BronxCare Health System
John R. Colón, Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees
For improving access to care for the West African community in the Bronx by creating a new diaspora practice to address the major health needs of this growing population and to help break down cultural and language barriers between clinicians and patients.
The Brookdale University Medical Center
David Rose, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Medical and Academic Affairs
For prioritizing patient safety and advancing high-reliability principles—efforts that are resulting in better outcomes, patient satisfaction, and interdisciplinary staff engagement.
The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Vasantha K. Kondamudi, MD, Executive Vice President, Network Physician Executive and Chief Medical Officer
For transforming the hospital center’s quality initiatives, working collaboratively with clinical and operational teams—leading to an “A” rating by the Leapfrog Group.
Catholic Health Services of Long Island
Kimon Bekelis, MD, Chair of Neurointerventional Services
For enabling Good Samaritan Hospital to gain certification as a comprehensive stroke and aneurysm center in less than a year—and improving outcomes for patients with cerebrovascular disease.
Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center
Christopher Moore, RN, Minimum Data Set Coordinator
For implementing a new alarm management system and creating an interactive dashboard designed to monitor alarms over time, reduce alarm fatigue, and provide easy access to data that supports clinical decision making for the Center's medically fragile children.
Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Sherryann Rampersad-Lalchan, RN, Transition Nurse Educator
For leading a program to improve care for the center's short-term patients and extend support to these patients post discharge, resulting in better patient outcomes and satisfaction, and lower rehospitalization rates.
Hackensack Meridian Health
Carol Leah Barsky, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officer
For creating a central quality command infrastructure for measuring, reporting, and ensuring quality for the 14 hospitals that are part of her health care system.
Hospital for Special Surgery
Steven K. Magid, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer
For leading the hospital’s quality initiatives—and for his key role implementing the electronic health record, which has accelerated the hospital’s ability to make quality improvements.
Interfaith Medical Center
Prissana L. Alston, EdD, Chief Nursing Officer/ Senior Vice President, Nursing
For launching a successful, multipronged strategy to prevent hospital-acquired pressure injuries.
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
Cynthia Wright, RN, Patient Care Director of the Emergency Department
For creating a system to decrease the time required to transfer patients from the hospital’s emergency department to critical care units, improving quality and patient satisfaction and reducing ED overcrowding.
Maimonides Medical Center
Patrick I. Borgen, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery and Director, Maimonides Breast Center
For developing successful multimodal pain management strategies to prevent surgical patients from developing opioid dependence.
MediSys Health Network
Luigi G. Tullo, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Ambulatory Care
For leading an initiative that reduced inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in the outpatient setting—through a combination of patient and provider education as well as electronic health record physician support.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Louis P. Voigt, MD, Chair, Ethics Committee
For his leadership as chairman of the Ethics Committee and his work to expand the Committee’s role and influence to help guide clinicians in their care of critically ill and dying patients and their families.
Montefiore Health System
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
Carolin Dohle, MD, Assistant Chief Medical Officer and Co-Director, Performance Improvement
For reducing the rate of transfers to acute care hospitals through a new sepsis recognition and treatment protocol and new ultrasound capability.
Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Alan Shapiro, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Senior Medical Director for Community Pediatric Programs
For leading an award-winning program serving homeless families and street youth in the South Bronx—and creating a community center to improve health outcomes for this medically and socially complex, vulnerable population.
Montefiore Hospital (Moses Campus)
Ulrich P. Jorde, MD, Section Head, Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support
For introducing a new and successful multidisciplinary approach to treating patients with end-stage heart failure who need heart replacement therapy.
Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital
Alison Vail, RN, Director of Nursing
For leading quality improvement projects, including initiatives to decrease the patient transfer time from the ED to inpatient unit, reduce readmissions, and decrease infections and pressure ulcers.
Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital
Michael Rubertone, MPA, Director, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
For better identification and treatment of ED patients with sepsis and septic shock—and for working with the hospital’s skilled nursing facility to ensure that residents with sepsis are identified and treated quickly.
Montefiore School Health Program
Rosy Chhabra, PsyD, Community Health Director
For launching a program to improve sexual and reproductive health services, and reduce teen pregnancy, in 12 high school clinics serving 59 schools in the Bronx.
Montefiore Wakefield Hospital (Wakefield Campus)
Joan O’Brien, RN, Director of Nursing
For implementing a falls prevention program in four medical units and one acute rehabilitation unit, which decreased the incidence of falls with injury.
Montefiore Nyack Hospital
Anthony V. Matejicka, II, DO, Chief Medical Officer
For dramatically reducing medication errors by launching a new barcode medication administration program involving the medical, nursing, pharmacy, and IT departments.
Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall
Gina Del Savio, MD, Chief Medical Officer
For engaging the medical staff in a new approach to medical/surgical product evaluation and procurement, which is evidence-based and optimizes cost, quality, and patient outcomes.
Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall
Mary V. Kelley, MBA, Vice President, Quality Management
For championing patient safety at all levels of the organization—including reducing hospital-acquired conditions, improving workflow processes, and encouraging event reporting.
White Plains Hospital
Susan O’Boyle, RN, Vice President of Quality
For launching a program to reduce harm events throughout the hospital, resulting in decreases in hospital-acquired infections, as well as deep vein thromboses, pulmonary emboli, and pressure ulcers.
Mount Sinai Health System
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Michael R. Berman, MD, Chief Quality Officer
For implementing a successful program to encourage medical residents and attending physicians to report occurrences that could lead to adverse events as well as adverse events themselves.
Mount Sinai Brooklyn
Kinta A. Alexander, DrPH, Infection Control Manager
For reducing hospital-acquired infection rates—and particularly for work to tackle the multi-drug resistant, hard to identify, and often deadly threat of Candida auris.
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Gopi Patel, MD, Hospital Epidemiologist
For leading efforts in antimicrobial stewardship and hospital-acquired infections—and achieving significant reductions in Clostridium difficile infections and catheter-related urinary tract infections.
Mount Sinai St. Luke's
Natalia Cineas, DNP, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer*
For launching a successful nurse-led interdisciplinary approach to pressure injury prevention, which in turn led to both a decrease in patient length of stay and treatment costs.
* Dr. Cineas is now Senior Vice President and System Chief Nursing Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals
Mount Sinai Queens
Allison Dempsey, MPH, Assistant Director of Quality
For launching a new program that pairs clinical and administrative leaders in each unit—resulting in increased patient satisfaction, as well as quicker operating room turnaround times and emergency department throughput times.
Mount Sinai West
Jennifer Jaromahum, RN, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer
For promoting continuous improvement strategies on the orthopedic unit, securing advanced certification from the Joint Commission for total hip and knee replacement surgery, and helping spread best practices on that unit to other clinical areas.
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
Sangyoon Jason Shin, DO, Medical Director of Pre-Surgical Testing
For instituting a culturally competent medical and surgical recovery model specific to the needs of transgender surgical patients.
South Nassau Communities Hospital
Shivani Young, RN, Assistant Director, Quality Management
For leading a multidisciplinary project to facilitate early intervention and treatment of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock—leading to a decrease in patient mortality.
The New Jewish Home
Sonya Choudhury, MSN, NP, Long-Term Care Nurse Practitioner
Mila Lasker, RPh, Associate Director of Pharmacy
For leading a successful interdisciplinary project to decrease the use of antipsychotic medication on a dementia care unit—and implement new methods to understand each resident’s history and treat challenging behavioral symptoms with non-pharmacologic methods.
Sorana Segal-Maurer, MD, Director, The Dr. James J. Rahal Jr. Division of Infectious Diseases
For leading projects to reduce several dangerous hospital-acquired infections, develop an outpatient antibiotic stewardship program, and mitigate risks related to waterborne legionella.
South Oaks Hospital and Zucker Hillside Hospital
Carolyn Sweetapple, PhD, RN, Executive Director
For leading an effort to deliver consistent high-quality care to vulnerable patients in two behavioral health hospitals within the health system.
Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Peter Silver, MD, Medical Director
For shepherding his children’s hospital through a new process to improve quality and patient safety—and for sharing lessons learned with pediatric units across the whole Northwell system.
Northwell Health Corporate Quality
Karen Nelson, RN, MBA, Deputy Chief Quality Officer
For leading corporate quality efforts in multiple areas to ensure a system-wide approach—work that played an integral part in the system receiving a recent award from the American Hospital Association.
Northwell Health Eastern Region and Southside Hospital
Jay Enden, MD, Regional Medical Director
For leading the system’s task force on tackling the opioid epidemic, which has helped to reduce opioid prescriptions, engage the community, and increase screening for substance abuse.
Forest Hills Hospital
Mitchel C. Jacobs, MD, Medical Director
For dramatically improving quality metrics at the hospital, which serves a culturally diverse community.
Northwell Health Solutions
Zenobia Brown, MD, Vice President and Medical Director
For leading population-based medicine for the health system, improving quality, reducing readmissions, and increasing patient satisfaction.
Lenox Hill Hospital
Jill Kalman, MD, Executive Director
For leading a physician-patient communication project across the entire health system, training hundreds of physicians on how to communicate more effectively with patients—and resulting in improved patient and physician satisfaction and reduced physician burnout.
North Shore University Hospital
Andrea Restifo, RN, Associate Executive Director
For overseeing quality and safety at the hospital and its affiliated outpatient facilities—and for establishing a heart transplant program.
Northern Westchester Hospital
Marla Koroly, MD, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer
For incorporating the best clinical practices to ensure the highest-quality care and an exemplary patient care experience.
Peconic Bay Medical Center
Jean Marie Cacciabaudo, MD, Medical Director
For transforming the quality and safety structure at the hospital—and her key role implementing a cardiac catheterization program and a task force on heart failure, reducing readmissions and mortality.
NuHealth/Nassau University Medical Center
George J. Tsunis, Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer
For serving as a catalyst for change and for prioritizing the consistent delivery of high-quality patient care at this safety net hospital that serves vulnerable and economically challenged communities.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
Caralee Caplan-Shaw, MD, Medical Director, Tuberculosis Program and Director, Bellevue Chest Service
For leading a team of physicians, nurses, and administrative staff in a project to improve patient access to the hospital’s chest clinic, including through the implementation of a new e-Consult service.
NYU Winthrop Hospital
Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, Executive Director, Diabetes and Obesity Institute
For providing transformative leadership at all touchpoints of diabetes care, including establishing new clinical protocols in the hospital, diabetes educators in primary care practices, and a community-based diabetes program.
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation
Susan Costella, RN, MHA, Clinical Director of Nursing – Subacute
For instituting a successful, person-centered behavioral management approach to gradual dose reduction of antipsychotic medications for newly admitted residents to improve their quality of life.
Richmond University Medical Center
Jessie Saverimuttu, MD, PhD, Infectious Diseases Attending and Chief of Quality Improvement, Department of Medicine
For assembling an interdisciplinary team to lower central line-associated blood stream infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections to levels well below the national average—and for actively encouraging physician residents’ learning about quality improvement.
SBH Health System
Daniel P. Lombardi, DO, MBA, Vice President, Chief Quality Officer, Patient Safety Officer
For introducing the transformative Lean Daily Management approach to the health system, engaging front-line staff as well as leadership to improve patient health, deliver better care, reduce waste, and increase staff satisfaction.
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital
Del Joiner, MEd, Vice President and Chief Quality Officer
For leading a multidisciplinary team to implement new protocols for treating stroke patients, which has resulted in the hospital receiving national recognition for its commitment to quality stroke care.
Michael F. Parry, MD, The Thomas J. Bradsell Chair of Infectious Diseases
For promoting excellence in antibiotic stewardship, using information technology, evidence-based practice, drug use controls, patient and provider education, and microbiology technologies.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Mohamed Rami Nakeshbandi, MD, Chief Quality Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer
For implementing key quality initiatives, including antimicrobial stewardship, and successful campaigns to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and Clostridium difficile infections.
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Rose Madden-Baer, DNP, Senior Vice President, Population Health and Clinical Support Services
For coordinating the shift to value-based care—and for leadership reducing hospitalizations and costs related to heart failure patients as part of Medicare’s 90-Day Bundled Payments Project.
Yale New Haven Health
L. Scott Sussman, MD, Senior Medical Director, Clinical Operations
For encouraging collaboration across the health system—and for optimizing the electronic medical record to mitigate alert fatigue, reduce duplicate laboratory tests, and embed algorithms so all patients receive the same high-level care.
Yale New Haven Hospital/Yale Medicine
Christian M. Pettker, MD, Associate Chief Quality Officer
For building a foundational obstetrics quality and safety program, leveraging achievements across the hospital, and recently, launching a new program to actively support physicians who are involved in adverse events.
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