A Message from the President
On Dec. 29, 1929, John Titus Mather’s wishes were fulfilled with the opening of the first general hospital in the Town of Brookhaven. The hospital, named for its benefactor, had 54 beds, an emergency room with a single bed and what was considered to be the finest X-ray, laboratory and surgical technology available. Last of a family of Port Jefferson shipbuilders, Mather had created a bequest in his will that called for a non-sectarian charitable hospital to be built in Port Jefferson that would be “a success and credit to the community”. Eighty-five years later, with our sixth consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, our Magnet® designation and our continued recognition by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in New York State, I believe our founder would agree that we continue to fulfill his vision.
Mather’s will stipulated that the hospital be “... so designed and constructed as to permit future enlargement, assuming that future needs may justify such action...” As you know, our building project– the Arthur & Linda Calace Family Pavilion – will address the current and future health needs of our community and will include a 35-single bedded unit, offices, meeting rooms and patient care areas to support our growing Graduate Medical Education Program, and a state-of-the-art Conference Center. The project is on schedule to be completed by July 2015. We also continue to invest in new technology, including our purchase this year of a new 3T MRI and our investment in Precision CyberKnife of New York, a joint effort with North Shore Hematol - ogy and Oncology Associates.
Congratulations to our 2014 Health Care Heroes –Joan Faro, MD, Chief Medical Officer (Physician Hero); Mary Ferrara, RN, Nurse Manager for the inpatient Oncology Unit and the outpatient Infusion Center (Nurse Hero); and our Lung Cancer Screening Program (Community Outreach). All were honored by Long Island Business News at an awards breakfast in November. We welcomed Keri Ann Dunne as our new Director of Volunteers. Keri Ann comes to us from the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack.
The Employee Engagement Team recognized two winners of the 2014 TOP OF THE WAVE Contest for their outstanding commitment and dedication to Mather –Donny Rodriguez from Special Procedures and Jake Santacapita from Environmental Services. Donny, an Imaging Radiology Tech, was involved in a procedure for a dying patient. The patient was very nervous and scared and asked Donny to sing to her. Donny sang Moon River during the procedure to soothe her. Shortly after the procedure, the patient had an untoward event and passed away within a few hours. Jake, an Environmental Services Aide, worked the evening of a major rain storm, which caused a breach in the temporary enclosure at the building construction site. During the night water cascad ed into the facility, and Jake spent hours trying to hold back the ongoing swell of water. He remained to assist the next shift team with the final clean-up efforts. Congratulations also to the runners-up – Laura Block, Physical Therapy; Cindy Court, Public Affairs; Joy Foley, HIM; and Kyle Nigro, Engineering.
Quality & Safety
Mather was once again recognized for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group, which awarded us a sixth consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score. Mather is one of only 204 hospitals nationwide that have earned the top score in all six rating periods from Leapfrog, an independent industry watchdog. U.S. News & World Report’s 25th annual Best Hospitals rankings rated Mather among the best hospitals in New York State. Mather was ranked 20th out of nearly 250 hospitals in New York State – up from 31st in last year’s rankings. The 2014-15 rankings looked at 4,743 medical centers across the country. Mather was also recognized as high-performing in diabetes care and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology. Mather also was ranked above the state and national averages for patient satisfaction.Mather received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Mather earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.
Innovation & Growth
In November, we opened Precision CyberKnife of New York in East Setauket. Precision CyberKnife is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors located anywhere in the body that offers sub-millimeter accuracy. Precision CyberKnife focuses multiple beams of high-dose radiation with extreme accuracy to the tumor, while avoiding healthy organs and tissue that is close by. It adjusts for even the most subtle motion made by the patient during the treatment. Behavioral Health Services went live in December with Sunrise at Mather (SAM) electronic medical record system. Sunrise Emergency Care, which we have titled SAM-ED, is scheduled to go live March 10, 2015. SAM-ED will add the Emergency Department to our SAM (Sunrise at Mather) system. This will lead to improved efficiencies and improved patient safety. Physicians, nurses, allied health providers and other care providers will now have one clinical patient record to view that would include our patients’ Emergency Department care as well as the Inpatient and Outpatient care that presently reside in SAM. An interdisciplinary team is currently testing the system.
In addition, we are also working on electronic prescribing of medications (ePrescribing), including the electronic prescribing ofcontrolled substances (EPCS). New York State has mandated that as of March 27, 2015, all medication scripts for patients that are to be filled outside of the hospital must be sent electronically to those pharmacies.
It is because of the work you do every day that Mather Hospital at 85 continues to improve, invest in our future and move closer to our goal of being the best community hospital in New York
State. I am confident that John T. Mather would be proud of the hospital that bears his name.