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New hospital quality director to focus on patient safety

Posted: 4/10/2017

Registered nurse Melissa Hansen-Hall was recently promoted to Northern Dutchess Hospital’s director of quality.

In her new role, the former quality coordinator identifies and implements initiatives related to patient safety and overall quality of care improvements.

Through data collection, she analyzes hospital performance on measures such as fall prevention and readmissions reduction. She also collaborates with department leaders to strengthen the delivery of care and promote a culture of safety.

“Melissa brings to her position a wealth of clinical and quality knowledge, as well as solid rapport throughout the organization,” said Dana Curry, associate vice president of quality and performance improvement at Health Quest, the healthcare system that includes Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Hansen-Hall of Ulster County started her healthcare career in 1995 as a home health aide, rising through the ranks in 1999 as a laboratory technician and in 2001 as a pharmacy technician.

In 2002, she joined Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s Bridge To Practice program as a respiratory care unit nurse and then a clinical coordinator. She was promoted to the quality department as a specialist in 2011, and left to join Northern Dutchess in its quality department in 2013.

For information, reach Northern Dutchess Hospital’s quality department at 845-871-3391 or visit www.healthquest.org/ndh (TTY: 800-421-1220).

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