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Christiana Care CEO Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., announces retirement

Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA, today announced he will retire as president and chief executive officer of Christiana Care Health System in December of 2014 after 11 years of visionary leadership of one of the nation’s largest health care providers.

News Journal publishes Dr. Laskowski op-ed

The News Journal published an op-ed by Robert Laskowski, M.D., MBA, Christiana Care president and CEO, on Saturday, Jan. 11, to commemorate the landmark report from the U.S. surgeon general released 50 years ago that detailed the health risks associated with smoking. 50 years ago today Americans began saving lives When retired Gen. Douglas MacArthur graced the cover of Life magazine in 1964, he provided all of America with an unforgettable image: a retired soldier opening a weathered book, puffing regally on a pipe. The smoke billowing from the cover perfectly captured the culture of the time. Not only was… read more »

Christiana Care hosts lawmakers forum on Affordable Care Act

Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA, president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System, welcomed nearly two dozen Delaware lawmakers and state officials to a special forum on the Affordable Care Act, Oct. 22 at the Middletown Emergency Department’s conference room.

Affordable Care Act is making history this week

With some in Washington promising to speak out against implementation of the Affordable Care Act until they “can no longer stand,” it might be a useful reality check to visit an emergency room in any town or city across America …

Robert Laskowski, M.D., receives BioScience Association Service Award

Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., president and CEO of Christiana Care, received the 2013 Service Award from Delaware BioScience Association at an awards gala on May 22 at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington. Delaware BioScience is a trade association focused solely on promoting Delaware’s growing bioscience industry.

Donor celebration marks milestone in Wilmington Hospital transformation

Christiana Care Health System unveiled the first phase of its newly transformed Wilmington Hospital Campus with a special dedication ceremony and the unveiling of a new nine-story tower named for Carol A. Ammon, the benefactor responsible for the largest individual gift in Christiana Care’s history for the Wilmington Hospital Transformation Project.

Robert Laskowski, M.D., Randy Gaboriault discuss CEO/CIO partnership

Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., president and CEO of Christiana Care, and Randall Gaboriault, Christiana Care’s Chief Information Officer, were interviewed on how organizations can create a dynamic partnership between a CEO and CIO during the CIO Executive Council Leadership Event Tuesday, May 7 in Boca Raton, Fla.

Don Berwick, M.D., focuses on making Triple Aim a reality at 2nd Annual Value Symposium

Don Berwick, M.D, perhaps the foremost expert in the field of quality-based health care, delivered the keynote address Thursday, May 9, during Christiana Care Health System’s 2nd Annual Value Symposium: “Transforming Health Care in America: Making the Triple Aim a Reality.”

Christiana Care earns 100 Top Hospitals ranking

Christiana Care was the only hospital in Delaware and one of only two in the entire Philadelphia region to make the prestigious 100 Top Hospitals list by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).

Lifelong patient provides ‘beds-eye view’ of health care experience

When she was just six months old, Tiffany Christensen was diagnosed with “the gift of cystic fibrosis.’’ Even as a young child, “I remember having a sense that this disease is something I was given on purpose,’’ Christensen said, as she told her story to more than 200 physicians, nurses and staff at Christiana Care’s inaugural patient- and family-centered care conference on Feb. 1.

Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA, named chair-elect of AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems

Christiana Care Health System President and CEO Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA, has been chosen to serve as the 2012–2014 chair-elect of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). He was also elected to the AAMC board of directors for 2012–2013.

Christiana Care Health System Earns “A” for Patient Safety

Christiana Care Health System has received a grade of “A” for patient safety in a first-ever report card on safety in the nation’s hospitals. Hospitals nationwide received Hospital Safety Scores of A, B, C, D, or F based on infections, injuries and medical and medication errors in a June 6 report released by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit organization of employer purchasers of health care and the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. Of the 2,652 general hospitals issued a safety score, 729, including Christiana Care, earned an “A,” 679 earned a “B,” and 1,243 earned a “C”… read more »

The Hill publishes Dr. Laskowski op-ed on value

The Hill’s Congress Blog published an op-ed titled “Listening is the key to creating value in health care” by Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., Christiana Care president and CEO, on April 26. Christiana Care’s Value Institute hosts “Value: Medicine’s New Frontier” on Monday, April 30 in the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center. The Hill, published in Washington, DC, is written for and about the U.S. Congress with a special focus on business and lobbying, political campaigns and other events on Capitol Hill.  

Health care experts to present at Christiana Care’s inaugural Value Symposium

Christiana Care Health System’s Value Institute will host its inaugural symposium titled “Value: Medicine’s New Frontier,” focusing on the evolving systems in the health care world and the ways in which to improve the value of patient care.

Topping out ceremony marks milestone in Wilmington campus transformation

Hospital staff and construction crew put their signatures on the last structural steel beam before it was lifted into place, marking an important milestone in the transformation of Christiana Care Health System’s Wilmington Hospital campus.

Gov. Markell Praises Project SEARCH at Christiana Care

Gov. Jack Markell visited the first Project SEARCH classroom in Delaware at Christiana Care Health System on Friday, March 30. Christiana Care is the inaugural employer in Delaware to host Project SEARCH, a nationally recognized program dedicated to training individuals with disabilities to obtain job skills necessary to secure competitive employment and possess the self-confidence to enter the workforce after graduation.

Middletown Freestanding Emergency Department groundbreaking ceremony coverage

News coverage of the groundbreaking ceremony for Christiana Care Health System’s new Middletown Freestanding Emergency Department held Wednesday, Nov. 30. Christiana Care breaks ground in Middletown Newark Post On November 30, representatives from the Town of Middletown, Christiana Care Health System, state government, and a host of invitees … Work begins on Middletown ER facility The News Journal Christiana Care executives say they will open an around-the-clock, … 299 and Brick Mill Road at a ceremony that included Christiana Care President Robert … Delaware hospital breaks ground on new campus Newsworks.org Christiana Care Health System is expanding to southern New Castle… read more »

Groundbreaking for Middletown Freestanding Emergency Department

A ceremony for the groundbreaking of Christiana Care Health System’s new Middletown Freestanding Emergency Department will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the site of Route 299 and Brick Mill Road in Middletown, Del.

Christiana Care Health System and Wistar Institute form cancer research partnership

Christiana Care Health System’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and The Wistar Institute, an international leader in biomedical research, have entered into an historic partnership to collaborate on translational cancer research with the aim of bringing the latest discoveries in cancer research to cancer patients in the community. The partnership combines Wistar’s strengths in basic biomedical research with the Graham Cancer Center’s exceptional cancer treatment and patient care. The goal of the translational cancer research collaboration is to “translate” or advance research discoveries made in Wistar’s labs into early phase (phase I and II) clinical trials with patients at the… read more »

Wilmington campus launches Patient and Family Advisory Council

With the kick-off of a Patient and Family Advisory Council on May 16 at the Wilmington campus, Christiana Care has taken an important step forward in our journey toward Patient and Family Centered Care. Sixteen advisers attended the inaugural meeting at the Wilmington Conference Center, where they introduced themselves and learned about their new role. Advisers are patient and family volunteers who collaborate with Christiana Care to shape such things as policies, programs, facility design and day-to-day service interactions to continuously improve the care experience. Bob Laskowski, M.D., president and CEO, provided welcoming comments. “One of the most important things… read more »

Christiana Care hosts Sen. Coons at national health care leader event

On May 10, Robert Laskowski, M.D., MBA, president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System, was honored to host Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., at the annual CEO meeting of The Health Management Academy. The Health Management Academy serves as an expert source in driving strategic issues facing the health industry and bringing together the senior executives who represent the country’s largest health systems and corporations. Collectively its membership accounts for 50 percent of the hospital net patient revenue in the country. The people of Delaware elected Sen. Coons in November 2010. Prior to his election, he served the largest and… read more »

DuPont donates $5 million for Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital campaign

Christiana Care Health System announces that DuPont has donated a $5 million gift to support the historic expansion and renovation of Wilmington Hospital. DuPont’s cornerstone gift is an investment in Christiana Care’s legacy of building a healthy community for the city of Wilmington and surrounding region. The transformational project will dramatically increase the hospital’s capacity to provide health care and add nearly 600 jobs. “DuPont creates sustainable solutions that address some of the most complex global challenges—like food, energy and protection—which are essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. We are committed to collaboration and inclusivity with… read more »

Only the public can truly reform health care

The News Journal published the following opinion piece by Robert Laskowski, M.D., Christiana Care president and CEO, on Friday, Jan. 21. With Wednesday’s vote in the U.S. House to repeal health care reform, the likelihood of renewed political posturing and simplistic sound bites sadly appears inevitable. It is highly unlikely the banter will contribute much to our ability to effectively address our personal health needs, our community’s health or our ability to pay for the health care we as a society want but are increasingly less able to afford. The reason for this is not just that the nature of… read more »

Snapshot: Half-Marathon in Philadelphia

Christiana Care colleagues Bob Laskowski, M.D., president and CEO, (left) and Emily Irish, RN, pose for a post-race photo after the Sept. 19 ING Rock ’n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. Emily’s sister Gerri Irish, a Christiana Care nurse anesthetist, took the photo and also ran in the race.

Dr. Laskowski addresses National Press Club

Bob Laskowski, M.D., Christiana Care president and CEO, joined David Blumenthal, M.D., national coordinator for Health Information Technology, and other U.S. health care leaders on Thursday, Aug. 5 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to promote use of electronic health records in physician practices. The event focused on the value of health information technology (HIT) and the federal government’s efforts to bring about greater use of electronic health records. Dr. Laskowski outlined how Christiana Care will assist community physicians in the rapid adoption of electronic health records. Sponsors of the event were Health Affairs, a leading health policy… read more »

Christiana Care announces drive for rapid adoption of electronic health records by community doctors and residents

In support of the federal government’s implementation of “meaningful use” standards for health information technology, and to serve as a catalyst for improving health care delivery, Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware today announced two major initiatives. In partnership with Quality Insights of Delaware, Christiana Care has developed and launched a pilot project for a core group of community-based, primary care physicians for rapid adoption of electronic health information technology. The initiative leverages Christiana Care’s robust computerized provider order entry system and the nation’s first statewide health information network. A major regional teaching hospital, Christiana Care has also hardwired… read more »

Christiana Care makes U.S. News ‘Best’ List

Christiana Care once again ranks as one of the nation’s best hospitals. In its annual Best Hospital edition, US News & World Report places Christiana Care’s Department of Medicine and Department of Surgery among the top 50 listings in 2 specialties – Gastroenterology and Urology. It is the fourth straight year the publication has recognized Christiana Care, the only hospital in Delaware to make the list this year. Of more than 4,800 U.S. hospitals evaluated, only a select 152 – or three percent – are included. “Best hospitals in the rankings provide the highest level of care in complex, demanding… read more »

Christiana Care first in Delaware to achieve Magnet nursing excellence

On June 24, Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) was formally bestowed on Christiana Care Health System. The highest level of national recognition to health care organizations that demonstrate sustained excellence in nursing care, only 6 percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned this honor.  Christiana Care is the only hospital in Delaware to achieve Magnet status. Karen Drenkard, RN, Ph.D., director of ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program, presented the obelisk shaped award at a celebration in the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center attended by several hundred employees, including Christiana Care president and… read more »

AstraZeneca donates $1 million for Christiana Care Wilmington Hospital project

AstraZeneca  (NYSE: AZN) contributed $1 million to Wilmington Hospital today to support the expansion and renovation of the hospital as a vital part of the Christiana Care Health System. The donation will go toward a $210 million investment that will help the hospital continue its mission of building a healthy community for the city of Wilmington and surrounding region. The transformational project will dramatically increase the hospital’s capacity and ultimately add nearly 600 jobs. “We are strongly committed to working with partners whose mission and interests align with our commitment to strengthening and improving the health of patients,” said Rich… read more »

Christiana Care Health System wins national award for innovation

Christiana Care Health System has been named the 2010 Alliance Innovation Award winner from the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), a national organization made up of 69 major academic medical centers and health systems. The award recognizes Christiana Care for innovative approaches to medical education and research that result in better patient outcomes. Christiana Care received the award for developing and implementing an innovative graduate-level, 12-week course. The curriculum focuses on inter-professional learning through collaboration on quality improvement projects. The aim of the course is to produce measurable improvements in quality and patient safety. “We are honored to… read more »

Christiana Care Health System achieves Magnet® recognition

Christiana Care Health System has achieved Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Only 6 percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned this honor, the highest level of national recognition to health care organizations that demonstrate sustained excellence in nursing care. Christiana Care is the only hospital in Delaware to achieve Magnet status. “It is a great honor to receive such prestigious national recognition and a testament to the extraordinary nurses and our entire health care team who work together every day to provide the very best care to our patients,” says Robert Laskowski,… read more »

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