A Message from the President
Kenneth D. Roberts
Northwell Health’s core values state: Every role, every person, every moment matters. We put our patients and customers at the center of everything we do, while acting on our core values: Caring, Excellence, Innovation and Integrity.
These are similar to Mather Hospital’s Voyage to Excellence and our four pillars of People, Service, Innovation & Growth, and Quality & Safety.
Keeping in mind our similarities and common goals will help our integration into the larger Northwell Health system. We are both committed to clinical excellence, patient safety and satisfaction. We are both teaching and learning organizations.
Northwell and Mather finalized our affiliation agreement with a signing ceremony in December, 2017, effective January 2018. I have every confidence that our progress to become the Best Community Teaching Hospital in New York State will not only be sustained, but will be advanced with Northwell Health.
Please join me in applauding our accomplishments as we continue to reach for even higher achievements in the future.
My thanks to Lisa Doumas, RN, and Auxiliary President Barbara Zinna, and Director of Volunteer Services Keri Dunne, and everyone else involved in making our Veterans Day Field of Honor ceremony a success. This moving event provided us with the opportunity to thank our hospital and community veterans for their service, and to honor them with flags in our courtyard.
Congratulations to Mather's Voyage to Excellence Champions! Each was recognized by their co-workers as individuals whose behavior and work ethic strongly model and characterize the Hospital's Standards of Performance: Joan Auguste (Communication), Cathy Mendelsohn and Kim Wilson (both for Employee Engagement), Arif Ahmad, MD (Physician Engagement), Nirupa Ramjisingh (Leadership), Luis Ehrman (Standards of Performance), Lindsay Perugini (Bright Ideas), and Marissa Dearborn (Patient Experience).
We welcome Catherine Chillemi RN, BSN, JD, who was named Director of Professional and Regulatory.
Congrats to Cameron Gittens, RN who won the Presidential Citation Award from the Nurses Association of the Counties of Long Island.
Cheers to Christine Livreri who was promoted to Senior AVP for Finance.
Congratulations to the Mather Auxiliary, which was named Auxiliary of the Year- Large Hospital Category, by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). The award makes note of the Auxiliary taking an active role in our annual Paint Port Pink community breast cancer awareness campaign; staffing an advocacy table encouraging employees, volunteers and visitors to write to their legislators about the harm that proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act would cause for their community; and contributing $210,000 from their fundraising efforts toward the Environmental, Engineering and Nutritional Services Departments.
Our Harbor View Primary Care practices in Port Jefferson and in Rocky Point achieved The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition. This reflects a dedication to coordinated and patient-centered care.
Quality and Safety
Mather has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for the past three years, and it is time for us to renew our certification. Our application was accepted with no revisions needed (Congrats Nursing Administration) and we have been scheduled for a site visit January 15-17, 2018 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Mather is one of only 469 hospitals worldwide to receive Magnet status. Let’s say that again: Mather is one of only 469 hospitals worldwide to receive Magnet status!!!
Congratulations to the Nursing and Emergency Departments for the improvements in throughput times in the Emergency Room – the time it takes to get patients to their inpatient bed from the time their inpatient bed is assigned. The steady decrease in that time is due to a multidisciplinary effort to identify barriers and solutions and improve communication.
Innovation and Growth
Look for the implementation of state-of-the-art mammography with tomosynthesis, “3-D mammography,” at the Fortunato Breast Health Center in 2018.
As the year come to a close I want to wish every member of The Mather Family a happy, peaceful holiday season.
Oh, and this: John T Mather Memorial Hospital – Leapfrog Rating 2017 “A”