Burke Rehabilitation Center strives to be the premier health care organization committed to providing science-based rehabilitation, preventive health and education for a lifetime of wellness. With these in mind, Burke is taking an active role in enhancing the health of our local community and New York State as a whole.
For the past year, Burke has been part of the Hospital Health Planning Committee—a collaborating with the Westchester County Department of Health and 15 other area hospitals to select and address two of the five health initiatives outlined by New York state. The five priorities are:
- Prevent chronic disease
- Prevent HIV, STDs and vaccine-preventable disease, and health care-associated infections
- Promote healthy women, infants and children
- Promote mental health and prevent substance abuse
- Promote a healthy and safe environment
Keeping the needs of Westchester County and Burke's local community and service area in mind, the group selected prevent chronic disease by reducing the percentage of people dying prematurely from heart-related deaths and promote healthy women, infants and children by increasing breast feeding.
Details of Burke's service area and its community health needs (based on the survey distributed this past summer) can be found in Burke's newly published Community Service Plan 2013-2015. The plan also details how Burke, in collaboration with other community and health care organizations, will address these two initiatives.