CHS Presents Leadership Award to St. Charles COO
St. Charles Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ronald Weingartner is the 2019 recipient of the Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership. Chosen from more than 50 nominees from across CHS, Weingartner was presented with the prestigious award at the health system’s 16th annual leadership conference.
Named in honor of CHS’s former president and chief executive officer, the Scollard Award is the highest level of leadership recognition within the health system bestowed to management staff. This year’s conference featured keynote speaker Robyn Benincasa, founder of World Class Teams. Her company works with organizations to provide exceptional team-building techniques and experiences.
A resident of Sag Harbor, Weingartner successfully advanced key projects, including the renovation of the Port Jefferson-based hospital’s newly refurbished maternity unit. The $4 million project now offers 16 modern private rooms with the latest amenities for newborns and their parents. Also, he was instrumental in obtaining a $4.3 million grant to change the footprint of the St. Charles Emergency Department to better meet community needs.
“Ron continually engages colleagues to achieve our organization’s goals,” said Alan D. Guerci, MD, CHS President & Chief Executive Officer. “He effectively collaborates with staff and motivates those around him.”
Scollard Award finalists are Eileen Dwyer of St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn and Roberta Levesque of St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown.
With more than 30 years of oncology experience, Dwyer has served as nursing manager of the Infusion Unit at CHS’s Cancer Institute at St. Francis since 2013. The Garden City resident is tireless in her efforts to deliver the highest quality patient care. She keeps her staff updated on the latest therapies and instituted a nurse recognition program that sends two honorees to the annual National Oncology Conference.
A resident of Patchogue, Levesque has spent the past eight years promoting the principles of palliative care, as part of an effort to further enhance patient comfort and assist families at St. Catherine. Consequently, palliative care consultations have risen from 693 in 2011 to nearly 1,500 in 2019. Also, she was the driving force behind the creation of the Butterfly Program, a six-bed palliative care unit.
Also, Levesque promotes staff education, assisting colleagues in achieving hospice and palliative care certification. She sets the example when it comes to continuing education and recently earned her MBA from St. Joseph’s College.
In addition to the Scollard Award winner and finalists, teams from across CHS were each presented with individual Scollard awards in recognition of their achievements.