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CHS Presents Its Top Leadership Award

January 10th, 2017
Each year, Catholic Health Services (CHS) seeks nominations from its staff for the Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership. This year’s winner of CHS’s highest honor is Barbara Rowe, RN, who is the director of Specialty Care Services for Catholic Home Care (CHC) and a pediatric palliative care nurse for CHS’s Good Shepherd Hospice. Chosen from among colleagues across CHS, she was recognized at the system’s 13th annual leadership conference, held at the DeMatteis Center in Greenvale.

“Barbara’s commitment to Catholic Health Service’s mission is apparent in word and deed,” said CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Alan D. Guerci, MD. “She is a manager dedicated to quality, leading by example through her activities inside and outside of the organization.”

Rowe spearheaded the expansion of CHC’s pediatric program, which provided care to 747 patients throughout 2015. This reflects an increase of 124% from the 334 patients cared for during 2014, and an increase of more than 200% from the 247 patients cared for the prior year. Recently, Rowe implemented a post-partum pre-eclampsia program in response to a need identified by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. This program incorporates best practice guidelines, having home visits conducted by a maternal child health nurse with patients placed on daily telemonitoring to identify early fluctuations in blood pressure to promote early intervention and reduce the risk of long-term effects to patients. This program served close to 300 patients during its first year.

Also, Rowe implemented a pediatric asthma management program, incorporating evidence-based practice and the goals of population health in collaboration with American Lung Association of Northeast/Asthma Coalition of Long Island. She partnered with CHS and local hospitals to span the care continuum and has been instrumental as a member of the DSRIP team in developing programs that support teaching from hospital to home using the same evidence-based teaching materials and integrating a home environmental assessment/instruction to reduce contact with triggers. 

A master’s-prepared registered nurse, Rowe is currently completing her nurse practitioner’s degree in family practice and her doctorate in nursing. Rowe is in training through the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York to be a faculty trainer for their pediatric palliative care for clinicians.

She lives in Central Islip with her husband, George, and stepson, Ryan.

One of the two leading finalists for the Patrick J. Scollard Award is Glenda Miranda, who joined Good Samaritan Hospital three years ago as director of emergency nursing within the hospital’s Emergency Department. The Emergency Department receives more than 95,000 visits per year and Miranda oversees a staff of more than 200. During her tenure, Miranda has demonstrated commendable leadership skills and has had an extremely positive impact on the staff of the departments in which she has oversight, the quality of care and services the patients receive, as well as the entire organization. Due to her expertise, she was given the additional responsibility of overseeing the Nursing Administration Department, which includes Nursing Supervision and Bed Placement. 

Miranda has a bachelor of science in nursing from St. Joseph's College, graduating class valedictorian, and a master of science in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

The mother of one, who lives in Manhattan, Miranda resides in Mastic Beach with her two rescue dogs, Pearl and Buddy.

The other finalist for this notable honor is Geraldine Manginello, RN, BS, manager of Specialty Services, Good Shepherd Hospice. In this role, she oversees hospice’s specialty services, including pediatrics, hospice patients in nursing homes and hospitals and continuing care. She is responsible for training new staff and implementing document initiatives.

Also, Manginello conducts education sessions on patient care and hospice services across the 32 nursing homes that are contracted with Good Shepherd. She has given numerous community presentations about hospice, including presentations to the Alzheimer’s Association and the New York State Veterans Home in Stonybrook, and has also presented on end of life care at the New York State Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

An active member of CHS’s Healthy Sundays team, Manginello participates in multiple hospice activities, including memorial services and other events. She is always willing to fill a need in the agency and truly embodies a strong passion for hospice care.

Manginello lives in Port Jefferson Station with her husband, Russ, and daughter, Jessica.

Photo (L-R): CHS President and CEO Alan D. Guerci, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Hospice, Palliative Care and Home Care Services Kerrianne Page, MD, Home Care Team Manager Jacqueline Maddie, Catholic Home Care Director of Business Operations Cathie Ciresi, SVP and Chief Administrative Officer of Home Care and Hospice MaryEllen Polit, Scollard winner and Catholic Home Care Director for Specialty Services Barbara Rowe, Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Home Care and Hospice Gail Silver, Catholic Home Care and Hospice Director Intake/Business Development Lisa Vecchione, Catholic Home Care and Hospice Home Health Aide Project Manager Kathy Maddock, Catholic Home Care Director of Clinical Information Marge Whelan and Patrick J. Scollard, former president and CEO of CHS and St. Francis.