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President Perspective: the Recent 4th of July Activities

President's Perspective |
Jim Brexler, CEO Doylestown Health

The recent 4th of July activities celebrating our nation’s independence inspired me to reflect upon my appreciation of Doylestown Health’s independence as well. Our independent health system continues to be one of the greatest legacies of the Village Improvement Association and its mission to enhance the health and welfare of our community. Our independence was a key factor in our ability to successfully manage the Covid pandemic because it provided an ability for us to be nimble and responsive when establishing protocols and treatment options. We are so thankful to be able to adapt quickly to meet the needs of our patients.

We continually celebrate the many accolades and accreditations Doylestown Health receives throughout the year. Most recently, the American College of Cardiology has recognized Doylestown Health for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to an electrophysiology (EP) lab for care. Doylestown Hospital was awarded Electrophysiology Accreditation in June 2021 based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who come to the EP lab. In addition, on the heels of this prestigious accreditation, DH's Electrophysiology program is featured in a spotlight interview in this month's EP Lab Digest, a well-regarded publication that serves as an educational tool as well as a voice for the electrophysiology professional.

Doylestown Hospital ICU nurse Shumi Mazzacano was featured in a television documentary that recognized the role nurses play in health care and the positive impact they have on the nation, especially in times of crisis. “American Nurse Heroes,” produced by the American Nurses Association (ANA), Al Roker Entertainment (ARE) and HealthCom Media, featured inspiring true stories of nurses who selflessly provide expert, compassionate care on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shumi is one of only four nurses featured in the hour-long production that aired in late June on Discovery Life, NBC 10, Destination America and the American Heroes Channel.

Doylestown Hospital has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection. We are the newest entry into IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll, which recognizes hospitals that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. The national standard of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies is to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns at birth. This standard is being adopted by centers of healthcare excellence nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns from a wide range of medical errors that lead to babies being unprotected from perinatal hepatitis B infection.

Our comprehensive family of services and best value network allows us to continue on our path of independence and sustainability. And we must never forget that this is all possible thanks to Doylestown Health’s award-winning team of associates, physicians, and volunteers!

Jim Brexler

Health System Highlights

Dedicated Inpatient Hospice Room Offers Comfort for Doylestown Hospital Patients and Families -- The newly dedicated inpatient hospice room on 2 North provides space and amenities for families to help them make the most of their final moments with their loved ones. The dedication of the newly decorated room is a program piloted on 2 North, where nurses received specific education about working with patients and families during the end-of-life. This hospice education will also be provided to nurses throughout the hospital over the next few weeks. Providing support to caregivers is an important component of hospice care and helped guide the selection of the corner room and its special touches.

Congratulations to Mollie Covington as the May 2021 DAISY Award winner, announced in June. A long-time nurse in the ICU, Mollie was nominated by a patient who wrote a heartfelt letter about her dedication and caring for patients. The letter was complimentary of the entire DH team for their commitment to patients.

About Doylestown Health

Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 271 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.

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