For over 120 years, BronxCare Health System has provided quality health care to those in need. Today, BronxCare is the largest voluntary, not-for-profit health care system serving the South and Central Bronx, with 972 beds at two major hospital divisions, comprehensive psychiatric and chemical dependency programs, two specialized long-term care facilities, and an extensive BronxCare Network of medical practices, including the BronxCare Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center, that provides more than 1.1 million visits annually. BronxCare Health System is now among the largest providers of outpatient services in New York City, and its ER is responding to 139,000 visits, one of the busiest in New York. Its outpatient practices are also certified as a Level Three Patient-Centered Medical Home (the highest designation) by the National Center for Quality Assurance.
In August 2017, BronxCare Health System received full accreditation from the Joint Commission, the leading accrediting authority for hospitals in the nation, and recognition by it as a top performer on key quality measures.® BronxCare Health System's medical school affiliation with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and clinical collaboration with the Mount Sinai Health System, as well as 15 accredited residency and fellowship programs, are strong indicators of its medical excellence. A federal grant of $2.1 Million (over five years) is also providing enhanced training for future primary care physicians.
It is noteworthy that BronxCare Health System's four consecutive A-Ratings (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016) from The Leapfrog Group (an independent nonprofit which compiles its results under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts) placed it in the upper echelon of the safest hospitals in the nation. BronxCare was the only hospital in the Bronx, and one of three hospitals in New York City, to receive the “A” grade during the Spring, 2016 time period. Additionally, BronxCare’s Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Award Designation from the American Heart and American Stroke Associations, and Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure Care from the American Heart Association, as well as selection to participate in the National Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model and Five Star Rating on core measurements for labor and delivery excellence related to normal deliveries and cesarean sections, are further confirmations of the high quality care it provides.
BronxCare Health System is now in the second year as a Performing Provider System (PPS) lead in New York State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. $154 million was awarded in 2015 for a five year period and an additional $12.9 million was awarded in 2016 for capital projects. This program is providing BronxCare and its community partners with the opportunity to adapt to a population health mandate and value-based payment system. The emphasis will be on keeping patients and the community healthy and out of the hospital through disease management at the inpatient and outpatient levels.
BronxCare Health System's efforts are also directed towards expanding facilities and adding services in response to the needs of the Bronx community.
• A $42 million, 60,000 square foot Health and Wellness Center was completed in 2014.
• A $34 million, 56,000 square foot Life Recovery Center for chemical dependency services was completed in 2014. • Major ER modernization projects were completed.
• A new Cardiac Catheterization Suite was completed in 2015, including a state-of-the-art electrophysiology laboratory.
As an engine for positive change, BronxCare Health System has infused more than $300 million in capital projects into the Bronx economy. Additionally, its New Directions Community Revitalization Initiative resulted in the completion of 16 homes, 84 condominium units, and a 51-unit low income housing project for senior citizens.
It is in the Bronx community where we see the importance of fulfilling the hospital’s essential role in Promoting Health Care Excellence. BronxCare regularly provides free checkups and screenings at schools, nursing homes, senior citizen centers, and churches, among many other community organizations. Its numerous outreach programs are also providing important nutritional support and educating the community about disease prevention and other important health issues. HealthBeat, BronxCare’s widely acclaimed weekly television show, offers viewers the opportunity to have their questions answered by medical experts.
BronxCare Health System’s Mobile Health Units are also bringing physicians and medical services directly to where they are needed. Its school-based health programs are promoting health education and prevention, as well as achieving positive outcomes for students.
In the financial area, BronxCare Health System has maintained a strong bottom line position, especially significant in the current economic environment.
Ultimately, a hospital must be judged by its accomplishments and record of service. Throughout BronxCare’s history, there have been many changes and challenges. Yet, all of our efforts are based on a firm dedication to what matters most, the high quality, comprehensive, accessible, and compassionate care we have successfully provided—that is BronxCare’s community service tradition.