FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: August 13, 2010
West Islip, NY – The New York Organization of Nurse Executives (NYONE)—a professional organization for nurses who provide leadership and participate in the development of public policy—has given Rita Regan, RN, the 2010 Best Practice Award for the Nassau/Suffolk region. NYONE had invited qualifying applicants to send submissions that emphasized innovative, collaborative clinical and education programs resulting in excellent outcomes. The quality coordinator for Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Ms. Regan earned the prestigious award for her abstract, “Reducing Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Readmissions.”
Ms. Regan and her nursing colleagues at Good Samaritan led an initiative to reduce congestive heart failure readmission rates. An interdisciplinary team identified and implemented changes in communication, education material for staff and patients, and patient discharge follow-up. Changes such as rapid identification of the primary caregiver and home care personnel’s implementation of a call-back program following patient discharge significantly reduced readmission rates for CHF patients. These kinds of advances have earned Good Samaritan Hospital recognition from organizations such as Niagara Health Quality Coalition for significantly lowering risk-adjusted mortality rates, compared with the state average. The medical center was also recently presented with the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines™ Heart Failure Bronze Performance Achievement Award.
“As a Magnet™ designated hospital, Good Samaritan keeps patients and families at the center of its universe, as the staff continually strive toward the achievement of excellence in patient care,” said Senior Vice President of Nursing Administration Patricia Hogan, RN.
For information on nursing services at Good Samaritan Hospital, please call (631) 376-4444.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The medical center, which has more than 4,500 employees and almost 900 physicians on staff, had more than 30,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 emergency room visits in 2009. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides more than $54 million in community service and charity care each year. The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.