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Arnot Health Wins HANYS’ 2013 Community Health Improvement Award

ELMIRA, NY – The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) has awarded its 2013 Community Health Improvement Award to Arnot Health for its role in the School Readiness Project (SRP), a countywide, collaborative initiative that has increased the school readiness rates of Chemung County children an average of twenty-one percent over five years.

The prestigious Community Health Improvement Award is HANYS’ highest honor recognizing hospital initiatives for their outstanding achievements in improving the health and well-being of communities across New York State. Since 1997, the award has been presented each year to hospitals, organizations and programs that demonstrate leadership, collaborate successfully with other groups, and achieve quantifiable progress in addressing a specific health issue in their communities.

The SRP, which was collaboratively developed and launched in 2006, operates with a mission to improve school readiness in Chemung County by providing support services to families of newborns and children to age five. The SRP is a countywide, grassroots collaboration utilizing early care and education, parent learning, healthcare, and nurse home visitation efforts to mitigate the identified risk factors and is composed of the following partners:

  • Arnot Health’s Arnot Ogden Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.
  • Chemung County Public Officials
  • Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Developmental Services, Inc. (CIDS)
  • Chemung County Child Care Council
  • Elmira, Elmira Heights and Horseheads School Districts
  • Economic Opportunity Program Head Start
  • Chemung County Social Services
  • Southern Tier Pediatrics
  • Local Business Partners
  • Community Members

Arnot Health’s Arnot Ogden Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital play an integral role in the SRP partnership by assessing newborns and children for risk indicators, facilitating SRP enrollment, referring families for in-home nurse visitation where families in need are linked to social support services, resources for tobacco cessation, especially as it pertains to asthma in children.

Since its inception, the School Readiness Project has achieved the following outcomes:

  • Chemung County’s school readiness rates have increased an average of 21%, from 47% to 68%, in school readiness in all three of the county’s school districts. This result has exceeded the initial goal of achieving 50% average readiness in five years.
  • The number of Head Start and Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) programs has increased within the county through the SRP initiative and the children who attend these UPK programs have demonstrated 80.4% kindergarten school readiness. 
  • SRP’s partnering agencies have provided professional development and quality measurement training for early childhood educators and educational trainings for parents and early childcare providers
  • Children who have participated in early childhood care or education programs are 21.4% more likely to be ready to enter kindergarten.  
  • SRP was successful in coordinating referrals, and expanding mental and physical health services for families and children ages zero to five identified as in need of early intervention. 
  • In 2006, the incidence of children ages zero to four visiting the county’s emergency rooms for asthma related conditions exceeded the NYS average. In 2010, four years after the SRP initiative began; the number of children ages zero to four visiting the county’s emergency rooms for asthma related conditions decreased by 33% and fell 50% below the New York State average.

Initial funding for the SRP was provided by a five-year one million dollar grant from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. and 65% matching funds from Chemung County.

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 500 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations.

Arnot Health provides diagnostic, ambulatory, secondary and tertiary acute care, as well as rehabilitative and wellness services to the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. The three-hospital regional healthcare system, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has a total of 709 licensed beds, including 478 acute care, 231 long term care, 40 physical medicine rehabilitation, 25 psychiatric, and 20 substance abuse rehabilitation. The system currently has more than 300 physicians from 50+ specialties.

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Image Caption: Pictured from left to right are Sue Ellen Wagner, Vice President of Community Health, Health Care Association of New York State; Rosemary Anthony, Community Health Services Manager, Arnot Health; Nykole Parks, Community Health Services Coordinator, Arnot Health; Sara Palmer, Director of Grants & Communications, Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.; Wesley W. Blauvelt, Senior Vice President of Planning & Strategy, Arnot Health; and Dr. S. Jan Eberhard, Vice Chairman of the Healthcare Trustees of New York State and Past Chairman of the Arnot Health Board of Directors.

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