May 16, 2016

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, along with Arif Ahmad, MD, have been designated a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery™ (COERS™) by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), the first in New York State. The designation means that Mather and Dr. Ahmad are now part of an elite network of surgeons and hospitals worldwide.

“I am honored to be named, together with Mather Hospital, as the first Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) in New York State. This designation by the Surgical Review Corporation is a testament to the strict standards of patient safety and care quality at Mather Hospital,” said Dr. Ahmad, who also was designated as a Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery(TM). “I am grateful to our surgical staff for their skill and dedication and to the hospital administration for providing us with the resources that made this designation possible.”

According to the SRC, a facility that receives the COERS designation “demonstrates a commitment to excellence in the care of robotic surgery patients at the highest levels of its medical staff and administration. This commitment includes specialty-specific credentialing and privileging guidelines.”

The Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery program was launched by the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA) to support its mission of advancing robotic surgical techniques, and to recognize surgeons and facilities worldwide performing robotic procedures and achieving defined standards for patient safety and care quality. To prevent bias and protect participant confidentiality, the Society selected SRC to manage all operational aspects of the program.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. Mather has earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mather also has received nine consecutive top “A” ratings from The Leapfrog Group for patient safety, the only New York State hospital to achieve that distinction and one of only 98 hospitals nationwide to receive an A score in each of the twice yearly rating periods. Mather also is one of only seven New York State Hospitals to earn the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award.