Gary S. Horan, FACHE
President & CEO
Trinitas Regional Medical Center

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Association honors CEO and cardiac readmission reduction effort

The New Jersey Hospital Association, the state's oldest and largest healthcare trade association, recently held its annual awards program to honor several individuals and organizations for their commitment to the state's healthcare system and the patients and communities they serve.

The awards were presented during NJHA's 97th Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

NJHA's 2016 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Gary S. Horan, FACHE, president and CEO of Trinitas Health & Regional Medical Center. Horan has given a lifetime of service to the advancement of excellence in healthcare administration. At Trinitas Regional Medical Center, his leadership is credited with carrying out the successful merger of Elizabeth General Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital a merger that created Trinitas Hospital in January, 2000.

"When you do something you love, you never just 'go to work.' You go to your passion. Healthcare management has been my passion for 44 years," said Horan, summarizing an outstanding career of service and an equally impressive list of accomplishments.

In addition to his 14 years as CEO of Trinitas, he served as the president and CEO of Our Lady of Mercy Healthcare System, Bronx, New York, and he has held senior leadership positions with New York University Medical Center, St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York and JFK Medical Center, Edison.

He is past Chairman and current Board member of the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey; past Chairman and current member of the Board of Governors of the Greater New York Hospital Association, and a past Chairman of the Hospital Association of New York State. He currently serves on the Board of the Catholic Healthcare Partnership of New Jersey as well as a board Member of the New Jersey Hospital Association. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and the Union County College Board of Governors.

NJHA, through its Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, also honored Trinitas for Excellence in Quality Improvement, in recognition of its tremendous advances in quality improvement and patient safety.

Trinitas developed a Mobile Integrated Health Service (MIHS) program that utilizes paramedics with additional training as community health workers --known as Community Health Integrated Practitioners (CHIPs) -- focusing on the heart failure population. Carried out by Trinitas Advanced Practice Nurses. pharmacists, and paramedics, these visits allow the team to assess diets, home conditions and other factors that could contribute to a readmission. Patients targeted are generally underinsured or uninsured, and the service is provided at no cost to the patient.

The program provides an innovative, cost-effective solution to support the heart failure community in the City of Elizabeth. The heart failure readmission rate at TRMC was above the national and state average at 24 percent. Through the program, 108 patients were screened after discharge, 30 received follow-up visits, of which only three patients were readmitted, decreasing the readmission rate to 10 percent. During one of the first phone screenings a patient stated, "Thank you for calling, I don't know what to say. I have never felt more cared for in my life."


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: January 30, 2016

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