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Littauer’s Sepsis Care Initiative

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home is raising awareness for sepsis. Sepsis is a complication of an infection. It requires immediate and emergency medical attention. Although many may not have heard of sepsis, it has become one man’s quest to change that.

“Sepsis is responsible for more patient deaths than any other hospital condition nationally,” says Wes McFee, Performance Improvement Specialist with Littauer. “In Littauer’s last quarters of 2019, we have out-performed 94 percent of New York State hospitals in regards to compliant sepsis care. We have increased our overall performance for sepsis protocols.”

Nathan Littauer’s Performance Improvement Specialist, Wes McFee.

Recently, McFee delivered a statewide presentation on “Littauer’s Sepsis Care Initiative” at the request of The New York State Department of Health. The presentation addressed sepsis protocols within the hospital setting, and also discussed corrective action strategies regarding the deadly illness. Using compiled sepsis data, McFee discussed the strategies he implemented for Nathan Littauer Hospital with the Department of Health. The strategies used at Littauer have improved the quality of care, and will serve as a model for other hospitals in New York State to consider adapting.

Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home also led the charge in providing more awareness for sepsis with their “sepsis awareness campaign” September 2019. As a result, the campaign brought an immense amount of community awareness of the illness. Many members of the region were discussing the dangers of sepsis on social media.

“Sepsis is no laughing matter,” McFee adds. “It has a high mortality rate, so we’re always looking to improve. This is a beginning of our long-term goals for sepsis care at Littauer. We’ll continue these strategies, and reach our goals.”


About Nathan Littauer
Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74 bed acute care hospital with an 84 bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. More information can be found by visiting

NLH Nursing Home Recognized As One Of The Top In The State

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – The New York State Department of Health has just named the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home as one of the department’s Top Performing Nursing Homes. With nearly 629 New York State nursing homes, Nathan Littauer was selected as only one of 42 to receive this top recognition. In addition, Littauer was one of only 5 selected for this distinction in the Capital Region.

This exclusive list recognizes the nursing homes that have achieved the top quintile in the last three years of the Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI). The Nursing Home Quality Initiative consists of five components; a quality component which evaluates 14 Quality Indicators, a compliance component that looks at our Department of Health surveys, immunization data and submission of cost reports, our potentially avoidable re-hospitalization rate, scoring and determination of ineligibility. Performance is based on the 2014, 2015 and 2016 NHQI.

“We are honored to be one of the few recognized for our hard work and dedication,” said Vice President, Administrator/NLH Nursing Home, Leslie Beadle. “Our excellent staff treats our residents with care, compassion, integrity and respect every day, and it shows as we continually strive to improve our residents’ quality of life.”

The Nathan Littauer Nursing home is an 84 bed skilled care facility with short-term rehabilitation and long term care, therapeutic recreation – adjacent to a hospital and uniquely connected directly to a state-of-the-art dialysis center.

For more information on the Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home, Please call (518) 773-5611.