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Bon Secours Charity Health System Dedicates First-of-its-Kind Institute For Improving Patient Care

Warwick, NY (March 15, 2010) - Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS) announces the dedication and opening of the Earl Vincent and Julia Stamski Barry Institute for Patient Centered Excellence of the Bon Secours Charity Health System.

This first-of-its-kind institute will train and educate BSCHS nurses, physicians and other caregivers on extending relationship-based patient care which goes beyond the short-term condition by accommodating patients' wider spectrum of needs.

The Institute is supported by a naming donation from Julia Stamski Barry and Earl Vincent Barry, her deceased husband, of Warwick, NY. Mrs. Barry was a patient at BSCHS' St. Anthony Community Hospital and was so moved by the care she received that she donated $500,000 in appreciated stock to name the Institute.

The focus of the Earl Vincent and Julia Stamski Barry Institute for Patient Centered Excellence is to provide employees, staff and physicians with educational experiences to improve patient care through learning and continuous professional development. Recent strides BSCHS has made toward nursing "Service Excellence" status have lead to the drive to create this Institute.

"The Bon Secours Charity Health System recognizes and celebrates the power of people, their personal and professional passion for excellence and commitment to caring," said BSCHS CEO Philip Patterson. "The development of the Institute began with recognition that knowledge transforms performance, which translates to improved patient care which directly impacts the communities we serve."

Through the Earl Vincent and Julia Stamski Barry Institute for Patient Centered Excellence, employees of BSCHS will enhance both the knowledge and skills necessary for nurses, physicians and other caregivers to provide competent, compassionate care for its patients, their families, and the communities served by BSCHS. These are skills necessary to differentiate the care received at a BSCHS facility - care that comes from a place of quality and compassion.

A strategic goal of the Institute supports the creation of a first-class organization dedicated to a culture of continuous learning and operational excellence. The Institute will be organized into three "Centers of Excellence," each offering donors individual naming opportunities:

  • Center for Performance Excellence - This focus will improve patient care with innovative programs to benefit the patient and their families, the community and the healthcare profession
  • Center for Clinical Excellence - BSCHS will develop strategies and initiatives to assure the highest quality patient-centered experience
  • Center for Leadership Excellence - By enabling the development of care-based leadership skills, this encourages the achievement of organizational goals and structure to how they will be reached

"This project is the first of its kind. It will truly transform the quality and level of care available throughout the Bon Secours Charity Health System," said Leah Cerkvenik, Senior Vice President of BSCHS Operations and Orange County Administration.

The Barry Institute will operate "virtually" throughout the region and provide programs at all BSCHS facilities, including Good Samaritan Hospital, in Suffern, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital and the Warwick Healthcare Campus - including Schervier Pavilion and Mount Alverno Center, in Warwick, NY; and Bon Secours Community Hospital and its long-term care facility St. Josephs Place, in Port Jervis, NY.

One of the Barry Institute's first activities, in January, was to bring Dr. Jean Watson, the founder of the International Caritas Consortium - which is a network of systems using "Caring Science" to transform practitioners and healthcare organizations - to instruct BSCHS nurses on the "Caritas" philosophy of relationship-based care. This philosophy, being adopted by healthcare organizations across the globe, is based on the belief that major life problems must be interpreted within a "Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual" framework. This allows healthcare providers to care for life in its entirety.

Through the Barry Institute, the staff development team is continuously developing training for clinicians, physicians and nurses based on best practices to provide growth opportunities and skill building throughout the Bon Secours Charity Health System.

Julia Stamski Barry is a lifelong Warwick resident. She retired from the Warwick Valley Telephone Company (WVTC) after a lengthy career during which she held the position of Manager of the Business Office, and was later named Treasurer of the WVTC. Earl V. Barry, Julia's late husband, also a lifelong resident of Warwick, retired from the WVTC after a lengthy career during which he was named Vice President of Outside Plant, and served on the Board of Directors. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of the Raymond Hose Company. Earl excelled in basketball and baseball, and coached the Warwick Little League. Charter members of the Warwick Valley Country Club, where Julia holds an honorary membership, Earl and Julia each won several club tournaments and championships, including some together. Earl often spoke with fondness of Warwick being their home, as Julia continues to do today. On their behalf, Julia has gifted St. Anthony Community Hospital to underscore their commitment to the Warwick community - their beloved home for so many years.

About Bon Secours Charity Health System
Bon Secours Charity Health System serves over half a million people in communities within New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is comprised of three acute care hospitals located in the Hudson-Delaware Valley of New York: St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis and Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, as well as Good Samaritan Home Care, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. The Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the region's only open heart surgery program; Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; advanced cancer, stroke and vascular therapies; and the widest array of health and wellness programs in the region. It has been recognized nationally for superior patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and as the place to practice for physicians throughout the area. For further information visit our Web site at: www.bschs.org.

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