A Culture of Excellence

Mather Hospital has a culture of deep and genuine commitment to patient safety and quality improvement.  The hospital has been recognized for its quality improvement initiatives by several organizations. Mather has twice been awarded the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a distinction held by only 570 hospitals worldwide. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mather was named a Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America in recognition of our Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, which optimizes antimicrobial use while combating antimicrobial resistance. Our laboratory was awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Healthcare Quality. Mather in 2021 was rated high performing by U.S. News and World Report in three adult specialties and five procedures and conditions. In 2021 Mather again received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Role Elite award and the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award in recognition of its quality care patient care. which recognizes its commitment to quality and success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients using nationally accepted clinical guidelines. Mather has received 15 top “A” ratings for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group and continues to receive high ratings in patient satisfaction surveys. The hospital has been designated an age-friendly health system at the highest level of “Committed to Care Excellence” by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Our New Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice program in 2021 was reaccredited with distinction for four years by the ANCC. The program, the first to be accredited in New York State in 2018, helps new nurses develop more skills, competency and confidence through a year-long curriculum.

Mather Hospital and Northwell Health have affirmed their commitment to Graduate Medical Education (GME) by providing an educational environment based on the highest standards of excellence in professionalism, education, and ethical comprehensive patient care. They are committed to providing the educational, financial, and personnel resources required to carry out the Hospital’s GME mission. In addition, the hospital staff has enthusiastically embraced the introduction of the educational mission into the hospital’s culture. The fulfillment of the academic mission requires that the clinical environment support scholarship and the spirit of inquiry. Fundamental to this educational experience is clinical excellence in evidence-based patient care, which is delivered through the coordinated efforts of a multidisciplinary team. The patient is an important member of that team. Through the educational process the resident will learn to function as a member and leader in a healthcare team that explores ways to deliver high value healthcare while minimizing error, waste, and delay. Additionally, residents and faculty will actively engage in life-long learning, mastering the techniques necessary for self-assessment and formulating solutions by searching, appraising the literature, and incorporating the most up to date scientific research into their practice.

Our vision is to be recognized in New York State as the best community teaching hospital for the highest quality, compassionate, and innovative care. We hold four pillars as our core values: People, Service, Quality & Safety, and Innovation & Growth. As such, we strive to provide an ethical and professional environment in which the educational curricular requirements can be fully achieved and assessed. At Mather, diversity of background and thought is both respected and encouraged and is considered a valued resource for development of original ideas.

Signature Programs and Services

Mather has extensive surgical, behavioral health, and sleep services that will broaden the spectrum of conditions that residents will encounter and enhance the clinical experiences. For example:

Mather has a robust robotically assisted surgical program capable of performing procedures in the specialty areas of gynecology, gynecologic oncology, bariatric, urology and thoracic surgery.

Our Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and includes both outpatient and home-based adult and pediatric sleep disorder evaluation. Residents can take an elective in Sleep Medicine.

Mather has a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery™. (designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery), which uses a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of morbid obesity.

Our comprehensive Behavioral Health Services includes an inpatient adult and adolescent psychiatric unit, an adult and adolescent partial hospitalization program, an eating disorders clinic and an outpatient alcohol and substance abuse program.

The Fortunato Breast Health Center has full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Mather also has accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

The hospital’s orthopedics program includes joint replacements for knees, hips, shoulders and ankles.

Precision CyberKnife of New York is a partnership between Mather Hospital and New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, a leading hematology/oncology medical group, allowing us to offer advanced treatment for spine, brain, lung, prostate, kidney, and other cancers.

In addition, Mather has many other significant and unique resources available that will enhance resident education.

Our Cardiac Catherization Lab opened in 2021, enhancing the region’s cardiac services by performing minimally invasive tests and procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. Patients were previously transferred from Mather to have these services performed elsewhere. An electrophysiology lab is scheduled to open in late 2021.

In 2021 the hospital acquired a new Siemens 128-slice CT scanner with cardiac imaging capabilities, giving Mather three CT’s for the first time, and a new MRI, a Siemens 1.5T (Tesla) unit with a wide bore that can accommodate larger patients and will help further support Mather’s Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery™.

Our 16-bed Transitional Care Unit is a short-term inpatient unit where patients receive the focused care they require before being discharged home or to another facility. Mather’s TCU was one of the first such units in New York State, and its success has earned national recognition.