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  •  New corporate compliance officer named for Rome Memorial Hospital

    Darlene Sovey has been named the new corporate compliance officer at Rome Memorial Hospital, announced Manon Gouse, hospital vice president/chief quality officer.
    With 27 years of experience in the administration of health care services, Sovey comes to Rome Memorial Hospital from Central New York Cardiology where she served as executive director. Prior to that, she was director of operations for Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Inc.
    At Rome Memorial Hospital, Sovey will provide daily oversight for the hospital’s overall compliance and privacy programs. Working with the hospital’s trustees, legal counsel, employees and medical staff, she will ensure that the hospital’s business and privacy practices strictly adhere to all state and federal regulations.
    “Rome Memorial Hospital is committed to upholding the highest standards of ethics, efficiency and business conduct through its corporate compliance program,” Gouse said. “A formal corporate compliance program empowers employees and medical staff to identify potential issues and provides a means to address them. With her varied experience, Darlene brings a wealth of knowledge about the delivery of healthcare to this position.”
    The role of the compliance officer is to provide leadership focusing on the hospital’s mission, values and standards of performance.
    “As compliance officer, I will be responsible for the continuous process of updating and abiding by legal, ethical, and professional standards within the organization and to promote organizational adherence to applicable federal and state law,” Sovey said. “Our goal as an organization is to be a strong advocate for patients, while cultivating and enhancing an atmosphere of compliance that focuses on delivering the best quality customer experience.”
    Sovey said that one of the most challenging aspects of compliance in the hospital setting is keeping up with an ever changing and evolving healthcare regulatory environment and understanding how to leverage governance, risk and compliance solutions while enhancing the quality of patient care.
    “I’ve worked in different capacities within the healthcare field for 27 years,” Sovey said. “Through diverse experience in healthcare settings as finance director, director of operations, and executive director, I developed a broad understanding of both state and federal regulations. Additionally, I believe that corporate compliance must be strongly integrated within an organization’s quality, performance improvement and risk management programs ”
    Sovey is available to address quality, performance and risk issues reported by patients and their family or by members of the hospital’s staff.
    “Compliance touches and affects virtually every aspect of a healthcare organization,” Sovey explained. “Upholding Rome Memorial Hospital’s high performance standards takes cooperation across all departments, at all levels, and requires unprecedented teamwork. It is my job to make certain our team remains vigilant in upholding these standards while delivering exceptional care for our patients.”
    A graduate of SUNY IT, Sovey earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and accounting and has nearly completed course work for a master’s of business administration degree.
    For more information about Rome Memorial Hospital’s Corporate Compliance program, call 315.338.7412.

     Darlene Sovey 
    Darlene Sovey