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Brenda Ng Assists Patient on New York Bound Flight

Each year, the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists holds their annual ACDIS Conference. This year, the 8th Annual ACDIS Conference was held in San Antonio, Texas from May 19 to May 21 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The 8th Annual ACDIS Conference featured four tracks: Management and Leadership, Clinical and Coding, Quality and Regulatory Initiatives, and Innovative CDI. These four tracks included a diverse range of sessions on the latest trends and cutting-edge techniques to enhance Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) programs.

Brenda Ng, MS, RN, CCS, CCDS, from St. Anthony Community Hospital traveled to San Antonio during the third week of May to present a poster that described the role of the Clinical Document Improvement Specialist at the 8th Annual ACDIS Conference. This was Brenda Ng’s second year presenting a poster at the ACDIS Conference; last year she presented a poster in Las Vegas that addressed the Transformation from ICD 9 to ICD 10.

Brenda raved about the conference, saying, “You learn so much during those few days, especially because it is the same people under the same umbrella; you feed off the energy.” But after 2014’s 7th Annual ACDIS Conference, it was Brenda who provided that contagious energy during her plane ride from Las Vegas to New York. On the flight, she assisted in the care of a passenger on the flight with the help of a renal physician from Montefiore Hospital. As a nurse and volunteer EMT in Greenwood Lake, Brenda knew she needed to spring into action as soon as the flight attendant asked if any medical professionals were onboard the flight.

Brenda inserted an IV into the French-speaking patient, checked her glucose level after asking if anyone on the flight had a glucometer and provided the patient with IV fluids until the plane made an emergency landing in Colorado and was met by advanced care professionals. Brenda referenced how tough it was to hear the patient’s breathing while the aircraft was in-flight and mentioned how wonderful it was to overhear another passenger state ‘I would love to have her as a nurse.’

While asked about the 2014 plane ride, Brenda said, “I was not supposed to be on that flight, I changed my flight to an earlier time in order to get home earlier. What an overwhelming feeling and accomplishment. Reflecting back on how quickly my emergency room skills came into action was awesome. I guess you never forget what to do when you have no time to think. I still have the courage to work with whatever supplies I have and I thank God that the client made it off the flight safely to the hospital.”

2014 Dedicated Service Award Recipients

The annual Dedicated Service Award (DSA) is given to recognize an employee who has demonstrated dedicated service, an untiring commitment in living the Bon Secours Health System Values and Mission, and has consistently been “good help to those in need”.

The annual DSA recipient is one who embodies the spirit of the Bon Secours Health System Mission to “…bring compassion to health care and to be good help to those in need, especially those who are poor and dying.  As a System of caregivers, we commit ourselves to help bring people and communities to health and wholeness as a part of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.”

 2014 Dedicated Service Award Recipients:

Patricia “Pat” Ciccarone – Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

Nancy Bregaudit – Good Samaritan Home Care

Brenda Wolpert – Bon Secours Community Hospital

Deborah “Debbie” Schradin – St. Anthony Community Hospital

Harold Malloy – Warwick Long Term Care

All DSA recipients and nominees were honored at luncheons throughout Bon Secours Charity Health System campuses during the month of September. The DSA recipients each received a $1,000.00 check and are invited with a guest to attend the 2014 BSHSI Dedicated Service Award Ceremony and Dinner held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore on Monday, November 10, 2014.

Congratulations to all recipients and nominees.

Meet the 2014 DSA Recipients

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center – Patricia  “Pat” Ciccarone

Pat Ciccarone is a unit Assistant in the Emergency Department (ED) of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; she has 21 years of service with Good Samaritan, and 17 years in the ED.  Pat is often the first person who visitors, patients, and providers meet upon entering the ED.  Her gentle kindness often puts visitors at ease as soon as they enter through the doors, helping in any way that she can. Pat’s colleagues shared that she is the “heart and soul of the ED.”

Pat is an annual participant on Good Samaritan’s team at the American Heart Association walk.  Pat is a cancer survivor who serves as a special resource for staff members who have been diagnosed with cancer.

 

Good Samaritan Home Care – Nancy Bregaudit

Nancy Bregaudit is a Registered Nurse who has worked in Home Care for 22 years.  Nancy has a calling for helping those less fortunate, often focusing her help in the Spring Valley area known as the “Hill”. This area is comprised of many individuals who are poor, uninsured, and often times have many social problems that impact their overall health and return to wellness.  While embracing this population, Nancy works tirelessly to provide excellent nursing care to restore them to wellness.  Nancy works seamlessly with Bon Secours Charity Health System social workers and other community agencies to ensure all of her patient’s needs are met.

Nancy is an active member of her church community working on various committees, and volunteers in her children’s school.

 

Bon Secours Community – Brenda Wolpert

Brenda Wolpert is a Registered Nurse working in the Mental Health Unit at Bon Secours Community Hospital with 22 years of service.  Brenda excels at providing bedside care and inspiring excellence.  She is a blessing for the patients – bringing her expertise and spirituality to the patient population.  One of the psychiatrists on Brenda’s unit shared, “I have worked in the psychiatric field all of my adult life and it is always refreshing to see a nurse like Brenda who has the human touch and deeply cares for each patient each day in the unit.”

In April 2014, Brenda ventured to Honduras to offer her nursing care, and will make a return visit in November.  Brenda also volunteers with the Junior Catholic Daughters where she assists the girls in making items and preparing care packages that she brings on her journeys to Honduras.

 

St Anthony Community Hospital – Deborah “Debbie” Schradin

Deborah is the Office Coordinator for the Radiology Department with 27 years of service. Debbie is kind and caring employee who is constantly there for the patients and co-workers; offering assistance whenever and wherever she can.  Whether she is helping a confused patient by explaining something, lending an ear to someone with a problem, or consoling someone in a time of need, Debbie is the definition of a dedicated employee.  Debbie treats everyone she meets with respect and compassion- she is a devoted friend who would give anything to help another in need.

Debbie volunteers with activities at Sacred Heart Church.  She was the Assistant to the Girl Scout Leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, sponsors a family during the Holiday Season.

 

Warwick Long Term Care – Harold Malloy

Harold Malloy is a certified nurse aide for Schervier Pavilion with 3 years of service.  Harold has been instrumental in making each resident he comes into contact with feel like they are the center of his universe, every person he meets walks away with a smile because of his presence.  Harry’s loving, compassionate and kind approach has helped the nursing staff to de-escalate many agitated, restless residents.  Harry was also a Super User for the health system’s new electronic records.

Harry has organized a gardening group with the elder residents in his neighborhood.  He visits with them, encouraging them to do what they can in their gardens and assists them in the tasks that they are no longer able to complete because of physical limitations.

About user IDs & passwords

Unique user IDs and passwords are assigned to help prevent unauthorized persons from accessing Bon Secours’ secure systems, including those with patient protected health information (PHI). Do not share your user ID/password. To keep PHI secure, keep your password secret, change it often (or when prompted), and report if anyone is sharing or working under another’s user ID/password.

Did you know?

• Your assigned user ID/password is your legal signature in the Bon Secours network?

• Logging on to our system under another user’s ID/password is falsifying records?

• No one can require you to share your user ID/password or use another’s, including supervisors and physicians?

• Your user ID/password is only for you; you are responsible for any action taken with your user ID/password?

• Giving someone your user ID/password, makes information available to someone unauthorized to receive or review?

• You enter the same user ID/password into Lawson/ezAccess—which contains your paystub and banking information—as you do into ConnectCare™ and other programs?

DO:

• Memorize your password or store it in a secure place

• Take care when entering your password in front of others

• Immediately change your password if you suspect it may have been compromised

• Report any potential security breach to the Privacy Officer or Information Security Officer

• Logout whenever you are away from your desk or finished for the day

DON’T EVER: Share your password with anyone, log-in to allow others to access information or use  another’s user ID/password. Doing so violates the Access and Password Management Policy and will result in disciplinary action. 

BON SECOURS CHARITY HEALTH SYSTEM TEAM IN WALK TO CURE DIABETES

Help Support the Bon Secours Charity Walkers in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sunday, October 26 

Enjoy food, music and fun for a good cause.

On Sunday, October 26, the Bon Secours Charity Walkers Team, whose members include hospital employees and citizens of communities serviced by Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY will participate in the annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

The JDRF Walk, designed to raise money for critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, will be held at the Rockland Boulders Stadium, 1 Provident Bank Park in Pomona, New York. Check in time is 9 a.m. and the 5k walk starts at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to support the Walk by fundraising or making a donation.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin — a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research.

To register and participate in the walk or to make a donation on behalf of the Bon Secours Charity Walkers Team visit: www.walk.jdrf.org

For additional information contact Katie Marshall at (201) 568-4838 or email: cmarshall@jdrf.org

The Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Granted Reaccreditation

– American Academy of Sleep Medicine Recognizes Excellence in Quality Care –

The Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center recently achieved reaccreditation through August 2019 from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Having recently passed a site visit from the AASM, The Sleep Disorder Institute successfully demonstrated dedication to clinical excellence, high quality care and its commitment to enhance the awareness of sleep as an important element of health, safety and quality of life.

AASM Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers is considered the gold standard for evaluating and comparing sleep medicine programs and facilities nationwide. The Sleep Disorder Institute’s reaccreditation demonstrates the staff’s ongoing efforts to provide patients with high quality diagnostic services and long-term management of sleep disorders.

The Sleep Disorder Institute is one of the select few accredited sleep centers that offer home-sleep testing. When clinically indicated, those patients participating in home-sleep tests are supplied with equipment that measures their breathing patterns while sleeping.  The test enables the institutes to offer broader diagnostic options to patients suffering from sleep apnea, while demonstrating a commitment to quality services.

If you are a loud, habitual snorer, feel tired and groggy upon awakening, experience sleepiness and fatigue during waking hours, are overweight, or tend to choke, gasp or hold your breath during sleep, you may be suffering from an undiagnosed sleep disorder. Contact the Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center at (845) 368 – 5512.

Power Up with Your 2015 Wellness Incentives

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It’s time to get going and Power Up for good health, with the 2015 Wellness Incentives!  So energize your life and reap the rewards by powering up.

Here are some highlights of the 2015 Wellness Incentives:

  • There are 3 Incentives. Each is worth $300, for a total of $900, if you are covered by a BSHSI Medical Plan.
  • This year a new Healthy Habits Incentive replaces Preventative Care.  It provides opportunities to choose the healthy habit you want to pursue:  complete a smoking cessation program, take part in an Aetna chronic disease coaching program, participate in Daily Challenges, or log pedometer steps.
  • The Healthy Weight and Personal Health Assessment Incentives remain the same from 2014. Remember the PHA is not available until after April 1, 2015.
  • The deadline to earn all three Incentives is August 31, 2015.

Your Incentive dollars will again be deposited by Bon Secours into a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) as they are earned. The HRA is administered by ConnectYourCare and helps pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses for you and your family.

For more details on the Incentives, please click here or go to the Healthy Me, Healthy You section on IRIS under “Quick Links” on the IRIS home page and click on the Employees’ Guide to 2015 Wellness Incentives.

Don’t delay! Get started this fall and begin to earn your Incentives and money. Go for it and Power Up!

 

BON SECOURS CHARITY HEALTH SYSTEM HOLDS MINISTRY FOOTPRINTS MOVING AHEAD CEREMONY

Twenty Two Staff Members Complete Course 

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On Monday, September 15, a Moving Ahead ceremony and luncheon was held for the first group of employees of Bon Secours Charity Health System who had recently completed a course in Ministry Footprints: Markings of Good Help Everywhere.

The well attended luncheon and presentation of certificates of completion was held in the Greenbrier Room at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY. It began with a video presentation by Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, who offered her congratulations.

The ministry formation program was developed by the Bon Secours Center for Ministry Leadership and designed for staff members across all departments, as a professional development opportunity to enhance each individual’s knowledge and skills, and in turn, improve the quality of care. Ministry Footprints Awards Ceremony 5

Twenty two employees of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and affiliated long-term care and assisted living facilities were each awarded certificates of completion and Ministry of Footprints medals by their individual group facilitators.

“This program will start them on a journey to Ministry Leadership,” explained Clare Brady, Senior Vice President of Mission. “It involves learning more about ministry, about themselves and about their spirituality and increasing engagement in the work we do.”

Shortly before lunch, individuals who had received their certificates and their facilitators were invited to comment on the experience.

“You get to really know people,” said Chaplain Sr. Sheila Mullins, OP. “It has been a wonderful experience.”

ST. JOSEPH’S PLACE RESIDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS’ DAY

Family picnic held outdoors at Bon Secours Community Hospital

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PORT JERVIS, NY  – (September 6) The predicted stormy weather held off and on Saturday afternoon, September 6, residents of St. Joseph’s Place, a long-term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, gathered with their families, staff and volunteers to enjoy the annual “Grandparents’ Day” picnic.

It was a great opportunity for generations of families to visit their loved ones and to enjoy a traditional end-of- summer celebration. The staff prepared lots of barbecue favorites and families and everyone enjoyed musical entertainment and good weather under a large tent in the patio outside of Bon Secours Community Hospital. Residents stated that most of all, they enjoyed getting together with their families and staff members for a fun afternoon.

“We had a wonderful day,” reported Adele Coates, administrator of St. Joseph’s Place. “This year our theme was simply a celebration of fall, a time of year we will all soon enjoy.”

St. Joseph’s Place long-term care at Bon Secours Community Hospital is a 46-bed skilled nursing facility that provides professional care in an interdisciplinary approach to meeting the medical, personal, spiritual and social needs of each of its residents.

Residents are encouraged to participate in a wide array of activities including gardening, games, music, arts and crafts, education, and fitness programs. They also enjoy group day trips and outings to local restaurants. In addition, many local groups and organizations regularly visit St. Joseph’s Place and help to keep residents involved and in touch with their community.

St. Joseph’s Place is located on the first floor of Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 E. Main St., providing residents with easy, ready access to the hospital’s medical facilities and staff.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s Wound and Hyperbaric Institute Reaccredited

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Grants Highest Level of Accreditation 

The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, directed by *Dr. Byoung Yang, recently achieved reaccreditation with “Distinction”, the highest level possible, through the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). Good Samaritan is one of three facilities in New York State accredited with Distinction by UHMS.

The honor was bestowed on the institute after the UMHS sent a team of experts to the facility to examine staffing and training, equipment installation, operation, and maintenance, facility and patient safety, and standards of care.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one of the most powerful treatment methods available today for healing chronic wounds and radiation damage such as hemorrhagic cystitis, proctitis or psteoradionecrosis. HBOT is safe and non-invasive.  Patients simply lie in a comfortable chamber, relax and breathe pressurized 100% oxygen. This brings more oxygen to wounds and damaged tissue, helping patients to fight infection and speed the healing process.

Hyperbaric oxygen helps the body reduce inflammation that hinders blood flow to tissues; kills bacteria to avoid disease; boosts the infection-fighting power of white blood cells; stimulates blood vessel growth in damaged tissue by releasing stem cells from bone marrow.

*Dr. Yang is System Medical Director of Wound and Hyperbaric, Bon Secours Charity Health System. He is board-certified in both Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and Internal Medicine; fellowship-trained at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, and the 2007 recipient of the President Award (Second Place) for stem cell research by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is home to the leading wound care specialists and treatment options in the region, serving Rockland County in New York and northern New Jersey. For more information, please call (845) 368.5465, or visit http://bschs.org/our-services-wound-and-hyperbaric-programs.html.

BON SECOURS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AWARDED $4.3 MILLION IN NEW YORK STATE IAAF FUNDING

Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS), the parent healthcare system of Bon Secours Community Hospital (BSCH) in Port Jervis, announced that it has been granted up to $4.3 million from the New York State Department of Health through its Interim Access Assurance Fund (IAAF). The hospital will initially receive $1.25 million in funding beginning in August.

That funding, along with the remaining monies, will sustain operations at the hospital through March of 2015, as BSCHS works to design and implement a long-term, sustainable healthcare model focused on the specific and distinctive healthcare needs of the greater Port Jervis community. The funding will be distributed via monthly allocations that are directly tied to the institution’s financial performance.

“We are grateful to the New York State Department of Health for partnering with us to help sustain our healthcare ministry in Port Jervis,” said Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System. “Because of Bon Secours Community Hospital’s importance to Port Jervis, the hospital has been granted funds to stabilize operations and continue to provide critical services to our community as we work collaboratively with community stakeholders to develop a healthcare delivery model that is both financially sustainable and one that meets the long-term needs of the people we serve.”

The IAAF is a short-term funding solution designed to stabilize safety net hospitals, and is one component of the state’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. DSRIP funding is made possible by reinvesting $8 billion statewide in savings generated by New York State’s Medicaid Redesign Team reforms. Bon Secours Community is one of 22 hospitals and five large public hospital systems statewide to have received IAAF funding.