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CRMC only second hospital in state this year to receive distinguished award

August 11, 2009 - Harris, N.Y. - Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Sullivan County's premier provider of health care services, continues to advance patient care for its community, and was recently honored for its efforts by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). On Thursday, Aug. 6, Lynn Pollock, NYSDOH immunization program director, presented CRMC Birthing Center Director Jane Stuart, RN, with a Certificate of Excellence. The honor is in recognition of the CRMC Birthing Center's records regarding the Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg). In a recent review by NYSDOH of maternal and newborn documentation, officials reported that 100% of maternal charts had documentation of HBsAg test dates and results, and 100% of infant charts had documentation of maternal HBsAg test dates and results. In addition, it was also reported that 100% of babies were immunized for Hepatitis B at birth. Stuart stated, "Our entire staff works very hard to not only meet but exceed the standards set by the NYSDOH. I accept this certificate on behalf of all of the CRMC Birthing Center nurses." Steven Ruwoldt, CEO of Catskill Regional Medical Center, added, "The fact that CRMC is only the second hospital in the state to receive this award this year is evidence that our staff is performing their day-to-day responsibilities with the utmost care and detail. The strength and knowledge of our staff at CRMC enables us to provide professional and advanced patient care." On Thursday, July 16, Kyle Henry, a Registered Nurse (RN) from Sullivan County Public Health Nursing Services, Danielle Cartuccio, RN, Sullivan County Public Health Nursing Services, and Lee Norris, Master of Human Resources (MHR), Public Health Representative, met with Stuart and CRMC Infection Control Practitioner Christina Winski, Master of Public Health (MPH), to review maternal and newborn records and assess the HBsAg screening and recording practices according to New York State Public Health Law. The law requires documentation of both maternal HBsAg test dates and test results for every woman admitted for delivery in maternal and infant medical records. HBsAg is a protein antigen produced by Hepatitis B. The antigen is the earliest indicator of acute Hepatitis B and frequently identifies infected people before symptoms appear. HBsAg disappears from the blood during the recovery period.