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Griffin Hospital Managment Team Selected as Top Leadership Team in Healthcare

By Ken Roberts on 7/9/2008

DERBY, CT (July 9, 2008) - The Griffin Hospital management team has been selected as the 2008 Top Leadership Team in Healthcare in the nation for community and mid-size hospitals by HealthLeaders Media. HealthLeaders Media announced the selection today in their publications and on national wire services.

Announcing the award HealthLeaders said: "The leadership team at Griffin Hospital recognized years ago that to reach their goals of being a national model would require empowering the entire organization. That combination of an ambitious mission and an inclusive leadership culture has earned Griffin Hospital the honor as the 2008 Top Leadership Team in Healthcare for community and mid-size hospitals.

Griffin Health has been on an ambitious journey to become a model for community hospitals. Under the direction of CEO Patrick Charmel, the longstanding leadership team has led Griffin Hospital from a declining facility in the 1980s to a hospital that is nationally-recognized for its patient-centered Planetree model. Griffin Hospital has been among the top hospitals in the nation for patient satisfaction, and has received numerous awards for clinical quality initiatives."

The HealthLeaders Media Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare 2008 program is designed to celebrate the outstanding teamwork that occurs in healthcare organizations each day, to share what makes top leadership teams successful, and to encourage other healthcare leaders to learn more from the best practices of top leadership teams. Winners are judged on the leadership team's overall leadership culture, their ability to overcome challenges, and their ability to demonstrate successes that result from outstanding leadership teamwork. Only one winner per category receives this national honor each year.

"Griffin Hospital has earned its recognition through strong leadership, teamwork, and an unwavering commitment to excellence in its clinical pursuits," says Top Leadership Teams judge A. James Tinker, former CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "It is uncommon for an organization of this scale to achieve the sophistication and performance of the benchmark hospital it has become."

"This remarkable recognition is achieved because of the passion and commitment of every Griffin Hospital employee, physician and volunteer to providing an exceptional, patient-centered experience to those we serve. Their effort is guided by a talented, creative and energetic management team that holds itself and the organization to a high standard of performance and achievement," noted Patrick Charmel, Griffin Hospital's President. "When we started this journey almost twenty years ago a fundamental premise we made was that every employee would be considered a care giver. Today it is their dedication and enthusiasm for making a difference in the lives of others that fuels our forward progress, our continued success and Griffin Hospital's national reputation," Charmel said.

Other winners in the 2008 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program include Scripps Health in San Diego, for large hospitals and health systems; Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minn., for small hospitals; Bangkok Hospital Medical Center in Thailand for global hospitals; HealthTexas Provider Network in Dallas, Texas, for medical group practices, and CareSource Management Group in Dayton, Ohio, for health plans. The HealthLeaders Media Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare 2008 program is sponsored by Cejka Search, CIT, HealthGrades and Pershing Yoakley & Associates.

The 2008 honorees of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare will be featured speakers at the annual Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Conference and Awards, to be held Oct. 16-17 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. Along with the winners, more than 40 healthcare chief executives and team members will share their secrets of teamwork success in focus areas including financial strategy, quality improvement, technology and physician relations. For more information, visit www.topleadershipteams.net.

Additional Information: Bill Powanda, Vice President, Griffin Hospital 203-732-7515