UPMC Soldiers + Sailors BRIT Award

Pictured from left: Janie Hilfiger, president of UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors and UPMC Cole; Jen Edwards, manager and deputy director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health; and members of the continuing care team at UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors.

WELLSBORO, Pa. – Members of the continuing care team at UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors were awarded the Baronner Rural Innovation and Transformation (BRIT) Award by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health. The award recognizes rural hospitals and health systems that have implemented a robust and sustainable initiative to significantly impact the health status of the communities they serve.

The continuing care team developed new processes and support materials to help reduce complications following discharge which historically led to readmission. The team’s project adopts a multi-specialty, holistic approach, helping patients and care givers with coordinating follow-up care, prescriptions, social services support, and additional services such as long-term or specialty care.