Adirondack Health Institute News

Agnew Joins Board of Directors

We’d like to extend a very warm welcome to our newest board member, F. Raymond Agnew, CFRE! Ray, a native of Elizabethtown, NY, is presently the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Paul Smith’s College. Prior to his current position, Ray served for 13 years as the Vice President for Community Relations at Glens Falls Hospital. Through the years, Ray has been a significant presence in the region as a leader in community service and business development.

AHI Receives Grant Funding to Expand Diabetes Prevention Efforts

We are pleased to announce AHI is one of 25 organizations in the state to receive new grant funding from the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) to expand diabetes prevention efforts. The funding will help AHI implement and expand the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), an initiative that focuses on lifestyle changes to improve healthy eating and physical activity.

In New York State, an estimated 4.5 million people have prediabetes, a condition which heightens a person’s risk for developing diabetes and its complications. While curbing the diabetes epidemic is a daunting task, strong evidence has emerged in support of strategies to prevent diabetes. Specifically, the NDPP was identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an effective, evidence-based public health program. This lifestyle intervention has been shown to help participants lose 5–7% of their body weight and reduce their risk of developing diabetes by nearly 60%.

Through the “Laying the Groundwork to Scale Up the National Diabetes Prevention Program in New York State” initiative, NYSHealth have awarded grants to organizations to implement, expand, and secure the sustainability of the NDPP in community-based settings across the State. NYSHealth awarded AHI a grant to participate in this initiative.

With NYSHealth funding, grantees of this initiative will reach communities with high rates of diabetes and prediabetes, making this effective program available to New Yorkers in places where they live, work, and worship. The grant awards will support a range of activities to help organizations implement and grow the NDPP, including the expansion of existing programs; communication, outreach, and education activities to obtain a steady flow of participants; and development of business plans to ensure the sustainability of the program.

Specifically, AHI seeks to train up to seven lifestyle coaches to deliver the NDPP at worksite wellness programs in four organizations serving the Adirondack region. AHI will offer 10 NDPP cycles, enrolling a total of 150 participants. We will conduct communication, outreach, and education activities to obtain a steady flow of referrals.

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Publishes Encouraging Report on the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative has published its annual report which highlights recently-published clinical, quality, and financial outcomes of patient-centered medical home (PCMH) initiatives across the U.S. As a provider of a variety of central services that support the Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot, we found this to be an illuminating and encouraging report of findings with regard to the number of primary care practices that have embraced the PCMH model of care.

To read the report, please click here.

Winter Edition of AHI Newsletter Published

The latest edition of AHI’s newsletter, AHInsider — Winter 2014,  has been published.   The issue features articles on our new partnership with Glens Falls Hospital and updates on various programs involving health care redesign, innovation and collaboration.

AHI Forges Partnership with Glens Falls Hospital

Glens Falls Hospital and Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) leaders recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that welcomes Glens Falls Hospital as an AHI member.   GFH joins the organization’s regional collaboration between Adirondack Health, Community Providers, Inc. (Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital) and Hudson Headwaters Health Network.

“AHI was established to help the Adirondack region reform health care services by fostering effective partnerships and programs to improve health and contain costs,” said Cathy Homkey, CEO of the Adirondack Health Institute. “We are working to formalize our relationship with Glens Falls Hospital, which will bring value to our efforts to assess the region’s health care needs, and to ensure essential providers survive, improve access, coordination, outcomes and quality of care, and population health.”

The service area includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Northern Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate,” says Dianne Shugrue, President and CEO of Glens Falls Hospital. “Our collaboration with this group reinforces our commitment to providing the utmost quality of care to the patients of our region – whether those patients need primary, diagnostic, rehabilitative, or inpatient care. We are honored to join the planning, outreach and collaboration these organizations have been focusing on.”

Health Care Reform Hits Home

AHI Enrollment Specialist Renee Bazan was interviewed by the Hill Country Observer newspaper for an article titled, Health Care Reform Hits Home.  Renee shared her experiences helping individuals, families and small business owners shop for and enroll in health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace.  Please click here to read the article.