St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway has been recognized with a 2013 IPRO Quality Award. The awards, given annually by IPRO, recognize organizations and professionals that demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of care provided to New York’s Medicare beneficiaries.

IPRO is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for New York State, and manages the state’s End-Stage Renal Disease Network for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The awards were given during IPRO’s 29th annual meeting, June 4, at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel.

“St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has demonstrated significant improvements in the care it provides, as a result of a collaborative and focused effort,” says Clare B. Bradley MD, MPH, senior vice president and chief medical officer of IPRO. “We thank St. John’s for their commitment to improving the health of New Yorkers.”

St. John’s received the IPRO Quality Award for process changes to improve patient safety, reduce infection rates, and provide quality care. Efforts included creating cross-departmental collaborations to improve performance monitoring; developing department-specific quality plans; redesigning their medical records system to facilitate improved data collection; and implementing an open-door policy between the infection-control department and the hospital staff.

“We are very proud to receive the IPRO Quality Award. Our staff puts patient safety and infection control first. The team is very pleased to have their initiatives and hard work recognized with this prestigious honor,” said Nelson Toebbe, CEO of the hospital.

For more information about IPRO and a complete list of 2013 Quality Award winners, visit For more information about St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, a 257-bed community hospital offering comprehensive medical surgical care including obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatric care, and ambulatory primary and specialty care, visit v


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