NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Health Council is proud to elect Mrs. Dawn Howard-Mistry, Transitions of Care Nurse Practitioner at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, to their Nursing Board. With 14 years in the healthcare industry, including 3.5 years in her current role, Mrs. Howard-Mistry brings to the American Health Council a wealth of skills and expertise in Nursing, Cardiology, and Pulmonary Care. Her career started in New York City with 6 years in the Cardiac Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital and later became a nurse practitioner in outpatient cardiology at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Mrs. Howard-Mistry is a Nursing alum of Hunter College, obtaining her BSN in 2003 and her MSN in 2008, and certified as a BSN/MSN/APN-C. She became involved in the nursing profession after witnessing her grandparents receiving great care from a hospice nurse. Mrs. Howard-Mistry attributes her past and current success to wonderful mentors, as well as being committed and dedicated to her field.
At Saint Barnabas, Mrs. Howard-Mistry engages in numerous responsibilities, including reducing readmissions for the top 5 DRG’s, educating patients on their acute/chronic conditions and following them for 30 days past discharge. She also completes root cause analysis for all readmissions that are a top 5 DRG, presents readmission data quarterly to hospital leadership, and participates in the creation of yearly plans to improve readmission rates. In addition, she presents on health education at local community outreach locations, and assists in developing and implementing clinical plans to care for patients with chronic and terminal illnesses. Among these responsibilities, Mrs. Howard-Mistry also initiates communication with attending physicians, other transitions of care staff members and health agencies and caregivers as needed to coordinate optimal patient care and outcomes. She is required to do in-home and post-acute care visits.
Mrs. Howard-Mistry is cited with creating a COPD/Pneumonia clinic, to help patients who are unable to follow-up with Primary care physicians post discharge from the hospital.
Among her myriad of accomplishments, Mrs. Howard-Mistry is currently a Baldridge Ambassador at Saint Barnabas, a member of the Rising Stars Initiative – COPD & Pneumonia Workgroup, the Community Health Needs Assessment Workgroup – Asthma/COPD, Co-Chair for the APN Council, and participates on the Magnet Professional Nurses Practice Council.
Mrs. Howard-Mistry has been garnered with numerous awards, including the Grotta Grant (2015) which was utilized to expand the SBMC Transitions of Care department. In addition, she was acknowledged as a Community Champion with an Excellence Award from Saint Barnabas (2015). While studying at Hunter College, she was awarded Clinical Excellence and Leadership (2003). She is professionally associated with the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care, Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Mrs. Howard-Mistry’s professional goals within the next five years include obtaining her DNP and transitioning into a clinical leadership role. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking and ziplining. She donates charitable time to Miracle Walk, St. Jude’s, and MSKCC.
About the American Health Council:
The American Health Council is the nation’s only organization with a constituency representative of all sectors of the healthcare industry. From the coasts to the heartland, the American Health Council has drawn Affiliates from major metropolitan hubs and small communities. These Affiliates span generations and have reached different stages of their careers — from recent graduates to retirees. More information about the American Health Council and its mission can be found at: http://americanhealthcouncil.org
Additionally, the American Health Council strives to provide recognition and support for those individuals and institutions making the difference in patients’ lives day in and day out. Throughout 2017, the AHC is honoring “America’s Best Doctors and Nurses,” as well as the nation’s best medical universities and hospitals. The American Health Council’s “Best in Medicine” and “Best in Nursing” awards programs honor the individuals and institutions that have contributed significantly to medicine and nursing, as well as the training and education of physicians and nurses. The most current selections for these honors may be viewed here: http://bestinmedicine.org and http://bestinnursing.org.
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