CareOne, New Jersey’s largest family owned and operated senior care company announced today it will be the first post-acute care and senior living organization in New Jersey to partner with Reduce Infection Deaths (RID) an organization dedicated to heightening the awareness of infection control and prevention in the health care setting.
RID’s mission is to eliminate the infection threats to patients and hospital employees via education and advocacy. RID was started 14 years ago and has a track record of legislative and regulatory success in the implementation of processes, protocol and policies in health care settings to reduce health care institutional infections. The partnership with CareOne will entail collaborative education and training with CareOne clinicians, both at the senior level and front line level, which will include in person education, webinars through CareOne’s online employee education system, and through partnering on updated protocols to ensure that RID standards are being carried out throughout every CareOne center.
The partnership with CareOne will entail collaborative education and training initiatives aimed at meeting the stringent requirements that RID has set forth for CareOne to be “RID Certified.” Toya Casper, CareOne’s Chief Clinical Officer stated “We are excited to be the first post-acute care provider in New Jersey to embark on the journey to be RID certified. We believe taking this next step in education and protocol development will improve our strong track record of quality and distinguish us even further as a forward thinking senior care organization.
RID was founded by Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D., a health policy expert and former Lt. Governor of New York State. In 2004, Ms. McCaughey founded the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (www.hospitalinfection.org), a nationwide educational campaign to stop hospital acquired infections. RID has made hospital infections a major public issue, provided compelling evidence that preventing infection improves quality and the bottom line. Ms. McCaughey stated that “CareOne is a progressive organization and we are thrilled to be working with them to elevate the quality of their care centers. The CareOne leadership has an incredible vision to be the leaders in the post-acute care industry in developing standards of care that will set a new standard in the quality of care for older adults.”
“I couldn’t be happier to partner with Betsy and RID to strengthen CareOne’s clinical outcomes” states Lizzy Straus, CareOne’s Executive Vice President. She continued, “We have always invested in taking our clinical care to the next level, and when I read and learned about the success Betsy has achieved with the RID campaign, I knew it would be a perfect initiative for our organization to address an issue that impacts all healthcare providers. We would like to take the lead that we hope others follow in furthering the awareness of infection prevention and control.”