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St. Catherine of Siena receives perfect score on Joint Commission Stroke Survey The New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) designated stroke center at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center was recently awarded a perfect score on a survey by The Joint Commission. The disease-specific survey for stroke was conducted on December 8, 2014, and is designed to help organizations provide safe, high-quality care, treatment and services by identifying opportunities for improvement, where needed. After careful review of quality of care, safety and patient outcomes during the one-day intense survey, St. Catherine’s award-winning stroke program concluded with zero deficiencies. St. Catherine of Siena became a certified stroke center by The Joint Commission in 2012, and must undergo recertification every two years to maintain accreditation. St. Catherine’s stroke program is 1 of only 19 hospitals, of 204 in NYS to have The Joint Commission’s signature and most credible Gold Seal of Approval®. "In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, St. Catherine of Siena has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, certification pro-

grams. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends St. Catherine of Siena for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.” Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. “St. Catherine of Siena is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said St. Catherine’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Paul J. Rowland. “In addition to our The Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community.”


Very few facilities receive perfect scores on a Joint Commission survey. The success of the survey is the hospital’s testament to the quality of care provided by an experienced multidisciplinary team. St. Catherine of Siena has been a designated NYS DOH stroke center since 2005. The program gained the silver performance

measure achievement award from the American Heart/American Stroke Association in 2008, followed by gold performance recognition from 2009-2010. In 2011, the program earned the Gold Plus achievement award and Target Stroke Honor Roll—and again in 2013, which the hospital continues to maintain. The program has also

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Stroke Survivor: Monica Garrigan of Yorktown Heights Monica Garrigan of Yorktown Heights resembles many working moms. She was busy, tired, running around with errands, work and children’s school and sports activities. Last June, when she experienced seemingly benign symptoms like fatigue, vision problems and ear tinnitus, she passed them off as the by-product of a too-busy life. When two red flag symptoms – arm weakness and memory loss – caused her to have a fender bender while she was driving to work, her friend, an eye doctor, told her to get to the hospital right away because she was probably having a stroke. Her friend was right. A CAT-scan showed she’d had a stroke. Lucky for the 51-year old Garrigan, she got help immediately when symptoms occurred. But far too many women don’t recognize the signs or don’t take action quickly enough to avoid permanent disability, like paralysis and memory loss, or even death.

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“I didn’t fit the profile. I live a fairly healthy lifestyle, eat healthy food and I’m active. But I had a 70% blocked artery in my brain,” she said, “I considered myself one of the luckiest people alive. It’s incredibly important to know the symptoms. Getting help fast can increase survival and reduce permanent disability.”

• About 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year. • Stroke is the • No. 3 cause of death for women in the U.S. • No. 5 cause of death for men in the U.S. • Women accounted for almost 60 percent of U.S. stroke deaths in 2010, the most recent year statistics are available. • Number of stroke deaths in 2010: • Women: 77,109 • Men: 52,367

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Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation’s Stroke Care Management Program A Comprehensive, Interdisciplinary Approach to Stroke Care Testimonial

“When I asked my doctor about where I should go for rehab she said ‘I know you well. You want a private room and intensive therapy. I recommend you go to Methodist Home.’ She

Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation is proud to shine light on the Stroke Care Management Program. Highlights to the program include stroke education for families and residents, rehabilitation services under the guidance of a Physiatrist, Neurology consultations, consistent staff who receive ongoing training specific to stroke patients, and an interdisciplinary approach to stroke care management. The Stroke Care Management Program’s interdisciplinary approach is initiated by a Nursing and Rehabilitation assessment. Considering the type of stroke, along with associated complications and risk factors, a comprehensive baseline assessment is completed then followed by daily assessments of clinical status changes requiring further intervention. No stone is left unturned as the team continues to monitor needs for physical, occupational, and speech therapy, along with cardiovascular/pulmonary status, pain management, weight and nutrition, psychosocial status, ADL function, and needs for further consultation such as Psychiatry.

was right. I enjoyed my private room. I know I would have been an annoying roommate because I slept all day. I received six days of physical therapy and occupational therapy, every week. The therapy staff is fabulous. That’s why I chose to stay here for my outpatient therapy. They push me and make me work harder than

“We are thrilled to provide such comprehensive services to our patients in need of Stroke Care,” says Maria Perez, CEO of Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation. “Our Stroke Care Management Program is the epitome of the kind of work we do at Methodist Home. Armed with expertise and progressive attitudes, our skilled, multidisciplinary clinicians are not afraid to promote innovation in order to provide the best possible care.”

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Emergency Medical Associates Experiences Another Year of Growth About Emergency Medical Associates Emergency Medical Associates (EMA), headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., is a physician-led, physicianowned medical practice that specializes in emergency, hospitalist and urgent care medicine. Dedicated to providing exceptional solutions for the measurable success of our hospital clients, EMA is recognized for clinical excellence, quality service and sustained, improved patient satisfaction. The company is the recipient of Modern Healthcare’s 2013 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” award. For more information visit, or Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) has experienced another year of growth in 2014, signing three new contracts and increasing its number of annual emergency department patient visits by 258,000 visits. In 2014, Emergency Medical Associates began providing emergency department management services to Newark (N.J.) Beth Israel Medical Center, New York Hospital Queens, and The Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Pa. Due to this growth, EMA now staffs and manages 30 emergency departments in New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. This growth has increased the company’s annual number of ED patient visits to more than 1.5 million. Additionally, the company’s hospitalist medicine division, Inpatient Medical Associates, added three new contracts and nearly 50,000 inpatient visits in 2014, while its urgent care staffing and management division

expects to treat more than 58,000 patients by year’s end. The company’s strategic, measured growth was recognized in October when Emergency Medical Associates’ chief financial officer Janice Klostermeier, CPA, FACHE, MHA, received the CFO of the Year Award for Best Growth Manager from NJ Biz magazine. “We’ve been fortunate to see another year of continued growth,” explains Raymond Iannaccone, MD, FACEP, FACHE, president and chief executive officer. “We continue to invest in our infrastructure and innovate our clinical and business processes, exceeding accepted standards in the industry to become a driving force in how emergency medicine is delivered.” The support of its clinical staff led Emergency Medical Associates to be recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” for the fourth time in 2014.

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Ask An Expert By Mary Olivera, Director, Sterile Processing, Nexera, Inc.

Sterile Processing Certification for a More Certain Future Patient safety and infection prevention have always been priorities for healthcare providers. However, because of today’s disease reporting requirements, high-profile outbreaks, increased transparency, and liability for contributing to infection rates, the importance of ensuring best practices for sterile processing is more vital than ever. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 25 patients will contract a preventable healthcareassociated infection (HAI) during their hospital stay—a surprisingly high number. The good news is that many of these infections can be prevented with a dependable sterile processing program, one that includes strict compliance with evidence-based practices and the manufacturer’s most current guidelines, backed by C-suite advocacy for reducing HAIs. So what localized efforts can we as healthcare providers use to ensure that we’re delivering the highest quality care to our patients? Even hospitals that have the best sterile processing practices face challenges, such as high surgery volume, undertrained staff, and insufficient inventory/sterile processing capacity. What’s more, the current lack of standardization is a large contributor to those challenges because it complicates existing processes and the way employees are expected to function as part of a cohesive department. As of January 1, New Jersey and New York require certification of central sterile staff, and other states are following that lead. Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania are already looking to put similar legislation into effect. Certification ensures that staff is fully apprised of the latest infection control techniques for disease prevention, have a fundamental knowledge of microbiology, and understand the importance of their role in supporting clinical counterparts, such as the OR, endoscopy centers, diagnostic radiology centers, and ambulatory surgery facilities. Sterile processing directly impacts patient safety as well as physician satisfaction, and thus greatly affects facility-wide costs. All departments should be engaged and expected to comply with standardized processes. Addressing wasteful, inefficient, unsafe workflow and sterilization processes can result in meaningful returns both inside and outside of the operating suite. The likelihood of reliable compliance with set infection prevention procedures increases when processes are clear, practical, and adequately supervised, with necessary supplies readily available. Arming our sterile processing workforce with the right knowledge and the right tools is our best defense against HAIs and, therefore, reimbursement penalties. Not only does Nexera’s sterile processing program provide a wide array of services that focus on organizational efficiencies, policy and procedure preparation, and a variety of assessments (all informed by the latest infection control regulatory standards), it also offers a preparatory course specifically designed for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) National Board Exam. Investing in staff education now in order to avoid harsher, outcomes-based costs later is one of the best actions we can take for our organizations and, most importantly, the patients we serve. Mary Olivera is Director, Sterile Processing, Nexera. She has over 20 years of experience in a multitude of roles in sterile processing, distribution, and materials management, in addition to playing a major role in pursuing higher state educational requirements for sterile processing professionals in New York.

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The Sterile Processing Certification requirement is here. Are you ready? Effective January 1, 2015, New York State requires certification for all individuals working in the sterile processing field. New Jersey already requires certification. To achieve certification, individuals must pass an accredited exam, such as the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) National Board Exam. Nexera offers a series of 10-week courses designed to prepare individuals for the national Central Service Technician certification exam. Nexera also offers this course to organizations that wish to prepare their staff for the certification exam. For more information, visit

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When Nurses Go Nocturnal Living in the opposite time frame as the rest of society makes night shift nursing a unique culture in itself. Room darkening shades and earplugs may be on our list of favorite things. On the other hand, we share a mutual dislike of Monday morning landscaping that seems to begin right when you are about to drift off to sleep. Whether you work the night shift once in a while, permanently, or in 8-hour shifts or 12-hour shifts, we all share in the night shift struggles. Be Aware Studies show that the majority of night shift workers suffer from short sleep duration. Falling asleep on the commute home is undoubtedly one of the most serious consequences resulting from a lack of sleep that can affect you and others sharing the roads. Lack of sleep has been known to cause a decline in performance and increase in errors. Sleep deprivation also reduces alertness and slows reaction time. Since the night shift throws off circadian rhythms, try not to schedule multiple night shifts in a row. If possible, try to prevent unnecessary sleepy driving by food shopping prior to a stretch of night shifts. Rather than driving to the gym, exercise in doors or walk the dog for fresh air. Finally, get a good day's sleep before making any major decisions. Sleep Utopia Making a sleep oasis is vital for sleeping deeply during the day. Room darkeners, ear plugs, fans or white noise machines are a must. Use an alarm clock instead of relying on a cell phone. Keep the room cool and don't skimp on a good mattress. Self Care Remembering to care for yourself is the most important thing to keep in mind when bouncing back and forth between day and night shifts. Although you may be craving French Fries at 4 am, be good to your body! Try healthy shakes and decrease sugar consumption to avoid crashing. Make sure to schedule social events on your days off to feel "normal." Maintain healthy eating habits and exercise as regularly as possible. By getting exercise outdoors, the exposure to sunlight can lighten moods and improve sleep quality. Night shift is a unique "other world" experience. Without managers, extra ancillary staff and family members around, night nurses work autonomously to provide exceptional patient care. Bonds forged during night shift nursing are special because buddies are needed to survive the shift- whether to keep each other awake or to keep each other in great spirits. When the sun sets, these nurses let patient's loved ones sleep soundly at home knowing the patient is in good hands. The crazy hours may push nurses to the limits, but following these tips and tricks and remembering to care for ourselves makes for a rewarding career no matter what time of day.

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education & careers Good Shepherd Hospice staff named Patriotic Employers by Office of the Secretary of Defense Good Shepherd Hospice Chief Administrative Officer MaryEllen Polit and Chief Medical Officer Kerrianne Page, MD, were presented with the Secretary of Defense’s Patriot Award. They earned this honor because of the extraordinary support they gave their employee who is in the United States Navy Medical Corps Reserve. Pedro H. Calves, MD, FACP, FCCP, Senior Associate Medical Director for Palliative Care is in the United States Naval Reserve and is a Naval Reserve Officer. He nominated his supervisors for the Patriot Award. “When I first joined CHS Continuing Care, I was awaiting word on my Commission for the Navy Reserve. After speaking with Ms. Polit, I was assured she would support me in my service. The atmosphere fostered by her is one of acceptance, and I am proud to work in an organization that supports Reservists.” When explaining why he nominated his other supervisor, Dr. Calves said, “Dr. Page and I work closely with the Palliative Care Service management throughout CHS. When it was time for my Active Duty Training, she worked tirelessly to pull the pieces (and people) into place to cover my absence. She understands the importance of my service and moved heaven and earth to allow me to go in the knowledge that people I knew and trusted would take care of my patients.” Dr. Calves oversees the Palliative Care Service in several Catholic Health Services facilities. Palliative care is a medical specialty which focuses on symptom management improved quality of life. The goal is to offer hope to patients who suffer emotionally, physically or spiritually due to chronic, catastrophic or terminal illness. Palliative care is not limited to the terminally ill or dying. Anyone with a serious, life limiting or chronic illness can benefit from these services from the time of diagnosis through advanced stages of an illness. Palliative care can be provided at the same time as active curative therapy to help improve a patient’s tolerance of treatments and manage the symptoms of the illness. Palliative care is provided by a team of medical professionals, including physicians,

nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other specialists who work with a patient’s treating physician to provide an extra layer of support to patients and their families.. This award was created by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered the nation’s call to serve.

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NJLN celebrates Excellence in Nursing at Awards Gala In November more than 400 nurses, their family and friends were in attendance at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ for the 2014 New Jersey League for Nursing (NJLN) Nurse Recognition Awards Gala in celebration of nursing and to recognize the truly outstanding nurses who were this years award recipients. The evening festivities included the presentation of engraved awards and nurse scholarships to very deserving nurses and nursing students, plus dinner, dancing, and raffle prizes. The evening was a fitting tribute to an outstanding group of nurses for the many contributions they bring to nursing and healthcare. NJLN President Dr. Patricia Castaldi, RN, ANEF, Director, Practical Nursing & Allied Health Programs, Union County College, Cranford, NJ opened the program with a warm welcome and some heartfelt words about the talents and dedication of this years nurse awardees. They teach and provide

quality patient care in various professional settings and specialties throughout the state. The award winners were all nominated by their peers which makes the recognition extra special. The first award of the evening, the 2014 NJLN President’s Award, was presented by Castaldi to Ann Marie Sailsman, DNP, APRN, FNP, RN, Director, RN-BSN Program, Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. She praised Sailsman as an Officer and Board member for several years, who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to our organization and the nursing profession. Sailsman has steadfastly supported the goals of NJLN through her efforts, which have made a significant impact on the overall statewide recognition of the New Jersey League. Dr. Sailsman is truly a role model for others to follow.

The New Jersey League for Nursing, to carry on its ongoing commitment to promote excellence in nursing education, proudly awarded eight Nursing Scholarships, totaling $5,500 to RN students who were continuing their education to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and to individuals who were pursuing to become a Registered Nurse. Schools of Nursing represented through the awards program included, Felician College, Kean University, Thomas Edison State College, Middlesex County College, and Raritan Valley Community College. Seventeen nurses were recognized for their excellence in providing quality patient care and outstanding nursing education. The recipients of the 2014 NJLN Nurse Recognition Awards were introduced by Castaldi and president-elect, Donna Murray, RN, MSN, APN, Assistant Director of Admissions & Recruitment, JFK-Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing, Plainfield, NJ.

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education & careers Orange Regional Medical Center honors physicians and medical students Excellence in Education Awards named after local physician, Ronald H. Israelski, MD Orange Regional Medical Center recently celebrated its First Annual Ronald H. Israelski, MD Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony. The award recognizes a distinguished group of physicians, resident physicians and medical students who have demonstrated educational innovation and excellence. Director of Medical Education, Dr. John Dermigny, DO and Medical Student Christianna Anderson were this year’s honorees. Dr. Ronald Israelski was honored this year for his vision and leadership in Medical Education in Orange County. As Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Israelski has been invaluable in the creation of excellence in medical education for the Hudson Valley. He was extremely instrumental in developing a partnership with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine which led to the purchase of the old Horton Hospital which was refurbished to create their Middletown Campus. Touro College opened the new medical college in July. With medical students now learning at Orange Regional, it was a natural progression to create residency programs. In July of 2014, Orange Regional began its first residency program in Family Medicine, which is led by Dr. John Dermigny, DO. For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education Program, contact Administrative Director of Medical Education, Jenny Vosganian-Clancy, at or 845-333-1138, or visit


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Awards Catholic Health Services presents its Top Leadership Award


(L-R) Patricia Fogarty, executive division director, Maryhaven Center for Hope, Alan D. Guerci, CHS president and CEO, Scollard finalist Mary Ellen Conrad, Maryhaven Center of Hope, Scollard winner Richard Bie, Good Samaritan Hospital, Scollard finalist Antoinette Jordan, RN, St. Francis Hospital, Nancy Simmons, executive vice president and CAO, Good Samaritan, Ruth Hennessey, executive vice president and CAO, St. Francis, Patrick J. Scollard former president and CEO of CHS and St. Francis.

Also, Jordan volunteers at a local nursing home coordinating recreational activities for residents and visits sick parishioners. To support the efforts of a non-profit organization providing free medical treatment to families in Jamaica, West Indies who cannot afford health care, she traveled there to lend nursing expertise and to live the CHS mission to “advocate for the poor and underserved”. Jordan lives in Hempstead with her husband, Denroy Morris. The other leading finalist for this notable honor is New Hyde Park resident Mary Ellen Conrad, director of the Nassau Day Programs and Supported Housing, from Maryhaven Center of Hope, Port Jefferson. For more than 30 years, she has been a proponent of the CHS mission, developing, implementing and sustaining one of the largest mental health service delivery systems in Nassau County. Her career began when there was little funding to operate programs, so she had to creatively staff and run with both quality and efficiency.

Having identified a need for residences for those with a mental health diagnosis as well as an intellectual or developmental disability, she presented the idea to administration. When the facilities needed to meet the individual’s changing needs, she secured more than $750,000 in funding to renovate each of the homes, resulting in handicap-accessible homes for 30 individuals and another 31 individuals in supported housing beds in the community. Today, these programs continue to be fully operational and are highly regarded by Nassau County and New York state. Catholic Health Services (CHS) is an integrated system encompassing some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. With six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, a home health agency, hospice, a communitybased agency for persons with special needs and a regional lab, CHS’s high standards have resulted in a nearly 24% market share.

NUMC’s Nanette Ecker receives the 2014 New York State Department of Health Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award provided

Each year, Catholic Health Services (CHS) seeks nominations from its staff for the Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership. This year’s winner of CHS’s highest honor is Richard C. Bie, licensed professional engineer and assistant vice president, plant engineering for Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip. Chosen from among colleagues across CHS, he was recognized at the system’s 11th annual leadership conference, held at the DeMatteis Center in Greenvale. “Richard’s commitment to Catholic Health Service’s mission is apparent in both word and deed,” said CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Alan D. Guerci, MD. “He is dedicated to assuring that those who seek care are provided the best possible environment.” Bie has spent the better part of his career applying his unique skills and talents to the health care industry, including the last five years with Good Samaritan. There, he implemented energy efficiency processes throughout the hospital such as operational changes to shut off equipment during unoccupied hours, a house-wide steam trap maintenance and repair program, expansion of a central chilled water distribution system, and replacement of older lighting within the main hospital and off-sites with newer, more efficient LED lighting. Also, he collaborates with others throughout the facility in planning for and addressing complex challenges to improve results, leading to significant cost savings, simpler processes and quicker response times. Bie lives in Hauppauge with his wife Suzanne, and their three children Jennifer, Jimmy and Kevin. One of the two leading finalists for the Patrick J. Scollard Award is Antoinette Jordan, RN, from St. Francis Hospital, the Heart Center®,Flower Hill. She is the nurse manager of the hospital’s intensive care unit. Jordan supports nurse hand-off communication at the bedside, fostering patient and family education and has worked hard to establish a culture of safety. In addition to her leadership skills, Jordan’s clinical achievements are notable. Under her guidance, her unit achieved the Gold Level Beacon Award in Critical Care in 2013.

Nanette Ecker, MA, Director of NuHealth's Sexual and Reproductive Health Program, receives the 2014 New York State Department of Health Commissioner's Special Recognition Award presented to her by Dr. Guthrie Birkhead, MD, MPH, Deputy Health Commissioner, and Mr. Dan O'Connell, Director, New York AIDS Institute "for your commitment to reducing the burden of STD infection, thus promoting the sexual health and well-being of all New Yorkers".

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education & careers Orange Regional Medical Center hosts Junior Leadership Orange Taking great interest in the youth of our community and fostering programs that build leadership skills, Orange Regional Medical Center proudly hosted 34 eighth grade students representing fourteen school districts in Orange County through Junior Leadership Orange on December 12. The students took a break from their studies to help staff decorate the Hospital for the holidays as part of a volunteer effort required through the program. Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, spoke to the students about art and the healing environment it provides throughout the Hospital. The Junior Leadership Orange Program is a collaboration between the Orange County Youth Bureau and Leadership Orange. This youth empowerment program is designed to provide leadership skills, life skills, career exposure and preparedness to area youth who will serve as the business leaders of tomorrow. The program takes place during the school day and students

travel together once a month to various locations in Orange County to attend interactive educational presentations. Students meet with instructors and facilitators from a variety of sectors in leadership positions in Orange County and receive training in many areas including leadership; education and college readiness; the judicial system; public speaking and communication; volunteerism; diversity; fiscal literacy; time-management and quality of life. Topics facing youth are specifically addressed. The Junior Leadership Orange Program is provided at no cost participating students, their families or the school districts. Since the program’s inception, over 100 youth have graduated. Orange Regional’s Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Schiller, currently serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Orange. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. provided




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Urgent Care Center opens in the Bronx Doctors Express Bronx opens In the new Throgs Neck Shopping Center The second Doctors Express urgent care walk-in clinic in New York opened along with Target, Applebee’s and other other retail giants at the new Throgs Neck Shopping Center at 843 Hutchinson River Parkway in the Bronx, a stone’s throw from the Whitestone Bridge. The Bronx urgent care center will be open 7 days a week, and will offer extended hours to best serve the shopping center’s patrons and surrounding community: weekdays from 8am to 10pm and weekends from 8am-8pm. With a staff of board certified Physicians, Physician Assistants and APRN’s, x-ray technologists, and medical assistants, the urgent care center will employ between 15-20 full and part-time local employees. “The Bronx made sense to us as our next urgent care center for many reasons, not the least of which is because I am from this area, grew up here and I raised my family here. The Bronx is my hometown- as a matter of fact, I remember the fires of 1977

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that nearly destroyed it, so it is a dream come true to now, 37 years later , be able to bring these vital services to my hometown.” said Dr. Michael Tugetman, medical director and co-owner of the center. Tugetman stressed that “this section of the Bronx is lacking an urgent

care center that caters exclusively to walk in traffic. At Doctors Express we are purely Urgent Care. We do not take appointments, and every patient walking through our doors is given high priority. Our objective is to offer, fast, efficient and affordable care and to have patients treated and out the door in less than one hour. Also we have a Spanish speaking staff member on duty at all times.” “The intent of the facility is not to compete with area hospitals or primary care physicians, but to complement their services and make convenient care easily accessible to the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx and all the surrounding communities.” Additionally, the center makes a great effort to reach out to the community with health related preventative and educational videos called the Doctors Express Medical Minute, as

well as through social media, specifically their Facebook page, Twitter and Google +. Dan Purugganan, managing partner added: “Not only will Doctors Express Bronx help reduce the burden of overworked emergency departments, but it will cut down the

wait time for patients with non-life threatening emergencies. In addition, being within a high traffic- shopping plaza with easy, free and convenient parking makes immediate medical care more accessible than ever. ” Just like its sister facility in Hartsdale NY, the state of the art walk-in clinic has its own on-site laboratory and digital x-ray equipment, enabling doctors to diagnose and treat illnesses, and apply splints, all under one roof. Additional services include all typical urgent care services, such as treating flu, upper respiratory infections, urinary tract infections and concussions, plus pre-employment exams, drug testing, breath alcohol tests, sports and school physicals, DOT physicals, pre-surgical physicals and vaccinations, including travel vaccinations. Doctors Express Bronx accepts most insurance’s including Medicaid and Medicare, as well as many of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance plans, cash and credit card rates for self-pay patients.

Four people receive free total hip replacements courtesy of North Shore-LIJ Four people will receive free hip replacements in December thanks to the North Shore-LIJ Health System and Operation Walk USA. This is the fifth year that physicians and members of multiple departments at North Shore-LIJ have been donating their services to give patients free total knee and hip replacements through Operation Walk USA. The national medical humanitarian group helps people who are uninsured get back on their feet and back to their lives. The surgeries will take place this year at Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream, Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and Southside Hospital in Bay Shore courtesy of North Shore-LIJ orthopedic surgeons Matthew Hepinstall, MD, and Michael Nett, MD. “Providing people with the knee and hip surgeries that they need to resume their normal activities but otherwise could not afford is so gratifying,” said Giles R. Scuderi, MD, vice president of orthopedics for the North Shore-LIJ Health System and founding member of Operation Walk USA.

“Seeing these people better able to enjoy their families and communities is very rewarding.” In addition to Dr. Hepinstall and Dr. Nett’s efforts, the following groups are also contributing toward the four free surgeries: Franklin Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, Southside Hospital, North American Partners in Anesthesia, Lenox Hill Medical Anesthesiology, South Bay Anesthesia, Orzac Center for Rehabilitation, Stern Center for Rehabilitation, Broadlawn Manor, North Shore-LIJ Home Care Network and Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services (STARS). Since it began operating in 2010, Operation Walk USA has helped nearly 500 patients across the country receive free knee and hip replacement surgeries that have helped them to become more mobile and rid them of debilitating pain. For more information about North Shore-LIJ’s participation in Operation Walk USA, call Asha Jacob, DPT, administrative director of orthopedics at Franklin Hospital, at 516-256-6517.


David Chalker, who received free hip replacements at Franklin Hospital through Operation Walk USA, and the Franklin Hospital team who cared for him.

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Brain injury survivor gets his Christmas wish A 20-year-old Bay Shore man critically injured in a car crash one year ago had his Christmas wish fulfilled today, thanks to the dedicated clinicians at Southside Hospital and two heroic police officers from Suffolk County Police Department’s 3rd Precinct. Flanked by two of his doctors and his mother at Southside, James Ness recently recounted how he was on his way to work at the Bay Shore Mall on Dec. 1, 2013, when another car crashed into him, disengaging his seatbelt and throwing him into the passenger seat of his car. His car struck a telephone pole with such force that parts of the mall lost power. Although he has no memory of what happened, he pieced together the events of that day based on reports from his family and friends. One clear fact emerged: he would not be alive today without the two police officers who pulled him from the wreck. Based on the quick response of police, Mr. Ness received life-saving trauma care at Southside Hospital, and later underwent neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY, and more than six months of brain rehabilitation therapy at Southside. While thanking all of the physicians, nurses, therapists, friends and family members who helped him during his dramatic journey to recovery, Mr. Ness said his Christmas wish was to personally thank the two unknown police officers who saved him, including one who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and cleared his airway until the ambulance arrived. As he spoke about their heroism at the news conference and his desire to discover their identities, officers John McAuley (who performed the initial CPR) and Michael Tenety of Suffolk County Police’s 3rd Precinct in Bay Shore entered the room. Both officers had been looking for any news about this courageous young man for the past year and were delighted to visit Southside and fulfill Mr. Ness’ Christmas wish. “There can be miracles, after all,” said Mr. Ness, who was initially rendered speechless when he first met the two uniformed heroes. Kristen Demertzis, PhD, chief of neuropsychology at Southside, said Mr. Ness’ recovery is nothing short of miraculous. “Knowing James and watching his progress over the last year is the reason why we go into health care in the first place,” said Dr. Demertzis. “We’re so proud to have worked on his rehabilitation with him over this past year. We’ve all become part of a family.” Dr. Demertzis explained that Mr. Ness was rushed to Southside with a host of dangerous injuries. Along with the traumatic brain injury, his right eye was non-reactive. He also sustained an

open jaw fracture and many skull fractures, as well as injuries to his liver, spleen, left kidney and lungs. After months of grueling physical, speech and occupational therapy, Mr. Ness was discharged from the hospital’s outpatient rehab center in July. Dr. Demertzis said Mr. Ness represents “the beauty of modern medicine combined with a wonderful soul.” Mr. Ness’ physical rehabilitation medicine physician, Rosanna Sabini, DO, agreed. Citing Mr. Ness for his incredible strength and perseverance, she said, “When we first saw him, it was pretty scary. But he was always ready to move up to the next level. His recovery is truly remarkable.” After much hand-shaking and hugs, Mr. Ness’s mother, Lisa Ficarra, said there was much magic within the family during this holiday season. “This year, our Christmas will be so much better. For us, it’s all about home and friends. Last year, we were in the ICU with James; this year, we can all be together.”

John Ness meeting the police officers who helped save his life a year ago.

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Westchester Medical Center announces New Executive Director at MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center Westchester Medical Center has named Paul Hochenberg as Executive Director of MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center. “Paul is a seasoned hospital administrator having led community hospitals locally and regionally in his 42-year career,” said Michael D. Israel, President and CEO of Westchester Medical Center. “With 25 years of presence in the Hudson Valley, including nearly nine years at Westchester Medical Center, Paul is a trusted member of our senior team and I am thrilled that he will be stepping in to lead MidHudson Regional Hospital. He has the perfect combination of experience, skills, personality and local knowledge to lead the organization as we grow and expand to better serve the adults and children of the area.” Hochenberg has a 42-year career in the field of healthcare, leading such organizations as St. Luke’s Hospital, in Newburgh, Craig House Hospital, in Beacon, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, in New Hyde Park. A resident of the area, Hochenberg was most recently Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Learning Officer for Westchester Medical Center, which includes MidHudson Regional Hospital, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and a Behavioral Health Center. Hochenberg replaces Arthur Nizza who is leaving the organization to pursue a leadership position in Wisconsin. About Westchester Medical Center Spanning every adult and pediatric medical specialty, Westchester Medical Center is the 895- bed regional medical organization serving New York’s Hudson Valley region and beyond, encompassing a regional academic medical center, children’s hospital, community hospital, two inpatient behavioral health centers, homecare and numerous outpatient health and related serv-

ices. Well-known for its advanced medical care in trauma and burn, heart, transplant, neuroscience, cancer and pediatrics at our Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, today Westchester Medical Center is home to a workforce of more than 7,000, with more than1,200 attending physicians--the only facility capable of providing immediate lifesaving advanced care between New York City and Albany. Westchester Medical Center serves as a lifeline for more than 3.5 million people in the Hudson Valley region and provides outstanding care to more than 120,000 children and adults every year. About MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center From our state-of-the-art Center for Robotic Surgery to our specialized Total Joint Rehabilitation Unit, MidHudson Regional Hospital is home to the latest healing techniques and technology in the Hudson Valley. Advanced clinical protocols are seamlessly combined with mission driven compassionate care delivered by the area’s top healthcare team. Operating the region’s only Level 2 Trauma Center, MidHudson Regional Hospital is a destination hospital for patients with traumatic injuries that require care beyond what is routinely provided by their local community hospital. Whether it’s a life-threatening injury or a few stitches, you can turn to the top-notch staff at our recently expanded Emergency Care Center for fast and efficient treatment. The patient-centered Redl Center for Cancer Care offers people living with cancer and their families everything they need to receive care in one convenient and newly renovated location. From prevention, to education and treatment, the physicians, health care staff, and volunteers at MidHudson Regional Hospital have a reputation as the region’s most innovative health care delivery system. We are privileged to serve the Hudson Valley for our next 100 years.


Therapeutic murals provide comfort for patients at Good Samaritan Hospital Recently, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center was the recipient of “Splashes of Hope” therapeutic murals commissioned by local philanthropist and Good Samaritan Benefactor Theresa Patnode Santmann. Splashes of Hope is a non-profit organization that creates artwork in medical settings as tools for pain management, therapeutic distraction, soothing visualization, and focal points during necessary procedures. The murals are located in the hallway and family waiting room of the open heart surgery unit, in the waiting room of the Theresa Patnode Santmann Center for Cardiovascular Services, and in the hallway leading to the Catheterization Labs. The newly “Splashed” suite at Good Samaritan Hospital will bring smiles to the faces of patients, staff and visitors. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The medical center has more than 3,775 employees and 900 physicians on staff and had nearly 26,000 patient admissions and nearly 90,000 emergency department visits in 2013. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services. provided

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Highlights from the 2014 PeRCy Awards The Healthcare Planning and Marketing Society of New Jersey (HPMSNJ) held their 35th annual meeting at the National Conference Center in East Hopewell, NJ hosted by Elizabeth McNutt, President of HPMSNJ. PeRCy Award Chair and HPMSNJ Vice President, Norman Tessell, presented the 2014 PeRCy Awards to the following hospitals. Attendee recipients are noted. BEST OVERALL MARKETING PROGRAM ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL For “TWO GREAT HOSPITALS ARE EVEN GREATER AS ONE”




















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Physician is more than a Specialist in Pain Management The Long Island Business News (LIBN) recently awarded its “Health Care Heroes” Physician Hero Award to Neil Kirschen, M.D., chief of pain management at South Nassau Communities Hospital. LIBN’s “Health Care Heroes” awards honor individuals and organizations in the health care industry in Nassau and Suffolk counties for outstanding leadership and commitment. An anesthesiologist and chief of pain management at South Nassau for more than a quarter-century, Dr. Kirschen runs several interventional pain management clinics on Long Island using traditional and alternative medicine techniques. When he’s not at his full-time job, he’s volunteering as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Rockville Centre Fire Department and as the medical director of the Rockville Centre, Roosevelt and Hicksville fire departments. During his 30 years of service, he has responded to thousands of fire and EMS calls and seen more than his share of cardiac arrests, house and building fires and motor vehicle accidents. If he’s not busy fighting fires, tending to the sick and injured or providing continuing medical education and mentoring to EMTs, he’s


instructing village police departments throughout Nassau County how to administer lifesaving intranasal Narcan® for drug overdoses. “When you call 911, that’s when you’re most in need,” says Dr. Kirschen. Driven by a passion for “pre-hospital emergency care,” Dr. Kirschen

is also a member of the Nassau Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee, which develops policies and protocols for EMTs in Nassau County. As a medical control physician for the EMS System, he directs medical care at the “prehospital scene” for patients who require advanced life support.

In his hometown of Rockville Centre, he teaches members of the village’s police and auxiliary firstaid techniques to administer to themselves, should they become wounded on the job. “Each officer is given a first-aid kit and they learn how to patch their own wounds before the ambulance arrives,” he said. “This is done to save the lives of the police and auxiliary.” Several times a year he travels to upstate Rome, where he advises emergency preparedness officials on course curriculum offered at the New York State Preparedness Training Center, which serves as a hub for emergency response training for natural, technological and terrorism-related disasters for first responders. A lot of his volunteer work is done on nights and weekend, and for the most part, it’s local, except for his medical missions work. That work takes him to Guadalajara, Mexico— more than 2,000 miles away. Each fall for the past seven years, he and three dozen physicians from all over the U.S., who are members of the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine (AAOM), staff the city hospital’s pain clinic. During the week-long visit, villagers who make the hours-long trek from the moun-

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tains and hillsides line up for relief of all types of musculoskeletal pain and sprains, from farm accidents or other work-related injuries to motor vehicle crashes. “Some of these people have never seen a doctor,” said Dr. Kirschen, a past president of AAOM who also makes house calls for bedridden residents of the city. When he’s not at the clinic relieving pain, he’s training doctors and medical residents from Guadalajara and other far-flung locales such as China, Romania and Greece, to administer treatments such as prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma and stem cell injections that stimulate the body’s natural ability to repair tissue. Through instruction and hands-on workshops, he helps these physicians begin the two-year process toward certification in pain management. “We are the barefoot doctors down there,” he said. “We don’t have high-tech stuff. We have local anesthetic and sugar water [dextrose solution used in pain treatments], yet we can turn the disease process around using these simple techniques.” For more information, visit


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Calvary Hospital Founded in 1899, Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only accredited acute care hospital devoted to palliative care for adult advanced cancer patients. Its mission is to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Press Ganey has consistently ranked Calvary among the top one percent in patient satisfaction among 7,000 hospitals in the country Each year, Calvary cares for more than 6,000 patients and their families. The continuum of care includes inpatient, outpatient, home hospice, nursing home hospice, home care, and the care of complex wounds. Calvary cares for inpatients at its 200-bed hospital in the Bronx and at its 25-bed Brooklyn satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary@Home offers home care, hospice, and nursing home hospice for patients suffering from advanced cancer and other chronic and acute terminal illnesses. • Home care is available in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, and lower Westchester. • Hospice services are offered in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, as well as Nassau, Westchester, and Rockland counties. • also offers hospice services in more than 35 nursing homes in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Westchester, Rockland and Nassau counties. In 2004, Calvary opened the Center for Curative and Palliative Wound Care at its Bronx facility. Since then, a team of experienced physicians, surgeons, and certified wound care nurses has helped more than 800 patients to date with complex chronic wounds caused by complications of diabetes, cancer, venous and arterial disease, and other illnesses. For more information, visit or call the following numbers: Calvary Hospital (718) 518-2300, Calvary@Home (718) 518-2465, and Wound Care (718) 518-2577.

Jewish Home Lifecare is one of the premier non-profit geriatric and rehabilitation institutions in the country. The Home serves more than 9,000 older adults daily through traditional long term care, subacute care, rehabilitation services, community services and senior housing programs. These services are offered on the Home's three campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester at the Sarah Neuman Center for Healthcare and Rehabilitation, as well as through our Lifecare Services Division, which provides programs throughout the metropolitan area. Many levels of care are provided by the Home's health system so that as needs change, individuals can transfer from one level of care to another. Skilled nursing and medical care are provided 24 hours a day by on-site clinical staff as well as a complement of physicians representing a full range of medical specialties. The Home also educates and trains physicians and medical professionals in geriatrics. In an unprecedented teaching program with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, over 2400 fourth year Mt. Sinai Medical School students have participated in a mandatory rotation program at the Home. A strong component of the Home's activities include conducting research to improve the quality of life of older adults. Jewish Home Lifecare is the home of the Lester Eisner, Jr. Center for Geriatric Education, the Saul Alzheimer's Disease Special Care Unit (Bronx), the Greenberg Center on Ethics in Geriatrics and Long Term Care and the Center on Pharmacology for the Elderly (COPE). The Home has added a new service titled, CONNECTIONS, an information and referral service for the professional and lay communities, connecting people to programs. Jewish Home Lifecare Manhattan - Bronx - Sarah Neuman Center 120 West 106th Street, New York, New York, 10025 Call Connections Information and Referral at 212- 870-5919 or 800-544-0304

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION HOSPITAL WORKERS HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED ON THE JOB? Learn What You Must Do To Protect Your Workers' Compensation And Disability Rights! Do Not Make These Mistakes That Can Cost You Benefits 1. You must report the accident or injury as soon as possible, even if you might not lose time from work or need immediate medical care. 2. Report all injuries to all body parts, no matter how minor they may seem. If you do not report it and the injury gets worse over time, the job may deny benefits. 3. Remember, you are entitled to treatment and benefits even if you have previously injured the same body part in a prior accident. Do not let the job tell you different. 4. Your doctor controls the treatment, not risk management. If you need an MRI and the job will not approve it, the experienced attorneys at BAGOLIE FRIEDMAN can fight to get it approved at no cost to you. 5. When you are released from treatment, you may be entitled to money for your injury and disability. You may also collect for repetitive stress, cumulative trauma, cancer, hearing loss & hepatitis. 6. Contact Attorneys Ricky Bagolie or Alan Friedman now for a confidential and free consultation and to discuss your workers' compensation and disability rights. There is no fee if there is no recovery.


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internet address directory Getting better…. just got better. We are proud to announce that our stunning new nursing center has opened and has private and semi-private rooms with magnificent views of Long Island Sound. United Hebrew is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, multi-service senior living campus serving the Westchester metropolitan area since 1919. Our dedicated short-term rehabilitation suite is staffed by Burke Rehabilitation professionals. The exemplary clinical team of professionals will design a personalized treatment plan for care in our nurturing environment. Features include country kitchens, recreation rooms on each floor, a courtyard garden for recreational use, private dining and family rooms and wireless internet access. United Hebrew Family of Services: • Nursing Home Care • Burke Rehabilitation at United Hebrew • Willow Towers Assisted Living Residence • Soundview Apartments for Independent Seniors • Long Term Home Health Care Program • Azor Home Health Agency For more information or to schedule a tour please call Admissions at 914-632-2804 x1148 or email Maria Hood at United Hebrew 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805 914.632.2804

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Why get involved? • Heart disease and stroke combined kill more women than men.


Heart disease requires more attention, more research and swifter action.

• An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.

• Only 5 not 6 American women believe heart disease is her greatest threat.

• Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

• Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in heart-related studies.

• The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and are often silent, hidden or misunderstood. M

• Women are less likely to call 911 when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than if someone else were having a heart attack.

Why Go Red?

With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even wiped out. Women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices:

• Sixty percent have changed their diets. • More than 40 percent have checked their cholesterol levels. • One-third have talked to their doctors about developing heart-health plans.

• More than one-third have lost weight. • Nearly 50 percent have increased their exercise.

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