PORT JEFFERSON, NY – Mather Hospital’s Choosing Wisely Committee, was honored by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as an ASCP 2021 Choosing Wisely Champion for its successful efforts to drive effective test utilization and reduce waste in health care.
Established in 2016, the Choosing Wisely Committee reviews evidence-based guidelines to stimulate discussion about frequently ordered tests or treatments, and to develop tools to ensure clinicians make more effective care choices to improve quality and patient outcomes.
“The Choosing Wisely quality initiative is improving patient care by helping clinicians and patients make smart decisions about their care using science-based practice guidelines to avoid unnecessary diagnostic tests, treatments and procedures,” said Denise Geiger, PhD, DLM (ASCP), Mather Hospital’s Clinical Transformation Liaison and Clinical Chemist, Medical Affairs. “We are being recognized and honored with the ASCP Choosing Wisely Award because of the talents, collaboration and support of all of our hard-working committee team members.”
The Choosing Wisely Champions program is part of ASCP’s broader Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, which seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures. The program recognizes the efforts of dedicated pathologists and laboratory professionals for making informed decisions about lab testing. Choosing Wisely recommendations improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs, and the Choosing Wisely Champions encourage their colleagues to use the right test at the right time for the right cost.
Founded in 1922 in Chicago, ASCP is the world’s largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals. ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, anatomic and clinical pathologists, and medical laboratory professionals. To learn more, visit www.ascp.org .
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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 76,000 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.