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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.  

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Chief Nurse at Westchester Hospital Discusses the Power of Empowered Patients

Posted on: October 8, 2012

Empowered Patients and Staff = Positive Experiences

by Lauraine Szekely, RN, SVP Patient Care & Chief Nursing Officer

Empowered Patients and Staff = Positive ExperiencesWouldn’t it be nice to know that the hospital staff caring for you is among the best in the industry? You can find out: There are national organizations that recognize quality patient care and clinical expertise. One is the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which awards Magnet Recognition® status to medical centers for excellence in patient care as well as nursing excellence. Another is Planetree, an organization that surveys hospitals to ensure they meet rigorous criteria around patient-centered initiatives before granting Designation. A hospital’s program must fulfill ‘best-practice’ requirements to receive Planetree’s additional Distinction award.  Surveyors from both organizations expect hospitals to meet stringent criteria demonstrated through documentation, staff and patient interviews.

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