Long Island hospital receives Pinnacle award for reducing C. diff

St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, N.Y., has received the first annual Rockville Centre, N.Y.-based Catholic Health Services of Long Island Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety for significantly reducing the occurrence of Clostridium difficile infections.

According to Ron Steimel, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for St. Joseph, the hospital was able to significantly reduce hospital-acquired C. diff infections to a rate below New York State's benchmark through interdisciplinary teamwork, hard work and dedication to making a difference.

"This award is modeled after the Healthcare Association of New York State's Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety and is CHS's way of honoring those playing a leading role in promoting improvements in healthcare delivery," said CHS Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and CMO Patrick M. O'Shaughnessy, DO.



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