A Message from the President
Whoever coined the term “summer doldrums” obviously didn’t visit Mather Hospital this summer. This has been an especially exciting and busy time for us, marked by innovation and growth that will help ensure our ability to meet the changing healthcare needs of the communities we serve.
On July 1, we welcomed our first class of Internal Medicine residents. These 19 residents of varied backgrounds will quickly become familiar faces around Mather as they make their rounds, ask questions of our medical staff, work with our nursing staff and other departments and join us in the cafeteria. They represent an investment in our collective future as we address the shortage of primary care doctors.
We also prepared for our summer launch of a CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery program in partnership with North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates. Precision Cyberknife of New York, a program of Mather Hospital at NSHOA®, as our program will be known, will be located in East Setauket. North Shore radiation oncologists Martin Silverstein, MD, and Joseph Cirrone, MD, will use the CyberKnife® to treat tumors throughout the body non-invasively.
Another investment in medical technology is our new 3 Tesla MRI. Situated in the space formerly occupied by Physical Therapy next to our existing MRI, this new machine expands our ability to diagnose disease through the use of magnetic fields and radio waves. The addition of a second MRI will also help us to better meet the present demands of our outpatient radiology business.
To better enable our patients to monitor their health, we created FollowMyHealth, our patient portal that gives patients 24/7 online access to their medical information at Mather. This includes test results, lab results, visit summaries and discharge summaries. The implementation of a patient portal is a requirement of the Meaningful Use 2 program of the Federal Government.
We have continued to develop our Mather Care TV, a patient education system that will be available in patient rooms, recovery areas and our Infusion Center. The system will feature health education videos, a real-time service request system, and discharge planning and patient care information.
Finally, work has continued all summer on our building addition, which is scheduled for a Summer 2015 completion. The Arthur & Linda Calace Family Pavilion, which will add more than 28,400 square feet of space to the existing hospital, will house a 35-single-bedded patient care unit; offices and teaching facilities for our Graduate Medical Education Program; and a state-of-the-art conference center.
Dr. Nicholas Kolanko joined us as the new Medical Director of Imaging Services.
Dr. Marie Basile, Assistant VP of Medical Affairs, was installed as president of the Suffolk County Medical Society.
Susan Morin, RN, Director of Adolescent Partial Hospitalization and Eating Disorder programs, was named a finalist by Nursing.com in the prestigious GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) Awards in the category of Home, Community and Ambulatory Care. She now represents the New York-New Jersey region in the national awards.
Mary Ferrara, RN, was chosen as our Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council Nurse of Excellence Award nominee at the annual Nursing Recognition Awards Ceremony in May.
Marie Mulligan, RN, Vice President for Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer, and B. Hannah Ortiz, MD, Director of our Department of Gynecology, were honored earlier this year by the Town of Brookhaven at the annual Women’s Recognition Awards.
Congratulations to all the Mather employees honored at our annual Employee Service Awards. This year we had two employees who were honored for 45 years of service – Petra Robinson of Food & Nutritional Services and Valerie LaRosa of Finance.
The Capstone Award was given to the team that led the successful effort to achieve Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Joseph Ng, MD received the Physician Hero of the Year Award, selected by our employees.
Our Auxiliary celebrated 65 years of service to the Hospital and the Community with a special proclamation from Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine, who declared May 5 “Mather Hospital Auxiliary Day” in the town.
Quality & Safety
Mather was recognized by The Leapfrog Group with its top “A” Hospital Safety Score for the fifth consecutive ratings period. Mather is one of only 251 hospitals in the nation to have achieved an “A” grade in all five score releases of the Hospital Safety Score and the only hospital in Suffolk County to do so. The Brookhaven Town Council honored Mather in June with a special award for achieving five consecutive “A” ratings in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.
Mather also continued to rank among the top hospitals on Long Island in the most recent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient satisfaction rankings.
Fifty-eight percent of employees and volunteers completed the Employee Volunteer Survey, exceeding last year’s total. Thanks to all who filled out a survey, which will help us make Mather a better place to work, receive quality healthcare and make a difference in someone’s life.
Innovation and Growth
Our new technologies, such as the 3T MRI and CyberKnife, and new programs, including the Internal Medicine Residency, are all solid examples of this pillar at Mather.
The years ahead will be an exciting time at Mather as we embrace new technologies and strive to meet the changing healthcare demands of our communities and the evolving healthcare industry.