Provider Spotlight: VNS in Westchester Takes Vigorous Approach on Sepsis

HCA would like to congratulate and recognize the Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester, Inc. (VNSW), which was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from Aging in America, Inc. to support the integration of the Sepsis Screening, Education and Intervention Tool into its clinical practice. VNSW expects the funding will enable its workforce to screen more than 10,000 patients in their homes annually as part of its best practices in patient care.

The VNSW Foundation, Inc. provided a matching grant of $25,000 to underwrite staff training in identifying and managing sepsis in the home and in utilizing the screening tool for optimal patient outcomes.

“With the majority of our patients at high risk for developing sepsis, this is a pivotal moment for our agency to step in with early intervention tools to stem the tide of this serious condition at the point of care at home,” said VNSW President & CEO, Tim Leddy, who is also a member of HCA’s Board of Directors. “Through regular screenings for symptom identification, we can initiate early treatment interventions that will vastly reduce instances of the condition, prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions and save lives.”

By incorporating the tool into VNSW’s electronic medical records system, staff will be able to access sepsis identification and treatment protocols on their computer tablets during patient assessments at the start of care and on follow-up visits.

As an early adopter of the screening tool, VNSW will also play an integral role in sharing sepsis outcomes data with local and statewide medical, health and home care organizations.

HCA applauds VNSW on its proactive approach to this issue and its commitment to large-scale use of the sepsis protocols throughout its organization and patient care census.

PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. William T. Smith (far right) presents sepsis grant award to (left to right): VNSW President & CEO, Tim Leddy; Director of Development & Communications, Joyce Infante; and Director of Business Development and Community Relations, Mary Gadomski.

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