New York Hospital CEO Discusses Planetree Re-Designation

Posted on: July 21, 2013

by Joel Seligman – President & CEO, Northern Westchester Hosptial 

Joel Seligman, CEO Northern Westchester Hospital

It is with great pride that I announce that NWH has again been awarded National Planetree Re-Designation as a Patient-Centered Hospital!

The Planetree Designation Committee was unanimous in its assessment that Northern Westchester Hospital meets “the spirit and intent of the Designation criteria”,  that  re-designation is well-deserved, and that NWH serves as a role model for other hospitals.  

NWH was originally awarded Planetree Designation in 2007 and was the first of 5 Hospitals in the nation to receive this prestigious recognition.  There are now 24 hospitals worldwide that have achieved Planetree Designation.  Northern Westchester Hospital remains the only hospital that is both Planetree Designated with Distinction and Magnet Recognized.

The Survey Team acknowledged many of our patient-centered programs including our:

However, what was most evident to the Designation Committee was our staff’s commitment to simply “being there for our patients and families”.  Many of our patients and families spoke to the survey team from their hearts about their excellent care during their stay with us.  This  reminds us once again that each of us has an important role in patient care and can truly make a difference on patient outcomes.    As one patient stated, “I don’t know what my destiny will be when I leave here, but what I do know is that I’ve been cared for here.”

Thank you to every staff member and volunteer at NWH for your commitment to creating a quality patient experience for our patients and families and for continuing to raise-the-bar on what it means to be truly patient centered!

Congratulations to all,