Hospital Trustees Celebrate Quality Initiatives

Hospital Trustees Celebrate Quality Initiatives

Hospital trustees, chief administrators, and quality directors from the Hudson Valley recognize their peers for excellence in quality and patient safety

(Newburgh, NY . . . November 21, 2012) Trustees from hospitals in the Hudson Valley region gathered Monday, November 12, 2012, at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, New York for a celebration of clinical excellence and to learn more about the crucial role trustees play in the changing health care environment. The Regional Trustee Briefing, sponsored by the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association (NorMet), paid tribute to hospital quality and patient safety initiatives selected by NorMet members as the most outstanding for 2012. NorMet represents hospitals in Westchester County and the six other Hudson Valley counties.

“As our health care delivery system becomes much more patient-centered and reimbursement becomes more value-based, quality improvement initiatives will play an ever increasing role across the continuum of care,” said Kevin Dahill, president/CEO of NorMet. “Those facilities that embrace the challenges inherent in developing and maintaining robust performance improvement programs and can demonstrate measurable and meaningful results will succeed.”

NorMet recognized first place regional winners in four categories:

  • Hospital Division or Unit – Good Samaritan Hospital (Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center) for Elimination of Elective Deliveries (C-section and vaginal births) of Less than 39 Weeks
  • Small Hospital – Northern Dutchess Hospital for Maintain Optimal Pain Control and Increase Patient Satisfaction by Decreasing the Amount of Opioid Use as Well as Adverse Opioid Effects Following Total Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee
  • Large Hospital – Vassar Brothers MedicalCenter for Improving Sepsis Treatment Leads to Saving Lives
  • System – Greater Hudson Valley Health Systemfor Project ZERO Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection: Hardwiring Central Line Maintenance Best Practices in ICU.

White Plains Hospital received an Honorable Mention in the Large Hospital category.

The awards were presented by Steven Kelley, president/CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital and Chair-elect of the NorMet board. Kelley offered remarks about the importance of ongoing performance improvement initiatives and the positive return those efforts have upon patients, their families, and the community.


From left: Registered Nurses, Maternity Unit Joyce Lavecchia; Annie Ikin; Meg Moore; Deborah Marshall, Vice President, Bon Secours Charity Health System; Nicole Richmond; Jeanne Boydston, BSN, RNC-OB,C-EFM, Clinical Nurse Manager, Labor and Delivery; and Steven Kelley, President/CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital and NorMet Chair-elect.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, was honored with the NorMet 2012 Quality and Patient Safety Award Winner (Hospital Division or Unit). Congratulations to the staff of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for their exceptional work within this area! It is truly an honor to provide such Good Help to Those In Need within our communities. Our model for delivering extraordinary care for our patients is often replicated, however, never duplicated. This aware is a testament to the quality of care that is provided within our facility on a daily basis.


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