In This Issue
College of Staten Island Honors Staten Island PPS at Ninth Annual Celestial Ball

On December 2nd, the College of Staten Island hosted their ninth annual Celestial Ball at the Richmond County Country Club with over 250 guests in attendance. Among the six honorees was Staten Island PPS and Executive Director, Joseph Conte and Senior Director of Workforce Transformation/HR, William Myhre accepted the award. The other honorees include:  Oswaldo Pena, Gary Reichard, the Staten Island Advance represented by Publisher, Caroline Diamond Harrison, and Executive Editor, Brian J. Laline.

City Harvest Cooking Matters Class at P.S. 54

A 5th grade student and their parent tasting the tacos they just made.
On December 1st, we got to participate in the 5th grade Cooking Matters class at P.S. 54. It  was their last class of the seven-week program, so the children got to prepare and taste the food they made with their families. They also got to take home a cookbook so they could  prepare and cook meals at home with their families. The teachers also received  a kit full of the materials they need to sustain the program at heir schools after the seven weeks.

Cooking Matters teaches students and families to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Founded in 1993, Cooking Matters and thousands of volunteer instructors have helped more than 265,000 low-income families in communities across the country learn how to eat better for less.

Staten Island PPS in Orlando, Florida : Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Staten Island PPS was in attendance in Orlando, Florida at the IHI National Forum on  Quality Improvement in Healthcare from December 9th-12th. 

The four-day conference brought together healthcare visionaries, improvement professionals, world leaders, industry newcomers, and more. Attendees got to learn how improvement science methodologies can be used to effect real change in patient safety and care. 

Mary Han, Director of Continuing Care and Quality Management, Reine LI, Business Intelligence Analyst and Paula McAvoy, Administrative Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at University Hospice at Staten Island University Hospital showcased their poster "Optimizing the Quality of Life for Patients with Chronic Illness through Palliative Care" which gave people an overview of palliative care and what organizations can do to create their own program. You can see the full poster here.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at our annual holiday party, and thank you to all of our partners for another great year!
DSRIP Communications Corner

The Department of Health launched their DSRIP Communications Corner, an initiative intended to provide insights to PPS on what is in the news regarding DSRIP across New York State. Additionally, upcoming events across PPS will be included.

Community Partner Spotlight

ArchCare TimeBank
TimeBank member Mark matched with a person who expressed loneliness. Mark had the following to say about his match. "The calls are going really good. Ralph is very interesting, we have a lot of good laughs. We have a lot in common in the sense of sports and talking about different restaurants. He has an active life, sometimes I think I'm benefiting more than [he is]. Even if you asked me to stop making calls, I would continue to keep in contact with him. He is a great character". 

Mr. B. is a 52 year old male living in Staten Island. He has a history of alcoholism and substance abuse. In 2015 Mr. B. suffered a stroke and as a result, has weakness on his right side including his arms and legs.

Mr. B recently lived in a local park, where he reported that he has experienced hostility, discrimination, humiliation but most of all, his personal safety is a constant concern, especially at nights. As a result of his homelessness, his personal hygiene has also suffered. Mr. B. has been banned from the emergency drop off shelter, due to problems he had when he was temporarily housed there before. 

Through HEALTHi, Mr. B was able to secure housing in an adult home. After moving in, the HEALTHi team was able to provide soap, towels and slippers to him. Mr. B has been sober since June. He previously resided at Lakeside adult home earlier this year, but stated he left because there was drug use there that was not been addressed. Mr. B. reported that he has been abstinent for four months, and his sobriety is very important to him. He is now in treatment at Project Hospitality's Recovery and Wellness program.

Since he has now obtained suitable housing, he stated that he is happy and feels secure. He has been able to take his medication consistently and currently in physical therapy for weakness due from stroke. Mr. B. is grateful to finally have some stability in his life. Professionals have noticed the improvement in Mr. B's appearance and his attitude since moving off the street.

Value Based Payment Corner

Staten Island PPS launched its Value Based Payment Resource Center earlier this year. This resource is hosted on the SI PPS website and supports our overall initiative to educate and prepare the SI PPS Partner Network for the transition from "fee-for-service" to "value-based payments," including the SI PPS VBP Education Program.  

Joe Kuehn,  Partner - Healthcare Solutions, KPMG LLP, joined us at the 2018 Population Health Symposium and gave a presentation on the trends and implications of the move to value-based payment. He spoke about the current situation, the transition to VBP, leveraging DSRIP to achieve strategic objectives and life after  DSRIP.

You can view the presentation deck on our VBP Resource page at

Events, Training, and Resources

Keep up with all of our upcoming and ongoing training opportunities!

If you're a Staten Island PPS partner employee, you can find all of our upcoming and ongoing trainings here.

Reporting a Compliance Concern

SI PPS is committed to ensuring that it has a system in place to respond to possible compliance issues. We will investigate and respond to potential compliance issues as they are identified. 

SI PPS has an anonymous/confidential Help Line: