A Message from the President
As we head to the end of the year and the holiday period, I am pleased to report that 2015 was a good year for the hospital and our continued growth and innovation. After a year and a half of construction we opened our a new building, welcomed two more classes of medical residents, transitioned to a new electronic medical records system in the Emergency Department – SAM ED – and successfully transitioned to the new coding standard, ICD-10, just to name a few of the changes this year.
By now I hope you have had a chance to tour our new Arthur & Linda Calace Foundation Pavilion, or at the very least to attend a seminar or class in our new “Long Island Anesthesia Physicians Conference Center” (please thank our Anesthesiologists when you see them). I want to personally thank every member of the Mather Family and community who together contributed more than $5 million to support the building of this new facility.
After years of delays, ICD-10 finally became a reality in the United States. My thanks to Mather’s ICD-10 Transition Committee who worked to make the transition from ICD-9 as smooth as possible.
I would like to welcome the following new members of our Mather Family:
New Hospital Board Members Debra Engelhardt and William J. “Duffy” Mich, Jr.
Frank Christiano, Director of the Department of Environmental Services coming to us from St. Francis Hospital.
Congratulations to Brandy Feliu, MSN, RN who was named AVP for Nursing Professional Development; Denise Driscoll, NPP, RN, who is now Director for Inpatient Psychiatry; Kevin Koubek, who is now Director of Engineering, Hospital Design and Construction and oversees both Engineering and Hospital Construction; and Emily Emma MSN, RN who was promoted to Nurse Manager for 3 South.
Kudos also to Ted Nilsson, MS, RT, RRT, Director of Respiratory Services, who was named Respiratory Care Faculty Clinician of the Year by the SUNY at Stony Brook’s Health Sciences Center Alumni Committee.
Mather is the only hospital in Suffolk County to earn four stars for patient experience from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (www.cms.gov, October 2015).
Congratulations to our Voyage to Excellence Champions, who were honored at a breakfast at Danfords Inn. They are Phyllis Macchio, ANP, Standards of Performance; Alisha Richard, Bright Ideas; Alice Aug, Patient Experience; Yvette Munoz, Employee Engagement; Karen Tuzzolo, RN, Leadership Development; Joanne Moschello, Communication; and Adam Wos, MD, Physician Engagement.
Quality & Safety
Mather Hospital is now the only hospital in New York State to be recognized with eight consecutive “A” ratings from The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. Congratulations to everyone for this outstanding achievement.
The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, has recognized Mather as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2015. This achievement demonstrates Mather’s commitment to assuring that evidence-based interventions are delivered in the right way and at the right time.
Specifically, Mather was recognized in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, stroke and immunization.
Innovation & Growth
Thanks to everyone for all that you accomplished in 2015. We will build on those accomplishments in 2016 and continue to be known for the excellent patient care and safety for which we have been recognized. We are planning to add additional residencies, beginning with diagnostic radiology and psychiatry, in the near future.
I would like congratulate the entire staff for exceeding our overall patient satisfaction percentile rankings goal for the third quarter of 2015. Keep up the great work you do for our patients and the communities we serve. Thank you