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Trinitas Regional Medical Center

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Trinitas Makes Major Investments in Both Physical and Virtual Improvements

To best serve the 73,000 emergency visits it receives each year, Trinitas Regional Medical Center is in the early stages of a threephase $18 million project to renovate and expand its existing Emergency Department. The project will add 18 new treatment rooms, giving the Medical Center a total of 45 rooms for treating emergency visits. A 128-slice CT scanner will be housed in the new Emergency Department, and separate emergency treatment areas for families, children and seniors will be created. Lastly, the project will add three new beds to the Medical Center’s existing Intensive Care Unit. “Trinitas has one of the busiest emergency departments in New Jersey,” stated Trinitas president and CEO Gary S. Horan, FACHE, during a groundbreaking ceremony held in front of the Emergency Department. He noted that the number of annual visits increased over 40 percent in just the last 15 years. The current emergency department was built in 2000 following the merger of St. Elizabeth Hospital and Elizabeth

General Medical Center. That merger created Trinitas Regional Medical Center. The entire $18 million cost of the project will be covered by donations from area foundations, corporations and individuals. Approximately half that amount has already been raised, Horan reported. He pointed out that the expansion and facility enhancements are vital to patient care in Elizabeth and its surrounding communities. “As a primary healthcare provider in the Central Jersey region, Trinitas has long been committed to the needs of the communities it serves. In the past 15 years, we have seen that residents rely on us to care for them in the face of medical emergencies. With the expansion’s expected completion in 2017, we’ll be better able to continue to offer the highest level of patient care possible.” John D’Angelo, DO, Chairman of Emergency Medicine, noted that an aging population is a key cause for a higher number of emergency visits. “With a popu-

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lation that is growing older, we see more cardiac and stroke cases due to age-related factors.” “This project is all about Trinitas' mission of service to the community,” stated Sister Rosemary Moynihan, Chairman of Trinitas

Trinitas is in the early phases of an $18 million expansion and renovation of its Emergency Department. When completed in 2017 the emergency facility will have 45 treatment rooms, a 128-slice CT scanner, and separate treatment areas for families, children and seniors.

Health & Regional Medical Center. “By treating over 70,000 emergencies per year, Trinitas has become, more than ever, a true lifeline for those we serve.” In addition to upgrading its emergency facilities, Trinitas re-

cently created an Ambulatory Surgery Center at its main campus in Elizabeth with a 9,500 square-foot facility now located in the Andrew H. Campbell Pavilion on the Williamson Street Campus.

Emergency Department staff and paramedics help break the ground on Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s $18 million Emergency Department expansion program.

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With three operating rooms dedicated to same-day outpatient surgeries, the spacious and modern $5.2 million facility is now integrated into the existing operating room services at Trinitas. New equipment for these operating rooms, a recovery area with three bays, a pre-op area and a step-down area complete the facilities of the Center. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study released in 2009 containing the first available data about outpatient surgery visits, the number of such visits increased from 20.8 million visits in 1996 to 34.7 million in 2006. The CDC's data were collected from 142 hospitals and 295 free standing centers as part of its National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery. The study further showed that 19.9 million visits to hospital ambulatory surgery centers outpaced the number of visits to free standing centers totaling 14.9 million. “As the report from the CDC revealed, hospital-based surgical centers represented 57% of such surgeries, 14% higher than those done at free standing centers, Trinitas realized that this was an answer to the health care needs of those we serve in Elizabeth and the greater Central New Jersey area as well. In short, we viewed the creation of the Ambulatory Surgery Center as a strategic imperative, an opportunity for expansion,” asserted Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President & Chief Executive Officer. “The beauty of having a hospital-based ambulatory surgery center is that there is immediate access to the full services of the rest of our facility. This is added assurance for our patients who will come to this new Center for same-day surgeries,” noted Mr. Horan in his remarks at the dedication ceremony.

Hernia repair, gall bladder surgery and cataract removal are among same day surgeries that reflect the growing and changing needs of the community. “By providing a new facility, we will support the work of our current medical staff, strengthen our ability to recruit new physicians, and assure patients of a superior patient experience,” noted Mr. Horan. Numerous organizations, foundations, and individual donors contributed $2 million for the construction of the new facility. "We thank all of these entities and individuals for their generous support to help us realize the vision for our new Ambulatory Surgery Center," said Nadine Brechner, Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “With the rapid changes in technology and growth in this type of service for patients, we are confident that our new Center will be able to serve patients in a superior setting with superior care.” Investment by Trinitas is not limited to physical structures, as evidenced by the Medical Center’s

leadership in the electronic records revolution. In the 17th annual Health Care's Most Wired Survey published by Hospitals & Health Networks' (H&HN), Trinitas Regional Medical Center was named a “Most Wired” Hospital for its commitment and progress in information management. The Most Wired Survey recognizes how crucial health data security and patient engagement are to health care today. Both are driving forces behind performance improvement in infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration. Trinitas is among 16 healthcare institutions in New Jersey to achieve “Most Wired” status. Judy Comitto, Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer at Trinitas, reports that "Trinitas is recognized as a state leader in information management. We know that quality patient care and safety is directly tied to processing health information quickly and efficiently.

Trinitas dedicated the Thomas and Yoshiko Hackett Ambulatory Surgery Center in 2014. With three spacious operating rooms, the modern $5.2 million facility is integrated into the Medical Center’s existing operating room services. In the last year, Trinitas performed over 5,000 outpatient surgical procedures.

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Nurses at Trinitas review electronic medical records on one of the patient care units. For its high level of sophistication in electronic record keeping, test ordering and medication information, the Medical Center was named a “Most Wired” Hospital in 2015 by Hospitals & Health Networks (HHN).

The success of our patient care and overall information management is based on seamless integration of platforms over the past decade. We have created an environment that makes it possible for our doctors, other health care professionals, and groups throughout the organization to access and use vital information extremely effectively.” Like its Most Wired counterparts, Trinitas has been moving forward in sharing and exchanging information to achieve a greater alignment between physicians and hospitals through so-called physician portals. The latest H&HN survey reports that in 84% of Most Wired hospitals, physicians can view and exchange information with other medical centers and hospitals compared with 63% of hospitals surveyed. In addition, 76% use the portal and electronic health record (EHR) to exchange results with other EHRs and health information exchanges compared to 56% of those surveyed overall. Finally, 81% of Most Wired hospitals can communicate with patients via email or alerts in contrast to 63% of all respondents.

About Trinitas Regional Medical Center Founded in 2000, Trinitas Regional Medical Center is the result of a merger of two Elizabeth hospitals: Elizabeth General Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital. Today, Trinitas is a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey. It is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

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Mitch G. Sobel, BS Pharm, MAS, FASHP, was appointed to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Task Force on the Regulation of Pharmacist Care Services by the President of NABP. The task force examines the provision of pharmacist care outside the traditional pharmacy setting. Mr. Sobel is currently the Director of Pharmacy Services for St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. He provides administrative pharmacy leadership over the Department of Pharmacy Services for St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center which includes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital and St. Vincent’s Nursing Home. He is also currently adjunct professor for the Fairleigh Dickinson University – School of Pharmacy teaching a required course in Pharmacy Leadership and Management. He is also an adjunct professor for Rutgers University – Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy teaching an elective course in Hospital Pharmacy Practice. Mr. Sobel is a graduate of the University of the Sciences – Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and received his Masters in Administrative Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition, Mr. Sobel is a past Resident of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Residency Program. Mitch is also a graduate of the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Institute at the Boston University – School of Management. He is also a New Jersey Pharmacist Immunizer. Outside of the office, Mr. Sobel has been President of the North Chapter and Director of Organizational Affairs of the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP) as well as President of the NJSHP and is an ASHP Regional Delegate representing NJSHP alongside 3 additional Board Members. He has received the Greg Santora Leadership Award from NJSHP (2012) and was awarded as Fellow for ASHP (2012). He also participates with the Greater New York Hospital Association Pharmacy Advisory Committee. In addition, Mr. Sobel was appointed by Governor Christopher Christie to serve on the New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy. He previously served on NJ Governor John Corzine’s Task Force on Health Care Professional Responsibility and Reporting. He is currently on the Division of Consumer Affairs Pharmacy Security Committee. Mr. Sobel has presented numerous posters and lectures on pharmacy law, clinical practice and pharmaceutical practice topics for Rutgers University – Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy; University of the Sciences – Philadelphia College of Pharmacy; Montclair State University, Sports Medicine Department; ASHP; NJSHP; and New Jersey Pharmacists Association (NJPhA). New Jersey’s premier Catholic healthcare system, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is a nationally recognized major academic comprehensive health care organization sponsored by its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867. To learn more about the spectrum of leading edge services and compassionate care available at St. Joseph’s, visit

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RBMC Opens Medical and Surgical Pavilion, Adds Patient Services

With hospitals in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) is one of a few hospitals in the world to achieve Magnet recognition for nursing excellence three times, and is a three-time recipient of the New Jersey Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield patient care quality award. Licensed for 501 beds and with a medical staff of more than 500, RBMC provides medical-surgical, maternity, pediatric, diagnostic imaging, laboratory and general and critical care, as well as adult behavioral health, emergency and interventional cardiac care and same-day surgery services. The hospital’s new Medical and Surgical Pavilion at 2 Hospital Plaza in Old Bridge features a state-of-the-art five-room surgical suite, a diagnostic and women’s imaging center, comprehensive diabetes center, ambulatory surgery center and private physician offices with specialties in cardiology, family medicine, urology and dentistry, among others. The hospital’s Human Motion Institute is devoted to providing superior outcomes and patient satisfaction in all areas of musculoskeletal treatment, and its Institute for Weight Loss provides customized medical and surgical weight-loss options, including bariatric surgery,

nutrition counseling and support services. Both services utilize a nurse navigator to coordinate patient services as well as the new Neck and Back Center which uses a collaborative approach to diagnose and treat neck or back pain. Services are provided through the Human Motion Institute’s continuum of care. RBMC is an affiliate of the Joslin Diabetes Center, and provides the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications, as well as patient education and support services. Staff includes two board-certified endocrinologists, a registered dietitian, two nurse educators and other medical and support staff. The center is located in the Medical and Surgical Pavilion, where it boasts a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen where the registered dietitian and local area chefs share techniques to prepare delicious meals that are also healthy and diabetic-friendly. The hospital’s patient portal, MYRBMC, gives patients 24/7 access to their test results and other health information, enabling them to track their medical progress over time and share information with their providers. RBMC has several other specialty services, including the Center for Wound Healing, Center for Sleep

The new Medical and Surgical Pavilion at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge.

Medicine, Center for Women (providing 3D mammography), Center for Balance, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and more. In 2015, RBMC received the American Stroke Association’s Silver Plus Get with the Guidelines Achievement Award for optimal stroke care, the American Heart Association’s Silver Mission:

A surgical procedure is performed in the new RBMC Surgical Suite.

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Matheny Medical and Educational Center

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Matheny Plans to Open Additional Community Residences for Adults and Children with Disabilities The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities believes that community living is the cornerstone of an independent, integrated life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Matheny Medical and Educational Center, a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities, currently operates five group homes, in Somerset and Warren counties. Each home provides a residence in the community for five adults with developmental disabilities. Over the next five years, Matheny, working with DDD and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, plans to open at least five additional group homes. Some will be for adults; others will be for children, up to the age of 21. One project is already underway, a collaboration with New Bridge Developers and KVD + Architecture Incorporated on development of a new adult group home for six residents in Parsippany, NJ. The estimated date of completion is the spring of 2016. According to

Michelle Russo, Matheny’s director of adult services, “We are talking to developers, realtors, and communities to find other suitable locations. We think this is a great opportunity for more people with disabilities to live in the community.” Matheny is committed to assisting its students and patients in attaining the highest possible level of independent functioning. In Matheny’s current group homes, residents are provided with the opportunity to live as independently as possible – shopping, interacting with neighbors and working or attending adult programs during the day. Most group homes for people with disabilities qualify to help communities meet their Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) obligations. The Federal Fair Housing Amendment specifically extended the law to cover people with disabilities in order to prevent housing discrimination. This law prohibits local zoning rules from discriminating in housing opportunities for people with disabilities and makes it unlawful to deny a dwelling to any buyer or renter because of a disability.

Residents of Matheny’s Franklin Twp group home performed at NJPAC with Holiday Express.

While the majority of Matheny’s current inpatients have cerebral palsy as their primary diagnoses, the medical complexities of Matheny patients have increased

Matheny adults enjoyed a barbeque at Matheny’s Frelinghuysen group homes in Warren County.

over the years. Matheny patients have a long list of associated clinical conditions, such as vision and hearing deficits, seizure disorders, and dysphagia, with resulting aspiration problems. As a result, Matheny is currently evaluating all of its 101 residents to determine which ones are medically able to live outside the hospital. Because of the medical complexities of even those who can live in the community, Russo pointed out, “our group homes will be staffed with LPNs.” Matheny also has patients with spina bifida, a rare metabolic condition known as Lesch-Nyhan Disease (LND), and a wide range of

uncommon conditions including Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Cornelia De Lange syndrome, Wolf-Hirshorn syndrome and 4Q Deletion syndrome. In addition to its role as a special hospital, Matheny is a special education school providing academics, combined with functional life skills, for students, ages 3-21 . . . a comprehensive outpatient center meeting the needs of people with all types of disabilities in the community . . . and a resource for training healthcare professionals, therapists, and educators in how to work effectively and appropriately with persons who have developmental disabilities.


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St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center

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The Department of Dentistry at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Paterson, New Jersey, is recognized as being among the best in the state. From general to specialty services, the Department of Dentistry at SJRMC provides compassionate inpatient and outpatient dental services for adults and children. In addition to managing emergencies, dentists provide comprehensive oral health care including the full spectrum of diagnostic, preventive and treatment services, many of which are based at the DePaul Center at St. Joseph’s located at 11 Getty Avenue. Outpatient special care for medically complex patients and for mentally and physically challenged children is also available at this site, as are hygiene services including education, prevention and treatment for the special care and general patient population. St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center is equipped with special operating rooms designed for the full scope of general dentistry needs, including: imaging, restorative procedures, endodontic and periodontal treatment, as well as extraction of teeth. Patients unable to receive care in the outpatient environment may be candidates for comprehensive dental treatment under general anesthesia in the operating room. The Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery manages facial trauma patients as well as those with head and neck tumors, clefts, other congenital and acquired deformities, and individuals requiring surgical procedures in the mouth such as placement of dental implants and removal of third molars (wisdom teeth). Many procedures are accomplished using local anesthesia with or without sedation in the new, stateof-the-art oral and maxillofacial surgery clinic located at SJRMC’s main campus at 703 Main Street. Individuals requiring more complex maxillofacial surgical procedures under general anesthesia are treated in operating suites also located at the Regional Medical Center.


St. Joseph’s staff members were recognized as 2015 NEW JERSEY MONTHLY Magazine ‘Top Dentists’: Back row, l to r, Danny Chiang, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry; Meredith Blitz, DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Richard P. Szumita, DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Robert J. Defalco, Jr., DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Anthony Sallustio, DDS, Prosthodontics. Front row, l to r, Hillel D. Ephros, DMD, MD, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Chairman, Department of Dentistry, SJRMC; Henna Desimone, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry; Leslie Elfenbein, DMD, Endodontics; Jerald Rosenberg, DMD, Periodontics. Not pictured Shahin Ghobadi, DMD, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

These procedures include removal of tumors, reconstructive procedures, temporomandibular joint surgery, skin and bone grafting, distraction osteogenesis and orthognathic (jaw alignment) surgery. Additionally, St. Joseph’s Department of Dentistry provides comprehensive orthodontic care to patients in need of functional and/or cosmetic dentistry. The full range of orthodontic services is available to populations with special needs as well to any children and adults who wish to have straighter teeth and a healthy bite. Orthodontic treatment is available in the form of metal braces, ceramic (tooth-colored) braces and clear aligners. Other services include opening collapsed spaces prior to implant placement and the use of expansion appliances and headgear. Orthodontists may also be involved in treating patients

as young as 5 years old using functional appliances to help stop damaging habits such as thumb-sucking and tongue-thrusting. For additional information regarding the Department of Dentistry at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, a member of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, please visit and ‘Search’ for Dentistry/Oral Health Services, or call 973.754.4250 St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is a nationally recognized major academic comprehensive health care organization sponsored by its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867. To learn more about the spectrum of leading edge services and compassionate care available at New Jersey’s premier Catholic healthcare system, please visit

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RWJ Rahway celebrates its most successful Golf Outing!

“What a great day for golf and a great day for RWJ Rahway,” said Marlene H. Lubinger, Foundation President. Rick Parker, Golf Classic Co-Chair said, “We are so grateful to Aergo Solutions for their Title Sponsorship and to Kevin Chmura, President, Aergo Solutions, our Honorary Golf Chairman,” adding his appreciation to the Golf Committee for their dedication and hard work to make this outing the most successful one ever, raising $150,000 for RWJ Rahway. In addition to Aergo Solutions, other special sponsors of the Golf Classic included Classic Sponsors, Rahway Pathology, P.A. and Rahway Regional Cancer Center; Greens Sponsor, CBIZ Employee Benefit Services; Bogey Sponsor, New York Radiology Alliance; Deluxe Cocktail Reception Sponsors Annette Catino, Emergency Medical Associates of New Jersey, Hull Resource Management Group and PSEG and Clubhouse Sponsor K & L Gates. Hole-in-one sponsors were Martin Jewelers of Cranford and Northfield Bank. The Chipping Contest, sponsored by Station Cab, Rahway, was won by Dave Shivraj from the Jasinski, PC

foursome, and the Putting Contest, sponsored by Emergency Medical Associates of NJ was won by Bob Ritchie from the Community Healthcare Associates foursome Two new contests were added this year. The Longest Putt Contest, sponsored by Allen and Roberta Geyer, won by Persaud Ved, also from the Jasinski, PC foursome; and Closest to the Line Contest, sponsored by Sodexo and won by Dr. Marshall Feldman. Ladies Longest Drive was won by Annette Catino, QualCare. Men’s Closest to the Pin went to Randy Langenfeld, Willis, and Longest Drive went to Joe Stasik, QualCare. First place for Low Gross Teams went to Larry Naldi, Peter Honigman, Greg Guyer and Joe Morrisey. First place for Low Net Calloway Teams went to John Moore, Paul Thomas, Randy Langenfeld and Butch Waitikovich. If you would like to add your support and make a donation to RWJ Rahway Foundation, or for information on how to leave a legacy of good healthcare to the community, please call the Foundation Office, 732.499.6135, or e-mail at


Even though the check said $148,000+, the 32nd Annual Golf Classic raised $150,000 for RWJ Rahway and was the most successful golf outing ever. Pictured left to right are: Michael Widmer, RWJ Rahway Foundation Chairman; Kevin Headd, Golf Classic Co-chairman; RWJ Rahway President & CEO, Kirk C. Tice; Honorary Golf Chairman, Kevin Chmura, Aergo Solutions; Rick Parker, Golf Classic Co-Chairman and Foundation Trustee; Stephen Timoni, Chairman, RWJ Rahway Board of Governors and Marlene H. Lubinger, RWJ Rahway Foundation President. The event was held on Monday, September 21, at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield.


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Tribute honors donors and families Donate Life Flag flies at Trinitas


Trinitas Regional Medical Center recently raised the NJ Sharing Network Donate Life Flag along side the American Flag in honor of a patient whose family gave the "gift of life" through organ and tissue donation. Trinitas honors donors and their families by raising the Donate Life Flag whenever an organ or tissue donor gives life-saving or life-enhancing gifts to others. Mary McTigue, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, said "These donations show the depth of compassion of donor families amidst their grief. Trinitas is extremely proud to be part of this life-saving effort and expresses both sincere sympathy and deep gratitude to every family that makes the choice to donate organs or tissues.” Oscar Colon, RN, CPTC, NJ Sharing Network Clinical Donation Specialist at Trinitas, emphasizes what the Donate Life Flag means. “By raising the Donate Life Flag, hospitals acknowledge the gift of life, recognize the impact of the decision made, and create a sense of community that is very meaningful to donor families,” Seeing the flag displayed has a great impact on the organ donor's family and the hospital staff. Colon explains, “In one instance, a family had already left the hospital when they became aware that there was a flag being raised in honor of their loved one. When they drove back to the hospital to see the flag, it was a very emotional experience for them. Later in the day, the family returned with more family and friends. They were extremely grateful that the hospital and NJ Sharing Network took the time to honor their loved one as a hero.” Trinitas is among several New Jersey hospitals that fly the Donate Life Flag. More than just an ordinary flag, the Donor Flag is a symbol of honor and respect that pays tribute to those who are organ and tissue donors. You can learn more about the work of the New Jersey Sharing Network by visiting For more information on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit: or call (908) 994-5138.

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Teacher retires and immediately goes into research… as a pioneer in brain tumor vaccine trial Personalized vaccine uses patient’s own immune cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells

Rita Coakley of Roxbury, NJ, is a pioneer of many sorts. For example, as a fifth-grade teacher at Lincoln Roosevelt Elementary School, she didn’t always make her students read from books. Instead, she often taught them by telling stories related to the topic to make learning more meaningful. She just retired from teaching – a few months earlier than expected – and now she’s a pioneer in a brain tumor vaccine trial. The transition happened very quickly. This past April, she and her husband, Leo, were shopping for an outfit for her to wear to a wedding in Belgium. When asked about it, Rita, who can tell you every detail about every special occasion dress she owns, couldn’t recall where she bought it or any other details about her shopping experience. Her husband immediately picked up on this oddity. He began peppering her with questions … but she couldn’t answer any of them. They went right to the hospital, where she had a CT scan. A day later, she met Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists’ Dr. Yaron Moshel, a neurosurgeon specializing

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in complex brain tumor surgery, who informed her there was a mass. “You’re kidding,” Rita replied. She had no symptoms except for the temporary memory loss and recurring headaches she had been having for years. She thought nothing of them. Dr. Moshel elaborated there was probably a glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. “Brain tumors are like real estate,” he said. “Location. Location. Location. And we can get this one out.” With her positive attitude, lots of prayer and endless support from her family, friends, colleagues and medical professionals, a week later, the tumor was successfully and completely removed. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments followed. “It all happened so quickly,” Rita recalls. “I was off on Spring Break, planning to return to school and retire at the end of the year, but this called for a detour. I never went back to work after the break. I did go back to school for a surprise party given by my students and their parents. It was terrific! Then I retired – and that’s when my career switched from teacher to researcher.”

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Even though battling brain cancer is no picnic, Rita and Leo have incredibly positive attitudes. “The care Rita has received has been outstanding,” Leo concludes. “Dr. Moshel, the ANS team and Morristown and Overlook Hospitals have been incredible.” When asked what advice she’d give to other patients, Rita quipped: “Keep a positive attitude and never underestimate the power of prayer. And make sure you have medical professionals who are brilliant. Their knowledge and expertise is paramount.

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Now, Rita is one of the first patients enrolled in Phase III of the DCVax® trial. This form of immunotherapy is designed to stimulate a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. According to Dr. Moshel, who is co-director of the Brian Tumor Center of New Jersey and investigator on the trial, DCVax is unique. It is a personalized vaccine created by educating a patient’s own immune cells to recognize and kill his/her cancer cells. Rita’s participation in the trial is being administered by Dr. Michael Gruber, co-director of the center. “Before Rita started radiation, we collected a coffee-cup’s worth of white blood cells and extracted her dendritic cells,” he details. “We then sent the cells and the tumor to a facility in Tennessee. They take the protein from the tumor and introduce it to the dendritic cells so they learn to recognize and kill the cancer cells bearing those proteins. Essentially, Rita’s white blood cells go to boot camp to learn to fight her own tumor cells bearing the proteins. Rita will be injected with the resultant vaccine over the course of the next two and half years.” Rita and Leo are thrilled about the opportunity to be in this trial. “This is like an extra insurance policy,” Leo said. “In addition to the normal follow-up treatment Rita will receive, which includes one week of oral chemo for each of the next six months, she will also have the benefit of the vaccine. Even though the trial includes a possibility of receiving a placebo, if her tumor reappears, she will immediately receive the vaccine as part of her treatment.”

You definitely want that plus bedside manner, but if you have to pick, pick brilliance over bedside. “And, a few last things: Never lose your sense of humor. Battling cancer is traumatic, and humor plays a critical role in recovery. Take advantage of the support that’s out there. The love and caring from family, friends, co-workers, medical staff and other patients goes a long way on the road back to good health.” For more information about ANS visit


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“Old hag,” “geezer,” and “senior moment.” These derogatory terms categorize older adults as different. Using traits like “gray hair,” “hard of hearing,” and “poor eyesight” exemplify the negative perceptions many people have toward older adults. Ageism is defined as stereotyping against people because they are old. Ageism can be detrimental to our aging Baby Boomers. Attitudes towards this population need to be re-evaluated. Ageism has been characterized as a paradoxical form of prejudice because it discriminates our “future selves.” According to an AARP study, 92 percent of workers ages 45 to 74 say that age discrimination is very common in the workplace. Even though studies show that there are no large differences between older and younger employees, there is an unconscious nature of bias against older workers at many institutions. Although unwarranted, older workers are seen as less productive and less flexible. Age discrimination at work leaves older workers with less opportunities for employment interviews, with less recruitment and retention, and with less than optimum treatment. Ageism can even affect how and when individuals retire because they may feel marginalized and disempowered due to age. Ageism is detrimental in healthcare. A 2011 study found that physicians reportedly spoke less and used simpler language with older people, spent less time when providing information, and preferred providing information on interventions to relatives rather than the older adults. Older patients are also less likely to receive preventative care. The possibility that older adults are receiving poor healthcare due to negative attitudes held by healthcare professionals is a negative consequence of ageism. Harmful stereotypes have the ability to influence older adults' functioning and behavior. One study by Levy found that older adults may feel at risk of confirming a negative stereotype and consequently underperform on the task, especially when cognitive measures were tested. Perpetuating ageism could subconsciously contribute to more dependent older adults. Nurses must be aware of the concept of ageism and the consequences of the public's negative attitudes towards older adults. Eliminating things like “Elderspeak,” or the speech style of communicating with older adults that is similar to “baby talk” is vital to changing the culture of ageism. Discouraging derogatory terms to describe aging and periodically reassessing our own biases will help combat the negative consequences of ageism.

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LourdesCare at Cherry Hill Cardiac Rehab Program earns Certification Program recognized for commitment to improving patients’ quality of life

LourdesCare at Cherry Hill, a state-of-the-art outpatient center for expert medical care, support services, and wellness classes to help patients maintain their health, has earned certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The LourdesCare program was recognized for its commitment to improving patients’ quality of life by enhancing standards of care. The certification award is for a three-year period. Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, recover faster and improve their quality of life. Cardiac rehabilitation programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families. LourdesCare at Cherry Hill’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program participated in an application process that required extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR program certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR program certification committee and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors. AACVPR-certified programs, such as the LourdesCare at Cherry Hill Cardiac Rehabilitation program, are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

About AACVPR Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.

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Barnabas Health Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon named Educational Award Recipient

Sunil P. Malhotra, MD, Co-Director, Children’s Heart Center and Director, Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery, at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, a Barnabas Health facility, has been named the recipient of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association’s 2015 Donald B. Doty Educational Award for innovative educational initiatives in cardiac surgery. As a recipient, he will be awarded an education grant of $10,000, which he plans to devote to developing innovative three-dimensional simulation tools for teaching future surgeons complex infant cardiac surgical procedures. The Western Thoracic Surgical Association (WTSA), founded as the Samson Tho-

racic Surgical Society, established the Donald B. Doty Educational Award to foster innovative educational initiatives in cardiothoracic surgery by WTSA members and to provide an opportunity for the dissemination of this information to other training centers and academic institutions. Prior to joining the CHoNJ in 2011, Dr. Malhotra served at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he served as Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics. He completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, and fellowship training in pediatric cardiac surgery at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Malhotra earned his medical degree from NYU School of Medicine, where he also com-

pleted his surgical residency. He has authored 25 peer-reviewed articles and presented at more than a dozen medical conferences across the country. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, as well as ABTS subspecialty certification in Congenital Cardiac Surgery. He is also a a member of the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia of the American Heart Association, the Western Thoracic Surgical Association and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. For more information about the Children’s Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, visit or call 973-926-3500.


New Jersey’s Pinnacle Center for Professional Development (PCPD) schedules Health IT Courses for hospital and health care institution employees Introduction to Health IT and Health IT Boot Camp Fall class schedule now available

The consistently shifting healthcare landscape has created a need for qualified health information technology (HIT) professionals. The Pinnacle Center for Professional Development (PCPD), offers two continuing education HIT courses. Introduction to Health IT is a two-day course and Health IT Boot Camp is a 36-hour course spread over one week. Both programs will be presented at PCPD’s training center in Fairfield and are also available to be conducted on-site at client facilities. PCPD’s programs are designed to meet the urgent need for well-prepared HIT professionals by providing quality continuing education, delivered in an informal classroom setting by seasoned professionals. PCPD’s programs prepare students, including clinicians, IT staff and healthcare administrators with the “big picture� of HIT, as well as other strategies to achieve success. The curriculum, instruction and related learning are designed to create a confident, competent, motivated and inspired Health IT workforce. According to Beth Dituro, PCPD program director, “Our continuing education courses are designed to fill the growing HIT talent gap by helping organizations to build their HIT teams from within. We also have courses for those individuals who are just entering the workforce and are interested in a career in health IT,� she said. “Our interactive classroom discussions inform and engage students and build confidence, fostering a sense of context and purpose.�

Introduction to Health IT: Nov. 2-3 and 4-5 Introduction to Health IT is designed to prepare entry-level health IT or clinical staff to be effective, productive and resourceful team members for health IT initiatives. The course covers topics that include: The Healthcare Delivery System, the Healthcare Technology Environment, Systems Development Life Cycle, Project Cycle Management, HIT Operations, Managing HIT and The Healthcare IT Revolution.

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Healthcare IT Workforce Boot Camp: Nov. 16-19 Pinnacle’s Health IT Workforce Boot Camp is an intensive one-week course to prepare clinical and information technology professionals to be high-performing, effective, productive and resourceful team members and leaders for health IT initiatives. Four, nine-hour courses are presented during the week, covering: Health IT Evolution – From Safety to Quality; Health IT Systems, Initiatives, and Project Management; Health IT Organizational Management; and Health IT Value. Health IT Boot Camp is open to IT professionals working within a healthcare setting who need to understand the implications of healthcare reform. This includes clinicians and informaticists who are working in an IT capacity or will be assigned to an IT project, and healthcare administrators and managers who are or will be involved in a major HIT initiative. The PCPD learning center is located at the company’s headquarters at 75 Lane Road in Fairfield, New Jersey. To accommodate clients, PCPD will also provide courses at any healthcare provider or IT company location. Candidates will be pre-screened to ensure their qualifications and base knowledge that will lead to a full understanding of course material. Upon completion, students receive certification for their work. PCPD also offers customized training courses tailored to business’ specific needs. A full calendar of courses and additional information is available at

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College celebrates Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program graduates 2015 pinning ceremony held for grads The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College recently honored graduates of its 2015 Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program with a pinning ceremony and reception on September 21 in Prudence Hall. The pinning signifies a ceremonial entrance into the profession for graduates who are now eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students in the school’s 2015 cohort entered the program already possessing a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and successfully completed 60 credits within the program’s 12-month timeframe.

According to Dr. Filomela Marshall, dean of the school, their course work encompassed in-class and online formats as well as a clinical component requiring them to perform in a direct patient care environment at Capital Health System twenty hours each week. “Two of the previous three graduating classes received a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN,” noted Marshall. “This year’s cohort was made up of uniquely qualified, extraordinarily hardworking students who we are confident can maintain that standard.” To find out more about the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program, please visit

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Lourdes Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey is a nationally recognized long term acute care hospital (LTACH). The hospital specializes in the care and treatment of critically ill, medically complex patients who require an extended hospital stay. Lourdes Specialty is known as “the hospital's hospital,” a place where critically ill patients can go to receive optimal care for an average stay of 25 days. The hospital is now a regional hub for excellence in medical care provided by an amazing staff of clinicians. The hospital has been voted one of South Jersey’s “Best Places to Work” for three consecutive years. Staffed by more than 250 employees, Lourdes Specialty primarily serves the Delaware Valley Region, including Mercer, Salem, Gloucester, Burlington and Camden Counties, as well as Philadelphia and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania. Lourdes Specialty Hospital is anticipating further growth and advancement in the years to come while maintaining the highest-grade levels of quality care, excellence and compassion for patients and their families. For more information about Lourdes Specialty Hospital, please visit or call 609-835-3650.

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Saint Peter’s Breast Center granted three-year accreditation by NAPBC The Breast Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been granted a three-year/full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, or NAPBC, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The Saint Peter’s Breast Center also received full accreditation from the NAPBC in 2009, becoming the first breast center in central New Jersey to be accredited by the organization, and in 2012. “We are certainly proud to be reaccredited,” said Susan McManus, MD, director of the Saint Peter’s Breast Center. “We strive on a daily basis to improve the care and experience of all of our patients at the Saint Peter’s Breast Center.” Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage to accurately diagnose and manage breast disease. “The Breast Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital was the first NAPBC-accredited center in central New Jersey,” said an NAPBC surveyor.

“They have demonstrated a commitment to the guidelines and standards set by the NAPBC to effect positive change. I believe the Saint Peter’s Breast Center has an important impact in the community.” The members of the Saint Peter’s Breast Center pool their expertise, covering multiple medical specialties, to design a customized treatment program for each patient. Using the most advanced oncology treatment options available, Saint Peter’s offers a full range of state-ofthe-art services, including: • Women's Imaging • Screening and Diagnostic Mammography Services • Bone Density • Breast Surgery • Radiation Oncology • Survivorship Services • Moving On Therapeutic Exercise Program for Patients in Treatment • Nutrition and Social Services • Lymphedema Prevention and Rehabilitation • Wellness • Genetic Counseling Receiving care at a NAPBCaccredited center ensures that a patient will have access to: Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services; a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options, and, most importantly, quality breast care close to home. For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, please visit For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600.


Breast cancer survivors said thanks to the Saint Peter’s Breast Center team during a recent visit. Front row, from left: Kim Dixon, MD; patients Pam DeRanieri, North Brunswick, Diane Tenore, Matawan, and Karen Mazukiewicz, Princeton; Lisa Hopkins, MD. Back row, from left: patient Janet Amin, East Brunswick, Susan McManus, MD; patients Joann Pollock, North Brunswick, and Stacie Benick, North Brunswick.

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