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David F. Alexander named to leadership team at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System The quality of your care is our priority. Nationally recognized for peak performance, excellence and quality caring, St. Joseph’s is the only four-time Magnet-recognized organization in New Jersey to be ISO 9001:2008 certified. This means we consistently apply strategies that ensure our patients receive top quality, safe and efficient care. And, as one of only four accredited hospital-based medical school campuses in NJ, we are proud to teach these same successful strategies to tomorrow’s clinician-leaders, today. provided
St. Joseph’s Healthcare System has announced the appointment of David F. Alexander, CPA, MBA, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the multi-hospital academic healthcare organization. Mr. Alexander will replace Jack Robinson, CFO, who will retire by the end of the year. “I am pleased to welcome David Alexander as the next CFO at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System,” said William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. “David brings over 20 years of healthcare financial leadership and management expertise and experience to St. Joseph’s.” Prior to coming to St. Joseph’s, Mr. Alexander served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Memorial Healthcare System, a six hospital regional healthcare delivery system based in Hollywood, Florida. Previously, he served as Vice President, Strategic Planning as well as Corporate Controller at Jackson Health System, Miami, and as Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. A Certified Public Account (CPA), Mr. Alexander earned both his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida. He is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867, is an integrated not-forprofit organization and major academic institution located in Northern New Jersey. St. Joseph’s prides itself on providing sophisticated healthcare with a ‘patients first’ approach to service excellence. To learn more, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).
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Cardiac Care Healthgrades Study: Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center named One of 50 Best in U.S. for Cardiac Surgery Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center has recently been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and among the top in the nation for overall cardiac care and general surgery. Healthgrades is the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. Its 2015 Report to the Nationevaluatesperformance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. “We have experienced tremendous growth in our cardiac surgery program, and being named one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation is a strong reflection of our team’s commitment to the highest quality,
most advanced care,” said Alexander J. Hatala, Lourdes Health System President and CEO. “This award is also the result of the outstanding performance and leadership of our Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Arthur Martella, our cardiac surgeons and advance practice nurses, technicians and other skilled team members who work faithfully on behalf of our patients.” “As Americans take increasing responsibility when it comes to their health, it is more important than ever for consumers to access objective measures of quality when selecting a physician and hospital,’ said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “Consumers who select a physician associated with a hospital with Healthgrades 5-star performance in a
specific procedure or condition can potentially improve their health outcomes and reduce costs.” For 2015, Healthgrades also honored Our Lady of Lourdes with the Cardiac Care and General Surgery Excellence Awards. In addition, the organization rated Our Lady of Lourdes 5-stars (indicating clinical outcomes are better than expected in: • Coronary bypass surgery, valve surgery, treatment of heart attack, treatment of heart failure • Colorectal surgeries • Treatment of bowel obstructions • Treatment of pneumonia • Treatment of respiratory failure • Treatment of sepsis
Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County received a 5-star rating for the treatment of stroke. According to Healthgrades, if all hospitals in the 2011-to-2013 period performed similarly to 5-star hospitals, an average 228,426 lives could potentially have been saved and 169,298 complications could potentially have been avoided. “Americans are taking increasingly responsibility for their health,” said Hatala. “We are committed to providing safe, effective, compassionate care to all who trust us with their lives.” To learn more, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.
Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute receives American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care Atlantic Health System’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown and Overlook medical centers has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014. Morristown and Overlook were the only hospitals in New Jersey and two of 256 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center have reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. To receive the ACTION Registry– GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Pre-
mier for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients. “The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend both Morristown and Overlook medical centers for their success in implementing standards of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” said James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital. The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood
clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others. “This award is a proud achievement for Atlantic Health System. It reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Linda Gillam, MD, MPH, FACC, Dorothy and Lloyd Huck Chair, Cardiovascular Medicine, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute. “The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.” ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with
partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. ACTION Registry-GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients. The American College of Cardiology is a 47,000-member medical society that serves as the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care. It also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.
About Atlantic Health System Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey. It includes Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ; Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ; Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ; Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ; and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation, and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. It also includes its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System comprises 1,599 licensed beds, nearly 13,400 employees and more than 3,700 physicians. Atlantic Health System is a clinical and academic affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; a Major Clinical Affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; part of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and is a member of AllSpire Health Partners.
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While my experience at the other hospital was good, I found the care and facilities at Chilton to be exemplary.” “I was treated spectacularly,” continued Kafafian. “Chilton’s staff and nurses were caring and constantly available to make me as comfortable as possible. It took seconds for someone to respond to my call button, and they checked on me throughout the
day… asking if I was okay, how the food was, if I needed anything.” “Those little things make a difference,” he noted. “Chilton really made me feel special.” Furthermore, Kafafian was genuinely amazed by his swift recovery. It took nearly twice as long for him to fully recover from his past conventional knee replacement surgery. This time around, he was back on the
links five weeks after his procedure… playing 18 holes of golf. “I feel and act 10 years younger,” he added. “Thanks to Dr. Kayal and Chilton, I can walk in the sunshine, work out and hold my granddaughter in my arms… without pain or worry. That’s a great feeling.” For more information about customized knee replacement, visit www.atlantichealth.org/chilton.
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Back in the Game Customized knee replacement restores active lifestyle In his glory days, you’d probably find Glen Rock resident Don Kafafian playing football, baseball – or perhaps even jumping out of a plane. Today, at 67 years of age, he keeps his feet on the ground, but this former linebacker and army veteran is still in the game. Now an avid golfer and fitness enthusiast, he works out four days a week and hits the links every chance he gets. What a difference a few months – and a single surgery – can make. Earlier this year, Kafafian’s right knee was so degraded, from excessive wear-and-tear and osteoarthritis, that he could barely walk. The joint cartilage had deteriorated to the point that he could feel and hear his bones rubbing together. He lived in constant pain. “My knee was always on the verge of collapse,” he said. “I could not take a step without something to grasp. I nearly fell down the stairs… and was afraid to pick up my new granddaughter.” When other therapies failed, Kafafian knew it was time to consider total joint replacement. His left knee was replaced in 2002, so he was aware of the life-changing benefits – as well as the extensive recovery. He delayed a second surgery as long as possible, but eventually that became the only desirable option. “It wasn’t about my knee anymore; it was about my quality of life,” he asserted. Last spring, Kafafian consulted with his long-time orthopedic surgeon, Robert A. Kayal, MD, FAAOS, who recommended a groundbreaking procedure he pioneered at Chilton Medical Center.
Chilton’s Total Joint Center is among the first medical facilities in the region – to offer customized knee replacement using patient specific instrumentation. According to Dr. Kayal, this cutting-edge technique represents a major advancement in knee replacement surgery. For the first time, surgeons can provide patients with a new joint that is customfitted to their anatomy. Customized knee replacement begins long before patients enter the operating room. In fact, that is the key to success. Weeks before surgery, MRI imaging and specialized computer technology are combined to generate a 3D model of the patient’s joint. In turn, this model is utilized to create a customized, one-of-a-kind surgical tool exclusively dedicated to that patient – and that particular joint. Tailored to the knee’s size, dimensions and orientation, the tool acts as a cutting guide, allowing the surgeon to precisely position the implant while removing less bone in the process. “I was excited when Dr. Kayal told me about this option,” said Kafafian. He was also intrigued by the procedure’s additional benefits as reported by other patients, including reduced trauma, less blood loss, less post-operative pain and faster healing. Kafafian’s customized knee replacement was performed in May 2014 at Chilton Medical Center. “I was initially apprehensive when Dr. Kayal recommended Chilton, since my previous operation was done at another hospital,” he admitted. “But I trusted Dr. Kayal and I’m glad I did.
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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 www.ema.net, www.facebook.com/EMANews or www.twitter.com/EMANews. 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 www.nexerainc.com/spcourse.
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By Alison Lazzaro, RN
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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 Clara Maass Medical Center recognized nationally by The Leapfrog Group with Sixth Consecutive “A” for Patient Safety Clara Maass Medical Center was honored by The Leapfrog Group with its sixth consecutive “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. Clara Maass Medical Center is one of just 204 hospitals nationwide to earn six consecutive Grade “A” scores, the highest letter grade that the Leapfrog Group awards for patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered byThe Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. “This designation is yet another tremendous achievement that further sets Clara Maass Medical Center apart when it comes to national leadership in hospital safety,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Without patient safety, a hospital fails to deliver the most basic and important expectation of a health care facility – to ensure safety to the patient and his or her loved ones. I’m proud that time and time again, Clara Maass continues to set itself apart when it comes to hospital safety.” “Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “We commend the ‘A’ hospitals, including Clara Maass Medical Center, for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they’ve made the well-being of patients a top priority.” Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. To see how Clara Maass Medical Center’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app.
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Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) is expanding services with a newly constructed Medical Arts Building at its Old Bridge location, providing the community easy access to a full continuum of care. More than 400 people; public officials, local residents, physicians and hospital executives and staff celebrated the addition of the new building at a grand opening held October 19. The new multispecialty building at 2 Hospital Plaza is scheduled to open in the 1st quarter of 2015 and provides an array of services, including: the Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at RBMC; advanced diagnostic imaging and laboratory services; an ambulatory surgery center; five operating room suites; women’s imaging; a host of physician offices representing a variety of specialties and more. “I am very excited. Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people who believed in a lot of people and that dream has been realized, and the beneficiaries will be the residents of Middlesex County,” said Michael R. D’Agnes, president and CEO of RBMC, during the event. “This new building transforms our Old Bridge facility, placing a greater emphasis on surgical and outpatient services such as orthopedic and bariatric surgery as provided by our Human Motion Institute and Institute for
During the October 19 grand opening for the new medical arts building at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, From left during the ribbon cutting, RBMC Director, Orthopedic Surgery Dr. Surender Grover; Old Bridge Township Mayor Owen Henry; Chairman RBMC Board of Directors Joseph Jankowski, Esq.; RBMC President and CEO Michael R. D’Agnes; Senator Sam Thompson; Medical Director, RBMC Cardiac Cath. Lab Dr. Puneet Sahgal and Russell Azzarello, chairman of the RBMC Foundation board of directors.
Weight Loss programs and new diabetes center. Here we are now, at a point where a facility that we almost sold, we are expanding with a 92,000 square foot building that is a combination inpatient surgical hospital and ambulatory surgery center, imaging center, with physicians’ offices and diabetes center all in one building.”
The new imaging center has open MRI, 160-slice CT, ultrasound, X-ray and nuclear medicine as well as extended services for women's health such as 3D mammography and bone densitometry. The ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is a partnership between the hospital and more than 25 surgeons on the RBMC medical staff. Dr. Andrew Citron, medical director
Visitors register for the October 19 grand opening. The new building is visible in the background.
of the ASC and director of the division of anesthesiology at RBMC, said, “This brings the total ORs at Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Old Bridge location up to nine. I’m very excited about increasing surgical services for the community and surrounding areas.” Easy scheduling, complimentary on-site parking and a relaxed, welcoming reception area are just a few of the patient amenities at the new Medical Arts Building. The property creates the experience of a hotel-like environment for patients and visitors. Its design allows patients and visitors to better navigate the facility. In addition, the already free surface parking has been greatly expanded. The building connects to the main hospital on the second floor via a “sky bridge.” RBMC had several noteworthy events and accomplishments in 2014. The medical center and Meridian Health signed a letter of intent to explore a merger between the two organizations. RBMC became one of a few hospitals in the world to attain Magnet Status for
nursing excellence for a third consecutive time and became an affiliate of the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world’s preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization, and now provides some of the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. The medical center’s diabetes self-management education program was subsequently recognized with the Education Recognition Certificate from the American Diabetes Association. Also in 2014, the hospital launched a secure, online patient portal MYRBMC providing patients 24/7 access to their health information and test results. And RBMC launched a new Neck and Back Center coordinated by a nurse navigator and using a collaborative approach to diagnose and treat neck or back pain. Services are provided through the Human Motion Institute’s continuum of care. For more information, visit www.rbmc.org. For a free physician referral, call 1-800-DOCTORS.
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Janice Klostermeier, chief financial officer at Emergency Medical Associates in Parsippany, and Parsippany High School teacher Robert Garcia. Klostermeier spoke to Garcia’s students Nov. 10 about career opportunities in accounting.
During the last several years, as career opportunities for Certified Public Accountants have expanded dramatically, accounting has become one of the fastest growing majors in American colleges and universities. That’s what teacher Robert Garcia’s accounting students at Parsippany High School discovered November 10 when Janice Klostermeier, CPA, FACHE, MHA, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer for Emergency Medical Associates, visited to discuss the exciting, well-paying career opportunities that are available to students who study accounting. “I’ve always had a love for numbers and knew early on that I wanted to work in finance. Pay it Forward is a great opportunity to inform students that also have a love for numbers of their career options,” said Klostermeier. Klostermeier holds a bachelor’s degree of business administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and has been a certified public accountant since 1989. She is licensed as a CPA in New Jersey, New York and Texas. She recently received the CFO of the Year Award for Best Growth Manager from NJ Biz magazine. Her employer, Emergency Medical Associates, provides emergency department management services to about 25 percent of the hospitals in New Jersey. The presentation was part of the statewide Pay It Forward campaign initiated by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) to alert students to the rewarding career opportunities available to those who pursue an accounting degree. This fall, more than 160 CPAs are headed back to the classroom to discuss careers in accounting with nearly 10,000 high school students. As working professionals, these NJSCPA
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education & careers Paul Madonia, M.D. will retire after 49 years of practicing in Hunterdon County After 49 years of practicing medicine in Hunterdon County, Paul Madonia, M.D., Assistant Medical Director and Family Practice Physician at Cornerstone Family Practice in Flemington will retire in December. Dr.Madonia started his medical career in the Navy as a family practice physician. In 1972, he volunteered at an Indian reservation in Ganado, Arizona. In 1973, he began practicing with the Flemington Medical Group and then opened his own practice in 1988. In 1995, Hunterdon Healthcare purchased his practice and he came on board as an employed Family Practice Physician with the hospital. “I am ready to retire. I will miss my patients. It has been an honor and blessing to care for them over the years,” said Dr. Madonia. Dr. Madonia added,“Everyday
is a gift and you realize that even more in medicine.” Dr. Madonia is looking forward to downsizing into a condo in Flemington, spending time with his grandchildren, traveling, going to see some plays and taking pictures. Many of Dr. Madonia’s patients have been with him since he started in Flemington over 40 years ago. That is the case for Shirley Favier, age 90 of Flemington. “I will miss Dr. Madonia, he is a great doctor and I wish him the best,” said Ms. Favier. On Tuesday, December 2nd a retirement reception will be held for Dr. Madonia from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Family Practice, Wescott Medical Arts Center, 9100 Wescott Drive in Flemington. Patients are invited to stop by and say good bye.
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education & careers Lourdes Specialty Hospital CEO Cheri Cowperthwait honored as “Woman of Distinction” by Philadelphia Business Journal
Cheri Cowperthwait, RN, CEO of Lourdes Specialty Hospital (LSH), an award-winning specialty hospital in Burlington County New Jersey, has been recognized as a Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal for the year 2014. Cowperthwait’s honor comes at a perfect time for LSH. In 2014, Cowperthwait oversaw the hospital’s transition from private ownership to employee ownership through an Employee Stock Option Plan. She also led the hospital to the nationally prestigious 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety. This represents Cowperthwait’s second honor by a significant regional publication in as many years, following her distinction as a “Super Woman” by South Jersey magazine in 2013. The Philadelphia Business journal cited Cowperthwait’s “experience and compassion” as major reasons for her honor. The journal went on to state: “She walks the fine line of finance and quality, providing her staff with the resources to give excellent care and eradicate avoidable medical errors.” “Mrs. Cowperthwait is a CEO who truly understands the sound business case for high quality healthcare and retains the values she started with as a critical care nurse. Today, she remains a staunch advocate for patients, physicians and staff, supporting excellence in care not from the bedside but from the boardroom.” stated John Peterson, M.D., Chief of Staff for LSH.
“I am both humbled and honored to receive such an acknowledgment from the Philadelphia Business Journal and to be in the company of so many accomplished and inspiring women,” Cowperthwait said. “I received this honor because I represent the amazing work accomplished by our staff and physicians every day on behalf of our patients. We truly make a difference in the lives of some of the sickest patients in the Delaware Valley. We’ve created a culture where our patients and our staff have the opportunity to reach their potential. For me, this is an honor for all of us.” About Lourdes Specialty Hospital Lourdes Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey (LSH) is a 69-bed specialty hospital, provides care to critically ill and medically complex patients who require an extended hospital stay averaging greater than 25 days. LSH occupies an 8 million dollar, newly renovated hospital on the campus of Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. LSH’s interdisciplinary healthcare team and a medical staff of approximately 300 physicians serve the regional communities and meet the unique needs of each patient. LSH primarily serves the Delaware Valley region, including Mercer, Salem, Gloucester, Burlington, and Camden Counties, as well as Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Lourdes Specialty Hospital is a partnership between Acuity Healthcare and the Lourdes Health System.
Holy Name Medical Center staff celebrates Magnet® Redisgnation Nurses, physicians, administrators, and other staff members at Holy Name Medical Center recently celebrated the hospital’s Magnet® redesignation, a recognition shared by six percentof hospitals nationwide. Magnet status is granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) after a meticulous review process. Hundreds of employees enjoyed a buffet of hors d’oeuvres, entrees, and desserts, made available around the clock at the Medical Center so staff members from all three shifts could participate. “Our core nursing values at Holy Name include a statement about celebrating our accomplishments,” said Sheryl Slonim, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Executive Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “The achievement of Magnet status traverses the entire medical center community – everyone supports this culture of excellence.” Magnet status, one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital can achieve, is a four-year designation. It showsthat the hospital provides a culture of safety, quality care, excellent patient outcomes, and innovative practices while retaining top-notch staff and maintaining high job satisfaction among nurses. Only about 400 hospitals nationwide have received the designation. “What you have to do for Magnet status is have a culture of excellence in place,” said Lori Perlstein, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Director of Professional Practice. It must be imbedded in the organization at all times – you have to live it, breathe it. Excellence isn’t something you just decide to talk about when you submit an application. It permeates the organization every day.”
From left to right: Sheryl Slonim, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer; Sue Ludwig, LPN; Barbara Faulkner, RN; Deborah Zayas, RN MPA, NE BC, Vice President of Nursing.
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education & careers Focused care for geriatric patients St. Joseph’s Healthcare System clinicians share expertise As the population ages, providers are exploring new ways to improve quality of care for elder patients. An innovative leader in health care, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), a member of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, opened the region’s first dedicated Geriatric Emergency Department (Geriatric ED) nearly 5 years ago. Treating patients age 65 and older, the 20-bed treatment area with thicker mattresses, natural lighting throughout much of the common areas, reduced chaos and noise, is designed to meet the complex needs of older patients in a senior-friendly environment. With years of experience in the area of geriatric emergency care, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (SJHS) clinicians in Adult and Geriatric Emergency Services, as well as Nursing Care, shared their expertise at The New Jersey Hospital Association’s “Geriatric Emergency Department Symposium,” geared towards helping providers, statewide, establish their own geriatric emergency departments. Approximately 90 percent of the hospitals in the state attended the symposium, which focused on a standardized set of Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines that can
effectively improve the care of the geriatric population and can be implemented in any ED. These guidelines create a template for staffing, equipment, education, policies and procedures, follow-up care and performance improvement measures.
workforce education, training and expansion; evidence-based geriatric specific clinical protocols; informatics support for patient monitoring and clinical decision support; and structural enhancements to improve patient safety and satisfaction.
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• Maria Brennan, DNP, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Chief Nursing Officer, SJHS and Vice President, Patient Care Services, SJRMC, and Suji Thomas, MSN, MBA, RN, Nurse Manager, SJRMC, presented on the topic, “Transitions of Care for the Elderly.”
• Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP, FACOEP-D, Chairman, Emergency Medicine, SJHS, who in addition to moderating the symposium, also presented on the topic, “Why We Have to Do It and Making the Business Care.” • Marianna Karounos, DO, Chief, Geriatric Emergency Department, SJRMC, and Maria Christensen, PhD, APN, NEA-BC, Administrative Director, Emergency Services, SJRMC, participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Getting On Board!” which focused on the Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations through Workforce, Informatics and Structural Enhancements (GEDI-WISE) project – an integrated multidisciplinary approach to care that incorporates
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Holiday Cheer arrives early at Matheny Holiday Express, the all-volunteer band that gives 60 concerts between mid-November and Christmas Eve, made the Matheny Medical and Educational Center one of its first stops this year, performing for students and patients on Sunday, November 23. No one had any trouble getting into the holiday spirit as the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center rocked with the sounds of
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, the “12 Days of Christmas” and Holiday Express’ signature song, “Nobody Ought to be Alone on Christmas”. The Matheny Choir joined in for a couple of songs and will appear with Holiday Express at its benefit concerts on December 11 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and on December 18 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.
Cathy Wild of Bedminster, NJ, and her son, James, a Matheny resident.
Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Holiday Express, which was founded in 1993 by restaurateur and musician Tim McLoone, has been performing at Matheny since 2001. The organization has more than 100 professional singers and musicians who volunteer their time and more than 1,300 additional volunteers.
The Desatnick family of Basking Ridge, NJ, clockwise, from left, Edana, Lloyd, Sarah and Bryan, a Matheny resident.
Girl Scout’s Award project benefits St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
Courtney Smith of Bedminster, NJ, right, with Matheny resident Rasheedah Mahali.
Pictured (l to r): Timothy P. Barr, Vice President for Development, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, and Executive Director, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation; Carol Longo, Troop Advisor, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey; Sabrina Qanaah; and Barbara Weikert, M.A., CCC-SLP, Manager, Rehabilitation Medicine/ Speech-Language Pathology, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. provided
After volunteering with 3 young disabled girls as part of her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Sabrina Qanaah (resident of Wanaque), acquired an interest for learning more about how to help those with Speech and Hearing disabilities. As part of her Gold Award project for Girl Scout Troop 70063, Sabrina organized a donation drive at a local community fair to benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, as well as an educational presentation at the Tim McLoone, far left, with some members of his all-volunteer band.
Wanaque Public Library regarding Speech, Hearing and Language Disorders in Children, to help raise awareness. Her generous donation of games, books and other items will be used during play therapy for Pediatric Speech Therapy Services in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. To learn more about the advanced services available across St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org.
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Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry named after retiring President “In the future, when people come to the front desk and want to know where the medical and dental clinics are, we will direct them to the Proctor Center of Medicine and Dentistry.” That announcement was made at a farewell party on November 20 for retiring Matheny Medical and Educational Center president and CEO Steve Proctor. And it was a fitting tribute to the man who was
determined that Matheny inpatients and outpatients from the community would receive their medical and dental care in an appropriate and comfortable setting, something that he accomplished in 2003. To make sure that everyone remembers him, The Friends of Matheny announced that the auxiliary group was having a portrait of Proctor painted and that it would hang in the center.
Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. The Center of Medicine and Dentistry provides medical, dental and therapy care for Matheny inpatients and for people with disabilities in communities throughout New Jersey.
From left, Matheny trustees Peter Holloway and Brian Foley and Judy and Steve Proctor. photos provided
Assemblywoman Donna Simon reads the proclamation while Senator “Kip” Bateman, left, and Dan McLaughlin look on.
There were lots of other speakers at the event, held in Matheny’s Robert Schonhorn Arts Center. State Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman described Proctor as “a great man who has made such a difference in people’s lives.” Then, he introduced his colleague, Assemblywoman Donna M. Simon, who read a proclamation about Proctor signed by her, Bateman and Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli. Also in attendance were Jennifer Velez, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and Dawn Apgar, deputy commissioner of the NJDHS. Steve Proctor, Velez said, “deserves every bit of praise
and accolades he receives. You are truly a champion. Your partnership with the state could not have been stronger.” Added Apgar: “You provided so much leadership. Your input goes far beyond this facility.” Proctor, who spent almost 16 years at Matheny, thanked everyone who attended and said his job was simply “to try to normalize lives for people who years ago would have been shut away somewhere.” The evening concluded with a performance by Matheny music therapists of a medley of songs made popular by Earth, Wind & Fire (one of Proctor’s favorite music groups).
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Hospitals Bergen regional MediCal Center Located in Paramus, Bergen Regional Medical Center is the largest hospital in New Jersey and is dedicated to providing quality medical, mental health and long term care to Bergen County and surrounding communities. With 1070 beds, the hospital has three divisions of care. The Behavioral Health Division, includes child and adolescent programs, adult and geriatric psychiatric treatment and inpatient and outpatient mental health services. The Long Term Care Division far exceeds the scope of services offered in a standard nursing home. As a full service, Joint Commission accredited Medical Center; BRMC provides wound care, surgical care, cardiac care, rehabilitation services, respiratory care including ventilator care, Korean care services, Alzheimer's and dementia care. As an acute care Hospital, 24/7 medical care for long term care residents is always only an elevator ride away. The hospital is also known for the treatment of substance abuse and offers medical detoxification, in-patient and out-patient services, and treatment for the mentally ill and chemically addicted. The BRMC Acute and Ambulatory Services Division offers same day surgery, more than 20 medical and specialty clinics, critical care, surgical services and imaging services. The Medical Center's recently renovated and expanded Emergency Department is available 24/7 to provide emergency medical and psychiatric care. www.bergenregional.com Tel. 201.967.4000
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Hunterdon Healthcare presents the “Spirit of Hunterdon” Awards On Saturday, November 15th, during Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation’s 34th Annual Crystal Ball, three individuals were presented with the prestigious “Spirit of Hunterdon” award. The inspiration for this award came from the Board of Trustees of the Hunterdon Healthcare System, who wanted to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the success of the Hunterdon Healthcare System by giving of their time, talents and financial support. The Spirit of Hunterdon award was designed by Bill Healy and represents the clarity, perfection and caring which exists throughout Hunterdon Healthcare. The 2014 Spirit of Hunterdon award was presented to Mark Peters, II, Pharm. D. of Raritan Township, Karen Kallens of Belle Mead and Hunterdon County Prosecutor, Anthony P. Kearns. Dr. Mark Peters, a pharmacist, understands the importance of medication access and compliance to improving patient outcomes and reducing overall healthcare costs. Mark personally experienced this first hand at the age of eleven when his mother passed away of cancer. His family incurred thousands of dollars of debt despite his family having health insurance. Mark learned later in his life that his local pharmacy was able to partner with CancerCare to relieve some of the debt incurred by his family. Mark wanted to pay this generosity forward. In 2004, he shared his idea to help the under and uninsured access and stay compliant with their prescription medicines. He formed the Hunterdon County Medication Access Partnership or HCMAP with Dr. Reverend Mark Summer as a collaboration between churches, the Hunterdon Medical Center, health care providers, and other community organizations. For the past eleven years, Mark has been dedicated to leading fundraising efforts to support the efforts of HCMAP. He has worked with local government officials to educate them on the importance of supporting this program so it has adequate funds to help better serve residents in Hunterdon County. The Hunterdon County Medication Access Partnership helps to support the program that is operated at Hunterdon Medical Center. This program has been so successful that other counties have emulated it and have created medication access programs for their residents. HCMAP has provided over $6 million worth of free medications to those in need.
Pictured left to right: 2014 Spirit of Hunterdon award honorees, Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Karen Kallens, Mark Peters, II, Pharm. D. and Robert P. Wise, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare.
Karen Kallens has been the Nurse Educator with the Hunterdon County Medication Access Program for the past nine years. Karen’s job is to help connect patients with the resources and medications needed at a reduced rate or at no cost to the patient. She follows each filed application on her patients and if a claim is denied unjustly, she appeals the case to ensure the patient will get their prescription medication. She works with her patients so they understand the importance of being compliant with their medication and also provide disease education to improve their quality of life. Karen has helped over 4,000 patients through the Hunterdon County Medication Access Program. The Program meets a critical community need and has improved access for the county’s uninsured and underinsured residents to prescription medications, thereby improving health and minimizing excessive and avoidable use of the emergency department. Under her direction, the program has received many accolades including being recognized in 2010 with the Community Outreach Award by the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust. Just last month, Karen retired from Hunterdon Healthcare and the program is now being led by Corinne Dalrymple.
Keeping our community safe is his priority and he does an excellent job. Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to be the Hunterdon County Prosecutor on December 3, 2010 after being
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of 26 municipalities with 15 local police departments, the Sheriff's office and the State Police within Hunterdon County. Prosecutor Kearns is responsible for issuing directives, standardizing law enforcement conduct and for implementing all directives from the Attorney General. He also coordinates and works with the various human service agencies and other governmental agencies with regard to any law enforcement issues and the needs of its communities. Recently, Prosecutor Kearns launched a new initiative to train and equip law enforcement officers in Hunterdon County to administer Naloxone, a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of a heroin or opiate overdose. Police officers are usually the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency, and in the case of an overdose, minutes could be the difference between life and death. In addition to all this great work, he is President of the Hunterdon County Bar Association and is currently the Vice President of the Immaculate Conception School Advisory Committee in Annandale.
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