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HELP Program looking to continue success in 2014 Let’s hope your Holidays were spent with good friends and family, gathering together for parties and dinners, while creating lifelong memories. And, before we forget, a belated Happy New Year! to you and yours from the Hospital Employee Loan Program (H.E.L.P.) family. Our team spent much of the Holiday season with some of the most important people in the community – hard-working nurses, caring doctors and their diligent staff – closing on homes and refinances. For the H.E.L.P. staff, it was some present, and we look forward to working with these selfless men and women in 2014. Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper teamed up to create H.E.L.P. The innovative mortgage program provides discounted mortgage rates designed for hospital employees and pre-qualifications for their next home or refinance. In addition, there are many more benefits available to the healthcare services community through this program – including a complimentary evaluation of your particular financial situation. Sun Homes Loans knows that as a healthcare professional, a doctor, a nurse, a physician’s assistant, your life is busy. We believe that you deserve nothing but the best service and programs. Our customer service – from initial inquiry through closing – is one of the things H.E.L.P. prides itself on. “We envisioned this program being a success and it has been,” said Joe Belsito, Publisher of Hospital Newspaper. “It’s been a privilege to get the chance to work with these fine men and women. Doctors, nurses, the hospital community, are such an integral part of our lives. They take care of us every day and taking pride in doing so. This is a way for us to give back.” Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. Personal attention merges with worldclass service and competitive products that meet the needs of today’s consumers and businesses. Sun National Bank believes that doing business in the community means being a part of it. The healthcare services sector is, of course, a very important part of the fabric of any community. That’s why Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper is so proud to work with all of them. Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Sun Home Loans H.E.L.P. program is offered to members of the hospital community and their families. A H.E.L.P. program representative will assist you in making sure the process is cost-effective and works for you and your family. In addition, Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. The H.E.L.P. team looks forward to working with you in 2014 when purchasing or refinancing home. Until then, once again, we wish you the best this year: Happy New Year! To receive more information about the program and its benefits, please contact Steven Testa at or call 973-615-9745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.

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Start the New Year off by getting fit for a cause According to the American Cancer Society, over one million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Approximately one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will have some type of cancer during their lifetime.

On Saturday, February 8th the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers in Clinton and Whitehouse Station will host Fit for Cancer from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants can choose to take part in one of six programs which include: a 3-hour Spin for

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and volleyball, a 3-hour Zumba dance class, a Mind Body Trilogy including BodyFlow™, Pilates and Yoga, and Chair Yoga which will also feature an Aquatics program. In addition, an extra morning Spinning program has been added to both facilities from 8:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. In 2013, Fit for Cancer raised nearly $30,000 for Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is a partner of Fox Chase Cancer Center. Its comprehensive services include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, clinical research, early detection and screening programs, support groups, educational programs, nutrition counseling, psychosocial support, complimentary therapies and cancer risk assessment. The registration fee for the event is $20 per person and each participant must raise at least $200. Participants do not have to be members of the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers in Clinton or Whitehouse Station to be part of Fit for Cancer. To register go to or call 908-788-6141 for more information.

Morristown Medical Center celebrates 25 years of cardiac surgery

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New JJersey errsey Hospital al Gr Group oup Member b rs Save $ $418! 8! Members Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary of performing cardiac surgery. Morristown Medical Center’s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine encompasses the largest cardiovascular surgical program in New Jersey and has nationally-recognized expertise in each of cardiology’s major disciplines. Grant V.S. Parr, MD, physicianin-chief, performed the first openheart surgery at Morristown 25 years ago. That day, he performed two cases, both coronary bypass procedures, with excellent results. “Both patients went on to live full, healthy lives,” stated Dr. Parr. Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, a state-of-the-art, five-story, 230,000 square-foot building situated on the Morristown Medical Center campus, is dedicated to meeting the challenges of adult heart and vascular diseases. It includes eight operating rooms (two hybrid), five catheterization labs, three electrophysiology labs and advanced non-invasive imaging capability. Linda Gillam, MD, MPH, Dorothy and Lloyd Huck Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine for Atlantic Health System, said, “To be able to celebrate a program of this stature is quite remarkable. Dr. Parr had a vision of what the cardiac surgery department could evolve into and I think it has exceeded his wildest dreams. His efforts and successes have been truly remarkable and he deserves credit for the tremendous advances here at Gagnon.” At the time of its first surgery, Morristown Medical Center’s cardiac facility was designed for 400 heart operations per year. The program took off immediately and performed 581 cases in 1989. Today, Gagnon surgeons perform over 1,400 cases each year. Dr. Gillam described dramatic differences in cardiac surgery now

versus 25 years ago, “Patients who were considered inoperable or too high-risk twenty-five years ago, can now be operated on safely with good outcomes. Additionally, incisions are smaller, healing is faster and recovery is much shorter. In many cases, the patient is out of bed a day or two after surgery.” “For more than two decades, we have been leading innovators, offering the highest quality and most up-to-date technology to our patients,” said John Brown III, MD, chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery at Morristown Medical Center. “We were the first in New Jersey to offer catheter-based aortic heart valve replacement, the first in New Jersey to offer the MitraClip procedure to repair leaking mitral valves, and initially, we were one of only 10 places in the United States that did both,” Dr. Brown added. Gagnon offers integrated programs for treating heart failure, heart disease in women, rhythm disorders and vascular disease, and is one of only 20 programs nationally to offer all currently-available catheter-based treatments for valvular heart disease. “We maintain our standard of excellence because of our large volume, our great results, our access to the most cutting-edge clinical trials and our retention of staff, all benefiting our patients,” said Dr Brown. “I am most proud of our results, which have been spectacular,” said Dr. Parr. “Our surgery program is unique and special. I’m honored to have been a part of it for so long. Everything about the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute experience is designed to make an inherently stressful time more transparent, patient-centered, caring and supportive for patients and their families. Twenty-five years later, we are committed to the best quality and outcomes for our patients.” For more information, please visit

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Michael Gerardi named Presidentelect of the American College of Emergency Physicians


Michael Gerardi, MD, FAAP, FACEP, was elected president-elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) at the organization’s annual meeting in Seattle. ACEP is the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients and the public. Dr. Gerardi will serve as president-elect through October 2014 when he assumes the one-year post at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago. Dr. Gerardi brings to the role his dedication for leadership in the fields of emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine and commitment to high-quality patient care, teaching, research and innovation. “Emergency physicians care for more than 130 million patients each year, and we are playing an essential role in our health care system,” said Dr. Gerardi. “We must shift the policymaker discussion from ‘cost’ to the ‘value’ of emergency care. Also, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and expansion of Medicaid, there will likely be a large gap between costs and reimbursement. Therefore, we must build upon our efforts to support evolving payment methodologies that protect everyone’s access to emergency care.” When his presidency begins, Dr. Gerardi has four goals in mind: “Ensure patients and physicians are treated fairly; educate the world of the value of emergency medicine, and its crucial role in providing timely, high-quality care 24/7/365; and to assure that our members have a long, enjoyable career.” Dr. Gerardi is an emergency physician and faculty member in the department of emergency medicine at Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center. He also is senior vice president for Emergency Medical Associates, an emergency physician practice management group.

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In addition, Dr. Gerardi has served for nearly 15 years as director of pediatric emergency medicine at Morristown Medical Center’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital. He is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City. For the past five years, he has served as a member of ACEP’s board of directors. Dr. Gerardi also is a long-standing member of ACEP’s New Jersey Chapter, having served as treasurer, secretary and president. Dr. Gerardi earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., completed combined residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta, and is board-certified in emergency medicine, internal medicine and pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Gerardi was active duty in the United States Air Force from 1989-1993 and was an attending emergency physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio and also served as a flight surgeon. He lives in Hackettstown with his wife Lisa and has three adult children. About Emergency Medical Associates Emergency Medical Associates (EMA), headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., is a physician-led, physician-owned medical practice that specializes in emergency, hospitalist and urgent care medicine. Dedicated to providing exceptional solutions for the measurable success of our hospital partners, EMA is recognized for clinical excellence, quality service and sustained improved patient satisfaction. For more information, visit About the American College of Emergency Physicians The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the oldest and largest national medical specialty organization representing physicians who practice emergency medicine. With more than 32,000 members, ACEP is the leading continuing education source for emergency physicians and the primary information resource on developments in the specialty. For more information about Dr. Gerardi or to request an interview, please contact Laura Grekoski at 973-224-2026 or

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Outsourcing for an Optimized Supply Chain For hospitals, the pressure to cut costs is nothing new. But within the developing quality-driven, collaborative healthcare environment, there are robust incentives for improved efficiency and cost-effective, value-based decision-making on the hospital floor and beyond. With performance-based rate cuts projected to be as high as 20% by 2020, optimizing hospital supplies and services management and procurement remains a key strategy for garnering quality, clinically valuable care while maintaining a solid bottom line. According to a recent analysis, hospitals must cut expenses by 10% just to preserve today’s margins without sacrificing safety or the quality of care. Supply chain expenditures represent 25% to 33% of a hospital’s total expense budget and are thus an ideal target for making a significant dent in institution-wide costs. With its unique cross-disciplinary position, the supply chain is charged with a more prominent role—moving away from a transactional, cost focus to enhancing clinical value (which can lead to a reduction in overall institutional costs). That’s where Nexera comes in. For over a decade, Nexera has leveraged its supply chain knowledge and strategic expertise to tailor supply chain management and procurement practices that support our hospital clients’ operational efficacy and financial goals. Since 2003, we have helped healthcare clients save more than $200 million. Using a costquality-outcomes (CQO) approach to supply chain management, where cost is just one component of the decisionmaking process, we collaborate with hospital staff to deliver system-wide information about the impact that supply chain decisions have on budgets and resource availability, then offer product alternatives and utilization reviews to better inform decision-making. We develop an evidence-based process that uses institutional data, validated savings, and goal tracking to support strategic decisions. Recognizing each organization's individuality, Nexera offers two options for our clients’ supply chain needs: short-term supply chain management or long-term comprehensive cost management. Both include a range of services—from value analysis and contract management to sterile processing and cardiac cath lab supply management. The decision to incorporate a third party into supply chain management is never an easy one. A thorough institutional self-assessment is needed beforehand, weighing the risks and benefits, including the cost and operational impact, and determining organizational core competencies. However, for hospitals with limited resources, outsourcing can provide the opportunity to construct a healthy, lean supply chain that is grounded in strategic, efficient processes with the necessary support and direction to stay running up to speed in today’s demanding healthcare landscape. Roberta Knab is Senior Vice President, Nexera Management Services. She is a healthcare professional with over 16 years of experience supervising initiatives for supply chain operations, including materials management and purchasing, strategic sourcing and contracting, cost reduction through operating and strategic improvement, value analysis, and vendor management.

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Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation opens new pediatric playroom offering an “aquatic” feel

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Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) now offers pediatric patients an underwater escape during their hospital stay. The newly renovated pediatric playroom provides children and their families with often much-needed distance from the medical technologies and treatments surrounding them in the patient rooms. Designed as an aquarium, the new space brings the best of underwater life indoors. Kids marvel at the fish and coral, bubbles on the ceiling, and large wall unit designed as a submarine. The updated room complements the beautiful view of the Cherry

Blossom Trees in Branch Brook Park just beyond the windows of the pediatrics floor. “Our new pediatric playroom is a bright and cheery place,” says Jane Newman Kessler, CFRE, Vice President of the CMMC Foundation. “It is a place where kids go for safe and therapeutic playtime, and it helps them adjust to their hospitalization. This new environment makes kids smile which aids in the overall healing process.” The space will be utilized by CMMC’s certified Child Life Specialist to provide educational interventions and psychosocial support

for our young patients. Having a visually inviting and fully equipped space is an important aspect for the growth, development and well-being of pediatric patients, says Laura Pantusco, CMMC’s Child Life Specialist. “Play is the language of a child and through it, children can communicate across language barriers of complex feelings and gain mastery of their environment,” Laura adds. “Play can also indicate the well-being of a child. A child who is hesitant to play and interact may be displaying signs of health complications,

while a child who is playful and interactive is on the path toward good health.” The playroom renovation project was funded by individual donors, by grants to CMMC’s Child Life Program, from the George Link Foundation and Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation and funds raised at the Foundation’s ‘A Tasteful Experience’ fundraiser held on November 18, 2013. Interior designer Rhona Hershkowitz of RHD and Robert Lekich from Hudson Construction were responsible for the renovations.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church donates $25,000 to Villa Marie Claire On January 9, 2014, St. Mark Lutheran Church in Hackensack donated $25,000 to Villa Marie Claire, Holy Name Medical Center's residential hospice in Saddle River, NJ. The gift, which had been designated for the hospice ministry by the St. Mark's legacy directives, was made in memory of the church's pastor, The Rev. Piotr Pilch (10/15/1949 - 1/8/2013). ABOUT VILLA MARIE CLAIRE: Villa Marie Claire is a residential hospice like no other in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Everything about the Villa—our family-focused philosophy, the welcoming overnight accommodations for loved ones, an interfaith/intercultural educated healthcare team—speaks to a profound belief that quality can be achieved at every stage of life, no matter one’s medical diagnosis or physical and cognitive abilities. When individuals can no longer benefit from curative tretment, they can still “live the journey,” enjoying physical comfort and spiritual well-being. Villa Marie Claire gives every resident the gift of time well spent, by focusing on what is important today. Any individual in the advanced stage of a progressive, life-shortening illness can benefit from the healing experience of our extraordinary program. Please call Villa Marie Claire for more informa-

tion or to find out if hospice care at Villa Marie Claire is right for you, your patient, or loved one. Phone: 201-833-3188 Toll Free: 1-866979-7787 Ways to Give Villa Marie Claire is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and relies on contributions to deliver its unique and compassionate care at the end-oflife. There are many ways you can support Villa Marie Claire and help to ensure that we provide essential services to others in our community. Your gift to Villa Marie Claire supports care for those at the end of life and their loved ones. Making a gift today will make an immediate impact in our efforts to increase access to hospice care and can be a meaningful way to remember a loved one. To make a donation, visit or call the Campaign Office at 201-833-3105. ABOUT HOLY NAME MEDICAL CENTER: 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

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education & careers James Record named to Leadership Team at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (SJHS), Paterson, NJ, has announced the appointment of James M. Record, MD, JD, FACP, as Vice President of Academic Affairs at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (resident of Ridgewood). “I am very pleased that Jim Record will serve as the Vice President of Academic Affairs in addition to continuing his involvement as Associate Dean for New York Medical College/St. Joseph’s Healthcare System,” states William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. “Jim is a highly respected leader who, in his new role, will oversee all of St. provided Joseph’s academic programs, our New York Medical College branch campus, and the development of a leading edge inter-professional education system that will keep St. Joseph’s at the forefront of healthcare education.” Dr. Record joined the St. Joseph’s team in 2000 as a Medical Service Faculty Attending Physician and has since served as the Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program; Associate Dean of Medical Education, New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System (NYMC)/ St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC); Medical SubInternship Director, NYMC/SJRMC; and Director of Medical Education for SJHS. Dr. Record earned his Juris Doctor at Rutgers University Law School, Newark, NJ; Doctor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, and completed his Internship and Residency in General Internal Medicine at Brown University School of Medicine/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI. He was awarded his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Biochemistry and Sociology at Bowdoin College. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Record is a physician-leader with legal expertise, a researcher, author, academic lecturer and teacher, and member of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals’ Council of Deans; the American College of Physicians, New Jersey Chapter Governor’s Council; the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine; the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. With a tradition of excellence that spans more than 145 years, nationally-recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is an integrated multidisciplinary comprehensive health care organization renowned for the expertise of its clinical and professional staff, leading edge technology and ‘patients first’ approach to service excellence. St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. To learn more, visit or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).

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Clara Maass Medical Center Launches Free Lung Screening Program to High Risk Individuals Low-dose, non-invasive scans identify early risk for lung cancer/nodules While the most common symptoms of lung cancer include chest pain, weight loss and a persistent cough that won’t go away, the unfortunate reality is that most people don’t experience any symptoms until the disease has reached advanced stages. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer causes more deaths than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. To help diagnose early stage lung cancer among high risk individuals and increase survival in lung cancer patients, the Cancer Center at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) in Belleville, N.J. through a $256,000 grant issued by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey to CMMC Foundation - has established a Lung Cancer Screening Program. The free program utilizes lowdose, non-invasive CT scans to screen qualified high-risk individuals in the surrounding community and detect early stage lung cancers. High-risk candidates are: current or former smokers age 55 - 74 who have a history of 30-pack years or more and those 50 and older with a 20-pack year history with additional risk factors, including: exposure to radon, asbestos or cancer-causing agents in the environment; significant exposure to secondhand smoke; a diagnosis of COPD or emphysema; and first degree relative who has had lung cancer. Until now, there have never been generally accepted routine screening methods to help with the detection in the earliest, most treatable stages of lung cancer. The screenings are being offered due to the recent recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that heavy smokers get an annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). The basis for the federal panel’s recommendation was the National Cancer Institute’s large-scale clinical trial in 2010 involving 53,000 patients which found that a CT scan could reduce mortality by 16 percent among high-risk lung cancer patients.

Peter Zazzali, MD, (top left) a Clara Maass Medical Center physician specially trained to use the ENB equipment.

Should the CT scan test positive for a suspicious lesion, physicians have access to Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® – or ENBTM- biopsy equipment – acquired through the grant. ENB is a GPS-like technology that extends the reach of the bronchoscope to regions deep within the lung, enabling physicians to locate small lung lesions for diagnostic testing and potential treatment. “Lung cancer remains the number one cause of cancer death among men and women and smoking remains the number one attributable factor,” said James M. Orsini, M.D., Medical Director of the Cancer Center at CMMC. “When we identify these high risk patients and screen them with low dose CT scanning, these cancers can be caught early and treated effectively.”

Prior to ENB, a patient would typically undergo major surgery to remove the diseased portion of the lung. Through ENB, patients can opt for a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure that minimizes the need for more invasive surgical procedures to access lung lesions.

As part of the Lung Screening Cancer Program, a nurse navigator will be on hand to educate high-risk individuals through community outreach events. “We truly appreciate The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey’s generosity in helping us implement and develop forward-thinking

programs to save lives,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of CMMC. “We hope to diagnose patients at an early stage where we can make a significant impact.” To learn more about the Lung Cancer Screening Program, please call the Cancer Center at 973.844.4166.

Program Eligibility Current or former smoker age 55-74 with a history of at least 30 pack years or more Current or former smoker age 50+ with a history of at least 20 pack years or more with additional risk factors: Exposure to radon, asbestos or cancer-causing agents in the environment Significant exposure to secondhand smoke A diagnosis of COPD or emphysema First degree relative who has had lung cancer Call the Cancer Center at 973.844.4166 to determine your eligibility. Physician referrals are required.

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State-of-the-art Emergency Surgical Eye Care at Clara Maass

Board certified ophthalmologist Joel Eichler, MD Although most of us take our sight for granted, eye problems and trauma can cause a person’s vision to change forever – literally, in a blink of an eye. Fortunately, the experts at Clara Maass Medical Center continue to lead the way in vision care, performing more eye surgeries each year than any other hospital in New Jersey. Our doctors provide state-ofthe-art treatment for all aspects of eye health, primarily when it comes to eye trauma or ocular emergencies. A little-known example of a serious eye condition that can occur spontaneously without warning is called retinal detachment. This happens when the retina tears away from the supporting tissue full of blood vessels that provide the retina’s source of oxygen and nourishment. Some of the warning signs include seeing “floaters” such as specs, strings, or flecks. People may also experience flashes of light when they move their eyes, or see dark areas within their field of vision.

These symptoms should be taken seriously, because delaying treatment could result in permanent vision loss. “Retinal detachment leaves the retinal cells lacking oxygen and puts a person’s eyesight at risk,” says Susan Gallina, RN, MAS, CNOR, Director of Perioperative Services at Clara Maass Medical Center. She explains that this condition can result from an injury to the eye, a genetic predisposition, or macular degeneration due to age. “People will not experience pain with a detached retina but that shouldn’t minimize the importance of getting urgent medical care to prevent further damage to the eye.” Using one of two surgical procedures – a sclera buckle or a vitrectomy –ophthalmologists can effectively reattach the retina and restore vision if diagnosed and treated promptly. Board certified ophthalmologist Joel Eichler, MD, says, “Both procedures require intricate and complex surgical work using

a high-powered microscope to gain access to the hard-toreach posterior (back) of the eye. A sclera buckle supports the tear externally while it heals; a vitrectomy removes the vitreous gel inside the eye and supports healing by pushing out on the retina.” Both surgical options are same-day procedures under general anesthesia. They are performed in the Eye Surgery Center by the medical center’s board-certified ophthalmologists. Although sclera buckle and vitrectomy procedures have been the gold standard of care for many years, surgical instrumentation and techniques have changed dramatically to provide better outcomes for patients. “We use vitrectomies for a number of different applications,” says Frank Mazzarella, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center. “Today’s new techniques are a monumental advance in ophthalmology because they allow controlled access to the posterior segment of the eye all with exceptional results.”


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By Alison Lazzaro, RN

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Do Not Disturb Perched on the doorknob of a hotel suite, "do not disturb" signs universally signify that the person inside needs some time alone. In nursing, there seems to be a universal cloud of do not disturb signs hovering over the hospital at change of shift. This is the time when day nurses transition to night nurses or vice versa. This central time means that staff is either hurrying to wrap up loose ends or reporting off to the next shift by painting a picture of what to expect that day. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a successful transfer of information actually prevents adverse effects and medical errors. However, this smooth transition can be complicated by the arrival of new admissions, the sudden instability of a patient, or constant interruptions. Traditionally, handing over patient information occurs verbally or by tape recording, yet research demonstrates that bedside reporting and involving the patient can be more effective. Currently, there is no standard in handoff between nurses; some nurses prefer a conversation with questions while others prefer a story without any interruptions. Shift report is centrally about the patient; however, the patient is generally not involved. This paradox is why bedside reporting is becoming more common. According to The Joint Commission, research supports that bedside shift report boosts nursing teamwork, accountability, and improves effectiveness of communication. This handoff lets the patient to become more engaged, allows for introduction to staff, and gives patients/family members an opportunity to address any unresolved questions. It is a nurse's nightmare to receive a critical patient at change of shift. Already exhausted and rushed, it seems impossible to give these new patients the care they deserve. Another issue arises because of the confusion regarding who is responsible for what. Does the nurse stay late to finish the admission assessment? Or is the oncoming nurse now responsible and then falls behind on her current assignment? In order to alleviate that stress, some hospitals are implementing a time frame that prevents new admits to the units for a half hour during change of shift. This "quiet time" unfortunately is paired with the inevitability that the emergency room continues to function and waiting room times may lengthen if patients are not being admitted quickly. Ideally, there should be a set standard across hospitals regarding how handoff communication is conducted with minimal interruptions during change of shift. Currently studies involving transitioning to bedside shift report are being conducted in order to implement this new policy. Making a hold on admissions during change of shift would allow nurses to devote essential time to caring for the new patient. Teamwork on units is essential for successful handoff communication at change of shift to decrease interruptions and to monitor patient needs during this critical time.

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education & careers Our Lady of Lourdes names Sister Elizabeth Corry Award Winner Lourdes employee honored for dedication to mission, values Lourdes Health System employee and Delanco resident Janice Green has been selected as the recipient of Lourdes’ prestigious Sister M. Elizabeth Corry, OSF Award. The annual award is the highest honor bestowed upon a Lourdes Health System employee. Green, an accountant at LIFE at Lourdes – a unique program based in Pennsauken, NJ, that assists elders to live safely at home while providing them with a team of healthcare experts –was among 26 employees from throughout the health system, and one department, nominated for demonstrating the core value of “Commitment to Those in Need.” Guest speaker Sister Mary McNally, OSF, vice president of mission of St. Anthony’s Hospital in Florida and sister of former Lourdes Vice President of Mission Owen McNally, said at the awards ceremony, “The love and compassion that inspired Sister Elizabeth

Corry to care for those in need continues today in you. Today, you are God’s instrument of love and compassion in a world that needs it so much.” Green’s commitment to the participants at LIFE at Lourdes doesn’t end when she leaves the Pennsauken day center. A 12-year Lourdes employee, Green was recognized for quietly noticing the needs of others and acting on them. Her “Commitment to Those in Need” included taking a terminally ill woman to church every Sunday and to her home for dinner, delivering homecooked meals to a lonely participant, and even organizing a staff choir to help participants grieve the passing of their friends. She even made sure LIFE participants were not charged a fee when cashing a check at the bank. Alexander J. Hatala, Lourdes Health System President and CEO, said all of the nominees play an important role in defining the organization and carrying

Lourdes’ mission forward. “You don’t always realize how much of a difference you make,” Hatala told nominees at the awards ceremony. He continued, “It’s our mission. It’s who we are, the legacy we want to continue.” The award is named after Sister M. Elizabeth Corry, OSF, who served as president of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center from 1969 to 1983 and 1987 to 1995. Under her guidance and leadership, Lourdes initiated many of the services which the medical center is known for today, including cardiology, organ transplantation, acute physical rehabilitation and high-risk maternity care. In 1995, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center became the only hospital in the tri-state area (New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) ever to have been given the American Hospital Association’s Foster McGaw award for excellence in community service.

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education & careers Hunterdon Hospice Youth Art Bereavement Program: Healing children through art


The Hunterdon Hospice Youth Art Bereavement Program is for children ages 5 to 18 who have experienced a loss. This 12-week series will be held every Thursday beginning January 30th through April 24th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at the Senior Center at 4 Gaunt Place, Building 1 in Flemington. The fee for the program is $100 per family. The Hospice Youth Art Bereavement Program is sensitive to the differences of a child’s response to death and loss. The creative arts therapy model focuses on teaching children healthy coping skills and how to deal with their grief. Since art therapy does not necessarily rely on verbal communication, a child who is shy or not able to articulate their feelings can work through their grief by using art. Children are assigned to groups based on their developmental age. Being with peers who have had similar experiences normalizes the grief process. Through this interaction children learn to empathize with others, which can give them insight into their own pain. Listening and observing other children’s expressions of grief may also help them openly express their own feelings. While children are involved in the art program, parents are encouraged to attend a special bereavement support group to help them cope with their grief. In addition, the group helps parents learn about their child’s perception of loss, as well as interventions for coping with their own grief. So often, in our society, those who are suffering after the loss have very little support. This program helps children by providing art therapy projects and by giving them the opportunity to talk about their feelings.

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Goals of Youth Art Bereavement Program: • Realize that there are many feelings associated with grieving, and that it is acceptable to express them. • Feel comfortable in a safe environment where they can talk about their feelings. • Experience some of their memories in a positive way. • Create a positive self image. • Use various methods to help them cope when they are feeling down or confused. • Communicate their thoughts and feelings to the important people in their lives. • Recognize that living goes on despite the grief caused by death. To register or for more information, please call (908) 788-6600.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center OB-GYN Team captures Top Spot in SimWARS Dr. Edna Bacarro, Marietta Jones, CNM , Danielle Passafiume, RN, and Cecilia Amaro RN, of the Trinitas Regional Medical Center OB/GYN team, successfully competed in the 2nd annual SimWARS to win first place at the conference held at the Regional Perinatal Simulation Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center in West Orange, New Jersey. Judges presided over the double-elimination competition that challenged clinical interdisciplinary healthcare teams to compete against each other in simulated patient scenarios. The expert panel examined the teamprovided work, communication, and clinical decision making abilities of the competing teams to determine the winners who advanced to the finals in Round 2. The intense competition of the final round was played out before the judges and an audience that also cast votes for the competing teams.

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education & careers Rutgers School of Nursing inducts Senator Donald Norcross and Nurse Leader Yvonne Wesley as Honorary Ambassadors While nurses are known for helping others, some Rutgers nursing students are going far beyond the norm to help their peers succeed in school and to assist less fortunate members of their communities. Such students were lauded recently by State Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden) during an event that saw him inducted as an Honorary Nursing Ambassador by Rutgers School of Nursing. Norcross, co-sponsor of the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, which transferred most schools of and units of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to Rutgers, underscored the value of nurses and their impact on patients. “Nurses are a patient’s first, last and most constant contact during treatment, and the care they administer goes much deeper than the medicine they dispense,” Norcross said in brief remarks. “Ambassadors and student government leaders at Rutgers School of Nursing are training for their lives as nurses, but they’ve already begun to positively affect the lives of those around them. New Jersey needs nurses, and Rutgers School of Nursing needs this important group of students.” Norcross spoke at the Student Leadership Recognition Ceremony saluting 36 students from the school’s Stratford, NJ program. The ceremony saluted Student Government Association (SGA) officers and installed members of its Nursing Student Ambassadors Program—a peer tutoring and community service organization. At a similar ceremony held to honor 36 students from the school’s Newark campus, Yvonne Wesley, PhD, RN, FAAN, was inducted as an Honorary Nursing Ambassador.

Susan Salmond, EdD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing, points out that leadership ability is critical for nurses as the U.S. health care system undergoes major changes. “The nursing profession must help lead the way as policy decisions are made and systems are developed to meet the growing demand for health care. Student leaders of today will be the nursing leaders of future. We are proud of these outstanding men and women and encourage them to look to our esteemed honorary ambassadors for continued inspiration.” Norcross is a co-sponsor of the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, which transferred most schools of and units of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) to Rutgers. “A committed public servant, Senator Norcross is a longstanding supporter of higher education,” notes Marie O’Toole, EdD, RN, associate dean for academic affairs and Stratford campus. “His volunteer leadership includes serving on the board of the United Way of Camden County, where he has helped raise millions of dollars for local charities, food pantries, health centers and child day care centers. He is a wonderful role model for nursing students in southern New Jersey.” In her remarks to the Newark students, Yvonne Wesley pointed to her own experiences as examples of the wide range of career options available to nurses. A former senior administrator for several health care organizations she is now serving as an independent health consultant. She is also a faculty member at Kean University and at New York University College of Nursing, where she is founding director of the Leadership Institute for Black Nurses.

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Saint Peter’s University Hospital goes live with bloodless medicine and surgery program Current medical research is focused on reexamining the threshold level of hemoglobin necessary for good health and healing, because some studies suggest that patients can do well when experiencing lower hemoglobin levels than previously believed safe.

Howard Lakritz, MD


Colon works to find a facility that will carry out treatment without the use of blood products should a patient need to be transferred from Saint Peter’s. While religious conviction can be the driving force behind the desire for bloodless medicine, other patients choose the option because they are uncomfortable or concerned about the use of blood products. While transfusions today are believed to be safer than ever, there are always risks. A bloodless program reduces exposure to a variety of risk factors and minimizes blood loss with improved medical and surgical techniques and interventions. There is evidence that patients who avoid transfusions have: • fewer complications • faster recoveries and shorter hospital stays • Lower rates of the most serious postoperative complications, including heart attack, stroke and infections • Decreased risk of immunological complications and allergic reactions • Less exposure to blood-borne viruses and infections • No risk of receiving the wrong blood type Future Bloodless Medicine The rationale for giving blood transfusions is to maintain a certain level of hemoglobin in blood. Hemoglobin is a component of red blood cells and it is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. Low hemoglobin levels translate to less oxygen delivered to the body’s tissues and organs. This has been thought to increase the risk of infection, slowing the body’s ability to heal, causing tissue and organ damage.

“While bloodless surgery and medicine will serve the needs of those who refuse blood transfusions, transforming the approach to transfusions will benefit the entire hospital community,” Lakritz says. “While this clearly started first with Jehovah’s Witnesses, the long-term goal is to make rational blood management the standard practice of medicine.” Visit Medicine to learn more about the technology and the medical and nutritional therapy that support bloodless medicine at Saint Peter’s. Call Marcie Colon at 732-339-7869 for more information about the bloodless medicine and surgery program at Saint Peter’s.

About Saint Peter’s University Hospital Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services, and ambulatory care. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine and is a regional medical campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Saint Peter’s also sponsors residency programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery. Visit for more information.

ATA Martial Arts Studio donates to Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center ATA Martial Arts studio in Flemington donated $500 to the Hunterdon Regionial Breast Care Program at the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center on Wednesday, January 8th Jeremy Epstein, the studio owner, and Jessica Zahn, head instructor, coordinated a fundraiser selling pink martial arts belts at their studio in October. The fundraiser was held for two weeks and the studio sold 37 belts. “We hope to make it a bigger event next year,” Jessica said. Chris Sickels, Executive Vice President of the Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation, accepted the donation with Barbara Tofani, Administrative Director of the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. “It’s great to see an organization that cares about the future of its participants and whose participants equally care about the future of our community,” said Sickels.


To meet the religious, medical and personal beliefs of patients who opt not to have transfusions, Saint Peter’s University Hospital has launched a bloodless medicine program. Patient blood management is a hospital-wide effort. A healthcare team of physicians, nurses, pathologists, pharmacists, dietitians and support staff works to assess and address each patient’s blood management needs. Howard Lakritz, MD, chairman of anesthesiology at Saint Peter’s and a member of Anesthesia Consultants of New Jersey in Somerset, heads the program. “It is clear that many if not most transfusions are avoidable, resulting in better care of our patients. It is simply better medicine,” says Lakritz, who directs bloodless medicine and surgery at Saint Peter’s. Patients decline to receive blood or blood products during medical treatment, especially surgery, for various reasons. Some, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, object due to religious beliefs, while others do so as a result of healthcare concerns, knowledge of potential complications, or other personal convictions. As part of the blood management program, a patient preparing for surgery will have his or her blood tests evaluated by doctors at Saint Peter’s. Depending on the results of the tests, physicians may recommend a regimen of medications and dietary supplements to ensure optimal levels of hemoglobin – the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells - prior to elective surgery. When surgery is the recommended course of treatment, doctors may then use a variety of state-of-the-art technologies and techniques appropriate for the patient and the procedure to minimize blood loss, such as intraoperative cell salvage, which calls for cleaning blood that remains in constant circulation. Following surgery blood loss is minimized and blood production enhanced through medication and nutrition therapy as well as technology. Blood also can be collected postoperatively from the patient and processed without leaving the patient’s body. Patients who opt to have bloodless treatment meet with Marcie Colon, LCSW, coordinator of the Saint Peter’s bloodless medicine and surgery program. “My first responsibility is to learn and understand what our patients want and to follow through to make sure we respect their wants and wishes, so I meet with patients and often with their families,’’ says Colon. “I then work with the medical team and all support services to ensure that we do fulfill our patients’ requests and wishes.”

Pictured (left to right): Barbara Tofani, Administrative Director Cancer Center; Waqas Rehman, Medical Oncologist; Jessica Zahn, Head Instructor ATA Martial Arts; Jennifer Barnickel, ATA Martial Arts; and Chris Sickels, Executive Vice President Foundation

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education & careers HMC awards three individuals with The Wescott Award Hunterdon Medical Center recently awarded a nurse, employee and volunteer with the Wescott Award. This honor is bestowed each year to an individual who by their personal example epitomize Hunterdon Healthcare’s culture and commitment to the health and well being of the community. These individuals demonstrate the organizations’ values of caring, collaboration, commu-

nication, respect, excellence, accountability and integrity, which have made a positive difference in the lives of others. The 2013 Wescott awards went to Maryann Holgash, RN, Emergency Department, for the nurse award, the volunteer award went to, Fred Nover and the employee award was presented to Holly Thompson, Education Coordinator, Pulmonary Services.


Pictured (l to r) Robert P. Wise, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare and the 2013 Wescott Award winners for Hunterdon Healthcare, Holly Thompson of High Bridge, Fred Nover of Phillipsburg and Maryann Holgash of Easton, PA.

Vascular Screenings offered

Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center offers vascular screenings for high-risk patients Vascular disease is the nation’s number one killer and can be the cause of stroke, aneurysm, disability and amputation. Most Americans are aware of the consequences of blocked blood vessels in their heart, yet the potential risks of blockages in blood vessels in other parts of the body often go unnoticed. To raise awareness about this dangerous condition, adults are invited to a 20-minute screening for vascular disease on Mondays and Fridays from 7 a.m. until Noon at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Avenue, Livingston. The cost is $50 per patient. The screening includes ultrasound examination for aortic aneurysms and carotid artery disease as well as a test that measures blood flow in the legs. These non-invasive tests are a painless way to determine if any narrowing or blockages exist in arteries.

The carotid arteries are the main blood vessels to the brain. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the chest and abdomen. Many people with vascular disease do not have symptoms. Therefore, those at highrisk for the condition should be screened: • Over age 55 • High blood pressure • Lack of exercise • Diabetes • Smoking • High cholesterol • Obesity • Family history of vascular disease • Previous heart or leg treatments Registration is required for the screening by calling 973.322.7888. No prescription is necessary. For more information, please visit or call 973.322.7308.

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Holiday Express makes Annual visit to Matheny

Tim McLoone and group home resident Missy Barrett.

Few events are as eagerly anticipated at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center as the annual holiday concert presented by Holiday Express, the all-volunteer band that delivers music, food, gifts and friendship to those in need during the holiday season. Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Holiday

Express has been coming to Matheny since 2001, and several of the volunteer musicians have become like old friends, just stopping by for a visit. Tim McLoone, the leader and founder of Holiday Express, dedicated this year’s concert, held on December 8 in Matheny’s Robert Schonhorn Arts Center, to “all the volunteers, social workers, therapists, all the staff members. You are

Group home resident Ara Shamamian and Holiday Express singer Doris Jackson.

so amazing for what you do for all of these wonderful people.” From the Holiday Express theme song, “Nobody Ought to be Alone on Christmas” to the rollicking, interactive “12 Days of Christmas”, the afternoon translated into two hours of pure joy and happiness. Matheny is but one of 60 venues Holiday Express visits between midNovember and Christmas Eve.

The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 with the intent of supporting notfor-profit groups, institutions, schools and other organizations that provide valuable services to the New Jersey communities served by The Provident Bank. With that in mind, the Foundation was a Gold Patron of Full Circle 2013 ReflecFrom left, Eileen Murray, director of Arts Access; Jane Kurek; and tions, the 20th anSteve Proctor, Matheny president, in front of an untitled painting by niversary of the T.J. Christian. Matheny Medical and Educational Center’s Arts Access Program, a unique fine arts program for people with disabilities. Jane Kurek, executive director of the Provident Bank Foundation, recently visited Matheny and was given a tour of both the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center and Matheny’s hospital and special education school. PBF, located in Morristown, NJ, is committed to strengthening and sustaining its relationship with communities in its marketplace. Matheny, a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities, values that relationship and hopes it will be a long-term partnership.


Provident Bank Foundation supports Matheny’s Arts Access Program

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Paul Van Ostenbridge recognized at St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital Annual Charity Ball John A. Pasquale III Community Award Honoree St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital (SJWH), a division of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, proudly presented Paul Van Ostenbridge (resident of Franklin Lakes) with the 2013 John A. Pasquale III Community Award. Mr. Ostenbridge was recognized as an active and supportive advocate of the community at the SJWH Annual Charity Ball hosted by the hospital’s Foundation. His contributions to the organization and community as a whole are inspiring. Paul Van Ostenbridge is President/Chief Executive Officer and Director of Stewardship Financial Corporation as well as the Atlantic Stewardship Bank located in Midland Park, New Jersey, where has served in these capacities since the inception of the corporations. Stewardship Financial Corporation is a one-bank holding company listed on NASDAQ and trades under the symbol SSFN. The Atlantic Stewardship Bank is a commercial community bank with thirteen offices in Bergen, Morris and Passaic Counties. The unique charter of the Bank pro-

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