Top in its class: Brooklyn Hospital Center gets highest grade for patient safety. • Brooklyn Paper

Top in its class: Brooklyn Hospital Center gets highest grade for patient safety.

Fort Greene

Congrats to The Brooklyn Hospital Center for earning the top grade in patient safety.

The Fort Greene medical center is one of only two hospitals in the city to get an A from the Leapfrog Group, a national healthcare ratings organization, and the only Brooklyn A-rated hospital. In fact, only about eight percent of hospitals in the entire state received this grade.

“This ‘A’ is really the culmination of a story we began in late 2015,” says Gary G. Terrinoni, president and chief executive officer of the 464-bed community hospital, the oldest in Brooklyn. “Since then, The Brooklyn Hospital Center has invested millions of dollars to hire top doctors and specialists who have created new approaches to care and have ensured a quality environment for patients.”

Among the changes the hospital has made is a new critical-care initiative that improves outcomes for the sickest patients. It also launched its Epic electronic medical record, which provides better coordination of care.

And it has plans for a $23-million transformation grant to renovate the Emergency Department, beginning early 2019, as well as a renovation of the medical center’s Fort Greene campus and an expansion of the hospital’s ambulatory network.

“We are doing sound and savvy planning to keep Brooklyn healthy today and into the future. And, we are thrilled to be celebrating our 175th anniversary in 2020. These achievements — and, of course, this ‘A’ — give patients, the community, and clinicians an excellent reason to take another look at The Brooklyn Hospital Center,” says Terrinoni.

Standing O says, keep up the good work!

Borough wide

Don’t be a Scrooge

Three cheers for the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which is once again hosting a toy drive for kids in need.

The organization’s Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive aims to put a smile on children’s faces this holiday season. The generous minds behind the drive got the idea after Hurricane Sandy forced affected families to prioritize more important things over presents that year.

“We recognized the good being done by so many agencies and organizations, but also observed that nothing specific was being done to give children an opportunity to celebrate some semblance of the holiday season. This is where our idea for a toy drive came in. We wanted to do something that might help put a smile on the faces of children who might otherwise not have had that opportunity due to the suffering and hardship that occurred as a result of Sandy.”

Six years later and with the help of many new partners and friends, they’re still doing what they originally set out to do, joining locals and organizations, and placing toy collection boxes at various locations throughout Brooklyn. Now, they’re asking the O to spread the word.

Big-hearted Brooklynites interested in helping can do the following:

• Make a donation by sending a check to the Chamber’s partner NYC Together, which will be used to purchase toys (211 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211).

• Sponsor an in-house toy drive. If you work in a large office or live in a large building, you can stage an in-house drive by setting up a toy collection box and promoting the event to your employees or residents.

• Add the toy drive to an existing event and collect toys on-site.

So come on, Brooklyn, show your holiday spirit and contribute today!

For questions or help, contact Paul Samulski at pspush7@aol.com.— Courtney Donahue

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