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Rowley receives award

Margaret “Maggie” Rowley, Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home care coordination manager, center, receives the Rural Health Champion of the Year Award on Oct. 24 from Nancy Gildersleeve, executive director of Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment and the Fulton Population Health Network, and Geoff Peck, Littauer’s vice president of population health and executive director of the Nathan Littauer Foundation. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — Margaret “Maggie” Rowley, Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home care coordination manager, was awarded the Rural Health Champion of the Year Award on Oct. 24.

The award was presented by Nancy Gildersleeve, executive director of Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment and the Fulton Population Health Network, and Geoff Peck, Littauer’s vice president of population health and executive director of the Nathan Littauer Foundation.

“I am honored and humbled,” Maggie said. “The credit for the award not only goes to me, but to all Nathan Littauer staff. It is a collective effort.”

To qualify for the award, recipients must demonstrate a great amount of dedication and exceptional healthcare service to the community. Rowley is the third Littauer Rural Health Champions. She has been an employee of Littauer for nearly three years.

“Together as a hospital, we’ve really embraced the needs of the community,” Rowley said.

“My family and friends come to Littauer. It’s very personal, and we want the community to know that we’re here to help. We work very closely with other organizations and providers in the community and our joint efforts are paramount in making a better experience for the patient.”

“Maggie has done an outstanding job by leading a team of discharge planners, community navigators, and others to reduce overutilization of the emergency room and hospital services by a challenged population,” says Dr. Frederick Goldberg, chief medical officer of Littauer.

“She is highly deserving of this award. These patients are among the most vulnerable that we serve. These patients struggle with navigating the healthcare system to manage their illnesses.

“Maggie leads by example by actively listening to the struggles and concerns of these patients with sincere empathy. Thanks to Maggie’s leadership and the efforts of her team; utilization of our emergency room by this population has been reduced by over 30 percent over the past two years.”

“She has played a crucial role in community-based care navigation and direct patient intervention,” said Peck. “We’re very proud to have her as part of our staff.”

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