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   For Immediate Release: January 14, 2013

Catholic Health Services Presents Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership

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Catholic Health Services Presents Deborah Kohn, RN, BS, CCRN with Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership

(Rockville Centre, N.Y.) –Each year, Catholic Health Services (CHS) seeks nominations from its staff for the system’s Emmy, the Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership. This year’s winner of CHS’s highest honor is Deborah Kohn, RN, BS, CCRN, a clinical nurse educator at CHS’s St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, where she has been on staff for more than 30 years. Chosen from among colleagues across CHS, she was recognized at the system’s ninth annual leadership conference, held at the DeMatteis Center in Greenvale.

“Deborah is the personification of our mission statement, which says, in part, ‘serves the common good.’ This she does inside and outside this ministry. CHS is truly blessed to have so fervid a leader as part of ‘Christ’s healing mission’ here on Long Island,” said CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Richard J.J. Sullivan, Jr.


CHS’s President and Chief Executive Officer Richard J.J. Sullivan, Jr., with Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership recipient Deborah Kohn, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Patrick J. Scollard, former president and CEO of CHS.

Kohn, a Manorville resident who also has been honored with the Excellent Preceptor Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, has contributed significantly to St. Catherine’s innovative simulation training program and collaborated with critical care educators at CHS’s St. Charles Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center to provide the most advanced continuing education to nursing staff. She serves her community by chairing the local Junior Firefighters Explorers, training teens in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid and firefighting skills, in addition to guiding community service projects such as blood drives, snow removal from fire hydrants and other programs. Kohn participates in local automatic external defibrillator (AED) education and health fairs, as well.

One of the two leading finalists for the Patrick J. Scollard Award is Sue Palo, director of rehabilitative and community services for CHS’s St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®. Palo has been instrumental in the hospital’s successful community outreach programs, including the deployment of its mobile health unit and St. Francis’s participation in CHS’s Healthy Sundays, a network of free health screenings and other services reaching medically underserved residents across Long Island. The East Northport resident also acts as liaison for the hospital’s longstanding partnership with the Gift of Life program, which has provided more than 100 lifesaving surgeries for children all over the world.

The other leading finalist for this notable honor is Michael Sauter, MD, chief medical officer at St. Charles Hospital, another CHS hospital. Dr. Sauter has led the effort to raise stroke awareness among at-risk populations in surrounding communities, offering free lectures and blood pressure screenings, as well as providing seminars on stroke treatment to emergency medical services personnel. He has helped the hospital achieve NYS Stroke Center designation and The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ certification of St. Charles as a stroke center, along with expanding programs to continue stroke care beyond discharge. As the hospital’s chief medical officer, Sauter, who lives in Port Jefferson, continues to promote the highest standards of care for patients and the community.

Catholic Health Services (CHS) is an integrated system encompassing some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. With six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, a home health agency, hospice, a community-based agency for persons with special needs and a regional lab, CHS’s high standards have resulted in a nearly 24% market share.

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