This past July, Peninsula Regional Medical Center conducted a thorough examination of its organizational structure and identified opportunities to realign staff to support new services and continue the tradition of developing evidence-based practices that benefit our patients. Those transitions also created a chance to enhance the services we provide in the ambulatory, outpatient and post-discharge settings.
Peninsula Regional has made some organizational changes in responsibilities three months ago, and as our evolution continues, we have identified additional opportunities to further refine those changes.
Throughout the United States, hospitals are looking for ways to expand the delivery of care beyond the perimeters of their campuses and directly into patients’ homes. Today’s healthcare requires more than making patients well and sending them home, it also demands that you begin the process of providing them what they need to stay healthy.
Karen Poisker, MSN, RN, MBA, Vice President for Continuum Services, will now focus her attention and talents on working closely with our medical staff and clinical service line leadership to develop population health management programs across our continuum of care. “No one is more ideally suited for this role than Karen,” said President/CEO Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE. “She has over 35 years experience in caring for patients at PRMC, the last 23 years as a Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. Karen has the respect and trust of those stakeholders who will work with her to lead this exciting change.”
Additionally, Mary Beth Damico, MSN, RN, CRNP, NEA-BC, has been appointed Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Mary Beth will continue to be responsible for the inpatient acute care units at PRMC. She will also take on the extremely important responsibility of continuing the evolution of the Peninsula Regional Care Partners model, and assuring standards of nursing practice throughout the organization.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center has positioned itself for success under healthcare reform, which will continue to evolve regardless of the outcome of the November election. “We will improve quality, increase access, reduce costs and better manage the healthcare of the populations we serve,” added Dr. Naleppa. “Improving the overall patient care experience is priority one for each member of the Peninsula Regional healthcare team.”