HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Bradford Regional Medical Center
January 12, 2018
Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals step up to improve health care and implement programs to tackle societal challenges. This week we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Bradford Regional Medical Center to address violence as a community health issue.
Bradford Regional Medical Center has never been a bystander in this difficult health care space. The creation of its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner or SANE program has had a positive impact in its emergency department, where for 15 years victims have received expanded services to help them through traumatic experiences.
Unfortunately, interpersonal violence in the region and county continued to grow. Following an evaluation of interpersonal violence rates and the people affected, Bradford Regional decided to expand the SANE program to encompass all aspects of forensic nursing.
In doing so, all victims of violence—domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and human trafficking––were given access to additional supports through assessment, documentation, referrals, and treatment.
A multi-agency team formed, including representatives from the hospital, law enforcement, advocacy, children and youth services, juvenile probation, mental health, and the district attorney’s office. This team looked at violence as a community health issue, and implemented extensive education to raise awareness about interpersonal violence.
Because child abuse was a particular concern, the team established a Child Advocacy Center, which initiated a regional outpatient clinic to provide specialized medical examinations and follow-up treatment for child victims of sexual abuse.
A process of standardized care for victims of interpersonal violence was established.
As a result of this investment:
- During 2016, there was a 61 percent increase in patients and their families receiving quality forensic medical care
- As of May 2017, there was a 133 percent increase in pediatric sexual abuse exams and 76 percent of the patients were seen in the outpatient, child-friendly setting
These numbers translate into hope, comfort, and the ability to move forward. This comprehensive model of treatment gives patients the chance to heal, and to have a healthier future, physically and mentally. In addition:
- More victims received exams, which are critical to identify other health concerns, and to collect forensic evidence
- Patients do not have to travel 120 to 160 miles to pediatric trained professionals, and they have access to crisis intervention and mental health services
- Children have access to care in a more comfortable outpatient setting
- Emergency department and social service resources are less strained
- Education is part of the prevention and treatment process
- Bradford County now takes referrals from five surrounding counties
Congratulations to Bradford Regional Medical Center for receiving a 2017 HAP Achievement Award. Learn more about their effort as well as the other 12 award winning program on HAP’s website.
Each year, HAP honors hospitals and health systems for their innovation, creativity, and commitment to patient care through its annual Achievement Awards program.
HAP members are encouraged to start planning now for their 2018 Achievement Awards submission by identifying innovative patient-centered initiatives that improve health care quality and efficiency and the health of communities. HAP will issue a call for entries in March. Entries will be due in May, with winners announced in June.
Questions about the HAP Achievement Awards may be directed to HAP Member Services at (717) 561-5359.