Message From Administration
Scott H. Perra, FACHE
June is a month of graduations and celebrations. A special thank you to our instructors and staff of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) School of Radiography – their final graduating class of 13 students caps a remarkable 50 year history for the school. The program now becomes part of the curriculum offered through Mohawk Valley Community College. We also have five dental residents graduating from our James M. Rozanski General Practice Residency Program at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and 10 physicians graduating from our SEMC Family Medicine Residency Program along with one physician who is a GYN Surgical Fellow. Three of the residents will continue their career with the Mohawk Valley Health System. We are happy to welcome the following physicians to their new practices: Emir Hodzic, MD, is joining the SEMC Old Forge Medical Office; Mallory Sullivan, DO, is joining the SEMC Waterville Medical Office and William Gaetano, MD, has accepted a position with Team Health in our SEMC Emergency Department.
We hosted a very successful Trauma Symposium with more than 140 attendees from throughout the region. With topics ranging from geriatric trauma to advanced airway management, it was a daylong event that provided excellent learning tools and hands on support for first responders and caregivers. Thank you to our teams at the SEMC Trauma Center and our Emergency Medical Services for organizing the day.
Nearly 300 cancer survivors and family members celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day. The Regional Cancer Center team, along with a number of volunteers, created a very special day complete with gift basket raffles generously donated by employees. Thank you for making the annual breakfast so memorable. And thank you to the teams at FSLH and SEMC who participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. It was a combined effort this year and helps set the stage for even greater support in the years to come.
We had an unexpected Department of Health survey at SEMC in June. It was part of a pilot survey set up through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This consultative survey provided good feedback on quality management, infection prevention and discharge planning. The survey team was very complimentary of our staff throughout their three day review.
Our Children’s Miracle Network Hospital raised more than $539,000 for Women’s and Children’s Services at FSLH during their annual telethon. The generosity of our employees, medical staff, volunteers and the community is overwhelming. The contributions make a tremendous difference in the care we can provide and the opportunities we have to support specialized needs and services. We also had a successful employee campaign at SEMC pledging nearly $86,000 to support updating patient rooms and upgrading our security to include a badge swipe system. Thank you.
One of the many benefits of the affiliation is the opportunities it creates for our employees, medical staff and volunteers to take advantage of educational programs, events and activities that occur throughout the system. It also helps us get to know and work with like teams at the different campuses. In the coming months we will be developing a ‘best practice’ model for patient satisfaction for the system. Improving the patient experience is always a goal and making the experience consistently exceptional no matter where you receive care will prove to be tremendously satisfying for our patients, residents, their families and all of us.
Summer has arrived and I hope you take the time to enjoy it with family and friends.
Scott H. Perra, FACHE