A Message from the President
Expect to see new faces in the hallways and cafeteria at Mather this summer as we welcome our second class of 15 Internal Medicine and four Preliminary Year residents and 13 residents in our new ransitional Year program. Later this summer, new offices and teaching facilities for our growing Graduate Medical Education Program are expected to open as part of the Arthur & Linda Calace Foundation Pavilion, which will also house 3 North, a new 35 single-bedded patient care unit, and a conference center. Together, the building expansion project and the residency programs will allow us to better address the changing healthcare needs of our community as we move forward.
Christine Mac Entee, RN, of 2 South was named our first DAISY Award winner. This national award recognizes nurses who make an enormous difference through the work they do. Recipients are nominated by patients.
Michael Burghardt was named an Assistant Vice President overseeing Imaging Services, Precision CyberKnife of New York, the Fortunato Breast Health Center, EKG/EEG, the Prostate Health Center, Materials Management, Bio-Medical Engineering and the Mailroom.
Marisa Bisiani, DNP, RN, ANP-BC joined Mather as Director of Infection Prevention and Employee Health Services.
Denise Driscoll, RNC, CARN, PMHNC-BC, NPP was appointed Director for Inpatient Psychiatry.
Sue Morin, NPP, Director, Partial Hospitalization Program, is now responsible for both the Adult and Adolescent programs as well as the Eating Disorder Program.
Teresa Pickel, RN, BSN, CCRN was named Nurse Manager for 3 North.
Alice Kolasa, DO, Director of the Palliative Medicine Program, was honored by the Town of Brookhaven at its annual Women’s Recognition Awards.
Joanne Lauten, RN, our Stroke Coordinator, was named Mather’s 2015 Nurse of Excellence.
Marie Mulligan, PhDc, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CNO Vice President for Nursing, was nominated for the regional Nursing.com GEM Award for leadership.
Adam Wos, MD, Interim Director of our Emergency Department, received the Physician Hero of the Year Award, selected by our employees.
We also welcome Juliette McKenna, Director of Charitable Giving, a new position in the Public Affairs Department that is responsible for major and planned giving.
Congratulations to all the Mather employees honored at our annual Employee Service Awards. Special recognition to Dolores Cataldo, Edward Germano, Anita Heege, RN, Cindi Mazlin and Patricia Slokovitz for 40 years of service to Mather. This year the Capstone Award was presented to Behavioral Health Services for their extraordinary patient dedication, growth and service for more than 35 years.
Our Auxiliary presented the Hospital with a $220,000 check at the Volunteer Appreciation Party in April. This completes their $1 million pledge for the building expansion. Many thanks to the Auxiliary for their exceptional support and to our Volunteers for their dedication and service to patients, staff and visitors.
Quality & Safety
Mather was recognized by The Leapfrog Group with its top “A” Hospital Safety Score for the seventh consecutive ratings period, a feat matched by just 182 hospitals nationwide out of more than 2,500 ranked by Leapfrog.
Mather also continued to rank among Long Island’s top hospitals in the most recent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient satisfaction rankings.
U.S. News & World Report ranked our Transitional Care Unit (TCU) among the nation’s best with a five-star rating. Jefferson’s Ferry, the life care community in South Setauket that is part of the Mather Family, also made the 5-star list.
Innovation and Growth
Our Emergency Department’s new electronic health record system – SAM ED – went live on March 10. SAM ED is part of the Sunrise at Mather (SAM) Electronic Medical Record and is designedo give access to patient records in the Emergency Department and to the Medical/Surgical, Transitional Care and Critical Care units.
A new Patient and Family Advisory Council for Oncology Services is being formed by a multidisciplinary team comprised of members of Nursing, Medical Staff, Social Work, Food and Nutrition Services, Rehabilitation Services and Public Affairs. The Council, which includes several former patients and family members, is focused on improving the patient experience at Mather Hospital.
A new Back & Neck Pain Center will be introduced to employees this summer and to the community this fall. The Center’s mission is to provide patient-centered, evidenced and value-based back and neck care through a comprehensive and holistic model of care that is collaborative and team oriented.
As always there is much going on at Mather Hospital. I wish you and your families a very healthy and happy summer!