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St. Joseph’s Hosts Second Annual Falls Prevention Day


SYRACUSE – St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center will host its second annual Falls Prevention Day on Friday, September 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the DeFuria Room, off the hospital’s main lobby.

The event is intended to increase awareness of patient falls in the hospital, as well as falls at home and in the community. Attendees will learn how nutrition, pharmacy and physical therapy affect falls, and Franciscan Companies will demonstrate the Lifeline support system, among other features.

“Falls are the number one unplanned event that happens to patients in the hospital or at their healthcare provider’s office,” said Marty Pond, RN, clinical nurse specialist. “People who have fallen at home are twice as likely to fall while a patient at the hospital.”

Pond added the average cost of a fall in the hospital today is $20,000. “We have had a housekeeper, social worker, secretary and a dietary aide prevent our patients from falling. Preventing falls is every employee’s responsibility,” she said.

Media are invited to stop by the event anytime. Contact is Kerri Howell, 703-2140.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, New York, providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 14-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.