March 26, 2010 - Harris, N.Y. - Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is pleased to announce the Grover M. Hermann Hospital in Callicoon, N.Y., recently received two awards from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). The awards recognize CRMC for its participation in the HRSA Rural Quality Program in 2009.
The purpose of HRSA's Rural Quality Program is to improve patient care and chronic disease outcomes for diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease by assisting rural primary care providers with the implementation of quality improvement strategies. Out of 55 Rural Quality Program projects running nationally in 2009, only 10 received awards. CRMC's Grover M. Hermann Hospital was the only facility nationally to win two awards.
Grover M. Hermann Hospital was recognized for 'Greatest Leadership Involvement' for project leadership and 'High Data Performer/Greatest Improvement' in the reduction of cholesterol low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels in the community. The core project team consisted of Marc Mendelsohn, AVP, Corporate Compliance and Chief Administrator of Grover M. Hermann Hospital; Dr. Ethan Singer; Joni Johannes, RN, and Alison Mastandrea, RN, as well as the support of several western Sullivan County physicians.
Steve Ruwoldt, CEO of Catskill Regional Medical Center, commented, "These awards validate our success in advancing patient care, and are a testament to the dedication and expertise of our staff in Callicoon. Improving patient outcomes for diabetes and cardiovascular disease addresses an important healthcare concern in western Sullivan County and surrounding communities in Pennsylvania."