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Ragusa Named to LI’s 50 Most Influential Business Women

Citing South Nassau Communities Hospital’s high standards in patient safety, patient outcomes and the delivery of its healthcare services, the Long Island Business News named Ruth Ragusa, RN, vice president of organizational effectiveness, to its annual list of the “Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business” on Long Island.

Long Island Business News launched the “Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business” in 2000 to recognize the important role women play in Long Island's economy. The honorees represent the most influential women in business, government, education and the not-for-profit fields, and are selected by a panel of business leaders based on professional accomplishment, mentoring and community involvement.

“Under Ruth’s leadership, South Nassau has been an industry leader in developing and implementing protocol and procedures that have improved the performance of our staff and the delivery of our services,” said Joseph A. Quagliata, President & CEO of South Nassau. “Her commitment to excellence and teamwork inspires our organization to build on our standards and achieve greater levels of effectiveness.”

Ms. Ragusa, who joined South Nassau in 2001, has more than two decades of experience in health care administration. Her responsibilities include performance improvement, risk management, case management, regulatory affairs, pharmacy services and other clinical support services. Additionally, she is responsible for providing administrative support for the departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Anesthesia, Surgery, Medicine and other services.

Ms. Ragusa also spearheads South Nassau’s participation in numerous national and regional quality improvement initiatives. For example, she led South Nassau’s effort to obtain stroke center designation status by the Department of Health in collaboration with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) “Get with The Guidelines” program . Not only did the Hospital earn the designation, it also received the Bronze Award from the AHA for excelling in stroke care, and received the five-star rating for the treatment of stroke from Health Grades (a nationwide independent ratings company) placing South Nassau in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide in stroke care.

Ms. Ragusa earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in healthcare administration from the Long Island University/ C.W. Post Center. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She resides in Old Brookville with her husband and two children.

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