Kennedy’s Dialysis Centers Receive 5 Diamond Status in Patient Safety and Quality of Care
Friday, October 21, 2011

Dialysis Staff from Washington Township
Kennedy's outpatient Dialysis Centers in Voorhees and Washington Township, NJ, have received "5 Diamond Patient Safety Status" from Quality Insights Renal Network Three (QIRN3). This top distinction places Kennedy's Dialysis Centers as two of only 25 programs in Renal Network 3, which oversees 170 units, currently to receive "5 Diamond Status."

QIRN3, a member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services End Stage Renal Disease Network, works with more than 170 dialysis facilities, located in three states, to improve both patient and staff awareness by promoting patient safety values and building a culture of patient safety. Additionally, Kennedy Washington Township Dialysis Center has recently increased its capacity with six new dialysis stations bringing the Center's total to 31.

"It is an honor to be recognized for patient safety and quality care by Quality Insights Renal Network Three. Only a handful of facilities hold this distinction assuring the community that our dialysis care is superb. We are pleased that both of our outpatient Dialysis Centers have been recognized," said Kennedy President & CEO Martin Bieber.

In the photo, the Washington Township Dialysis Center staff (left to right): Chris Deluca, RN; Karen Ripkey, QIRN3  5 Diamond Program Coordinator; Pam Montana-Sileo, RN, CDN; Patty Fabrizio, CCHT; Patty McCann, RN, BS, CNN; Stephanie Gamm, CCHT; Melanie Lonasco, CCHT; Shurlana Ellis, CCHT; and Jessica Ballehr, CCHT.