2017 Christmas Tree Lighting
On Thursday evening, December 7th, St. Joseph Hospital held our annual Christmas Tree Lighting. It was a fun night for the community, staff and over 250 Girl Scouts in attendance. We wish to thank Home Depot for donating the tree and the Girl Scouts for decorating; the Bethpage Fire Department for driving Santa, Mrs. Claus and a cast of holiday characters in their now famous Holiday Train and the volunteers who gave of their time to assist in guiding everyone to Santa; and those who served the hot chocolate and cookies! A Big shout-out thank you to all the staff who worked behind the scenes and to Liz Schwind who coordinated all the efforts!
2017 Golf Classic
St. Joseph Hospital’s Golf Classic was held on a beautiful September day at Cold Spring Country Club. Almost 100 (99 to be exact) golfers participated in this year’s outing. Golfers started the day with a lavish brunch and this year’s gift was a big hit - - a HiTech Performance waterproof full-zip front jacket!
The “scramble” tournament started at 1pm sharp. Golfers enjoyed a gourmet BBQ lunch during the day and had fun with the contests, such as “Get on the Green” and the “Hole-in-One” challenge. It was a perfect day - - lots of laughs and plenty of sunshine!
After a great day on the golf course, golfers and dinner guests enjoyed cocktails and then a delicious dinner buffet and dessert bar. This year’s honorees, Drs. Peter Boulukos and Robert Sunshine, were recognized for their years of service and dedication to St. Joseph Hospital. The awards presentation followed and the evening came to a close with the raffle winners being announced.
Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, sponsored, volunteered and supported this year's golf outing. Special thanks to our tournament sponsor, Progressive Emergency Physicians, for their generosity. St. Joe’s 2017 golf outing was a huge success - - we raised close to $95,000! All proceeds will be used for the CHS Cancer Center at St. Joseph Hospital.
How Big is Your Heart?
CHS is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a healthcare system on LongIsland with a refocused mission, vision and “I-CARE” values—Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence—lived every day by our staff. Accountability: St. Joseph Hospital’s Danielle Jones exemplifies accountability in her day-to-day work. A patient liaison, she strives to excel in her role assisting patients. When she learned that a patient who was not scheduled to be discharged was read...y to go home, except that, due to a chronic mobility issue she needed an ambulette. The patient’s physician, knowing how important it was for the patient to return home that day, asked Ms. Jones for assistance. Ms. Jones found and facilitated transportation arrangements so the patient could be discharged. Her willingness to take responsibility for the situation resulted in a favorable outcome and high patient satisfaction.
2017 Gala Shines
St. Joseph Hospital’s 2017 Gala, “A Night to Shine” was a success with 375 guests enjoying a fun-filled evening at the Crest Hollow Country Club. This year’s honorees, Vijay Shah, MD, Giuseppe Caruso, MD, and Ron Steimel, helped raise more than $170,000. The proceeds will be used for Emergency Department improvements.
(L-R) Ron Steimel, EVP/CAO (Honoree), Mercy Medical Center; Peter Scaminaci, EVP/CAO, St. Joseph Hospital; Adam Carpentieri, DO, Medical Staff President; Vijaykumar Shah, MD, Chief of Infectious Disease (Honoree); The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre; Giuseppe Caruso, MD, Chief of Pulmonary Disease (Honoree); and Alan D. Guerci, MD, President & CEO, Catholic Health Services.
St. Joseph Wins Highest Honors From HANYS
St. Joseph Hospital was named by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) as one of the winners of the 2017 HANYS Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety. The award was presented at a ceremony held by HANYS in June. St. Joseph was honored for successfully addressing alarm fatigue, which resulted in a significant improvement in patient room quietness. St. Catherine’s also won for its initiative that enabled the hospital to exceed state and national performance in administering plasminogen activator (tPA) to stroke patients.
“This achievement reflects the hospital’s high level of professionalism and dedication to patient safety,” said Executive Vice President and System Chief Medical Officer Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO. “Through the implementation of systematic performance improvement strategies, the team at St. Joseph has significantly raised the bar.”
St. Joseph’s “Reducing Rule-Based Error: Implementation of PDSA and Its Impact on Alarm Fatigue” resulted in a 39% reduction in non-critical clinical alarms per patient day (exceeding the original goal), a decrease of more than 9% in transfers to a higher level of care and a 26% improvement in HCAHPS Quietness of Room at Night
St. Joseph was chosen from among 86 statewide nominations. Winners were selected in four categories: three for acute care based on bed count and one for post-acute/outpatient providers. In early May, St. Joseph was named a finalist in the CHS Pinnacle Award, which is modeled on the HANYS recognition.