Nanticoke Health Services: Serving the Community for 65 Years and Growing!

October 11, 2016

On Nov. 11, we will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the dedication of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. On January 28, 2017 we will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the first patient admitted to Nanticoke. As we look back, I cannot help but stand in awe of all what has been accomplished – together. The continuous transforma-tion is no less than phenomenal.

From the inception of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, born of and nur-tured by the community, to the strong Nanticoke Health Services of today, there is much for which we are grate-ful. At the center of our gratitude is our community. Since I came to Nanticoke in 2009, the support of our providers, our leaders, our team, our volunteers and OUR COMMUNITY has been overwhelming. Time and time again, you, our friends and neigh-bors, have stepped up to help ensure we all have access to the best health-care possible, right here in Seaford.

Today Nanticoke Health Services includes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, a nationally recognized com-munity hospital, and the Nanticoke Physician Network. The Nanticoke Physician Network includes over 50 providers providing primary, urgent, and specialty care services. Combined with our independent practitioners, Nanticoke Health Services boasts over 160 health care providers with active or community affiliate privileges, together providing care in over 40 dif-ferent specialties. 

I also want to highlight Nanticoke’s national recognitions. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has again rated Nanticoke Memorial Hospital as a 4-Star hospital for patient experi-ence, the only hospi-tal on Delmarva and one of only two hos-pitals in Delaware. Nanticoke has also received a Grade A for Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national organization that reviews clinical quality measures. To complete the “triple threat” Nanticoke has again been named a Most Wired Hospital for 2016 by American Hospital Association and Hospitals & Health Networks. This recognition is given to healthcare organizations leading the way in health information technology. The Nanticoke Physician Network is recognized at the highest level as a Patient Centered Medical Home. This means they have met specific requirements for patient care coordination and the integration of health information as a regular part of helping continually improve patient care.

While there are many other accredi-tations and recognitions received through the very hard work of Nanticoke’s outstanding team, these few show the breadth and depth of the attention to safety, quality and com-passion I witness every day from our team. 

As I reflect on my station as the President and CEO of Nanticoke Health Services, I could not be more proud of the organization, the team that works tirelessly to care for our community, our leaders who work with such passion, and our volunteers who lend their expertise. Also high on the list is my pride in our com-munity for which we exist and from which we exist. With a humble heart, I thank you for continuing to stand with Nanticoke Health Services as we work together for a healthier tomorrow.

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