Bassett Forms New Partnership with Oneida Healthcare
Bassett Healthcare Network and Oneida Healthcare recently agreed to pursue a partnership that will enhance the delivery of health care services in the Oneida region by expanding access to primary care and focusing on population health management.
The board of Oneida Healthcare has been considering partnering with a larger organization for three years, according to President and CEO Gene Morreale. They chose Bassett as their partner because of the organization’s pioneering work in accountable care and population health management and its experience in primary care delivery.
Bassett Healthcare Network is nationally recognized as a leader in creating integrated systems of care, such as school-based health programs and patient-centered medical homes. Bassett has also been focused on managing population health in rural areas, which makes it an ideal partner for Oneida.
“The delivery of health care requires a network of coordinated services, built upon a strong foundation of primary and preventive care,” said Bassett Healthcare Network President and CEO Vance M. Brown, M.D. “Our collective goal is to improve the population’s quality of life through good preventive care, care coordination, and a strong emphasis on care management and the management of chronic conditions.”
Earlier this year, Bassett opened a new primary care center in Oneida that provides preventive primary care as well as laboratory, X-ray, and orthopedic services.
The partnership agreement will provide opportunities for the two organizations to share best practices, reduce costs, and improve outcomes for patients. Oneida Healthcare will remain an independent organization governed by its own board. In two to three years it may revisit the agreement and decide whether to continue, revise, or terminate the partnership.
Oneida Healthcare serves Madison and Oneida Counties. It operates a 101-bed acute care hospital, 160-bed extended care and short-term rehabilitation facility, and multiple health centers.
Bassett's Right Fit Program Earns 2016 Pinnacle Award
Bassett Medical Center's dialysis team designed the Right Fit Program to help patients with end stage renal disease, or ESRD, improve their quality of life. The team began working toward that goal in 2014, and this June, because of improvements they created for their patients, the dialysis team was given the 2016 Pinnacle Award by the Healthcare Association of New York State to recognize its achievement of quality and safety goals in patient care.
The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is a membership group that represents 500 public hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes, and not-for-profit health care organizations. Since 2001, HANYS has presented the Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety to an organization that has developed processes that promote improvements in health care delivery in New York State.
While the award itself is presented at the annual June member conference, published submissions are posted on the HANYS website so that each health care organization can use the results of the research to improve their own processes and procedures. The idea is to share knowledge and spread innovation so that each provider can use the ideas of the award winner to improve their own methods, creating improved quality of life for patients and a healthier population across all of New York State.
Dr. Chris Kjolhede Honored with Walter A. Franck Award
Chris Kjolhede, M.D., pediatrician at Bassett Medical Center and director of Bassett Healthcare Network's school-based health program, has been chosen as the winner of this year's Walter A. Franck Physician's Excellence Award. The award was established in 2015 to honor recently retired Walter A. Franck, M.D., a universally-respected rheumatologist who served Bassett Medical Center for many decades, most recently as chief of medicine and director of medical education. The award recognizes a physician who emulates the lifelong career traits of Dr. Franck, including service to patients, students, colleagues, and community.
The Franck Award is Dr. Kjolhede's most recent honor but hardly his only one. He has also been recognized by the New York School-Based Health Alliance as a Visionary for Children's Health. That award, which focused on the dedication and leadership Dr. Kjolhede demonstrated over his 20 years at the helm of school-based health, was given to him in February.
Bassett Healthcare Network now supports 20 school-based health centers in 15 school districts that provide primary care, mental health care, and dental care in four counties of central New York. Dr. Kjolhede directs a team of caregivers that includes co-director Kerri LeBlanc, M.D., dentist Leah Carpenter, operations manager Regina Wotasek, and clinical manager Jane Hamilton, R.N. Last year, the school-based health programs they staffed handled more than 32,400 visits by area school children.