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Seven Bon Secours Charity Health System Nurses and One Holistic Health Practitioner Complete ‘Caring Advocate’ Program

Graduation held at Mount Alverno Center 

Caring Advocate Graduation 2On Wednesday, April 30, six of seven Registered Nurses and one Holistic Health Practitioner, all serving in Orange and Rockland County hospitals that form the Bon Secours Charity Health System, participated in a graduation ceremony held in the chapel at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY.

Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

The graduates had just successfully completed The Bon Secours Health System Inc. Caring Advocate Education Program, a system-wide educational initiative to prepare them with knowledge, experience and practice skills rated to a Professional Practice Model that emphasizes Dr. Jean Watson’s Theory of Caring and Relationship-Based Care.

In 2007 Dr. Jean Watson founded the international nonprofit Watson Caring Science Institute with the mission to restore the profound nature of caring-healing in today’s healthcare systems and to retain its most precious resource, caring professional nurses and transdisciplinary care team members.

Dr. Watson’s Theory of Human Caring (Caritas) is now used in approximately 300 health care institutions in the United States and other institutions worldwide. And the Bon Secours Charity Health System is committed to the adoption of her Theory of Human Caring and the “Caritas” philosophy.

The recent graduates are St. Anthony Community Hospital Registered Nurse Claudia VanRaamsdonk, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Registered Nurse Donna Regan, Registered Nurses Sandy Gomas and Carol Tunney of Schervier Pavilion skilled nursing facility; Regina Stafford and Catherine Hood of Bon Secours Community Hospital, Orange County Nurse Manager Maureen Donnelly and Holistic Health Practitioner Karen Dalton of St. Anthony Community Hospital.

The new Caring Advocate Education Program nurses were mentored for six months by Janet Bailey, Joie Ogrodnick, Kathy Guerra and Gunnel Greenfield. Their work and study projects focused on self-care to prevent nurse burnout; developing trusting relationships with patients and coworkers; and creating a caring, healing environment.

“The Caring Advocate Program,” said graduate Maureen Donnelly, MSN, RN, information nurse manager Orange County, “allows us to discern the Dr. Jean Watson theory and bring the caring concept to the nurses and patients at the bedside.”

Bon Secours Charity Health System nurses are invited to apply and to be part of this annual program, which will begin in September.

Good Samaritan Foundation to Host “Pedal for a Purpose” Event to Help Support Center for Breast Health

Stationary Bike Spin-A-Thon to be Held May 2 at RevRyder Spin Studio in Sloatsburg, NY

Book your bike, burn calories and feel good about the workout and great about the cause.

On Friday evening, May 2, Good Samaritan Foundation will host a “Pedal for a Purpose” indoor bicycle spin-a-thon to help support the Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY.

Three 60-min. rides beginning at 4:15 p.m. and ending at 7:15 p.m. will be held at the RevRyder Spin Studio, 174 Route 17 North in Sloatsburg, NY.

Men and women of all fitness levels can register on line at The

$25 donation for each class entitles each rider to a fun, exciting and healthful workout along with prizes and refreshments. And each ryde will have special surprises that will move and inspire you.

Space is limited so please register early and no later than April 29.

Sponsorship opportunities and team registration are also available and whether you’re in the saddle or supporting a cyclist the funds raised will continue to support services to improve the quality of life for patients at the Center for Breast Health through early detection, diagnosis and treatment.

Breast health is every woman’s concern and The Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, serving women in lower New York State, eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey, offers one of the most advanced programs for diagnosing and treating virtually any breast health issue.

The Good Samaritan Foundation is the voice of philanthropy for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.


March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. And every year, approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease and more than 50,000 die from it.

The Bon Secours Charity Health System hospitals: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY encourage the people in their communities to begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, and then keep getting screened regularly.

 “Colorectal cancer is a cancer that can be prevented, or at the very least treated successfully when detected early,” said Peter M. Kaye, MD, FACS, FASCRS, director of colon and rectal surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. “Colorectal cancer is most prevalent in patients over the age of 50. And screening for colorectal cancer starts at age 50, unless there is a strong family history,  or if a patient has symptoms such as rectal bleeding or a change in bowel habits at a younger age.”

Dr. Kaye explained that there are different ways of screening, but colonoscopy is the gold standard. A skilled colonoscopist can both examine the colon, and remove any precursors to cancer (polyps) at the time of examination. The procedure is safe and painless because it is performed with gentle sedation.

“Patients need to be proactive about their wellness,” said Dr. Kaye. “Don’t be a victim. Prevention is by early detection. Schedule an appointment with your local colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist to see if it is time for you to schedule a colonoscopy.”


National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16

Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 East Main Street, Port Jervis, New York, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Bon Secours Community Hospital is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with New York state laws.  These resources are available at

Specifically, on April 16, from 9 – 10 AM and 12:30 – 2:30 PM, Bon Secours Community Hospital is welcoming the public with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms.  This information will be available on the hospital’s first floor in the atrium conference room adjacent to the café area.  There is no need to pre-register for this event.  Additional information on the event can be obtained by contacting Barbara Dwyer-Anderson, LMSW at 845-858-7122.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Barbara Dwyer-Anderson, LMSW of Bon Secours Community Hospital.”  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit

Get in the Game During Commitment Week

This year Commitment Week 2014 is March 16-22. The week is part of the Healthy Me, Healthy You employee wellness initiative which provides all employees with a variety of ways to support improved health and well-being.

So take this opportunity to join your colleagues and “get in the game” by filling out a Commitment Card! The card helps you to write down goals to help you get started or to find ways you can continue to improve. And Commitment Week is fun too.

Watch for details coming soon.  And, plan to take part in this year’s system-wide challenge. During the week of March 16-22, complete three Masters of Exercise activities like walking, running, exercising, for at least 15 minutes on different days of the week. Then log these activities at All who complete at least three days of exercise will be eligible to win a prize. And, help your system bring home the Commitment Cup trophy awarded to the Bon Secours System that has the greatest percentage of participation by its employees.

Commitment Week 2014 is more important than ever as Bon Secours works to build a culture of employee health and well-being, that allows us to be good stewards of our resources, including helping to hold down the cost of health insurance.

You can get started today by learning more about better health and the 2014 Wellness Incentives.  Please go to IRIS and click on “Healthy Me, Healthy You” under Quick Links. If you complete your Incentives and are enrolled in a BSHSI Medical Plan, you can earn up to $900, deposited in a Health Reimbursement Account for you, to use to cover the cost of your health care expenses.

National Catholic Sisters Week MARCH 8 – 14!

The first ever National Catholic Sisters Week occurs Saturday, March 8, through Friday, March 14.  Part of Women’s History Month, the week honors Catholic sisters who have served faithfully as an integral part of American history.  The celebration is also intended to increase national awareness around the lives and profound contributions of sisters, inspiring girls and women to be open to a potential call to religious life.  During the National Catholic Sisters Week, the Sisters of Bon Secours would like to remind all employees that they are welcome to become involved with the congregation, either by considering religious life as a Sister, becoming an Associate, or by volunteering.  Click here to learn more about the Sisters of Bon Secours.

Retirement Savings Plan to Transition to Fidelity Investments

Bon Secours has selected Fidelity Investments to become the new service provider for the Bon Secours Retirement Savings Plans, effective July 2014. Fidelity will manage the retirement plan for 403(b) and 401(k) defined contribution plans, which most Bon Secours employees are eligible to use to save for retirement.

The selection of Fidelity follows an intensive year-long review and comparison of the retirement plans and services offered by other service providers, including our current partner, VALIC.  A letter announcing this change has been sent to employees with account balances in a Bon Secours Retirement Savings Plan.  Only those Bon Secours retirement plan accounts held at VALIC are affected by this change.

In early May, a packet, containing more comprehensive information about this transition, will be mailed to employees’ homes. The packet will include a calendar of events and details of what employees will need to do before and after the transition.  You may also submit questions via e-mail to

No action is required by employees at this time. Until this transition takes place, please continue to access your plan accounts or obtain information as you do today via the VALIC Client Care Center at (877-375-2422),, or by contacting your local VALIC financial advisor.


Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, Placing Good Samaritan Among Top 5% of Hospitals in Nation

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center today announced that it has received the 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellenceaccording to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The distinction makes Good Samaritan one of the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance.

From 2010 through 2012, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as a group had an overall 26.4% lower risk adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals.  During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 156,036 lives could potentially have been saved.

Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally.  For example, of the 61 hospitals evaluated located in the New York, NY/Northern New Jersey metropolitan area for treatment of Stroke, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates ranged from 2.7% on the low end to 25.0% on the high end, which is more than a 9-fold difference in mortality rates.

“Recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence have demonstrated better than expected quality care. For patients undergoing treatment for select common conditions and procedures at these hospitals, this translates to a statistically significant lower likelihood of death or experiencing complications when compared to the rest of American hospitals,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades.

The 260 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2014 study period (2010-2012), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 30 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit


Good Samaritan Receives Healthgrades 2014 Cardiac Care Excellence Award

Cardiac care at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is in the top 10% in the nation as measured by lowest risk-adjusted complications, according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions from 2010 through 2012.

The new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided.   A 5-star rating indicates that Good Samaritan’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Good Samaritan not only performs at a 5 star level – it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in this condition, and as a result has been recognized with the 2014 Healthgrades:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ in 2014
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services in 2014
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiology Services in 2014
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014)

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at

Sponsorship Leader Changes

The Sponsorship Leader role was established to advance Bon Secours Health System’s (BSHSI) alignment in governance and business practices with our Catholic identity, organizational mission and values.  Over the past 18 months, the Sponsorship Leaders have reflected on the role of this position in concert with BSHSI’s current leadership talent, emerging organizational needs, desire to promote systemness and prudent stewardship of resources.  With the recent departure of Sister Pat Heath, the Sponsorship Leaders recognized that now is a good time to make some changes.

After careful discernment and based on the group’s work, I will be making changes in Sponsor Leader assignments to align with  current and emerging BSHSI needs.  While the key responsibilities of Sponsorship Leaders will not change, each Local System will be impacted.  Each Sponsorship Leader will have multiple responsibilities and serve multiple Local System constituencies.  The following are the restructured assignments for Sponsorship Leaders:

Sponsorship Leader

Local System Assignment

Sr. Anne Lutz Retain EVP of Sponsorship role and serve as Sponsorship Leader for Bon Secours Baltimore Health System
Sr. Anne Marie Mack Bon Secours Richmond Health System and Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System
Bro. Art Caliman Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System and Bon Secours New York Health System
Thom Morris Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Bon Secours Kentucky Health System

Retain responsibilities for Bon Secours Ministries and the Center for Ministry Leadership

John Wallenhorst Bon Secours Charity Health System

Retain responsibilities for Mission and Ethics

These changes are effective January 1, 2014.  In the interim, all Sponsorship Leaders will retain current assignments and work closely to ensure a smooth transition.  Sr. Anne Marie Mack and I will continue to serve as Sponsorship co-leaders for Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System to address the vacancy created by Sr. Pat Heath’s departure.

The Sponsorship Leaders believe the above changes positively respond to evolving BSHSI organizational needs.  As leaders, we will continue to look for opportunities to explore career development opportunities for those interested in Sponsorship Leader roles.  Our goal includes engaging in creative succession planning through Sponsorship Leaders for the next generation of Catholic health care.

Congratulations to the Sponsorship Leaders on their new assignments!