22Feb

ACUITY HEALTHCARE NAMES JODY SAYRE VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE FINANCE

ACUITY HEALTHCARE NAMES JODY SAYRE VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE FINANCE

Charlotte, North Carolina – (February 21, 2018) – Acuity Healthcare, a leader in long-term acute care, is pleased to announce that Jody Sayre, Master’s in Business, Certified Public Accountant  has been named Vice President of Corporate Finance.

Sayre is a seasoned financial leader and has spent the past 12 years in progressively challenging roles, including her most recent position as the Director of Finance and Administration for Diligent Billing and Management Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to her strong background in corporate finance, Sayre has significant experience working with human resources, healthcare billing, information technology and compliance.

“We are excited about the experience and strength Jody brings to the Acuity Healthcare Team,” said Rick Cassady, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

“This is an exciting time for me to join the Acuity Healthcare team,” said Sayre. “I am delighted to use my expertise and support the continued growth and success of Acuity.”

Sayre holds a bachelor’s of science in business administration from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and a master’s in business administration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Sayre is a Certified Public Accountant.

About Acuity Healthcare:

Acuity Healthcare is an employee-owned (ESOP) long-term acute care hospital company (LTACH) founded in 2001 with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity Healthcare currently owns and manages four LTACHs in New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas. Acuity is focused on the development and operation of LTACHs and the delivery of specialized care with  improved outcomes. We offer quality care in a cost-effective manner to medically complex patients who require intensive hospital services for an extended length of stay.

To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit us at www.AcuityHealthcare.net

16Jan

ACUITY HEALTHCARE ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH RAINIER HEALTHCARE TO STRENGTHEN POST-ACUTE CARE CONTINUUM NATIONWIDE

ACUITY HEALTHCARE ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH RAINIER HEALTHCARE TO STRENGTHEN POST-ACUTE CARE CONTINUUM NATIONWIDE

Charlotte, North Carolina – (January 12, 2018) – Acuity Healthcare, a leader in long-term acute care, and Rainier Healthcare, a leading provider of home healthcare and hospice programs, are pleased to announce they have formed a partnership to focus on the post-acute care continuum and to identify opportunities to enhance the quality of patient services.

Ed Cooper, founder and president of Acuity Healthcare, said this strategic move will serve to enhance the full spectrum of patients’ services.

“The integration of Rainier Healthcare strengthens our approach to the post-acute continuum,” Cooper said. “As the healthcare industry evolves, we believe it is our responsibility and commit to continue to ensure high-quality care in the community for our patients and their families. We know that families put their trust in us.”

Michael Cress, chairman and managing partner of Rainier, said both companies share a common mission. “This is an exciting partnership for both organizations,” Cress said. “Together, we can be leaders in the field, working to improve the continued spectrum of quality care.”

About Acuity Healthcare:

Acuity Healthcare is a 100-percent employee-owned (ESOP) long-term acute care hospital company (LTACH) founded in 2001 with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity Healthcare currently owns and manages four LTACHs in New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas.

Acuity  is focused on the development and operation of long-term acute care (LTACH) hospitals and the delivery of specialized care with  improved outcomes. We offer quality care in a cost-effective manner to medically complex patients who require intensive hospital services for an extended length of stay.

To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit us at www.AcuityHealthcare.net

About Rainier Healthcare:

Rainier Healthcare provides patients with the highest level of quality and compassionate care in order to create the most effective healing environment tailored to each individual on their journey to wellness.

Through its unique continuum, Rainier Healthcare offers a full spectrum of exceptional services ranging from home health and hospice, to respiratory care durable medical equipment, and targeted disease management programs – all in the comfort of home. Rainier Healthcare is located in Austin, Texas.

For more information about Rainier Healthcare, please visit www.rainierhealthcare.com.

06Oct

Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey recognized as No. 48 of Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey recognized as No. 48 of Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Chicago, IL (October 5, 2017) – Acuity Specialty of Hospital of New Jersey has been ranked as No. 48 among healthcare providers and insurers by Modern Healthcare’s 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The complete list of this year’s winner rankings is available here. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring ranked lists of all the winners along with the October 2 issue. “It is an accomplishment for the entire team to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare,” said Monica Titus, regional chief executive officer of Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey and Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey. “We all work hard every day to ensure that our patients and families receive the best quality care and positive outcomes. As an Employee Owned hospital, it’s obvious the employees take pride in their hospital. Being recognized nationally for all they do is truly an honor.”

Now in its tenth year, the award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

“A decade ago, Modern Healthcare set out to recognize outstanding employers across the industry. Now in its 10th year, Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare has become the hallmark for organizations striving to be just that. It’s gratifying to see how the program has grown,” said Fawn Lopez, publisher of Modern Healthcare. “Our award winners can be proud of the role they play in elevating the standard for workplace excellence. These five-star organizations not only see higher employee retention, but also increased patient engagement and satisfaction and healthier bottom lines.”

Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey was honored at the 2017 Best Places to Work Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the W Las Vegas. This is the first year Acuity Specialty Hospital has made the list. Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey (AHNJ) is a 30-bed Long Term Acute Care Hospital. AHNJ was the first hospital in New Jersey to receive ISO 9001:2008 certification as a provider of healthcare services including acute, medical, surgical, critical care and dialysis. AHNJ operates within AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Atlantic City Campus, on the newly renovated 5th floor of the Wellness and Friendship Pavilion.

For more information or questions on the Best Places to Work in Healthcare
recognition program or awards dinner, please contact:
Jodi Sniegocki, jsniegocki@modernhealthcare.com
312.649.5459
Lisa Bien – Acuity Healthcare,LBien@AcuityHealthcare.com
609.464.0914

08Sep

USA Today – S.J. man survives close call with MRSA

USA Today – S.J. man survives close call with MRSA

USA Today picked up the James Barnett story featured in the Courier Post:

LUMBERTON – James Burnett doesn’t remember much about the week he nearly died. But the 44-year-old Lumberton man knows one thing: If his sister hadn’t insisted he visit an emergency room, he’d be a goner.

Even after a week in intensive care, doctors weren’t sure his body could handle the triple threat posed by an antibiotic-resistant infection, sepsis and pneumonia.

“I was, like, being attacked from the front and the back,” Burnett said. “I guess I was really meant to be here.”

Trouble started in July, after he had surgery at a Pennsylvania hospital to implant a neurostimulator in his back to counteract pain stemming from an earlier surgery. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, attached to the device, leading to two lengthy rounds of antibiotics that failed to knock out the infection even after the device was removed.

Though the number of infections acquired in hospitals has declined dramatically since 2008, more work is needed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Using a grant from the CDC, the New Jersey Hospital Association is working to combat the problem by finding and teaching best practices related to antibiotic prescribing habits, as well as helping facilities reduce MRSA and other infections, according to Shannon Davila, director of the association’s Institute for Quality and Patient Safety.

Transmission does occur in the hospital, Davila said.

“That’s why there is such an effort on making sure people are wearing gloves (and) washing their hands,” Davila explained. “That’s why we test high-risk patients for MRSA in New Jersey hospitals, so that we can identify if patients are carriers, so we can put those precautions in place to really prevent the transmission of that bacteria to another patient. It’s definitely a multi-pronged approach.”

“It’s a constant struggle … but the infection prevention community nationally and in New Jersey is very strong,” Davila added.

In late October, Burnett woke up in the middle of the night with a high fever and difficulty breathing, warning signs that an infection has turned deadly.

After his sister urged him to seek care, he drove himself to a local emergency room and collapsed at the reception desk. He stopped breathing twice; his heart quit a few times. After a week, doctors at the hospital told his mother, Juanita Rice, they weren’t sure if he would survive, and asked if she would consider hospice care. She opted to have him transferred to a specialty care hospital nearby instead.

By the time he was transferred to Lourdes Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey (since renamed Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey) on Nov. 5, Burnett needed a ventilator to help him breathe and was at a serious risk of dying, explained Lisa Cimino, the Willingboro hospital’s regional director of provider relations.

“He was in multiple system failure – he was critically ill when he arrived,” Cimino said. He also was heavily sedated to keep him from ripping out his breathing tube a second time.

As with all new patients arriving at the hospital, Burnett was tested to determine what bacteria he was fighting, and which antibiotics were best to control it.

“I was so impressed with the care that they gave him,” Rice said. “He wanted to come out of it. He fought.”

Within a week, Burnett was weaned from the ventilator and sedatives. The day he took his first steps down the hall, he was surrounded by cheering staff, who called him a walking miracle. By Dec. 6, he was home, beating doctors’ predictions by five months.

“It was amazing,” said Burnett, who hopes to return to work someday. “I felt like I needed to push myself harder because I saw how dedicated they were to make me better.”

“I’m not sure where I would be right now if it wasn’t for them,” added Burnett. But he knows what would have happened if he hadn’t gone to the hospital.

“Your body knows when something’s wrong,” Burnett said. “Listen to your body, not your head. If I had listened to my head, I would have laid back down.”

Kim Mulford: (856) 486-2448; kmulford@gannettnj.com

19Jun

Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2017

Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2017

Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2017

Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The complete list of this year’s winners, in alphabetical order, is available here. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring ranked lists of all the winners along with the October 2 issue.

“Employers in today’s highly-regulated healthcare industry face great challenges in recruiting, engaging and retaining top talent which is key to quality care and positive patient experiences,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare. “I commend those organizations that have risen to the occasion and have made the list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare.”

“It is an accomplishment for the entire team to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare,” said Monica Titus, regional chief executive officer of Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey and Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey. “We all work hard every day to ensure that our patients and families receive the best quality care and positive outcomes. As an Employee Owned hospital, it’s obvious the employees take pride in their hospital.  Being recognized nationally for all they do is truly an honor.”

Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey (AHNJ) is a 30-bed Long Term Acute Care Hospital. AHNJ was the first hospital in New Jersey to receive ISO 9001:2008 certification as a provider of healthcare services including acute, medical, surgical, critical care and dialysis. AHNJ operates within AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Atlantic City Campus, on the newly renovated 5th floor of the Wellness and Friendship Pavilion.

Now in its tenth year, the award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey will be honored at the 2017 Best Places to Work Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the W Las Vegas. Information on the award and dinner program is available here.

For more information or questions on the 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare recognition program or awards dinner, please contact:

Jodi Sniegocki

jsniegocki@modernhealthcare.com

312.649.5459

04Mar

Acuity Expands to Wheeling and Weirton

Acuity Expands to Wheeling and Weirton

Acuity Specialty Hospitals of the Ohio Valley have announced two new locations in the Tri-State Area. The Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Weirton is located on the 9th floor of Weirton Medical Center. Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley at Wheeling is located on the 6th floor of Wheeling Hospital.

Acuity Specialty Hospitals are long-term acute care hospitals providing specialty care for patients with complex medical problems requiring an extended hospital stay, according to officials. In addition to the new locations, Acuity Specialty Hospitals of the Ohio Valley have hospitals in Steubenville and Bellaire.

With the addition of Wheeling and Weirton, Acuity now has four long-term acute care hospitals serving the Ohio Valley and West Virginia area. The Weirton location also provides services to the bordering Pennsylvania health care community.

“Weirton Medical Center and Wheeling Hospital have both seen remarkable growth in recent years. It’s a natural fit for us to want to team up with them to expand our services area to communities where Acuity is needed,” said Ed Cooper, president and chief executive officer of AcuityHealthcare LP.

The hospitals are newly renovated, providing the latest in state-of-the art technology to local patients. Each patient room is private for the comfort of each patient and their family, and free valet parking is provided.

03Mar

Acuity Healthcare Appoints Dr. Edward Hamaty as Chief Medical Officer

Acuity Healthcare Appoints Dr. Edward Hamaty as Chief Medical Officer

ACUITYHEALTHCARE  APPOINTS DR. EDWARD HAMATY AS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER 

Charlotte, NC (July 18, 2016) – AcuityHealthcare is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Edward Hamaty to the position of chief medical officer of AcuityHealthcare. Founded in 2001, AcuityHealthcare is a privately owned, long-term acute-care hospital (LTACH) company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. AcuityHealthcare is focused on the development and operation of LTCHs and the delivery of specialized care with improved outcomes.

Dr. Edward Hamaty is an esteemed pulmonary and critical care specialist. His expertise and knowledge align well with Acuity’s mission of treating medically complex and critically ill patients. Since 2005, Dr. Hamaty serves as the chief medical officer of Lourdes Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey, LLC., a LTACH within the Acuity Healthcare family. Since 2011, he also serves as the director of the pulmonary program at Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey. During his three decades in medicine, Dr. Hamaty has held appointments at many of the leading hospitals in South Jersey and Philadelphia and continues to serve on the Board of Directors at AcuityHealthcare.

“We are fortunate to have a physician of Dr. Hamaty’s stature and experience as Chief Medical Officer at Acuity Healthcare,” Ed Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of AcuityHealthcare said. “Dr. Hamaty is a true leader and fine example for all of our team members. His clinical knowledge and practice, combined with his compassion for our patients and their families serve as the foundation for the level of excellence we provide at all of our locations.”

Dr. Hamaty has been instrumental in the education of internal medicine and pulmonary/critical-care medicine at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He earned the Teacher-of-the-Year Award six times from 2004 to 2015, for instructing the internship class of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Hamaty’s extensive academic experience also includes serving as director of the critical-care fellowship program at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine from 2011 to 2012. In addition, Dr. Hamaty is a sought-after speaker for his expertise. He has published more than a half-dozen scientific papers and is conducting research on differentiating pulmonary from cardiac causes of failure to wean in long-term acute-care patients. This knowledge and expertise is invaluable to his position.

Dr. Hamaty earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry, graduating Cum Laude, and biology from the University of Pittsburgh. He attended medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, becoming a Doctor of Osteopathy. He graduated first in his class of 122 and was named Valedictorian. Dr. Hamaty is board-certified in internal medicine, medical diseases of the chest (pulmonary), and critical care medicine.

AcuityHealthcare possesses the unique knowledge of how LTACH services can and should work within today’s post-acute continuum. AcuityHealthcare currently owns and manages six LTACHs in New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas. AcuityHealthcare is the only 100% employee-owned hospital company in the country. Acuity is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “acuteness; keenness, as of thought and vision.” To learn more about AcuityHealthcare, please visit: http://www.acuityhealthcare.net. You can also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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02Mar

Acuity Healthcare Appoints Lisa Bien Vice President of Communications

Acuity Healthcare Appoints Lisa Bien Vice President of Communications

ACUITYHEALTHCARE APPOINTS LISA BIEN  VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS 

CHARLOTTE, NC –June 11, 2016 – Acuity Healthcare is pleased to announce the hiring of Lisa Bien as Vice President of Communications.

A Philadelphia native, Lisa Bien brings more than 25 years of communications expertise to the Acuity Healthcare communications and leadership team. In this role, Bien will be responsible for all internal and external communication needs of the company and for increasing the visibility of Acuity Healthcare, its hospitals, subsidiaries and affiliates in the marketplace.

Prior to joining the Acuity team, Bien served as the public information manager for WHYY, Public Broadcasting Station and National Public Radio Affiliate. Before WHYY, she owned Bien Marketing Group, LLC, where she offered her clients personalized service across all communications platforms, both in traditional and digital media. Bien also served as vice president of consumer media relations at Garfield Group Public Relations (GGPR). She joined GGPR to head up the agency’s consumer team where, among her many successes, she launched Motorola Connected Home’s media relations program, which garnered national attention. Earlier in her career, she served as the communications manager for Lockheed Martin Corporation (Naval Electronics Surveillance Systems – Surface Systems.

Bien was a partner and vice president of Feldscher Bien Public Relations Inc., a firm that specialized in entertainment and hospitality public relations. She drove, directed and implemented all media and community relations activities for the debut of Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia, the first live and local morning news show in the Philadelphia market.

She is an alumna of Temple University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She went on to receive her Master of Education from Holy Family University. Currently, Bien is an adjunct professor in Temple’s journalism department and a lecturer for The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.

Bien strives to give back to her community through her volunteer outreach and professional development organizations. She has served as a board member for the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation, The Lantern Theater and The Attic Youth Center. Currently, she volunteers for Mothers Matter and The Hansen House.

AcuityHealthcare possesses the unique knowledge of how LTACH services can and should work within today’s post-acute continuum. AcuityHealthcare currently owns and manages six LTACHs in New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas. AcuityHealthcare is the only 100% employee-owned hospital company in the country. Acuity is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “acuteness; keenness, as of thought and vision.” To learn more about AcuityHealthcare, please visit: http://www.acuityhealthcare.net. You can also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

28Dec

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey Recognized as a Leader in Respiratory Failure Care

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey Recognized as a Leader in Respiratory Failure Care

ACUITY SPECIALTY HOSPITAL OF SOUTHERN NEW JESERY  RECOGNIZED AS A LEADER IN RESPIRATORY FAILURE CARE

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 AWARDED GOLD SEAL FOR RESPIRATORY FAILURE ACCREDITATION 

FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION 

(WILLINGBORO, NJ – December 28, 2016) – Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey (LSHNJ) today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Disease Specific Certification for Respiratory Failure and compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey underwent a rigorous, onsite survey on October 20, 2016.  During the review, a surveyor from The Joint Commission evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to care of the patient with respiratory failure. The surveyor also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“Acuity Specialty Hospital is delighted to receive the Gold Seal for Respiratory Failure from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Monica Titus, Regional Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey and Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey. “This certification reflects the hospitals commitment to providing the highest level of care to our patients. Achieving this certification is testament to the clinical team working towards common goals of excellence and true combined efforts.”

“Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with respiratory failure,” said Patrick Phelan, interim executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Lourdes Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey for becoming a leader in respiratory failure care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for respiratory failure patients in its community.”

Acuity Specialty Hospital

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey (ASHSNJ) is a 69-bed specialty hospital, provides care to critically ill and medically complex patients who require an extended hospital stay averaging greater than 25 days. ASHSNJ’s interdisciplinary healthcare team and a medical staff of approximately 300 physicians serve the regional communities and meet the unique needs of each patient. ASHSNJ is conveniently located in Burlington County, New Jersey, on the campus of Lourdes Medical Center in Burlington County, New Jersey. To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit: www.Lourdes.acuityhealthcare.net.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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