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Press Releases 2013

Ramapo Anesthesia’s Dr. Paul Burns Named a Top Doctor in The Hudson Valley Ramapo

May 31, 2013 (Suffern, N.Y.)

Ramapo Anesthesia is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Burns has been named one of the region’s “Top Doctors of 2013” by Hudson Valley Magazine.

Board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, Dr. Burns has been with Ramapo Anesthesia for 30 years. He studied medicine at State University of New York, Buffalo and the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, and interned at Memorial Sloan Kettering and New York Hospital, where he would later complete his residency.

Ramapo Anesthesia and its Ramapo Pain Management division (formerly Ramapo Medical Associates) are among the most respected and fastest-growing anesthesia and pain management providers in the northeast. Headquartered in Suffern, N.Y., the practice has over 100 physicians and 30 CRNAs at eight hospitals and more than 20 outpatient facilities in New York and New Jersey.

Hudson Valley Magazine selects its annual list based on intensive research performed by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a major health care information and research firm. Candidates are chosen by their peers in the medical field, and are carefully screened by criteria such as individual educational achievements and professional accomplishments. The nomination process is open to all licensed physicians in the Hudson Valley and candidates may be considered for either national or regional recognition.

“This is a tremendous honor for me personally, and a wonderful validation of the great work we do at Ramapo Anesthesia,” said Dr. Burns. “All of the professionals in our practice are committed to providing the very best care for our patients. I share this recognition with our leadership and the entire staff at Ramapo Anesthesia and Ramapo Pain Management.”

Hudson Valley Magazine’s annual ranking of physicians is a consumer service that helps patients locate the best doctors in the region. The ultimate rankings are completed by an impartial committee that does not accept contributions—financial or otherwise—in exchange for nomination or inclusion in the final list.

“Dr. Burns being named as a Top Doctor by Hudson Valley Magazine is a testament to the exceptional care he provides his patients on a daily basis,” said Ramapo Anesthesia President, Dr. Richard Clarkin. ”It is especially rewarding for his work to be recognized by our peers in the medical community, and shines a light on the high standard of care each patient receives at Ramapo Anesthesia.”

To view Hudson Valley Magazine’s list of the 164 top doctors in its entirety, go to www.hvmag.com/Hudson-Valley-Magazine/Hudson-Valley-Resources/Health-Fitness-and-Beauty/index.php/topdoctors/2013.

Neal Kurtti, M.D. to Speak at 5th Annual
N.J. Ambulatory Surgery Centers’ (NJASC) Review Ramapo

May 16, 2013 (Suffern, N.Y.)

Ramapo Anesthesia (R.A.) is pleased to announce that Neal Kurtti, M.D., has been invited to speak at the 5th Annual N.J. Ambulatory Surgery Centers’ (NJASC) Review sponsored by Brach Eichler at The Revel Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. on May 21, 2013.

Dr. Kurtti has been vice president and chairman of the Performance Improvement Program at R.A. since 1991. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and performed his residency at New York University Medical Center. Dr. Kurtti completed his fellowship training in Cardiovascular Anesthesia at N.Y.U. and his Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Kurtti will speak about the nationally-recognized Performance Improvement Program created and implemented at Ramapo Anesthesia. The program ensures clinical quality, practitioner's competence, operating room efficiency, and patient/surgeon satisfaction. It is ahead of industry standards and features analysis of every anesthetic delivered by the organization, automated quality tracking and reporting, state-of-the art Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) and a Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE), as well as extensive peer assessment and review.

“Years ago, we called it quality assurance or improvement, and then performance improvement,” said Dr. Kurtti. “Today, the core of our Performance Improvement Program has new acronyms that better define a proactive approach to identifying at-risk physicians, rather than simply reacting after the fact to a poor outcome. I believe that by establishing this program at all eight of our hospitals, Ramapo Anesthesia provides a quality of care that has been central to our success. We have computerized metrics on every case, which allows us to closely monitor our physicians, and provide the detailed information that administrative groups are looking for in the EMR age.”

At Ramapo Anesthesia, a highly experienced team of physicians are focused on the delivery of top-quality patient care, safety, and satisfaction. Their exhaustive dedication to performance improvement has earned R.A. a ranking within the top l percent of Performance Improvement Programs in the country. A steadfast commitment to quality in providing anesthesia services coupled with this program, lie at the core of R.A.’s continued success. The program has also received accolades from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC), as well as widespread praise from the hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers that utilize the Ramapo Anesthesia Performance Program.

For more information on the 5th Annual N.J. Ambulatory Surgery Centers’ (NJASC) Review sponsored by Brach Eichler, please go to www.bracheichler.com.

Dr. Richard Clarkin Honored with Sister Joseph Rita
Award for Medical Excellence Ramapo

April 8, 2013 (Suffern, N.Y.)

Dr. Richard Clarkin, President of Ramapo Anesthesia, will be presented the Sister Joseph Rita Award for Medical Excellence. The prestigious award will be presented at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s Spring Ball – Soiree on the Sea, Sunday, April 14 at The Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, NJ. In addition, Sister Mary Louis Moran, SC will be honored with the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Medal of Honor. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Emergency Department at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

For more information, visit www.bschsf.org/springball.

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