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“What More Can Be Done e?” – The Critical Question That Can Save a Stroke Victim Newlly proven, minimallly y invasive treatment removes blood clots and has patients returning home as good as new The normal response from the doctor used to be, “He suffered a stroke. There’s nothing more we could do.” Especially if the patient sought medical care after the six-hour treatment window. Today, the response should be much different. So it’s critical the patient’s loved ones or caregiver ask the all-important question: “What more can be done?” Not every emergency room physician or neurosurgeon has the training to answerr, “There is something that can be done.” But, according to Ronald P. Benitez, neurosurgeon and president of Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists, there is. “Using a stent retrieverr, we can now go into the brain within eight to 10 hours of the stroke – in some instances – even longerr, remove the clot and restore blood flow to the brain,” he explains. “This minimally invasive treatment is successful in patients who have suffered ischemic strokes. An ischemic stroke – the most common type – is caused when a brain artery becomes blocked, prohibiting normal blood flow to the brain.”

The results showed treatment with the latest generation stent retrievers – the Trevo by Stryker and the Solitaire FR by Covidien – reduced post-stroke disability and increased the proportion of patien nts alive and independent at three months. Four studies showed d convincing evidence of benefit. “Removing a clot stu uck in a blood vessel is somewhat similar to removing a cork stuck in a wine bottle,” Benitez details. “We insert the stent into the blood clot and open it to restore the blood flow. The clot attaches to the retriever and comes out when the device is removed. “This treatment worrks well in patients with brain tissue that has not been damagged by the lack of blood flow,” he continues. “When the brain tisssue is alive, but on sleep mode like a computerr, we are often able to awaken it.” Dr. Benitez does 80-100 of these procedures a year with amazing results. “Typicallyy, we see a stroke patient enter the hospital unable to speak and move one e side,” Benitez concludes. “Many times, after removing the clot, the he patient walks out of the hospital and goes home talking. It is tru uly miraculous.” Despite these advan nces, seeking medical treatment at the onset of symptoms is still critical, c so know the symptoms of stroke: • SUDDEN numbne ess or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body • SUDDEN confusio on, trouble speaking or understanding • SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes • SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination • SUDDEN severe he h adache with no known cause Also, know the location t of your nearest stroke center that employs stent retrie evers. In New Jersey, ANS performs these procedures at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, St. Barnabas Medical Center in L gston, and Livin d Morristown Medical d l Center in Morristown. That way, when you ask that all-important question, “What more can be done,” you’ll get the right answerr.

Drr. Ron Benitez, President o off ANS Benitez was a pioneer of this treatment when w the first device was introduced in 2004. Despite advancemen e ts that have been made since then and proven medical success, ess it wasn’t until just recently that results of studies confirming the effectiveness of stent retrievers were released at the International Stroke Conference 2015 in Nashville.

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Karine Shnorhokian, Holy Name nurse manager, debriefing the simulation scenario with CareOne staff.

In an effort to improve and optimize the quality of care for patients after a hospitalization, CareOne staff members took part in training sessions provided by Holy Name Medical Center’s Institute for Simulation Learning. The three-hour course helped strengthen communication skills and troubleshoot obstacles that may arise when patients are admitted for rehabilitation. These training sessions help bridge the gap of fragmented care that often occurs during healthcare transitions. “We welcome the direct approach of CareOne leadership in requesting simulation training for their team members,” said Dr. Adam Jarrett, Chief Medical Officer at Holy Name. “We are working collectively to ensure our patients have seamless transitions and a higher quality of care that comes from a continuum of services.” Participants in the sessions included professionals in social services, nursing, and physical therapy. They engaged in various scenarios, with actors simulating realistic conflicts that may occur during patient care. They worked through challenges, such as social isolation, worsening cognitive impairments like dementia, and discussions on end-oflife care to identify feasible solutions. “This experience offered our staff members the unique opportunity to learn invaluable patient care strategies that will help us provide more cohesive care for the patients we share with Holy Name Medical Center,” said Shibani Gupta, OTR, Regional Director of Rehabilitation at CareOne. “Through this partnership and training, we are seeing fewer re-hospitalizations and shorter length of stays with optimal outcomes at the CareOne facilities,” said Dr. Ravit Barkama, executive director of Holy Name Medical Center’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO). “Better communication means better care and using post-acute services coordinated through Holy Name proves to be critical for patient management.”

This collaboration between Holy Name and CareOne is part of the Medical Center’s ACO, which involves participating physicians and healthcare organizations working together on each patient, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment and management of illnesses. The joined efforts result in better patient care, with less complications and hospital readmissions while reducing spending. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which promotes ACOs, then passes on cost savings to the ACO participants. “Working together with Holy Name enables us to blend our best practices and improve the quality of care we provide to our patients and their families,” said Mirlana Morris, MSW, Regional Director of Social Work and Quality Assuranceat CareOne. At the end of each training scenario with CareOne, Karine Shnorhokian, nurse manager of Holy Name’s ACO, debriefed team members and helped them review and discuss the enactment. “The Institute serves as an opportunity for organizations to learn from one another, build their communication skills, and become more confident in the work they do,” Shnorhokian said. “Each patient has a unique situation that can be very challenging. It is our job to work through this and offer them the best solution we can.” Undergoing simulation training is one way to enhance the continuum of care for patients. The Institute, which was awarded a $5 million grant from the Russell Berrie Foundation to expand its operation, staff, and equipment, has seen its demand grow not only from departments within Holy Name but from outside providers such as CareOne. To date, more than 2,300 healthcare professionals, first responders, and nursing and medical students from the tri-state area have utilized simulation training at the Institute. For more information on the Institute for Simulation Learning, call 201-833-3010.

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MONOC donates ambulance to Barnegat Aquatic Rescue Team

MONOC recently donated a used ambulance from their fleet to Barnegat Aquatic Rescue Team. The vehicle is a fully functioning Type II ambulance and is the second ambulance donated to the non-profit organization. The vehicle will be used for water search, rescue and recovery in the Barnegat

and surrounding areas of Southern New Jersey. Raymond Gormley, Barnegat Aquatic Rescue Team’s Chief Diver, said that having this vehicle allows them to get to the scene with all of the necessary equipment and man power at one time, act as dressing/staging area for the scene, and allows the team


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Understanding and treating Juvenile Arthritis St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Clinical Specialist providing perspective

Arthritis, commonly associated with older adults, can also impact the lives of children. “It is important to remember that children with arthritis cannot be managed as ‘little adults with arthritis,’ and that arthritis that affects older adult populations is not the same as the arthritis that affects children,” says St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s renowned Pediatric Rheumatologist, Jaya Srinivasan-Mehta, MD, Chief, Pediatric Rheumatology. Dr. Srinivasan-Mehta continued, “Although children with arthritis may experience similar pains and stiffness as adults with arthritis do, children are often initially brought to a physician based on a parent’s concern of change in behavior or activity rather than due to the child vocalizing complaints of joint pain.” Different than adult arthritis, the various types of juvenile arthritis (JA) can be hazardous when it comes to bone development. Dr. Srinivasan-Mehta explains further, “Unlike adults who have completed their growth, children are in various developmental stages. Not only can uncontrolled inflammation related to arthritis damage their joints and bones as with arthritis in adults, but it can also affect the growth plates where most of the child’s growth occurs.” A variety of negative outcomes can occur due to the ongoing inflammation, one being uneven growth of bones. “Due to its effect on growth, early and appropriate treatment is important to control arthritis in children.” Since growing pains are very common in children, JA can be mistaken for this growth process. Dr. Srinivasan-Mehta warns of this common misconception. “Often pains may be ignored for a long period of time with the assumption that the pains are related to growth. Symptoms that may raise concern and should


Jaya Srinivasan-Mehta, MD, Chief, Pediatric Rheumatology, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (right), one of approximately 300 pediatric rheumatologists in the country, reviews a case with a pediatric resident.

be evaluated by the child’s physician include persistent joint pains, joint swelling, stiffness in the mornings or difficulties or changes in the ability to perform regular daily activities.” Although when hearing the word “arthritis” many assume it is one disease, JA is a term that comprises several different autoimmune and inflammatory conditions in which arthritis can be seen. Dr. Srinivasan-Mehta explains, “Since each disease,

specifically rheumatic diseases, has their own unique set of associated symptoms, it is important for a thorough evaluation to be done to determine the appropriate diagnosis. Pediatric rheumatic diseases are comprised of chronic, complex autoimmune and multisystem inflammatory diseases, which often can be a challenge to diagnose and treat. Pediatric rheumatic diseases differ significantly from adult rheumatic conditions, and require specialized care with the considerations of growth, development and quality of life of pediatric patients.” JA affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States and there are approximately only 300 pediatric rheumatologists in the country. “Pediatric rheumatologists are specially trained to care for patients with rheumatic diseases, taking into account the special needs of the pediatric patient who is actively growing physically, mentally and emotionally,” says Dr. Srinivasan-Mehta. “Since juvenile arthritis, as well as other rheumatic diseases, can affect various organ systems, the help of other trained pediatric subspecialists is often needed to provide appropriate care for the child. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital has several pediatric subspecialists within our hospital system, allowing our patients the opportunity to receive the well-rounded care that each child requires.” With integrative and comprehensive care, children with arthritis have the opportunity to lead a normal, healthy life. 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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Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System sign historic agreement

Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System today signed the definitive agreement which outlines the merger between these two leading health systems. Once complete, the transaction will create New Jersey’s largest health care system and one of the largest in the nation -- to be known as RWJ Barnabas Health. The agreement will now be submitted to the New Jersey Attorney General for review, with the expectation that the merger will be completed in 2016. At that time, RWJ Barnabas Health will annually represent operating revenues of more than $4.5 billion, 260,000 inpatient admissions, 2 million outpatient visits, nearly 700,000 Emergency Department visits, 23,000 births, nearly 30,000 employees, 9,000 physicians, and 1,000 residents and interns. The new system will be comprised of 11 acute care hospitals, three children’s hospitals, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, a behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, and five fitness and wellness centers. The combined system, with shared cultures and core values, will provide greater opportunity to improve the health and promote wellness of communities throughout the state. The new system’s geographic footprint will span Hudson, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, Somerset, Monmouth and Ocean counties. Through sharing of resources and best practices, the merger will promote the highest

quality health care delivery and also enable greater economies of scale. “The new health system will comprise effectively every clinical service from primary to quaternary and greatly strengthen our commitment to medical education and research,” stated Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health. “The merger also will provide a large enough geography to be appropriate for the migration to population health management.” “We are excited to move forward with this historic merger agreement which will offer the diverse communities in New Jersey expanded access to the best in academic medicine and community-based care,” said Stephen K. Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System. Transition teams have been formed to begin planning for combining the two systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Mr. Ostrowsky will serve as the inaugural President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJ Barnabas Health. Mr. Jones will serve as Chief Academic Officer in the Office of the President, leading efforts to further strengthen the relationship between the new entity and its academic partner, Rutgers University. The Board of Trustees representation will be evenly divided between the two organizations. “Because our organizations have a shared vision for how health care should be delivered and our tradi-


Pictured (seated left to right) Stephen K. Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System, and Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health, sign the definitive agreement outlining the merger between Robert Wood Johnson Health System and Barnabas Health. Present for the signing and pictured are (left to right) John Hoffman, Esq., Chair of Robert Wood Johnson Health Care Corp.Board; Jack Morris, Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Board; Marc E. Berson, Chair, Barnabas Health Board; and Dr. Robert Barchi, President of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

tional service areas are complementary, we anticipate a smooth transition process,” said Jack Morris, Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Board of Directors.

“As health care in America transforms, the new alliance positions our system as one of the foremost providers of health care and wellness services in the entire region,” stated Marc E. Berson, Chairman of

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David J. Adinaro, MD, FACEP, named Chief Medical Informatics Officer at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System


St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (SJHS) has announced the appointment of David J. Adinaro, MD, FACEP, as Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) at the multi-hospital academic healthcare organization based in Paterson, New Jersey. Dr. Adinaro has been a physician at St. Joseph’s since 2003. Throughout his years with the organization, he has served in many leadership positions such as, Chief, Emergency Medicine, Patient Safety Officer, Residency Research Director and Associate Director. Dr. Adinaro is a Founding Member and Managing partner of Northern New Jersey Emergency Physicians, LLC. In addition to his roles at SJHS, Dr. Adinaro is also involved with regional and state organizations, most recently serving as president of the NJ Chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians (2013 – 2014). He has authored multiple research articles including the latest entitled, “ER 2030: The Future of Emergency Medicine?” published in the Journal of Freestanding Emergency Medicine, March 2014 (Inaugural Issue).

Dr. Adinaro received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and his Master of Arts in Education for Psychological Studies from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. In June 2000, he received his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry – New Jersey (UMDNJ) Medical School, Newark, NJ. In August 2015, Dr. Adinaro will graduate from Lehigh University with a Master in Engineering, focus on Healthcare Systems Engineering. As CMIO, Dr. Adinaro will act as the Liaison and Physician Advocate to bridge the rapidly expanding role of Information Technology and Informatics in the practice of medicine and the delivery of health care. He will also help to educate the medical staff, nursing and all other clinical users as technology continues to advance. 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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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 25 patients in the United States acquire hospital associated infections in healthcare facilities each year. Moreover, approximately 75,000 people in hospitals die each year from these preventable infections. While your loved one is hospitalized, there are some important things you need to know in order to break the chain of infection. In the hospital, safety measures are utilized to stop the spread of germs from one person to another. The easiest and most cost effective way to stop the spread of infection is to wash your hands with soap and water. Healthcare workers apply “Standard Precautions” to all patients by performing hand hygiene and donning personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes wearing gloves or eye masks for all patient encounters in which they might come in contact with blood or body fluids. Microorganisms can enter a susceptible host by accessing a break in the skin and through mucus membranes. Once in the body, the microorganisms can multiply and cause secondary infection. Since healthcare workers treat multiple patients, hand washing and wearing PPE protects them from mobilizing the infection to another room. Isolation precautions are used to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and PPE varies depending on the causative organism and mode of transmission. Contact precautions are used to prevent transmission of infection disseminated by direct touching of the skin (examples: MRSA, C. difficile). Patients will not have a roommate because surrounding surfaces can become contaminated. Disposable gloves and gowns are worn at all times in the room. Droplet precautions are instituted for illnesses that are spread by coughing and sneezing (examples: influenza, pneumonia). A disposable mask is worn in the room and both healthcare workers and visitors must wash their hands before entering and leaving the room. Airborne precautions are reserved for diagnoses of diseases like tuberculosis and varicella (chickenpox) because they are transmitted by inhaling minute nuclei containing the causative pathogen. A negative pressure ventilated room is ideal for these patients and surgical masks are designed to reduce the risk of infection. Family members play a vital role in reducing the spread of infection. Following the above guidelines and refraining from bringing food or drinks in patient rooms can positively affect the health of many patients. Families should check first before bringing children or even live flowers and fruit into hospital rooms. Being aware of how infections are spread and simple ways to protect yourself and your loved one can save lives.

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Route 18 Auto teams up with Saint Peter’s to fight breast cancer September/October proceeds to aid prevention and care Route 18 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram in East Brunswick will donate $50 for every new and used car sold during September and October to The Breast Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, the first breast center in central New Jersey – including Middlesex, Somerset and Mercer counties - to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The fund-raiser is timed to highlight National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held each October. “I’m first a father, a husband and a son … I would do everything I can to protect my family. I would think every man would do the same,” said Bill McDonagh, owner/general manager of Route 18 Auto, which sells Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram automobiles, trucks and SUVs. “Saint Peter’s Foundation is grateful for the support of Route 18 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram for their generous support of The Breast Center,” said Michael Loch, director, annual giving, Saint Peter’s Foundation. “We are fortunate to partner with such a great company, which shares our commitment to fighting breast cancer. Together, we are making a difference in our community.” Every dollar raised will be used to support breast cancer prevention and treatment programs. Additional donations will be accepted at Members of The Breast Center pool their expertise in 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 stateof-the-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

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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.

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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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Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Mentoring Program offers career insights to science/pre-med students

What’s the best way to check out medicine and healthcare? Trinitas Regional Medical Center offers future physicians and healthcare professionals an up-close view of medicine and allied professions

while they shadow physicians and other healthcare professionals in the Collegiate Medical Mentoring Program. In its second year, the program has already experienced an uptick in registration as six

science/pre-med students participate this year. The Collegiate Medical Mentoring Program is a spin-off of the highly successful high school level Medical Mentoring program that has seen more than 150 stu-


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dents since 2002. Both programs receive grant funding through the Trinitas Health Foundation. Gary S. Horan, President and Chief Executive Office (far left), and Pay Haydu, Adjunct Instructor in the Trinitas Education Department and volunteer facilitator of both Medical Mentoring Programs (far right) welcomed this year’s participants. From left, Nashali Ferrara of Dover (Montclair State University); Luke Magera of Hopatcong (Stevens Institute of Technology); Casey Imbergamo of Cranford (Seton Hall University); Vikas Kalia of Linden (Rutgers University); Andrew Shanes of Springfield (University of Virginia), and Jamie McIlvaine of Livingston (Seton Hall University). To qualify for the Collegiate Mentoring Program, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.75 and be enrolled in a science/pre-med program. The program includes one-week rotations through the Trinitas Cancer Center, Emergency Department, Operating Room, OB/Gyn, Wound Center, Rehabilitation Services, and

Psychology Department. Students also visit the surgical suites to observe surgeons and anesthesiologists. For more Information about the Collegiate Mentoring program, contact Lisa Liss, Director of Volunteer Services at (908) 994 – 5164.

About Trinitas Regional Medical Center Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, 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. For more information on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit: or call (908) 994-5138.

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Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation names new Executive Director Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation, a private, non-profit organization that has raised millions of dollars to support various healthcare services at Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC), has appointed Linda M. Hill, PharmD, as its new Executive Director. “I am delighted that Linda will be leading the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation. Given her leadership abilities and her fundraising knowledge and experience, we are fortunate to have her,” said Russell Azzarello, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors. “In partnership with our board members, to realize our vision, Linda will play a key role in moving our philanthropic plan forward." Hill, of Princeton, NJ, previously served as Senior Director of Development for Major Gifts for the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation. She also served as Director of Development for the Stuart Country Day School of


the Sacred Heart in Princeton, NJ, and was a Principal and founder of WriteChoice, Inc., a medical communication business. Hill received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science, and Bachelor’s Degree of Science from Rutgers College of Pharmacy, Piscataway, NJ. “Linda enjoyed a successful career with the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, partnering with physicians and gaining the support of businesses and the community to increase annual giving and number of donors. This includes leading fundraising events and campaigns surrounding the construction of a new hospital,” said Raritan Bay Medical Center President and CEO Michael R. D’Agnes. “I’m confident she will also find success here and continue to raise the level of philanthropic giving for Raritan Bay Medical Center.”



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“It is with great excitement that I join the RBMC family. I look forward to engaging with our community, board, local businesses, physicians, and employees to provide the resources RBMC needs to deliver outstanding care,” said Hill. Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation was established in 1985. Its mission is to raise funds in support of RBMC by working closely with community groups, the business sector and individuals. In today’s challenging economic climate, fundraising is critical to the medical center’s continued investments in state-of-the-art technology, clinical innovations, facility modernizations, community outreach and other vital programs that enrich the health of the community. Thanks to continued philanthropic support, the RBMC Foundation has funded many important projects.


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May 2015 graduates earn diplomas from Trinitas School of Nursing, Associate Degrees from Union County College Hail from New Jersey and New York

A class of 46 completed the cooperative nursing program offered through Trinitas School of Nursing and Union County College (UCC) in May. The graduates now hold nursing diplomas and Associate in Science degrees granted at graduation exercises held recently at the UCC campus in Cranford. Four men --- Carlo Castro of Union, Rudin E. Orellana and Adekunle Paul Oniwe of Linden, and Philip Paul Yeboah of Roselle --- were among the graduates who hail from Cape May, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth and Union Counties, as well as the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. The following graduates were awarded their diplomas and Associate’s degree: Saimah Ali of Roselle Park; Beatriz E. Araque-Gonzalez of Elizabeth; Yanela Arias of Union City; Tamica Arnold of Hillside; Adali Baigorrea of Elizabeth; Zarina Bonilla of Mays Landing; Lauren Caraher of Iselin; Mayra Carde-Valdez of Elizabeth; Carlo Castro of Union; Cristina Corbisiero of Manalapan; Samantha A. Dente of Hillside; Beth M. Grutzmacher of Cranford; Elizabeth Hansen of Middlesex; Maria Jose Heredia of Union; Paulette Holder of East Orange; Nicole A. Hydock of Elizabeth; Mallory Ianelli of Staten Island, NewYork; Marcella F. Jones of Tinton Falls; Urmila Kumari of Edison; Barbara Laczi of Helmetta; Farah Lebron of Elizabeth; Maria Frances

Martino of Union; Michelene Nazaire of Hillside; Feliciana Montalico of Elizabeth; Mariliz Narvaez of Elizabeth; Rachael Nolfi-Donegan of Elizabeth; Rudin C. Orellana of Linden; Adekunle Paul Oniwe of Linden; Adedayo R. Otusanya of the Bronx, New York; Monika Jadwiga Pakula of Staten Island, New York; Ana Pereira of Cranford; Yissell Perez of Elizabeth; Maria Ramos of Elizabeth; Jenna Reitano of Staten Island, New York; Marygrace Risko of Cranford; Rose Russ of Cranford; Aliya Sampson of Brooklyn, New York; Sabrina C. Simoes of Linden; Jadwiga Kathy Slonska of Roselle; Ashlee Smith or Elizabeth; Yandrel Sorto of Elizabeth; Kristen Sousa of Linden; Julliet C. Unegbu of Elizabeth; Bernardka Vesel of Springfield; Fehrija Vujic of Edison, and Philip Adusei Yeboah of Roselle, New Jersey. Trinitas School of Nursing currently holds full continuing accreditation from The National League for Nursing (NLN) Accrediting Commission, Inc. through Fall 2020. The NLN's Board of Commissioners’ extended accreditation is based on the School's designation as an NLN Center of Excellence; the length of employment of the faculty, all of whom hold certification as Certified Nurse Educators (CNE); the School's fostering of excellence among students with English as a second language; the School's nurturing environment for

student support that encourages success among the entire student body, and the excellent relationships among the Trinitas Regional Medical Center nursing staff, clinical unit managers, faculty and students. About Trinitas School of Nursing Trinitas School of Nursing conducts a Cooperative Nursing Program in partnership with Union County College (UCC) and confers a Diploma in Nursing from Trinitas

and an Associate in Science Degree with a total of 75 credits. It is fully accredited by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. Initially offering nursing studies as the Elizabeth General Medical Center School of Nursing, Trinitas School of Nursing has been in continuous operation since 1891. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Exami-

nation (NCLEX) for Registered Nurse Licensure. For its commitment to both student and faculty advancement, Trinitas School of Nursing received a renewed designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education through Fall 2020 from the National League for Nursing. For information about the program of study at Trinitas School of Nursing, call 908-659-5200, or visit

Great Place To Work® and Fortune name Atlantic Health System as one of the 100 Best Workplaces For Millennials in the U.S. Atlantic Health System, one of the largest health care organizations in New Jersey, has been named by Great Place to Work® and Fortune as one of the 100 Best Workplaces For Millennials in the country. The parent organization of Morristown, Overlook, Newton and Chilton Medical Centers and Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Atlantic Rehabilitation was ranked 16 on the list, making it the highest-ranked NJ-based company on the list, the highest-ranked health care organization on the list, and the only NJ-based hospital system on the list. In just 10 years, millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce. To compete for top talent and ensure their long-term success, businesses must prepare to appeal to and en-

gage this unique generation of employees. At Atlantic Health System, millennials already comprise more than 4,300 of the organization’s more than 14,000 employees. “Unlike generations before them, millennials seek a more mobile, immediate and personalized experience when it comes to their health care,” said Atlantic Health System President and CEO Brian Gragnolati. “We believe they will be vital to helping Atlantic Health System redefine access to health care for everyone we serve.” Atlantic Health System has been recognized seven consecutive times by Fortune in its annual “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. That recognition has been driven, in part, by the numerous programs put into place to develop

and enhance their professional skills and careers as well as their personal lives and well-being. “An important part of recruiting top talent is to create a positive workplace environment that complements the many age groups which comprise our workforce,” said Andrew Kovach, Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer, Atlantic Health System. “For millennials, we have worked to develop a workplace that acknowledges their strengths, while also providing opportunities to advance in their careers at Atlantic Health System.” Among the professional development programs, Atlantic Health System offers both a mentorship program as well as a nursing externship program, in which younger employ-

ees are able to learn directly from more seasoned co-workers. Atlantic Health System also offers tuition reimbursement and education assistance that helps cover the cost of higher education and the organization has forged affiliations with local colleges and universities to provide discounts to employees and to hold courses onsite at our Atlantic Health System facilities. Programs geared to employee’s well-being include day care and maternity benefits, as well as adoption assistance. Atlantic Health System also offers discounts to fitness centers throughout New Jersey and on other health and fitness products. To view the entire list, visit:


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Raritan Bay Medical Center kicks-off The Learning Garden

Across the street from Raritan Bay Medical Center’s main entrance in Perth Amboy, hospital volunteers and their children and the Perth Amboy High School ROTC with help from the hospital’s engineering department, constructed a container garden during the spring. This new Learning Garden is being used during the summer to educate children and adults, including hospital staff and their families, about the basics of gardening, and the importance of healthy produce and proper nutrition. “Our department has for a long time wanted to make this type of experiential education available for our community, especially children. Access and availability of healthy, nutritious and fresh produce; what we eat, is such an essential part of our overall health and well-being,” says Nina K. Regevik, MD, FACP, ABIHM, co-director of Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Integrative Health Services. “The Learning Garden serves many purposes. It provides an opportunity for everyone to not only learn the basics of gardening and nutrition but also get some exercise, socialize and empower them to create their own gardens at home.” The Integrative Health team’s idea for a garden education program became a reality after Dr. Regevik discussed the plan with her peers at the hospital, leading to

the hospital’s medical staff donating funds to create the garden. At about the same time, Master Gardener Connie Elek, wife of RBMC Foundation Board Treasurer James J. Elek, pledged her expertise with setting up the garden and providing education. “Without the medical staff’s generous donation and Connie’s expertise and time, The Learning Garden would not be possible,” explains Dr. Regevik. Education sessions are being held during the summer Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Participants manage the garden while learning about planting, fertilizing, watering, pest con-

trol, weeding, mulching, harvesting and sustainability. Dr. Regevik also educates participants about the nutritional and medicinal values of healthy and fresh produce. Various fruits and vegetables will be planted throughout the summer, including purple potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, eggplants, green beans, lettuce and more. Volunteers and education participants will share in the harvest. Anyone interested in attending an educational session, including families, summer camp groups or individuals, or those interested in volunteering to help care for the

At Raritan Bay Medical Center’s The Learning Garden kick-off is; from left; Kader B., Khalyl N. and Allan R. from S.E. Shull Middle School and Kyllah N. from Perth Amboy High School. Partially obscured behind Allan and Kyllah is Carlos Q. and Carlos C. also from Perth Amboy High School.

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Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Integrative Health Services Co-director Paula O’Neill, MS, RN-BC, addresses the crowd at the recent The Learning Garden kick-off.

garden, should call 732-324-5257. Integrative Health Services Coordinator and Tai Chi & Qi Gong instructor Rich Lund facilitated the garden construction. “This has been a great experience, working with volunteers and children to build the area,” said Lund. “I must acknowledge Christine Kucipeck at the Gardener’s Supply Company who gave us a great discount on supplies and Bartell Farm & Garden Supplies who donated seeds. Both were appreciated.” Launched in 2004, Integrative Health Services’ qualified and credentialed practitioners provide integrative therapies to enhance patients’ health and well-being at

the hospital’s Old Bridge and Perth Amboy locations and Raritan Bay Area YMCA. Integrative health is the art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Therapies include massage therapy and reflexology, energy medicine, Reiki, Qigong, Tai Chi, meditation and Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster workshops. Co-directed by Paula O’Neill, MS, RN-BC, services are provided free-of-charge for inpatients including those undergoing surgery. Scheduled classes and private sessions are also provided for a fee. For more information about Integrative Health Services, call 732-324-5257.

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Thanks, Home Depot!

From left, Sandy Josephson, Matheny director of public relations and development, Home Depot employees from the Bridgewater Promenade store, Morris Archer, Russ Blos, John Pingitore (store manager), and Rich Aaron; and Matheny trustee Larry Thornton.

This past April, a group of about 20 employees from the Home Depot stores in Bridgewater, NJ, visited the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ, to create planting gardens for a Matheny School science project and to do major makeovers for the nature trail and ball field.

Home Depot employees from the Bridgewater Town Centre store, from left, Lorin Suplee, Tyana Bell, Jeff Pemberton (store manager), John Wells, and John McCall.

In addition to completing all this work, the Home Depot team toured Matheny, a special hospital and educational facility for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Plans are in the works for more projects in the fall.

In appreciation of Home Depot’s efforts, Matheny staff members and a member of its Board of Trustees visited both Bridgewater stores on July 16 and presented special plaques thanking the Home Depot employees for their “dedication and commitment to our children and adults with special needs.”

New Jersey EMS Task Force to host 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo for EMS, fire, healthcare, police and long-term care professionals

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The New Jersey EMS Task Force will host the 2nd annual Emergency Preparedness Expo for members of the healthcare, long-term care, EMS, fire and police communities on Oct. 6, 2015 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. “The team is putting together an impressive day-long program,” said NJ EMS Task Force Chairman John Grembowiec, Sr. “Our goal is to show everyone from the healthcare provider communities, long-term care and all first-responder organizations what the NJ EMS Task Force can do to help in planning for, and responding to, man-made and natural disasters, as well as preplanned events.” The event will feature displays and demonstrations of Task Force assets, dynamic learning sessions using real-life incidents, classes and chances to network for EMS, healthcare, hospital, emergency management, police and fire professionals. This year’s NJ EMS Task Force Emergency Preparedness will showcase the multiple response and planning capabilities of the

Task Force for statewide constituents and others. The NJ EMS Task Force was formed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The organization consists of more than 200 volunteer and career EMS professionals, who respond to man-made and natural large-scale events using a variety of response units strategically placed throughout the state for maximum impact. The NJ EMS Task Force has been a key component in the response providing staff and assets to such incidents as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, wildfires in southern New Jersey, nursing home evacuations, and at events such as Warped Tour, Bamboozle, and the New Jersey Marathon. Registration for the NJ EMS Task Force Emergency Preparedness Conference is free by logging onto CEUs will be available. The event will get underway at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided. “This will be a great way for folks to learn about what the Task Force can do,” said Grembowiec.

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Lourdes Orthopedics first in New Jersey to offer bioinductive implant for rotator cuff repair Implant induces tendon growth and healing

Orthopedic surgeons at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County are the first in New Jersey to now offer the Rotation Medical Rotator Cuff System, a new implant to treat a common source of shoulder pain and disability. The minimally invasive “bioinductive” implant is designed to foster natural regeneration of additional tendon tissue, which could allow for faster healing and a decreased chance of future tendon tearing. “Up until now, rotator cuff repair procedures did not improve the underlying tendon tissue structure,” explained Sean McMillan, DO, FAOAO, chief of Orthopedic Sports Medicine at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. “Surgery only allowed for torn tendons to be reconnected to bone. A large number of repaired tendons deteriorated over time and were prone to re-tears. With the bioinductive implant, we are able to induce new tissue growth, enabling us to promote healing and potentially prevent the progression of rotator cuff disease. There has been a strong clinical need for a solution and this new technology is a great benefit to our patients.”

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that hold the arm in its shoulder joint and help the shoulder to move. Rotator cuff tendon tears affect more than 4 million Americans annually. Injuries occur most often in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions in their jobs or sports. The risk of injury increases with age. Tears that start out small, over time, often develop into larger, more painful and debilitating tears due to continuing degeneration of the torn tendon. The three techniques most commonly used to repair tears are traditional open repair, arthroscopic (minimally invasive), or mini-open repair. The type of repair depends on the size of the tear, the patient’s anatomy and the quality of the tendon tissue and bone. The Rotation Medical Cuff System is exclusively used for arthroscopic and miniopen rotator cuff procedures. Dr. Mc Millan says people with high-grade partial tears—often weekend warriors and laborers— stand to benefit the greatest from this technology. “Traditionally, symptomatic high-grade tears are reattached

to the bone using suture anchors. Recovery could take six months or more. However, through the science of the Rotation Medical Rotator Cuff System, these high-grade tears can now be repaired arthroscopically. We are seeing patients return to function in nearly half the time.” Here’s how the implant works: The injured tendon is identified arthroscopically and the surgeon prepares the remaining rotator cuff for the graft. Using a tiny incision, the orthopedic surgeon places the bioinductive tissue implant over the injured tendon. Dissolvable sutures are then placed along the perimeter of the implant to secure it to the native rotator cuff tendon. Using arthroscopy, the procedure takes approximately 25-30 minutes to perform, said Dr. McMillan. The Rotation Medical bioinductive implant is derived from bovine Achilles tendon and undergoes a proprietary process. It is reconstituted to achieve high porosity and purity. The physical and chemical properties are specifically designed to allow blood vessels to infiltrate the porous implant. As a result, new

Flemington Car and Truck Country employees donate blood to HMC


Flemington Car and Truck Country employees donated blood at Hunterdon Medical Center during the week of July 13th. Over 40 employees participated in the blood drive. Many people do not realize how important it is to donate blood unless you or a loved one is in need. There is no substitute for blood. “Our donors are all special people who give blood only to help others in need. It isn’t every day you can save someone’s life,” stated Cathy Conroy, Blood Donor Recruiter Hunterdon Medical Center. “This year, patients at Hunterdon Medical Center will use 2,000 units of blood

and blood product. We are incredibly grateful to Flemington Car and Truck Country for their donation.” To be eligible to donate blood a person must be at least 17 years of age, be in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. The Hunterdon Medical Center’s Blood Bank is located on the 3rd Floor of the hospital. The Blood Bank is open Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call Hunterdon Medical Center’s Blood Donor Recruiter at (908) 788–6405.

tendon tissue is produced. Increased tendon strength comes from the induced, remodeled tissue. The implant gradually absorbs within six months, leaving a new layer of tendon tissue to augment the existing tendon biologically. “My patients who have had the implant have fared better than expected,” said Dr. McMillan. “Overall, there is about 30 percent decrease in pain level and a 70 percent increase in range of motion, particularly in the early post-operative period. I’ve found the implant greatly helps facilitate healing and rehabilitation.” Complete recovery usually takes two to three months of physical therapy, which plays a vital role in regaining shoulder strength and motion. With the implant, Dr. McMil-


lan says his patients have progressed through rehabilitation rapidly and he often has to hold them back from doing too much too soon. The implant can be used for both previously treated and untreated patients. “The bioinductive implant supports our goal to help improve patients’ quality of life,” said Dr. McMillan. “The ability to intervene earlier may help many patients avoid a lengthy rehabilitation and return to their routines sooner. This advanced technology provides hope to the many people suffering from rotator cuff tendon tears. It’s exciting to offer patients this option.” To set up an appointment with Dr. McMillan, call 1-609-747-9200 or visit

Holy Name Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Services offers Bereavement Support Group after the Death of a Child

Holy Name Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Services is offering a bereavement support group, “Understanding Your Grief after the Death of Your Child,” to provide compassionate support and education to those who have lost a child. Many people experiencing the loss of a loved one find comfort in sharing their feelings with one another. This bereavement group is part of our “Sharing the Journey” series and was specifically developed to provide support and guidance through the grieving process for parents and grandparents. Trained bereavement counselors will facilitate the non-sectarian group. The support group will run for ten weeks beginning September 8 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Holy Name Medical Center, 718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, New Jersey. The program is free, but pre-registration by September 2 is mandatory. For information and registration, please leave a message for Lenore Guido at (201) 833-3000, ext. 7580. Space is limited so register early. Holy Name Medical Center is a fully accredited, not-for-profit healthcare facility based in Teaneck, New Jersey, with off-site locations throughout Bergen County. Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1925, the comprehensive 361-bed medical center offers leading-edge medical practice and technology administered in an environment rooted in a tradition of compassion and respect for every patient. Holy Name provides high quality health care across a continuum that encompasses education, prevention, early intervention, comprehensive treatment options, rehabilitation and wellness maintenance—from pre-conception through end-of-life.


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