Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV
What is a “Culture of Health”? According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, creating a true Culture of Health means changing our current understanding of health and creating a society where everyone has the opportunity to lead a healthy life. At the Highland companies in Charleston, we couldn’t agree more with that idea. Creating an opportunity for everyone to be healthy—from our patients to our employees—is central to our mission, our vision, and our values as an organization. This week though, we’re able to celebrate the embodiment of the Culture of Health, because one of our very own has been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for her work in developing a Culture of Health at Highland Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
We are proud to announce that Laure Marino MSN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, Family/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Director of the Primary Care Center at Process Strategies has been recognized as one of 10 nurses nationwide to receive the Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award from the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award is part of a concerted effort to celebrate nurse leaders and position nurses for leadership and executive roles to help people live healthier lives and create healthier communities.
Why was Laure recognized for such a prestigious award? Her work in integration of primary care and behavioral health care at Process Strategies has been nothing short of amazing. Not only are we able to provide primary care services to our clients who are receiving outpatient services from Process Strategies, but through Laure’s work coordinating with our other sites, now our patients who are being discharged from our hospital or from our detoxification unit, who have physical health needs, are being routinely referred to and served at our Primary Care Center. Laure’s work in managing our WV Health Home for those who have behavioral and physical health needs has started us on the path of truly providing for the health needs of our clients from all perspectives.
Laure’s way of thinking about health is influenced by her background as a nurse, considering multiple facets of a person’s world and how they intersect to allow that person to seek a healthy life. Come visit us in the Primary Care Center, and you’ll see how this works—from soothing new colors on the walls, to an “art gallery” of sorts displaying the work of local artists, to fresh water and fruit in the waiting room—appealing to every sense and placing patients in a state of mind that allows them to think about their health. But more importantly, you will feel what a patient described as “everything is about keeping you healthy” in the care that is provided. That’s what a Culture of Health is all about. To Laure and her team, we say thank you—and to the clients we serve, we are proud that you are receiving care from our team who is so invested in your health. Join us in congratulating Laure on this award. We look forward to what the future holds as we continue to move toward the vision of a healthier population.