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Carefirst Awarded $86,000 For Community Education & Training

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At an event held this morning,  Excellus BlueCross BlueShield awarded CareFirst $86,490 for a three year, community education initiative that has the financial savings impact of $1,574,720 for the Southern Tier. 

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Assemblyman Chris Friend, Governor Cuomo’s Southern Tier District Representative, Kara Grippen, Senator Thomas O’Mara, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Regional President, Jessica Renner, CareFirst Board of Directors Treasure, Pam Bliss, CareFirst Director of Development and Public Relations, Mary Mosteller, Congressman Reed’s District Director, Alison Hunt, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano

The CareFirst Community Education Consortium strives to strategically plan cost savings measures while improving patient care outcomes through excellence in education both internally and externally throughout the service area.  As experts in the field of palliative care and end of life care, CareFirst staff will be critical change agents in educating area health care providers, community liaisons, and the aging population. This in turn will reduce hospital readmissions, emergency department visits, thus improving quality of life for area residents. 

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The CareFirst Community Education Consortium has the potential to reach 80,000 healthcare professionals, senior residents and their caregivers of Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties, in various capacities.

“We are honored that Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield is validating CareFirst as the Southern Tier’s primary resource for all things end of life.  Our board certified professionals are equipped with the vital information, tools, and resources they need to compassionately educate and serve with dignity the 37,000 individuals over the age of 65 who are living in the Southern Tier,” said Mary Mosteller, Director of Development and Public Relations for CareFirst.  

Mirroring a home environment, the CareFirst Skills Lab will offer continuing education opportunities for skill building, practical applications, and growth in confidence for CareFirst staff, contractual partner staff, as well as community caregivers.  

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“I applaud the CareFirst management and staff for being innovative and open to change to find ways to continue to improve patient symptom management and continue to enhance their training and communication skills to further enhance the quality palliative care they provide to the people in our region,” said Jessica Renner, Regional President for the Southern Tier’s Division of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. 

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In collaboration with each county’s Office for the Aging, CareFirst will support, promote, and facilitate Falls Prevention training via evidence- based, proven to be successful, community based programs such as A Matter of Balance and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for a Better Balance.
Corning Area Chamber of Commerce assisted the event at CareFirst with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the skills lab.

Dignitaries in attendance at the kickoff included Governor Cuomo’s Southern Tier Regional Representative, Kara Grippen, Assistant Regional Director-Western Region, NYS Department of Health, Ralph Van Houten, Senator Thomas O’Mara, Alison Hunt, from Congressman Reed’s office, as well as Assemblyman Phillip Palmesano, and Assemblyman Christopher Friend. 

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Mary    64

Great coverage, Chris! What a great opportunity for the community, as well.

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