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2013 Year in Review

Tue, Jan 7th 2014 03:15 pm

2013 Year in Review

Titusville Area Hospital welcomed five physicians to the community, expanded diagnostic capabilities in the region with digital broadband Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology, and received state recognition for delivering quality healthcare. 

 Adding Physicians to Medical Team

 Last year five physicians were added to the medical team including Dwain M. Rogers, M.D., FACS, Board Certified General Surgeon; Mary Joan Gidor, M.D., Pediatrician; Michael Evankovich, MD, Board Certified Urologist; F. A. Padin, Board Certified Urologist; and Constantine M. Dy, M.D., Board Certified Family Medicine.

 Dwain M. Rogers, M.D., FACS, Board Certified General Surgeon joined Anil Dutt, M.D. at Titusville Surgical Associates. Dr. Rogers brings more than 10 years of experience in general surgery to the practice.  Dr. Rogers received his Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada and his medical degree from SUNY, Brooklyn, NY.  He has completed extensive post-medical school training, including a General Surgery Residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, followed by fellowships in Surgical Critical Care, Trauma, and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY.  He then completed a second General Surgery Residency at PinnacleHealth Health System in Harrisburg, PA, where he was Chief Resident, General Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a Diplomat, American Board of Surgery.

Mary Joan Gidor, M.D., joined Oak Street Pediatrics with Maria Munoz, M.D. and Nori Ruo, M.D., Board Certified Pediatricians.  Dr. Gidor received her Medical Degree from Cebu Institute of Medicine, Philippines and completed Residencies in General Pediatrics at Mt. Sinai Children's Hospital in Chicago and in Pediatric Critical Care at Hope Children's Hospital and Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois.  Most recently, she was employed as Medical Director at Cadiz Medical Specialist Center in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental Philippines.  Dr. Gidor specializes in pediatric and adolescent medicine.

Michael Evankovich, MD, Board Certified in Urology is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.  He completed residency training at Geisinger Medical Center.  Dr. Evankovich focuses on such medical specialties as general urology, endourology and laproscopic and cryosurgical procedures and is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Urological Association.

F. A. Padin, MD, Board certified in Urology, earned his medical degree at the University of the East/College of Medicine, Queens City, Manilla, Philippines.  Dr. Padin completed his residency training at Saint Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New, New York, NY and at Saginaw General Hospital, Saginaw, MI.

 Constantine M. Dy, M.D., Board Certified Family Medicine joined the Tionesta Health Center Staff.   Dr. Dy (pronounced Dee) earned his medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas Philippines and completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, PA.  He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.  "I always wanted to practice small town medicine," says Dr. Dy of his decision to establish a practice in the area, "to get to know my patients as individuals allowing me to tailor treatment to a patient's needs and preferences."

Expanding Diagnostic Capabilities

 Groundbreaking Technology - Digital Broadband Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Titusville is first in the region with this technologically advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system, expanding diagnostic capabilities in to include digital breast MRI and prostate studies.  The revolutionary technology of the Philips Ingenia 1.5 is designed to quickly perform high-quality MRI scans with a high level of patient comfort. "The benefit to patients is that this machine can significantly reduce scan time while still obtaining high resolution, more detailed images than previous scanners," explained Dr. Lawrence Cooperstein, Diagnostic Radiologist at Titusville Area Hospital. "The wide-bore opening can comfortably accommodate patients of varying size, age, and physical condition," continued Cooperstein, "This larger, less confining opening creates a much better patient experience."

    Titusville's MRI system incorporates a number of breakthrough technologies designed to deliver exceptional image clarity. It quickly provides radiologists and physicians with precise, detailed MRI images needed to help confidently diagnose many different anatomical and structural problems in the body— including Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) of the head/neck/abdomen and peripheral angiography, neurological, abdominal, musculoskeletal and total spine imaging.

"We can perform American College of Radiology recommended routine exams of the brain, spine, knee, ankle, and liver with superb image quality.  It gives our radiologists and referring physicians access to the high-quality images they need to make informed diagnoses. With this new technology, our patients experience fast, comfortable exams and fewer re-scans."

 Awards and Recognition

State Award for Delivering Quality Healthcare

The Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Michael Wolf, presented the Titusville Area Hospital with the state's award for "Excellence in Health Care Compliance," an award recognizing the efforts of delivering consistent quality care to the citizens of the Commonwealth.  Titusville Area Hospital was one of seven selected for the award out of 220 health care facilities in the state and the only one in the northwest region of the state.  All licensed hospitals were eligible for the award and did not need to apply to be considered.

 "Governor Corbett's Healthy Pennsylvania initiative focuses on ensuring affordable, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians and it's important that we recognize those facilities that are excelling at these goals, especially in a rural setting where the need is dire," said Wolf. "This award signifies the positive contributions and hard work of those who deliver top-notch care every day to the families and communities they serve."

 "This recognition validates our commitment to providing the best patient care and our everyday effort to 'do things the right way.' Our board, medical staff and, most importantly our entire staff who impact patient care directly each and every day, deserve every bit of credit and gratification that comes with this award," stated Titusville Area Hospital President and CEO Anthony J. Nasralla. "We are a small, rural hospital doing our best to cope with a changing healthcare environment. What should not change is our dedication to quality care and a focus on our patients."

Top 10 Hospitals in State for High Patient Satisfaction

Titusville Area Hospital is in the top 10 in the State for High Patient Satisfaction based on a nationally recognized independent patient survey.*  The Hospital's scores on the most recent inpatient satisfaction survey or what is officially known as Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) showed high patient satisfaction.  The Hospital's overall ranking in patient satisfaction across 10 dimensions of patient care has been in the top 10% in the state for the last four years.

"Finding out what our patients think of the care they've experienced at the Hospital is a big part of our effort to continuously enhance health care for all patients", comments Mr. Nasralla, President & Chief Executive Officer.    "They are helping us identify what we do well and areas for improvement."

*HCAHPS, which was developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), is a 27-question survey that hospitals must use to survey recently discharged inpatients. The survey addresses 10 categories and patients are asked to rate their hospital stay in areas such as: communication with caregivers, receiving adequate discharge information and medication instructions, pain management, cleanliness of their room, and quietness of the hospital to name a few. 

Most Affordable in Region

Titusville Area Hospital was reported to have the lowest charges in the region, in a report released this year by The Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council (PHC4). 

  Advanced Medication Management Technology

  A new medication management system, CareFusion Pysix ES, was implemented at the hospital last year to help simplifying and standardize medication management throughout the facility.  The new system reduces time spent to dispense and refill medications, and eliminates the need for redundant documentation through direct synchronization with pharmacy, hospital and patient identity management systems.  Improving medication safety through standardization across all departments also enables our clinical staff to spend more time with patients, delivering the best and safest care. 

Reaching Out and Partnering to Improve Health

Well-informed patients make sound decisions about their health.  Titusville Area Hospital offered classes and talks on health issues, including maternal-child health, CPR and 1st Aid, diabetes management, tobacco cessation, and provided health screenings and support to help area residents reach their health goals.

Community Support & Giving

             We offer our sincere thanks to the many individuals, businesses and charitable foundations who gave generously to support patient care through donations to the Titusville Area Health Center Foundation and the Titusville Area Hospital Auxiliary.

The Foundation and the Auxiliary are non-profit 501c3 organizations.  The Foundation seeks to raise funds on behalf of the Hospital to assist with facility and technology advancements and to help ensure local access to healthcare programs and services.  The Foundation programs include Annual Fund giving, Tribute gifts such as Memorials, Honorariums and Tree of Life recognition, Health Links Golf Benefit, and the Breast Cancer Awareness Fund to provide free mammograms to the uninsured in our community. 

The Auxiliary was formed to aid, support and promote the Hospital.  Members can volunteer their time at several volunteer positions, assist with fundraisers, or choose to be a supportive member for those who don't wish to serve in a volunteer position.  The Auxiliary fundraising projects include Lights of Love and Angel Ornament tributes at Christmas, sales of carnations, dish cloths and streakless cloths as well as various raffles and projects throughout the year.  Funds benefit patient care at the Hospital and two annual scholarships to area high school seniors pursuing a healthcare career.

Ongoing Commitment

Titusville Area Hospital enters the New Year with renewed enthusiasm focused on meeting the healthcare needs of the community.  We appreciate your support of our commitment to patient-centered, cost-effective healthcare services.  We look forward to continuing our commitment by offering personalized services provided with compassion, and respect to meet the needs of patients and their families.