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Dr. Ray Ryan Santos Receives Chilton Hospital’s ‘Physicians We Admire’ Award

Dr. Ray Ryan Santos of Chilton HospitalRay Ryan C. Santos, M.D., M.S., is named the recipient of Chilton Hospital’s “Physicians We Admire” award.

Dr. Santos is the director of Chilton’s House Physician Program. As a house physician, he attends to all medical emergencies in the hospital and collaborates with the entire medical staff regarding patient care. Dr. Santos is also a pediatric hospitalist. A hospitalist is a physician that administers care while serving as a liaison between a patient and his or her primary care physician during an inpatient stay at the hospital.

The quarterly Physicians We Admire award was created to provide Chilton Hospital staff the opportunity to recognize physicians that embrace the organization’s five shared values on a daily basis: collaboration, ownership, excellence, compassion and innovation. The award winner is also one who leads the health care team in delivering high quality, safe, personalized patient care.

“All of our physicians play a vital role in what we do every day,” said Chilton Hospital Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Reich, RN, MA, NE-A, BC. “With this award, we celebrate and highlight one of our physicians who takes ownership in working with all staff to meet patients’ needs and who provides compassionate care each and every time to our patients and their families.”

Examples of comments in Dr. Santos’ nomination forms included:

  • “Dr. Santos has a very calming way whenever there is an emergency.”
  • “He takes the time to explain what is happening to the baby. He collaborates with the primary physician, as well as the neonatologist if necessary.”
  • “He is very supportive of the nurses and is very responsive to any questions from nurses, families and patients.”

About Ray Ryan Santos, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Santos is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He completed his internship and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency in 2009 at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark. Dr. Santos also earned his medical degree (2005) and his graduate degree in Biomedical Sciences (2000) at UMDNJ. He received his bachelor degree in Chemical Biology with a minor in Social Sciences at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken in 1999. While receiving his education, Dr. Santos earned two awards from UMDNJ’s New Jersey Medical School: The Golden Apple Award in 2007 for excellence in teaching and the Dean Brown Award in 2005 for making significant contributions. He also earned the Gold Humanism Honor Society from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which is given to a student who displays extraordinary humanism.

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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