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[April 21, 2011]                                                  

SUNY Downstate Chosen as Site for Center for Care Innovation and Transformation Program

The Department of Nursing Services at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn has been selected as one of 46 sites across the country – and only seven in New York State – to participate in the 2011-2012 Center for Care Innovation and Transformation (CCIT) initiative of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).
For this project, Nursing Station 71 will serve as the CCIT best practice pilot unit. NS 71 provides care for medical-surgical neuroscience, epilepsy, and gynecology patients and their families. Locally, best practices achieved on NS 71 will be tested and disseminated throughout other UHB medical-surgical units. Nationally, best practices will become part of the AONE CCIT database and will be posted on the AONE-CCIT website for dissemination to other CCIT hospitals.

“This represents a major recognition for our Department of Nursing Services,” said Stephen R. Marrone, EdD, RN-BC, CTN-A, deputy nursing director at SUNY Downstate. “The program will help us enhance our professional practice and strengthen our nursing leadership role at the regional and national levels, while achieving our primary goal of improved patient outcomes."   

CCIT builds on the tenets of the nationally recognized Transforming Care at Bedside Program, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which ran from 2003 to 2008. The goal of that effort was to improve quality and patient safety on medical and surgical units. CCIT goes further and will address nurse leaders needs, culture change, and healthcare reform implementation.

CCIT focuses on safety and reliability; care team vitality; patient centeredness; increased value; caring; and transformational leadership. AONE notes that the program will serve as a resource for nurse leaders seeking to transform not only the way they care for patients, but also the culture in which they find themselves working, so that innovation and transformation become a daily pattern.

The Department of Nursing Services’ work with CCIT will build upon the learning and outcomes that have been achieved by participation in the Nursing Leadership Academy, Center for Frontline Nursing Leadership, and the Nurse Executive Center of The Advisory Board Company.       


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.