Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, formerly Catskill Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce it is a recipient of the Healthcare Association of New York State’s (HANYS) 2021 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety. 

“The work of our staff during the Covid-19 surge at Garnet Health Medical Center-Catskills was both impeccable and impressive,” said Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schiller. “This award is a testament to their unwavering dedication to the health and safety of our community.”  

The Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety recognizes and encourages broad dissemination of successful quality improvement and innovative patient safety initiatives in four categories based on organization size and type. Award honorees are members of HANYS’ Commitment to Excellence, a statewide program designed to recognize HANYS’ member commitment and ongoing efforts to improve quality and patient safety.

Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills is the second of four honorees to be announced for this prestigious award in New York State. 

In March 2020, when COVID-19 first peaked in New York City, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills encountered surging volumes of patients with the virus. In the first two weeks of April 2020, cases in Sullivan County were the highest per capita of anywhere in the United States. Focused on patient and staff safety and the continual use of quality improvement methods, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills rose to the challenge by creating a rapidly evolving response plan to the global pandemic. 

At the peak of the pandemic, the hospital increased acute care capacity by 125% of normal, with 72% of the capacity occupied by COVID-19 patients. Despite the significant surge, the hospital maintained high quality outcomes for patients and a notably low rate of infection among staff, all while improving culture of safety and staff engagement measures.

To view the video ‘A Surge Like No Other – How a Sole Community Provider Overcame All Odds’ which was filmed about Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills’ Covid -19  surge response, click on the video below.

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About the Healthcare Association of New York State

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HAYNS) is New York’s statewide hospital and continuing care association, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations. HANYS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation and service to healthcare providers and systems across the entire continuum of care.

Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills
By Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills
Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills is dedicated to providing quality health care to residents of Sullivan County and neighboring communities at its 218-bed main hospital campus in Harris and at the 15-bed Grover M. Hermann Hospital in Callicoon.

An academic affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills retains compassionate professionals who continually strive toward the hospital’s mission to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional health care. Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills is a member of Garnet Health, the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Foundation and Garnet Health Foundation – Catskills. Garnet Health is recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

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