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Bon Secours Charity Health System Hosts 2010 Patient Care Summit Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Jean Watson

MAHWEH, NEW JERSEY (January 10, 2010) - On Friday, January 8, the Bon Secours Charity Health System hosted its first “2010 Patient Care Summit” at the Sheraton Crossroads hotel in Mahwah, New Jersey. Approximately 350 staff members from every department in the Health System, which includes Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis; Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, attended the all day workshop.

The Summit, whose theme was, “Caring – The Art and Science of Practice Excellence,” featured two presentations by internationally known Human Caring Theorist Jean Watson, Ph.D., RN, who presented her vision “to restore the profound nature of caring-healing and support within the current healthcare system.”

Dr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor of Nursing and holds an endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and the International Caritas Consortium, a network of systems using caring theory to transform practitioners and systems. Dr. Watson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and previously served as Dean of Nursing at the University Health Sciences Center. Her theory of Human Caring is based on the belief that major life problems must be interpreted within a “Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual” or a holistic approach to patient care.

The Earl Vincent and Julia Stamski Barry Institute generously underwrote the “2010 Patient Care Summit” for Patient Centered Excellence of the Bon Secours Charity Health System. In addition to Dr. Watson, other key speakers at the Summit included Andrea Mazzoccolli, RN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc. and Mary Del Guidice, RN, Senior Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer of the Bon Secours Charity Health System.

“Nine members of our staff from the Med/Surg floor at St Anthony Community Hospital attended,” reported Nurse Manager Anita Sultana, RN. “and everyone was very excited and caught up in this exhilarating event. It was truly an inspiring day, a day to remember.”

The Bon Secours Charity Health System is committed to the adoption of Dr. Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and the “Caritas” philosophy. And last Fall, a group of staff members from all three hospitals in the system formed the Charity Caritas Guiding Team.

This year, a Community Caritas Council, which is open to the public, will be formed to help support the Guiding Team in its ongoing work for quality and compassionate healthcare. And with this in mind, on the evening before the Patient Care Summit, Dr Watson offered a presentation at Good Samaritan hospital for officials, emergency service personnel, health care providers including physicians and nursing doctoral students, members of the Bon Secours Charity Health System Foundation and others from the community. Representatives from four hospitals outside the Bon Secours Charity Health System as well as the Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and several local colleges also participated.

During the afternoon portion of the Patient Care Summit, Lori Perlstein, RN, Director of Professional Development and Education and Regina Stafford, RN, Clinical Director of ICU and Telemetry introduced all 25 members of the Charity Caritas Guiding Team. The program closed with a candlelight ceremony and an inspirational multimedia presentation from Dr. Watson. Those who participated in either event as well as Dr. Watson had also been invited to sign and share their thoughts on cloth panels, which Caritas Guiding Team volunteers will soon sew into a quilt memorializing the occasion.

“This was one of the proudest moments in my career to see how this Caritas Team was able to unite such a large number of colleagues throughout our entire system for this wonderful event,” said Mary Del Guidice. “The room was filled with love and enthusiasm.”

Bon Secours Charity Health System includes three New York hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis; Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick. Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the region's only open heart surgical center at its Suffern campus and the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted-living and adult-home facility, and several other community based medical programs. It serves over half a million people in seven counties and three states. Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., based in Marriottsville, Maryland which is a not-for-profit Catholic health system employing more than 20,000 caregivers in 7 states. For more information visit www.bschs.org

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