1 Community Service Plan Helping to make New York the healthiest state.
3 Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a 150- bed acute rehabilitation hospital in White Plains, NY, specializing in treating physical disabilities resulting from stroke, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neurological disorders, cardiac and chronic pulmonary disease, arthritis, orthopedic surgery and amputation. Opened in April 1915, it is the only provider of dedicated rehabilitation services to adults in Westchester County. Along with ensuring patients reach their maximum recovery, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital s mission is: 1) To provide the most effective rehabilitative care for patients of any race, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, national origin, or color and/or veteran status, regardless of ability to pay, to lessen disability and dependence resulting from diseases of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, the cardiovascular system and the pulmonary system and other diseases or conditions where rehabilitation efforts may be useful. 2) To engage in research, development, and teaching programs to improve medical care, to reduce disability and dependency and to further knowledge and understanding of disease mechanisms and causes. 3) To offer the highest quality rehabilitation health care services appropriate to the needs of the community. Our vision is to be the premier health care organization committed to providing sciencebased rehabilitation, preventive health and education services for lifetime wellness. With these in mind and as part of New York State, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is taking an active role in helping to make New York the healthiest state in the nation and enhancing the health of all New Yorkers. Burke s Community Service Plan details the scope of the hospital s threeyear plan of action for creating stronger and healthier communities as part of the state s five-year Prevention Agenda.
4 The Prevention Agenda is a five-year effort to make New York the healthiest state nationwide. The plan identifies New York s most urgent health concerns and provides statewide health partners with resources and suggestions for implementing solutions. The Prevention Agenda for has five over-arching goals: Improve health status in five priority areas and reduce health disparities for racial, ethnic, disability, socioeconomic and other groups who experience them. Promote attention to the health implications of policies and actions that occur outside of the health sector, such as in transportation, community and economic development, education and public safety. Create and strengthen public-private partnerships to achieve sustainable health improve at state and local levels. Increase investment in prevention and public health to improve health, control health care costs and increase economic productivity. Strengthen governmental and nongovernmental public health agencies and resources at state and local levels. As a local partner, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, in collaboration with other local health care organizations, must select at least two of the five priorities outlined by the Prevention Agenda and implement a three-year strategy for addressing those issues. The five priorities are: 1. Prevent chronic disease 2. Prevent HIV, STDs and vaccinepreventable diseases, and health careassociated infections 3. Promote healthy women, infants and children 4. Promote mental health and prevent substance abuse 5. Promote a healthy and safe environment Keeping the needs of Westchester County and Burke s local community and service area in mind, Burke and the 16-member Hospital Planning Committee selected prevent chronic diseases by reducing the percentage of people dying prematurely from heart-related deaths, and promote healthy women, infants and children by increasing breastfeeding. These initiatives were selected based on each of the hospitals service areas, the county s make-up and results from residents reported health needs. Burke s Service Area Burke Rehabilitation Hospital defines the county of Westchester as our primary service area for community/local health planning. The service area was developed using historical data including referral patterns, census information and zip codes. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is not an acute care community hospital but a specialty, free-standing acute medical rehabilitation hospital. It also has an Outpatient Division with clinics on the main campus in White Plains, in the Bronx, Mamaroneck, Purchase, Somers and Yonkers. The last two clinics were opened in 2013 to address the growing demand for outpatient physical therapy services. Burke treats approximately 3,400 inpatients each year that are referred from acute care/ community hospitals in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties, New York City and the tri-state area. These relationships with other hospitals allow Burke to collaborate on patient and community education programs as well. In 2012, Burke treated 7,744 inpatients and outpatients. Of these, 7,198 patients were from New York State. There were 5,271 from Westchester County, 176 from Putnam County, 103 from Dutchess County, 67 from Rockland County, and 142 from Long Island. A total of 1,361 were from New York City. There were 769 from the Bronx, 337 from Manhattan, 153 from Queens, 94 from Brooklyn and 8 from Staten Island. There were 78 from the rest of the state. Patients also hailed from Connecticut (348), New Jersey (81) and outside the tri-state area (117). (See Fig. 1)
5 According to the Figure 1 most recent estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau, Westchester County s population was 961,670 in Since the last census in 2010, Westchester's population has stayed relatively stable with only a 1.3 percent increase. The median age for the county is 40, which is well below Burke s average patient age of 70, but 15.2 percent or 146,173 of the county s residents are over the age of 65. The Cornell University Program on Applied Demographics projects this population will increase by 22 percent to 178,376 by With the main campus located in White Plains, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital also falls into Westchester County s West Central Health Planning Region with the city of White Plains as its own sub-region. Per the latest Age and Region Profiles published by the Westchester County Department of Health (WCDH) in 2009, White Plains has a population of 52,802, with 7,770 of them age 65 and older. Westchester County is one of the nation s most affluent counties with average household incomes at $80,725 in 2011, well above state and national levels. However, there is a wide income gap in the county with approximately 52.9 percent of the population making more than $75,000 per household annually while 15.4 percent of households live at or below the poverty level in The White Plains region has a slightly lower median income of $73,744 per household with a poverty rate of 9.5 percent. Health Concerns within Service Area Along with income disparities, there are several health disparities in Westchester County. According to WCDH, 20 percent of the county s population died prematurely (before age 65) with a ratio 2.48 black (non-hispanic) to white (non- Hispanic) dying prematurely. The ratio of Hispanic to white (non- Hispanic) is even higher at The New York State 2017 goal is to bring these ratios down for the state overall to 1.87 and 1.86 respectively. This is why the Health Planning Committee chose to focus on reducing premature deaths, particularly by preventing heart-related chronic disease in blacks and Hispanics. Per WCHD statistics, 11.4 per 10,000 in Westchester County were hospitalized because of a heart attack in 2010 and 19.9 percent of adults are obese, a condition that is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. In White Plains, diseases of the circulatory system are the top causes of hospitalization and cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death, with 37.6 percent of residents dying of a heart-related condition. The Age and Region Profiles continues that the average age of death for Hispanics is 56.6, blacks at 73.3 and whites at Similar to the county average, 20.8 percent of the White Plains population dies prematurely. Of that percentage, 44.7 percent are Hispanic, 30 percent are black and 16.8 percent are white. The other initiative selected is promoting healthy women and children by increasing breastfeeding. According to WCHD, 48.9 percent of infants born in the county between 2008 and 2010 were exclusively breastfed at the hospital but there is no definitive data how long mothers continued to breastfeed after discharge. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about the first six months of a baby's life, followed by breastfeeding in combination with the introduction of complementary foods until at least 12 months of age, and continuation of breastfeeding for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby.
6 Community Health Needs Assessment Burke Rehabilitation Hospital also conducted its own Health Needs Assessment to supplement data provided by Westchester County. Between May 15, 2013 and July 15, 2013, the hospital circulated a survey asking patients, visitors, community members and hospital affiliates (staff, board members, partner organizations and referring hospitals case managers) to identify health concerns and some demographic information. The survey was available in hard copy and electronically via SurveyMonkey. Electronic copies where posted on social networks, ed and posted on Burke s website. Physical copies of the survey were disseminated at community events, attached to the employee newsletter and were available throughout the Burke campus. More than 200 respondents completed the survey. As expected, the respondents of the survey skewed higher in age than the average age of the county. Seventy percent of respondents were 55 and older. The majority of respondents (84 percent) are white Westchester County overall is 75.1 percent white per 2012 U.S. Census estimates followed by 5 percent Asian, 5 percent Hispanic, 3 percent black and 3 percent other. Interestingly, 56 percent of survey respondents said the Burke community was somewhat unhealthy, but when asked about their own health, 65 percent responded as healthy and only 16 percent as somewhat unhealthy. This disconnect may imply a need to further educate the community about health, wellness and self-assessment as more than half of survey respondents indicated that they have been diagnosed by a health care professional as having a health issue. The top five health issues respondents indicated they have are: high cholesterol (23 percent), weight issues (23 percent), high blood pressure (20 percent), osteoporosis (9 percent) and heart disease (9 percent). (See Fig. 2) Additionally, respondents listed heart disease and stroke as their number one health concern. This is followed by aging problems (arthritis, hearing loss, osteoporosis) and cancer. As for risky behaviors, respondents said the top five contributors to poor health are: poor eating habits (16 percent); drug abuse, alcohol abuse and weight management (tied at 15 percent each); and lack of exercise (13 percent). (See Fig. 3) Figure 2 Figure 3
7 To gauge health needs Burke specializes in treating, people were also questioned about their need for rehabilitation services. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they needed rehab services and of those who have gone for therapy, 66 percent visited an outpatient clinic, 29 percent went to an acute rehabilitation hospital like Burke and 5 percent went to a sub-acute facility/nursing home. Thursday of every month from January - September, and the second Thursday of October to share insights, strategies and best practices for encouraging healthier lifestyles. The committee also had an extra meeting on July 11 to plan a health summit with outside partners that was held on Aug. 15. Health Planning Committee In terms of paying for health care, 67 percent of survey takers used health insurance, 21 percent used Medicare, 6 percent paid out of pocket, 3 percent noted other, 2 percent used Medicaid and 1 percent had Veteran s Administration benefits. Compared to White Plains, per the Age and Region Profiles, 45.7 percent of the population paid for hospitalization with private insurance, 33.6 percent with Medicare, 15.8 percent with Medicaid, 4.2 percent were self-pay and 0.7 percent other. The county had 47 percent pay with private insurance, 34.7 percent with Medicaid, 13.8 percent with Medicare, 3.7 percent self-pay and 0.8 percent other. Blythedale Children's Hospital Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Hudson Valley Hospital Center Lawrence Hospital Center Mount Vernon Neighborhood Center Valhalla, NY Cortland Manor, NY Bronxville, NY Mount Vernon, NY Lastly, we asked people to name what steps Burke Rehabilitation Hospital can take to help improve our community s overall health. These responses helped shape our implementation strategies for addressing health needs. The suggestions among the write-in responses are: 1. Conduct more educational programs, including information about research developments. 2. Create more fitness programs/opportunities. 3. Hold more wellness events/programs. 4. Increase amount of healthy foods available on campus. 5. Increase presence in community health events. Collaboration To address these health needs, Burke Rehab Hospital collaborated with 14 other hospitals and the WCDC as part of the Health Planning Committee. In 2013, the group met on the last Northern Westchester Hospital Open Door Family Medical Center Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Mount Kisco, NY Ossining, NY Sleepy Hollow, NY Saint Joseph's Hospital Yonkers, NY Sound Shore Medical Center St. John's Riverside Hospital St. Vincent s Hospital Westchester Stellaris Health Network Westchester Medical Center White Plains Hospital Westchester County Department of Health New Rochelle, NY Yonkers, NY Harrison, NY Armonk, NY Valhalla Mount Kisco, NY
8 The Health Planning Committee intends on continuing to meet regularly throughout the three-year cycle to ensure that all members stay on track to meet their goals. In addition, committee members will meet as needed with the partner organizations who attended the Health Summit in August who committed to be stakeholders in creating a healthier Westchester County and healthier New York. The summit partner organizations are: Organization Affinity Health Plan American Diabetes Association American Heart Association American Lung Association, POW'R Tobacco Cessation Center Hagan School of Business, Iona College Hudson Health Plan Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network Children's Health and Research Foundation Location Bronx, NY Purchase, NY New Rochelle, NY Tarrytown, NY Valhalla, NY Organization March of Dimes New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice Pace University Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc. Power Against Tobacco Rye YMCA St. Frances African Methodist Epsicopal Zion Church THINC United Way of Westchester & Putnam Westchester County Department of Social Services Westchester County Office of Women Westchester County Dept. of Senior Programs & Services Yonkers Public Schools Location Valhalla, NY Tarrytown, NY Rye, NY Port Chester, NY Fishkill, NY Mount Vernon, NY Yonkers, NY
9 Burke Rehabilitation Hospital will be utilizing internal resources as well as relying on external partners to address the community health needs indicated by the state, county and survey respondents. The three-year plan of action and measures are detailed in this section. All events and programs listed are free and open to the public. Increase the number of breastfed infants attending Montessori Children s Center on Burke Rehabilitation Center s campus. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is not an acute care hospital and therefore does not have a maternity unit. Burke is relying on its Health Planning Committee member hospitals to promote breastfeeding while in hospital and, in turn, Burke will help promote breastfeeding in the next six months of an infant s life. To do so, Burke has partnered with Montessori Children s Center which is located in the Billings Building of Burke s campus. Montessori offers programs for children 3 months to 6 years of age. 2013: Collaborate with Montessori Children s Center director Rebecca McCuller on creating a strategy for promoting breastfeeding in the nursery. 2014: Create a dedicated space for mothers to breastfeed infants and carve out space in the infant room s fridge for breast milk storage; have literature about the benefits of breastfeeding available at the center; and inform new parents about the breastfeeding resources available within and outside the day care. Monitor how many infants are breastfeeding throughout the year. 2015: Continue to keep a tally of the number of breastfeeding infants and compare with previous year s numbers. Compare 2014 and 2015 results to see if the number of breastfeeding infants increases. Amend promotion as necessary to improve numbers in subsequent years.
10 Increase the number of mothers employed at Burke breastfeeding their infants. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is not an acute care hospital and therefore does not have a maternity program. Burke is relying on its Health Planning Committee member hospitals to promote breastfeeding while in hospital and, in turn, Burke will help promote breastfeeding in the next six months of an infant s life. Burke s Human Resources department is committed to informing employees who are new mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months, and to providing them with a comfortable, sanitary and private space to pump and store breast milk. 2013: Review with Human Resources director Marlo Asencio Burke s breastfeeding policy and determine ways to promote breastfeeding including having a dedicated space in the hospital, outpatient clinics and research institute for pumping and an area for storage; providing employees with information about breastfeeding and other resources. 2014: Ensure all employees know of the breastfeeding policy and where to access it (HR section of the Burke intranet), as well as how to get further information about breastfeeding. Determine the number of employees who are new mothers who are breastfeeding and those who are not by seeing who is taking advantage of the breastfeeding policy benefit. Figure out the ratio of breastfeeding to non-breastfeeding mothers in : Continue to keep a tally of the number of breastfeeding mothers and non-breastfeeding mothers. Compare the ratios from 2014 and 2015 to see if the number of breastfeeding mothers to non-breastfeeding mothers increases. Amend promotion as necessary to improve the ratio in subsequent years.
11 Help people decrease their risk for heart-related diseases by providing blood pressure information and tips for improving wellness. In White Plains, diseases of the circulatory system are the top causes of hospitalization and cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death, with 37.6 percent of residents dying of a heart-related condition. Burke s survey respondents also indicated heart disease and stroke as their number one health concern, with 9 percent of them already diagnosed with a heart condition. In the Community Health Needs Assessment survey, respondents indicated the need for more education and wellness events to help improve health, as well as increase Burke s presence in non-burke sponsored community events. 2013: Determine which Burke events provide opportunity for blood pressure screenings and teaching about improving heart health, and if it is possible to add more educational programs between 2014 and : Continue to provide blood pressure screenings during Stroke Awareness Day, COPD Day and the Wheelchair Games, and provide those with high blood pressure information about controlling and preventing any further complications. Those with high blood pressure will also be given reminder cards that list their blood pressure reading and a reminder to talk to their physician, as well as additional community resources. At Stroke Awareness Day, also include a talk about decreasing stroke risk and the added benefit of decreasing heart attack risk by improving cardiovascular health. Add a blood pressure screening component to Senior Health and Wellness Day. Continue to provide blood pressure screenings at Westchester County s Salute to Seniors event, and collaborate with other community partners to determine other health fairs where Burke can provide blood pressure screening. Keep track of the number of people at all events, including those outside of Burke like Salute to Seniors, who had blood pressure screenings from Burke staff and the percentage of those with high blood pressure. Promote the blood pressure screening component when promoting any Burke event where this service is available. 2015: Continue to collect data on the number of people receiving Burke blood pressure screenings at events and the portion of them who had blood pressure levels out of normal ranges. Continue to provide educational information about cardiovascular health. Compare the numbers from 2014 and 2015 to see if the number of people getting screened increases while the number of people with high blood pressure decreases. Consider further ways to promote and provide blood pressure screenings.
12 Help people decrease their risk for heart-related diseases by providing more opportunities to get active. Nearly 20 percent of adults in Westchester County are obese body mass index of 30 or greater a condition that is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. In the Community Health Needs Assessment survey, respondents indicated the need for fitness programs to help improve health. Additionally, one of the New York State Prevention Agenda goals is to decrease health disparities for those with disability, an issue Burke can address directly. 2013: Formed the Adaptive Sport Committee to set up a plan for implementing a yearround adaptive sports program geared for people with physical disabilities. Meet with Burke s Wellness Initiative Network (WIN) Committee, an internal wellness committee which strives to provide programs that will enhance and contribute to Burke s employee population s health and well-being, to determine what fitness programs will be held in Work with the Fitness Center at Burke to hold free fitness classes throughout : Promote and hold numerous adaptive sports clinics throughout the year including hand cycling, adaptive golf, adaptive water skiing and wheelchair table tennis. Provide health seminars and fitness classes like Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, aerobics, and strength and conditioning throughout the year for all members of the community. Partner with Achilles International, an organization dedicated to enabling people with all types of disabilities to participate in athletics, to expand adaptive sports participant base. Get a baseline for the number of attendees in adaptive sports clinics and at the free Fitness Center at Burke classes. Get a baseline for the number of attendees for the wellness seminars. Promote and hold employee fitness challenges throughout the year including a walking challenge and an exercise challenge. Tally the number of employees participating in the challenges and compare to the total number of challenge participants in : Continue to hold established adaptive sporting events and add new ones like sled hockey as resources allow. Tally the number of participants in adaptive sports. Continue to hold free fitness classes taught by Fitness Center at Burke instructors and add new ones as resources allow. Keep track of the number of participants. Compare employee participation in 2015 challenges with the numbers from 2013 and Increase year-over-year participation for adaptive sports, wellness seminars and employee fitness challenges. Amend programs and promotion as necessary to bring in more participants.
13 Help people decrease their risk for heart-related diseases by providing better food choices. Respondents of the Community Health Needs Assessment specified a need for healthy food options and nutrition education. Proper nutrition is a contributor for decreasing risk for heart disease. 2013: Continue to offer the Wellness and You program which provides healthy, low-sodium choices daily in the Burke cafeteria, with the help of Sodexho Marriott. The choices include a low-sodium soup and entrée; nutritious deli items; fresh fruits and vegetables; a healthy salad choice of the week from the salad bar; fat-free and low-fat yogurt, frozen yogurt, mayonnaise and milk. The cafeteria also offers low-salt crackers; whole grain breads; fish, veggie, egg white and low-fat meat alternatives; and clearly posted nutrition information regarding sodium, calories, calories from fat, cholesterol, etc. Additionally, no trans-fats are used in meal preparation. Set up a system to determine what percentage of cafeteria sales are from Wellness and You items. 2014: Continue to offer and further promote the Wellness and You food options by posting notices in the employee newsletter, patient guides, the cafeteria and coffee shop about healthier meal choices. Calculate what percentage of sales are from Wellness and You items. Determine internally the possibility of adding healthier food options in the coffee shop and hallway vending machines. 2015: Continue to offer and further promote the Wellness and You items, and determine what percentage of sales are from them in Compare 2014 and 2015 numbers. Increase Wellness and You item sales year to year.
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16 Redefining Rehabilitation Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is committed to helping patients make the fullest recovery from a debilitating injury or illness. Our renowned physicians and therapists provide state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient care for a broad range of neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiac and pulmonary disabilities, caused by disease or injury, while our scientists at Burke Medical Research Institute work in tandem to develop new therapeutic approaches for a host of impairments caused by disability. Together, Burke s rehabilitation hospital team, research institute scientists and outpatient therapists strive to better the lives of those s u f f e r i n g f r o m d i s a b i l i t y stemming from injury or illness. Produced by Burke Rehabilitation Center s Marketing Department. 785 Mamaroneck Avenue, Phone: (888) 99-BURKE (914)
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