PORT JEFFERSON, NY ― Mather Hospital’s Voyage to Excellence employee teams dedicated a bench in front of the hospital to mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic and to thank the entire Mather family for their dedication during this difficult time.

“We wanted to remind the Mather Hospital family that they are appreciated, and that the Voyage teams recognize the extra efforts put forth by everyone in the organization,” said Melissa Bantz, Voyage to Excellence project coordinator. “We hope this small token of appreciation from the Voyage to Excellence teams serves as a spot to rest for a moment before work, after a shift, or during a lunch break, where every employee, physician, and volunteer can be reminded of the collective trial through which they prevailed.”

Deanna Keen, chair of the Voyage to Excellence Employee Engagement Team, said the bench “serves not only as a reminder of this trying year that we all pulled together to overcome, but also as a reminder to our hospital staff to simply take a break! We have been working hard battling COVID-19, and we have been on the frontlines since day one. I think this serves as a nice reminder to take some time to yourself, take a seat, and take a moment to relax.”

Mather Hospital launched its Voyage to Excellence program in June 2008. Its  goal is to become the best community teaching hospital in New York State. The Voyage strives to create a culture based upon excellent service in an environment where employees are empowered to perform at their highest level of ability. The employee teams foster a hospital culture that continuously improves the delivery of high-quality health care and satisfaction to patients, visitors, physicians, and team members.

To mark the one-year anniversary of the pandemic and to honor our frontline workers and all those lost to COVID-19, Mather Hospital also has lit its iconic cupola in blue light.


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About Mather Hospital

Mather 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 twice 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 has received 15 “A” ratings for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. For further information about Mather Hospital, visit www.matherhospital.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/matherhospital.


About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 75,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,800 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu and follow us @NorthwellHealth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.