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    Professionals Appointed to Leadership Positions at Rome Memorial Hospital

    Nov. 18, 2010

    ROME – Five clinical and management professionals with 90 years of combined experience at Rome Memorial Hospital have accepted additional responsibilities in their new leadership roles, announced Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer Durinda Durr, MS, RN.

     Russell Arant has been appointed director of surgical services;
     Nadine Favata, RN, CNOR, is nurse manager of the operating room and the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU);
     Deborah Worth, RN, BSN, is director of maternal/child and outpatient surgical services;
     Kathleen Painter, RN, BSN, LCCE, is maternal/child nurse manager; and
     Shirley Smith RN, CAPA, has accepted the position of nurse manager of the ambulatory surgery and endoscopy units.

    “These health care professionals have strong clinical and management backgrounds. They are recognized as experts in their fields and exemplify a dedication to providing exceptional quality patient care,” said Durr.

    “Their leadership skills have strengthened the hospital’s commitment and service to our patients, their families, our community and staff,” she added.

    Russell Arant has been named director of Rome Memorial Hospital’s surgical services including the operating room, post-anesthesia care unit and the central sterile department. In addition to overseeing clinical and financial management of the operating room and post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), Arant is responsible for central sterile policies and practices while monitoring quality assurance. His operating room and central sterile management will contribute to the hospital’s strict infection control program and commitment to continuous quality improvement.

    “I am proud of the team-spirited approach that Nadine, Deborah, Kathleen, Shirley and I embrace as our continual collaboration and cooperation will be required as we move into an era emphasizing patient satisfaction, fiscal efficiency and competitive strategy,” Arant said.

    A native of South Carolina, Arant earned his master’s degree in hospital administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2005. He graduated summa cum laude while working full time as a managed care specialist for Lexington Medical Center to finance his education. He holds a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences.

    Russell resides in Rome with his wife, LeRyiah, and their daughter, Ruby, and son Navy.

    Arant collaborates with Nadine Favata, RN, CNOR. As nurse manager of the operating room and the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), Favata oversees the nursing practice of both departments as well as surgeons’ specific needs.

    “The operating room and PACU teams strive to meet the healthcare needs of our patients and physicians by delivering the best service to every customer every day,” Favata explained. “Teamwork is the foundation in building an environment of safety, trust and compassion. Together we embrace changes that will improve quality of care and each individual we serve will be treated professionally and with respect and dignity.”

    Favata began her healthcare career over 30 years ago when she graduated from BOCES’ inaugural certified nurse assistant program in 1978 and became Rome Memorial Hospital’s first certified nurse assistant. She worked full-time as an operating room technician for nine years. In 1990, Favata graduated with honors as a registered nurse from St. Elizabeth’s College of Nursing.

    In 1994, Favata was recognized by her peers as a “Nurse of Excellence.” She became nationally certified in operating room nursing in 1995. She served as the hospital’s perioperative coordinator in charge of operating room employee education and orientation. In 2007, she was promoted to the position of operating room unit nurse manager.

    Favata is a member of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses and is the only certified patient liaison in the northeast for malignant hyperthermia, a response sometimes triggered by general anesthesia.

    Nadine resides in Rome with her husband, Nicholas. They have two children, Leialoha and Shawn.

    As director of maternal/child and outpatient surgical services, Deborah Worth, RN, BSN, coordinates and supervises the delivery of high quality patient care in the maternity, endoscopy, ambulatory surgery and prenatal care departments. Worth’s responsibilities include 24-hour response and accountability for all patient care activities, unit operation and staff function to ensure that nursing goals and directives compliment the hospital’s mission.

    “I am honored to be part of a group of dynamic professionals that share the same goals and philosophies in providing patient-centered care,” Worth said.

    Worth was hired as a registered nurse at Rome Memorial Hospital in June 2000 after earning her associates degree in nursing. She continued her education and completed her bachelor of science in nursing in 2009 and is currently expecting to graduate in 2012 with a dual master’s degree in nursing and health care administration.

    She was promoted to maternity unit nurse manager in 2004 and maternal/child & prenatal care service manager in 2008.

    Deborah resides in Rome with her husband, Sean, and their daughters Brianna and Megan.

    Partnering with Worth in the maternity department is Kathleen Painter, RN, LCCE, who was appointed maternal/child nurse manager. She began her career caring for mothers and newborns over 13 years ago as a clinical nurse and Lamaze educator at The University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City. At the same time, Painter coordinated a grant-funded program to help teenage and first-time moms obtain support and continued education beyond the initial hospital visit. After moving to the Mohawk Valley in 2007, she worked in obstetrics at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare before joining the Rome Memorial Hospital team in 2009 as a charge nurse in maternal/child health care.

    “My hope is to empower the obstetrical team to take an active role in researching and implementing new policies and standards of care,” she said. “Together we are focusing on continuing education with an emphasis on evidence based practice. All patients deserve the highest level of care based on the latest scientific evidence known.”

    Painter earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma in 1997. She is certified in neonatal resuscitation and breastfeeding education. A Lamaze certified childbirth educator, Painter is an active member of Lamaze International and a current member of the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrical, and Neonatal Nurses.

    Kathleen resides in New Hartford with her husband, Jeremy, and their two children, Kira and Alayna.

    Collaborating with Worth in outpatient surgical services is Shirley Smith, RN, CAPA, nurse manager of the ambulatory surgery and endoscopy units. Smith started her career with the hospital in 1978 as an assistant nurse manager. Moving up through the nursing ranks, she was promoted to head nurse of medical/surgical services in 1987. She served as staff nurse on the endoscopy unit before accepting positions in ambulatory surgery/outpatient services and pain management. In 2004 she was promoted to unit manager for ambulatory surgery/outpatient services. In her new role, she will combine her clinical expertise with her management experience to enhance the hospital’s commitment to excellent patient care.

    “Patient care and management go hand-in-hand,” Smith said. “We have been given the perfect opportunity to combine our passion for nursing with the ability to lead the hospital in fulfilling its pledge to the community – ‘excellence always’. For us, it is more than a pledge, it is what we do.”

    Smith graduated from the Marcy Psychiatric Hospital School of Nursing in 1978. She is trained in coronary care and is certified in peri-anethesia, basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, and IV and medication management. She also completed the Healthcare Association of New York State management and leadership course.

    Shirley and her husband, John, reside in Blossvale.
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