our vision is to shape the future of health care at the highest quality and the lowest cost-but this goal of transformational medicine can only be achieved through strong access to resources: science, advanced analytics, technology and innovation,” says David Lopatofsky, MD, Chief Medical Officer for UPMC Susquehanna. “Through our new collaboration with UPMC, we now have access to the tools that can truly transform local health care.”

Highlights of UPMC Susquehanna’s 2017 achievements include:

r An Optimal Operations Achievement Award from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for outstanding efforts to improve health care in the state

r The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Brain Injury Rehabilitation Certification for its commitment to providing safe and effective patient care

r Continued designation (15th year) as one of the nation’s Most Wired medical facilities by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN)

r WRMC and SSMH’s “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

r UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven’s achievement of The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation Post-Acute Care and Memory Care Certifications for its commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care

r Muncy Valley Hospital’s and Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital’s quality performance as two of the top 15 Critical Access Hospitals in Pennsylvania that serve the most rural communities in the state. (Pennsylvania was one of nine states recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for outstanding quality performance of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in achieving the year’s highest reporting rates and levels of improvement.)

r Susquehanna Regional EMS’s second recognition by the American Heart Association with the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks

r The Gold Well Workplace Award from Wellness Council of America for building comprehensive worksite wellness initiatives then demonstrating and documenting concrete outcomes

In 2018, UPMC Susquehanna will focus on expanding access to health care throughout the region by implementing extensive telemedicine programs that enable person-to-person interaction between patients and offsite medical specialists. In addition, the health system will continue growing services in Lock Haven and Sunbury, opening an outpatient medical center at Bald Eagle Plaza in McElhattan, and integrating Cole Memorial Hospital, located in Coudersport, to the UPMC Susquehanna family.

“We are committed to advancing care in this region, and simply put, UPMC Susquehanna keeps its commitments. When we bring a community hospital into our network, we adopt the community as well,” says Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for UPMC Susquehanna Jan Fisher.