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IN ADDITION, WE HAVE BEEN INDEPENDENTLY RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE  By the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for Performance Achievement for the treatment of Stroke and Heart Failure  By HealthGrades® with a 5-Star rating and its Neurosurgery Excellence Award

 In Trauma Care as northern New Jersey’s Level 1 Trauma Center  As one of only two sites in the State for Liver Transplantation  For treatment of the deadliest form of Heart Attack by our EMS, the only such recognition in the State

We’re very proud of this recognition and what it means for the care of our patients. It also means an exceptional opportunity for the education of the next generation of physicians in our role as the flagship teaching hospital for Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the other schools of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. This partnership ensures highly trained professionals to meet the healthcare needs of New Jersey and beyond. For more information about University Hospital, please call us at 973-972-4300 or go to our website at:







































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Trinitas and St. Joseph’s improve access to mental health care services in NJ

In response to the rapidly growing need for more coordinated mental health care services in New Jersey, Trinitas Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center have launched the largest and most comprehensive Integrated Behavioral Health Network in Northern New Jersey. The new partnership will enhance access and continuity of care by ensuring patients receive services in the most appropriate setting for their complex behavioral health needs. “One of the greatest challenges facing patients with mental health and substance health needs is getting into the right program -- that can offer them the greatest benefit,” explains Dr. Carlos Rueda, Regional Chairman of Psychiatry/Behavioral Health of the new Trinitas-St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Network. “Both Trinitas and St. Joseph’s offer a comprehensive array of behavioral health treatment centers, programs and services at dozens of outpatient and satellite facilities throughout the region. Now together, our newly combined network dramatically expands those access points and the opportunities for enhanced outcomes.” According to a report released in October 2016 by the New Jersey Hospital Association, patients with mental health and substance use disorders account for nearly half of the growth in hospital emergency room cases in New Jersey and are far outpacing the overall growth in emergency department use. The report goes on to note that treating individuals suffering from a mental health crisis in the emergency department can place stress on the patient and is not the best setting to handle their complex needs. At the same time, it places increased strain within the emergency department, adding to overcrowding, long waits and increased healthcare costs. The Trinitas-St. Joseph’s network includes primary medical care in the behavioral health continuum to engage patients at

the onset of mental health and substance use issues, allowing for earlier diagnosis and referral in to the best possible treatment options. An alarming report from the Centers for Disease Control contends that life expectancy for psychiatric patients is 25 years less than it is for non-psychiatric patients. “Mental health care has always been delivered in silos, with little regard to primary care,” explained James McCreath, Vice President of Behavioral Health at Trinitas and Executive Director of the Network. “This dilemma is now being addressed by our two full-service hospitals, each with a broad range of medical specialties and behavioral health expertise.” The lack of primary care among the mental health population has been recognized by the federal government, which recently awarded Trinitas a 4 year, $1.6 million grant to operate a primary care clinic in their mental health center. “St. Joe’s has also shown leadership in this arena, as evidenced by their new relationship with a major area primary care physicians’ practice,” he added. “By joining our two behavioral health programs, we now offer expanded access and treatment for patients that will move care away from emergency departments and into more appropriate settings,” says Gary Horan, President & CEO, Trinitas Regional Medical Center. “The size and scope of the new behavioral health network will bring multiple benefits, including improved care coordination to ensure patients and their families are connected to the right programs for their unique needs.” “As two of the leaders in the State for behavioral health care, Trinitas and St. Joseph’s are exceptionally positioned to respond to the growing mental health needs of New Jersey residents,” says Kevin Slavin, President & CEO, St. Joseph’s

Regional Medical Center. “The strength of our new network will not only increase access to care in appropriate settings across three counties, it will result in better outcomes for patients as they move away from the current short-term acute care focus with independent services and programs, to a more patient-centered connected network designed to improve long-term health status.”

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Benefits of Trinitas-St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health: Connected services cover a larger geographic region (Union, Passaic & Essex Counties) Addresses the needs of all behavioral health groups - children, adolescents, adults and the elderly, as well as individuals with addiction or developmental disorders Reduces demands on emergency personnel and the cost of care Supports the shift to population health outcomes and value-based payment models Enhanced ability to partner with Health Plans/ Insurers to improve access and care Expanded delivery and treatment approaches, such as telepsychiatry and medical homes One-Call patient access via Assessment Center and dedicated 800 Number Network services will be available to commercial, self-pay, Medicaid, and Medicare patients Multi-disciplinary treatment that includes medical, psychiatric, psychological, social work and related disciplines

Overlook Medical Center launches new App with indoor GPS for patients and visitors Powered by Connexient’s Medinav™ to reduce stress and enhance the visitor experience

Atlantic Health System and Overlook Medical Center announced recently the launch of “Take Me There - Overlook,” an innovative mobile app that helps patients and their families to easily navigate throughout the hospital. “Take Me There - Overlook also provides an all-screens solution, similar to what Google has,” says Gerard Durney, director of Operations at Overlook Medical Center. “With the app, users can leverage maps and routes on the Internet or kiosks in addition to

navigation to plan their visits. They can also print personalized maps and directions.” Take Me There - Overlook is powered by Connexient and its MediNav Digital Wayfinding solution that delivers the world’s most sophisticated indoor navigation system. To enhance the patient experience, it includes advanced features, such as a Parking Planner which navigates users to the best parking location based on their appointment location inside the facility, and soon-to-be implemented My Car Saver, which saves the user’s parking

location and will navigate them back to their car when they are finished with their appointment or visit. “Patients and visitors can be very anxious when they enter a hospital,” says Durney. “It can be difficult to remember directions. This patient-focused feature is one of the many services we have in place to help patients find their way, be on time, and, hopefully, be more relaxed.” Overlook Medical Center has approximately 285,500 outpatient visits and 99,000 emergency visits annually, and close to

25,000 admissions each year. Overlook Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery™ in 2017 and to be recognized among the top 5% in the Nation for both Neurosciences and Treatment of Stroke in 2017 by Healthgrades®. Take Me There – Overlook is available for free on the App Store and Google play. For more information please visit, rlook/visitors/wayfinding-app.html


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University Hospital and Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences in Newark collaborate to form a smoke, tobacco and vapor-free campus The use of all smoke, tobacco and vapor-related products are prohibited effective on the date of the Great American Smokeout

On November 17th, the date of the Great American Smokeout, University Hospital and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences joined together to celebrate its first day as a Smoke, Tobacco and Vapor-Free campus, effective on November 17. The initiative is the result of months of planning, with an overall focus of creating a healthier environment at University Hospital and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences at Newark for employees, patients, visitors and the public at-large. “As of today, across our entire hospital campus, we are showing our employees, our patients and their families, and all of the people who make our community great, that we are truly health leaders, said John N. Kastanis, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO of University Hospital. “By not allowing people to smoke on the sidewalks in front of our buildings, in the entryways, in our gardens and hospital grounds, and in our other outside areas, we are sending a clear and urgent message that smoking tobacco is bad for your health, and we are leading by example.” said Kastanis. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 40 million Americans who smoke cigarettes and use tobacco remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. Although rates of smoking have dropped from 42% in 1965 to 17% in 2014, cigar, pipe, and hookah are other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco are on the rise. A program and ribbon-cutting event was held on November 17th at 8:30 AM at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital to celebrate November 17th as the campus’ first day as a Smoke, Tobacco and Vapor-Free Campus. Photos from the event are available here: The event included John N. Kastanis, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO, University Hospital, Robert L. Johnson, FAAP, MD, The Sharon and Joseph Muscarelle Endowed Dean, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and Karen Blumfield, Esq., Executive Director of the Global Advisors on Smoke-free Policy (GASP). The program also included Andrew Berman, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, University Hospital. Dr. Berman chaired the Steering Committee that oversaw the implementation of the initiative, which included a multi-disciplinary committee of faculty and staff.


From L-R: Alejandrina Canelo Villafana, MS, CHES, Health Educator II, Ambulatory Care Center; Robert L. Johnson, FAAP, MD, The Sharon and Joseph Muscarelle Endowed Dean, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Karen Blumfield, Esq., Executive Director of the Global Advisors on Smoke-free Policy (GASP); Andrew Berman, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, University Hospital; Monica Hanna, MPH, CHES, Health Educator-Healthy Heart Program and John N. Kastanis, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO, University Hospital.

Preparations for this campus-wide initiative have been underway since April 2016 and November 17th at 12:01 AM reflects the first full day that both University Hospital and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in Newark will be a smoke, tobacco and vapor-free campus. To encourage smokers to quit smoking, employees, visitors and the public at-large will have the opportunity to learn about University Hospital’s many smoking cessation programs and meet with a smoking cessation counselor. Information about the hospital’s smoking cessation counseling can be obtained

by contacting the hospital at (973) 972-4300 or All smoking cessation programs are open to the public. University Hospital is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, and is the Level 1 Trauma Center for Northern New Jersey. Located at University Heights in Newark, New Jersey, University Hospital is a principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties. For more information about University Hospital, please visit

Holy Name Medical Center first in NJ with lowest heart failure mortality rate among the top 50 hospitals nationwide

Holy Name Medical Center is among the top 50 hospitals in the U.S. and the best in New Jersey for having the lowest 30-day mortality rate from heart failure. While the national average is 12.2 percent, Holy Name has an 8.5 percent rate, making it among the leading hospitals in the nation for treating a disease that affects 5.7 million American adults. Heart failure occurs when a weakened heart muscle can’t pump enough blood into the aorta, which allows blood to pool in the heart. It may be caused by a number of conditions, including past heart attacks, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, heart valve disease, congenital heart defects, and alcohol and drug abuse. “We are particularly proud of our heart failure mortality rates,” said Sheryl Slonim, Ex-

ecutive Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “This accomplishment is a result of an interdisciplinary team effort, including accurate assessment and diagnosis as well as aggressive management, which is continually monitored and reassessed.” Patients with heart failure fare better at Holy Name for a number of reasons, including the care given by highly trained cardiologists and a Transitional Care Team, assigned to each patient and led by a nurse practitioner certified in heart failure. Those at risk for readmission due to advancing disease are offered 30-day follow-up post discharge care, which includes a face-to-face visit by a nurse to perform an overall assessment, check medications, ensure physician follow-up visits are scheduled, reinforce education and provide a

self-care binder for patients to organize all the aspects of their chronic illness. “Holy Name works very hard to make sure our heart failure patients are given the highest quality care that extends well past their hospitalization,” said Dr. Adam Jarrett, Medical Director of Holy Name Medical Center. “We consistently utilize new advanced therapies and our palliative care team has been a strong partner in giving our patients better outcomes.” Early diagnosis and treatment of patients with heart failure can help improve their quality and length of life. Treatment typically involves medications, reducing salt in the diet and physical activity. Patients with heart failure may experience shortness of breath, general feeling of fatigue or weakness, trouble breathing when lying down and weight gain in the feet, legs, ankles or stomach. Symp-

toms should be tracked on a daily basis and then discussed with the health care team.

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 offers leading-edge medical practice and technology administered in an environment rooted in a tradition of compassion and respect for every patient. Holy Name provides high quality health care across a continuum that encompasses education, prevention, early intervention, comprehensive treatment options, rehabilitation and wellness maintenance.

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Clara Maass Medical Center President and CEO named a Distinguished Alumnus of Seton Hall University


Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC), was recognized by Seton Hall University College of Nursing and Alumni Relations as a Distinguished Alumnus at the 2016 Margaret C. Haley Awards on September 26 at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange. Dr. Clyne received the renowned Margaret C. Haley Award that is bestowed annually to an alumnus of Seton Hall University College of Nursing who has significantly contributed to the Nursing profession. Named after Margaret C. Haley, who served as a Dean of Seton Hall from 1951 through 1967, the annual event celebrates the success of the College of Nursing’s alumni. It also gives students an opportunity to network with accomplished nurse leaders. Dr. Clyne was the first person to earn her Bachelors (B.S.N.), Masters (M.S.N.) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in Nursing at Seton Hall University. Her fierce dedication to the nursing profession, led her to serve as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University. In 2012, she was inducted into the Seton Hall University College of Nursing Hall of Honor at the college’s 75th Diamond Jubilee Celebration. As CMMC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Clyne leads a team of 2,300 employees, which includes 750 Nurses. She is very proud to be engaged with more than 700 Physicians and more than 200 Volunteers at CMMC. Dr. Clyne is transforming the way health care is being delivered at Clara Maass. Under her leadership, a major on-campus construction project is taking place for the first time in more than a decade. The new four-story, 87,000 square foot building features a state-of-theart, private 32-bed Intensive Care Unit, two-levels of Medical Office Building space, an expanded Emergency Department, a new main lobby, a fifth level addition to the parking garage, a renovated Recovery Room, and four new Operating Rooms. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit


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Trinitas becomes first in Union County to earn JCAHO Gold Seal Approval for Total Hip and Knee Replacement

Trinitas Regional Medical Center announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease Specific Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. This certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care. Trinitas is the only health organization in Union County to receive this certification. Trinitas underwent a rigorous, onsite survey in early November. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with disease-specific care standards for total hip and total knee replacement, including pre and post-operative patient education, patient safety, prevention of infection, restoration of patient function and patient monitoring after discharge from the hospital. “This designation is the result of the hard work of a tremendous team of professionals,” stated James Dunleavy, PT, DPT, MS, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Director of Rehabilitation Services. He added, “The Gold Seal of Approval covers our entire program, from assessment, surgery and perhaps most importantly, rehabilitation. We’re very proud to be able to bring many individuals together who are tops in their field, and who share a common goal of providing excellent care for our patients.”

“Achieving Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients,” said Patrick Phelan, interim executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “The certification will help Trinitas better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.” “Trinitas is pleased to receive disease specific certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President/CEO of Trinitas. “We look forward to improving patient safety and quality of care for the increasing number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery.” Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the disease specific certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities. For more information on the Total Joint Replacement Program at Trinitas, call (908) 994-5406 or visit and click on the Total Joint icon.

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When Patricia Henn, RN, BSN, decided to have hip replacement surgery and rehabilitation afterward, she chose Trinitas not once, but twice. She is pictured with Jim Dunleavy, PT, DPT, MS, Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, whom she congratulated for the program’s attainment of The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. She describes the Total Joint Replacement Program at Trinitas as “providing excellent care,” and “a well-oiled machine.”

John Theurer Cancer Center joins Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotheraphy and Cancer Research Institute in groundbreaking collaboration on cancer antigens John Theurer Cancer Center to serve critical role in global hunt for new personalized cancer treatments

The John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, is partnering with the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and the Cancer Research Institute as they launch a major collaboration focused on neoantigens, unique cancer markers that researchers believe may hold the key to developing targeted cancer immunotherapies. The John Theurer Cancer Center will be providing critical tissue necessary for the research to begin. “We are thrilled to work with the Parker Institute and the Cancer Research Institute as they embark on this groundbreaking research project to accelerate the development of breakthrough immunotherapies that can effectively combat cancer,” said Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE, chief innovation officer and president of Physician Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, who is recognized as an international expert in blood and marrow stem cell transplantation. “We are ready and eager to work with the top researchers and pioneers in the field to turn data into viable patient treatments.” This new collaboration, the Tumor neoantigEn SeLection Alliance (TESLA), includes 30 of the world's leading cancer neoantigen research groups from both academia and industry. The project’s goal is to help participating groups test and continually improve the mathematical algorithms they use to analyze tumor DNA and RNA sequences in order to predict the neoantigens that are likely to be present on each patient's cancer and most visible to the immune system. In support of this, the Cancer Research Institute and the Parker Institute have

partnered with renowned open science nonprofit, Sage Bionetworks, to lead the bioinformatics and data analysis. “As one of the largest centers of cancer care in the nation, the John Theurer Cancer Center is engaged in many of the leading combination immunotherapy trials built around a collaborative model of innovation,” said Andre Goy, M.D., chairman and director of the John Theurer Cancer Center. “This is a transformative time in cancer research, and our participation in this collaboration further illustrates our deep commitment to immunotherapy research that will ultimately lead to better care and treatments for cancer patients.” The neoantigen collaboration is the latest example of the groundbreaking work that the John Theurer Cancer Center is involved with in the field of immunotherapy. The cancer center has been a leader in the development of many new immunotherapies that are currently available and several different immunotherapies that are still in development. Through a joint discovery program called the Regional Immunotherapy Discovery Program, an alliance between the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the John Theurer Cancer Center, the cancer center has been able to contribute to the advancement of immunotherapy research in an effective and purposeful manner. The Regional Immunotherapy Discovery Program is at the forefront of producing clinical evidence that the immune system can harness to eradicate malignant cells, improve overall survival and potentially cure patients with otherwise incurable cancer.

The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy was launched in April 2016 to encourage collaboration between many of the nation's best scientists, clinicians and industry partners to lead an unprecedented cancer immunotherapy research effort. The Parker Institute's goal is to accelerate the development of breakthrough immunotherapies capable of turning cancer into a curable disease by ensuring the coordination and collaboration of the field's top researchers and quickly translating their findings into patient treatments. The John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, and preventive care as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancers. The 14 specialized divisions covering the complete spectrum of cancer care have developed a close-knit team of medical, research, nursing, and support staff with specialized expertise that translates into more advanced, focused care for all patients. Each year, more people in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area turn to the John Theurer Cancer Center for cancer care than to any other facility in New Jersey. Housed within a 775-bed not-for-profit teaching, tertiary care, and research hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center provides state-ofthe-art technological advances, compassionate care, research innovations, medical expertise, and a full range of aftercare services that distinguish the John Theurer Cancer Center from other facilities.

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Taking a Breath to Prevent Burnout

Breathe. She nudges to her newly extubated patient as the pulse oximeter dwindles down. Breathe. She tells herself to steady her hand to push a bristojet of Epinephrine during the code. Breathe. She forgets to tell herself after seeing her patient slip away despite every effort. Breathe. She does not allow herself as she washes her hands and moves onto the next patient’s room only minutes later.

Burnout versus Compassion Fatigue Nurses in all fields, especially critical care, pediatrics and oncology suffer from high rates of burnout and compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is defined as the emotional strain of exposure to working with those suffering from the consequences of traumatic events. Dubbed “the medical professional’s post traumatic stress disorder,” compassion fatigue is caused by empathy. Burnout is different, though the two can co-exist. Burnout is more of a cumulative process marked by emotional exhaustion and withdrawal from an increased workload and institutional stress. Burnout is not related to a traumatic experience. Burnout manifests psychologically and physiologically as emotional exhaustion, anxiety, avoidance, depression, poor concentration, mood swings, fatigue, gastrointestinal upset, and muscle tension. The consequences of burnout can increase absenteeism and lead to high turnover rates. Factors that affect compassion fatigue and burnout Daily, nurses work in direct patient care and are exposed to death and dying, insufficient staffing, and patient's intense needs. These increasing demands of the workplace occur while nurses juggle caring for family and their personal interests. “Double duty care-giving” also strains nurses as these professional caregivers bring their responsibilities home and also provide assistance for a family member full-time.

How to break the cycle Resilience will decrease turnover rates and keep the profession thriving. Implementing coping strategies like physical exercise, prayer, art, listing one thing that brings you joy, naming three things that you are grateful for daily, calling friends to catch up, and finding quiet alone time are just a few ways to stay on track. Other strategies include healthy eating, humor, pet therapy, and social events away from work. Remembering to stay on track with your career goals and personal mission while building a positive support system is key. Another concept that is being implemented across hospitals is called “the Pause.” This idea by Johnathan Bartels calls for a 1 minute time out to recognize the loss of a patient and the efforts of the hard-working staff. It does not require a check-list or more charting, but rather allows healthcare professional to take care of themselves and most importantly allows them to take a deep breath.

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Holy Name Medical Center Nurse one of Top five in Nation J. Cedar Wang awarded for her transformative work in simulation learning

J. Cedar Wang, a nurse practitioner and Director of Simulation Learning at Holy Name Medical Center, is one of five nurses nationwide, and the only one in New Jersey, to win a Giving Excellence Meaning (GEM) Award from the prestigious nursing organization, Ms. Wang was recognized as the top nurse in Excellence in Education and Mentorship. Ms. Wang expanded the idea of simulation learning into a state-of-the-art education facility – the Institute for Simulation Learning (ISL) – within the Medical Center. It is the only hospital-based simulation center within 38 municipalities. The ISL provides an authentic, immersive environment for physicians, nurses, first responders, students and other healthcare professionals to develop safe and compassionate approaches to patient care. “Under Cedar’s leadership, our Institute for Simulation Learning has helped thousands of healthcare professionals, both from within Holy Name and our surrounding community, interact with patients in more innovative ways,” said Michael Maron, President and CEO of Holy Name. “We are continuing to expand our programs so we can now assist healthcare workers, students and family members deal with patients who have dementia and physical, mental and emotional disabilities.” Support for the ISL has been growing, both from within Holy Name and the community. Last year, the Russell Berrie

Foundation awarded a $5 million grant to expand the ISL’s physical operation, staff and equipment. Angelica Berrie, president of The Russell Berrie Foundation, said at the time that the grant was “a way to bring innovation to our community that we felt would really transform the standards of medical education.” Holy Name’s ISL combines advanced technology – including high-fidelity patient simulators – with standardized patients (actors), state-of-the-art audiovisual systems and trained simulation staff to enable learners to apply their skills in realistic clinical encounters and then learn from these scenarios through audiovisual recordings and debriefings. Ms. Wang ensures the ISL doesn’t operate simply as a skills lab, but one that integrates behavioral care and interpersonal skills into training. “Cedar accepted the challenges of creating the ISL, literally out of nothing, and elevated it to a highly reputable, sustainable simulation education facility,” said Sheryl Slonim, DNP, RNBC, NEA-BC, APN-C, Holy Name’s Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “The passion and integrity she exudes, her amazing skill set, and dedicated professionalism enable her to move effortlessly from audience to audience and to tailor every course for each group’s specific needs. She is an exceptional nurse, gifted educator and remarkable communicator.”


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Ms. Wang said she was extremely surprised and grateful for the award. “Public recognition of nursing excellence, like the National GEM Awards, brings credibility to the nursing profession by highlighting the broad scope of nursing’s impact on society,” Ms. Wang said. “Nurses are not only important at the bedside, but equally so in the boardroom, the classroom, and in the community. I am humbled to be named alongside four other incredible nurses, along with whom I express my gratitude to our families, friends and mentors who have enabled and equipped us to achieve this highest honor.” is the largest print and digital magazine dedicated to registered nurses, providing news, employment opportunities and continuing education programming. The other four winners were from Chicago, Delaware and two from California. To learn more, visit “Our winners are some of nursing’s best and brightest, and we’re privileged to celebrate them,” said Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive for Ms. Wang “left academia to launch a hospital simulation center that has earned statewide and national attention. She believes nurses need to lead the charge in transforming care at the bedside and simulation provides an opportunity to do that.” For more information about Holy Name Medical Center, visit


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Respected Urogynecologist joins Robotic Surgery Team at Trinitas Regional Medical Center


One of the first doctors in the US to become board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Mark Preston will now bring his expertise to women served at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. He has extensive experience in using robotic surgery techniques to treat female incontinence, prolapse and many other issues. As director of the Women’s Center for Incontinence and Pelvic Surgery in Waterbury, CT, Dr. Preston relied on robotic surgery as an important part of his practice for the past five years. In Trinitas operating rooms since early 2009, the da Vinci system has been used in general surgery as well as gynecological and urological procedures. The daVinci robot provides a less invasive surgical alternative for patients dealing with pathologies of this nature. “The problems that I deal with—urinary incontinence, other bladder issues and prolapse—impact so many women,” he says. “These conditions are treatable. You don't have to live with them.” Known for his relaxed, easygoing personality and unflappable demeanor in the OR, Dr. Preston spends at least 45 minutes to an hour talking to patients upon first meeting. The key, he says, is to listen to the patient and make sure you are addressing her desires and concerns. “It's really important that patients feel I understand them and that they are comfortable with me,” Dr. Preston explains. “I've kept that primary care attitude that I had when I first started in medicine. I love getting to know patients and building a relationship with each person.” “We are proud to welcome Dr. Preston to one of the busiest robotic surgical GYN teams on the east coast,” says Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President/CEO of Trinitas. “Not only is he specialized in this particular form of surgery, but he is very committed to quality patient care which is a priority here at Trinitas.” Dr. Mark R. Preston did his post-graduate urogynecology training at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, Emory University Medical School and the Center for Women’s Health and Female Continence in Salinas, CA.

Lourdes Bariatric Surgeon completes 500th procedure

Dr. Mark Salcone, medical director of the Bariatric Surgery program at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, recently completed his 500th bariatric surgery case. Lourdes’ Bariatric Surgery program, accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), and recently accredited by the Clinical Sciences Institute of Optum as a Bariatric Center of Excellence, is noted for its clinical quality, as well as its multidisciplinary team and patient-centered care. Along with Dr. Salcone, Lourdes’ Bariatric multidisciplinary team is made up of numerous weight-loss experts, including surgeons, nurses, dietitians and therapists. “We are proud to have reached this milestone,” said Dr. Salcone. “Lourdes Bariatric team is fully dedicated to patients’ overall wellbeing, from deciding the most appropriate weight-loss plan— whether surgical or non-surgical, to exercise instruction, nutrition counseling, support groups and continuous education afterward. “Our comprehensive program offers many options for those who need support. Our focus is on health and long-term success— which is why so many of our patients refer us to their friends and family.” In the U.S, more than 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health. Illnesses associated with obesity range from diabetes and heart disease to certain types of cancers. Bariatric surgical procedures have been shown to reduce obesity, improve mortality and decrease the health risks from chronic diseases such as cardiomyopathy and diabetes. Accredited centers like Lourdes offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for bariatric patients. For more information about bariatric surgery at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, call 1-888-LOURDES (568-7337).


Pictured is Lourdes’ Bariatric team with Dr. Mark Salcone, medical director of Lourdes’ Bariatric Surgery program. Dr. Salcone recently completed his 500th bariatric surgery case.

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Saint Peter’s earns another ‘A’in Leapfrog hospital safety grade

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has earned an “A” grade for the Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, it was announced today. Saint Peter’s was the lone hospital in New Brunswick and one of only two in Middlesex County to earn an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts

on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the grade provides the public with information they can use to protect themselves and their families. “This measure of excellence represents the commitment all of us at Saint Peter’s have to the patients and families we serve,” said

Ronald C. Rak, JD, CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “We are dedicated to Leapfrog’s highest values and I commend our wonderful staff.” “Saint Peter’s stellar record for patient safety is reflective of our dedicated employees and best practices of everyone who calls our organization home,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “We take tremendous pride in the ex-


Rose Mary Merola, MD, chief of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital and a board-certified neurodevelopmental pediatrician, meets with a young patient. Saint Peter’s earned an “A” grade for patient safety in the most recent Leapfrog hospital safety score.

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation acquires Marlton Rehabilitation Hospital

Nationally-ranked Kessler Institute expands to South Jersey

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation has announced the acquisition of Marlton Rehabilitation Hospital, a 61-bed hospital located in Marlton, New Jersey. Effective November 1st, the specialized hospital, acquired from Vibra Healthcare, will be the fourth Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation hospital location in New Jersey. “We are so very pleased to have Marlton Rehabilitation Hospital become part of the Kessler Institute network,” said Kessler President Sue Kida. “Our hospitals share a common goal of providing every patient with the dedicated care and advanced treatment to help them overcome the challenges of a brain injury, stroke, spinal injury, neurologic disease, orthopedic trauma, limb loss or cancer. We look forward to working together to expand Kessler’s inpatient and outpatient programs and services in the greater South Jersey region.” Top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 24 consecutive years, Kessler Institute is one of the nation’s largest rehabilitation hospitals with three campuses in West Orange, Chester and Saddle Brook, N.J., and more than 96 outpatient Kessler Rehabilitation

Center locations throughout the state. The addition of the Marlton campus will extend Kessler’s presence to the greater South Jersey region. “We are honored to be joining Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and excited to bring Kessler’s focus of ‘Restoring Hope and Rebuilding Lives’ to the people of southern New Jersey,” said Phyllis Schlichtmann, who will serve as CEO of the Marlton campus. “Together, we will continue to ensure the highest level of quality care to our patients and their families.” Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation is a member of the rehabilitation hospital division of Select Medical, one of the nation’s largest providers of specialized care. Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation is one of only eight federally-designated Model Systems for the treatment and research of both spinal cord and brain injuries, a distinction shared with Kessler Foundation, and also leads the field in the care of individuals with stroke, neurologic diseases, limb loss, orthopedic trauma, cancer and cardiac conditions. For more information, visit

traordinary care that we deliver to every patient. I can think of no better, more caring hospital staff.” Among the 2,633 U.S. hospitals that were graded, 844 earned an “A,” 658 earned a “B,” 954 earned a “C,” 157 earned a “D,” and 20 earned an “F.” According to Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder, “In the fast-changing health care landscape, patients should be aware that hospitals are not all equally competent at protecting them from injuries and infections. We believe everyone has the right to know which hospitals are the safest." Leapfrog looked at medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections to determine the grades. The goal was to assess a patient's risk of further injury or infection if they visited a certain hospital.

The analysis estimates that more than 30,000 lives could be saved each year if every hospital improved its safety record to A standards. To see Saint Peter’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at Calculated 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.


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Saint Peter’s partners with SeamlessMD to implement enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program

Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has selected SeamlessMD’s patient engagement platform to launch its new enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program and extend the support of the hospital into its patients’ homes. Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs integrate evidence-based interventions into multidisciplinary care plans for the perioperative pathway. A large body of research has shown ERAS programs to reduce hospital length of stay and patient morbidity. Saint Peter’s, which operates one of the largest maternity services in the New Jersey and New York region, is one of the first healthcare systems in the country to provide an ERAS program for caesarean section patients. The healthcare system is also expanding its ERAS program to support patients having major colon surgery, gynaecologic surgery and other major surgeries. Since September, patients enrolled in Saint Peter’s ERAS program have had access to the SeamlessMD platform on their smartphone, tablet or computer, and they are guided through every step of the ERAS pathway. The SeamlessMD platform supports patients through preparation, in-hospital care and at-home recovery using reminders, tasks, progress tracking and

feedback. Saint Peter’s can track its patients’ progress in real-time, intervene sooner for at-risk patients and monitor the success of its ERAS program using advanced reporting and analytics. “When we decided to implement ERAS at our healthcare system, we wanted to do more than just implement the protocols,” said Attila Kett, MD, medical director of obstetrical anesthesia at Saint Peter’s. “We needed a way to effectively educate our patients, measure their compliance and continuously improve our program over time. We chose SeamlessMD because of its terrific patient experience, the robustness of the platform and the clinical research supporting their system for ERAS.” “Our patients are eager for technology to support them outside the hospital,” said Elizabeth Cherot, MD, the obstetrics and gynecology champion for the program. “With SeamlessMD, we are able to deliver a higher quality patient experience, help our patients recover faster and keep a closer eye on our patients who can be vulnerable to problems after surgery.” Implementing an ERAS program is a significant undertaking for a healthcare system, requiring improved coordination between providers, more comprehensive patient educa-

tion and increased data collection needs. SeamlessMD’s robust platform, which incorporates multimodal patient education, automated data collection and advanced reporting, will enable Saint Peter’s to streamline its implementation of ERAS across different surgery programs. “Our healthcare system is focused on continuous quality improvement and to do that our team must have the right data and the right tools,” said Howard Lakritz, MD, chairman of anesthesia for Saint Peter’s. “The SeamlessMD platform is accelerating our implementation of ERAS across the healthcare system and enabling us to continuously measure and improve the effectiveness of our ERAS program for our patients.” “SeamlessMD is honored to support Saint Peter’s and its mission to deliver the best care possible for their patients,” said Joshua Liu, MD, CEO of SeamlessMD. “We are excited to help Saint Peter’s partner with its patients on the road to recovery.” For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600. For more information about SeamlessMD, please visit


A screenshot illustrates a sample SeamlessMD smartphone interaction.

Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc. donates heavy duty construction equipment to Holy Name Medical Center's Sister Hospital in Haiti

Two heavy duty construction vehicles -- a Kamatsu WB 140 Backhoe and a GMC Topkick dump truck capable of hauling 10 tons of material are being pressed into service on mountainous dirt roads in Haiti, thanks to a donation from Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc. and the ongoing volunteer work of Holy Name Medical Center. The vehicles will be used for building projects at Hôpital Sacré Coeur, Holy Name’s sister hospital and the largest private medical center in the northern section of the impoverished country. “We have long needed this equipment to support our efforts at Hôpital Sacré Coeur,” said Steve Mosser, Vice President of Facilities at Holy Name Medical Center. “We thank Joseph Sanzari for providing these vehicles, which ware vital for several project we are about to undertake.” Joseph Sanzari, the president of Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc., offered the construction equipment to Holy Name knowing the important work that is being done in the tiny island country. “They're good pieces of equipment,” Sanzari said. “And we are proud to be a part of the work Holy Name Medical is doing at Hôpital Sacré Coeur to advance healthcare for the greater Milot community.

Vehicles to support new construction projects at Hôpital Sacré Coeur

L to R - Steve Mosser, Vice President of Facilities, Holy Name Medical Center; Joseph M. Sanzari, President, Joseph Sanzari, Inc., Michael Maron, President & CEO, Holy Name Medical Center

Currently, Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot has 120 beds and serves 250,000 people living in extreme poverty. With financial and volunteer assistance from Holy Name, it has expanded over the last several years to include 25 more exam rooms, a radiology department and an emergency room. In addition to the construction vehicles, Holy Name is helping the Haitians add resources such as a

new clinic for outpatient evaluation services, three new operating rooms, a new Pediatrics unit, as well as a new neonatal intensive care unit, while it streamlines operations. “These expansions are enabling the hospital to provide a vastly upgraded level of service, so Haitian and visiting surgeons can operate much more efficiently than they do today,” said Michael Maron, President and CEO of Holy Name. “The

long range plan is to build a brand new hospital and the generous donation of this equipment by our good friend Joseph Sanzari will boost the dedicated work of our volunteers and medical staff.” Holy Name has reaped an unexpected boost from staff members who donate their time and expertise in Haiti. The returning volunteers are “much better at what they do here as a result of their time spent


in Haiti,” Maron said. “A tangential benefit we didn't know about when we got into it.” In 2012, Holy Name Medical Center acquired The Crudem Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit founded in 1995 and devoted to providing financial, volunteer and medical resources to Hôpital Sacré Coeur. To learn more about supporting Hopital Sacré Coeur, visit

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The Joint Commission Awards HackensackUMC Palisades Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center

HackensackUMC Palisades announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. HackensackUMC Palisades underwent a rigorous onsite review earlier this year. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. “We are pleased to receive the advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Bruce J. Markowitz, President and CEO of HackensackUMC Palisades. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide to our communities. We applaud our physicians, skilled nurses, and devoted staff for their tireless efforts in helping us reach these high standards of excellence in patient care.” Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was

derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011). “HackensackUMC Palisades has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, Executive Director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend HackensackUMC Palisades for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.” “We congratulate (name of organization) for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, HackensackUMC Palisades has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.” For more information, call (201) 854-5000 or visit For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program visit

Joint Commission Resources finds Bergen Regional Medical Center Workplace Violence Prevention Program effective, sound and compliant

A consultant from the Joint Commission Resources further validated the compliance, effectiveness and strength of Bergen Regional Medical Center’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program (WVPP) through the presentation of a thorough GAP analysis conducted regarding the program. The consultant noted that BRMC performed well when compared to the New Jersey Administrative Code, OSHA Guidelines for Healthcare and Industry Best Practices and ECRI Risk Assessment tool and should continue to build on its culture of safety focused on preventing workplace violence. It was noted that the facility had been previously over reporting to the police instances that were non injurious, pushing, poking type interactions. The consultant presented her findings to the Bergen County Improvement Authority at their monthly public meeting. “This report supports the fact that Bergen Regional Medical Center is fully committed to a safe patient

and employee environment,” said BRMC President, Administrator and Chief Operating Officer, Susan Mendelowitz. “BRMC has been inspected by both Department of Health and Joint Commission several times in the past including a recent inspection by the State on March 16, 2016, and neither agency issued a single substantive finding about BRMC’s WVPP. This report marks the fourth time our program has been thoroughly reviewed and found to be in compliance.” Bergen Regional Medical Center has fewer violent incidents than its peer medical systems, and its rates of violent incidents are trending downward, even though generally, the level of acuity of Bergen Regional’s patients is greater than its peer hospitals. “I am proud of our staff and our program and I hope this report ends any misconception surrounding Bergen Regional Medical Center,” said Mendelowitz.

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New minimally invasive robot-guided spine surgery program offered at Lourdes Burlington Lourdes only hospital in South Jersey to offer innovative spine surgery technology

Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County is now the first hospital in South Jersey to offer patients a pioneering new robotic-guided system designed to offer surgeons increased precision during orthopedic spine surgery. The state-of-the-art Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Guidance System, which is being offered internationally at select centers, can mean faster recovery and less pain for patients. Additional benefits include smaller incisions, shorter operative times, shorter hospitalization, lower complication rates, and less x-ray radiation exposure during spine procedures.1 “Having this first-of-its-kind robotic guidance system at Lourdes will enable us to perform complex spinal surgeries in an even more precise and effective manner, leading to the best possible outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gleimer, orthopedic surgeon with Lourdes. “As the only South Jersey hospital to offer this robotic-guidance technology, Lourdes is on the forefront of treating spine surgery patients.” The minimally-invasive spine surgery system is part of an overall orthopedic services expansion at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, with development of a newly designated Orthopedic Surgery Center currently underway. Lourdes is also collaborating with new physicians to complement its orthopedic surgery team in providing top-notch orthopedic care to the community. The Mazor system will be used for a wide-range of spinal procedures, including biopsies, thoracic and lumbar spinal fusion, and reconstruction for a wide variety of debilitating conditions, such as scoliosis (abnormal curves in the spinal column) and spondylolisthesis (when one vertebra slips forward onto the vertebrae below it). Here’s how the technology works: • First, surgeons use Renaissance software to pre-plan a patient’s spine surgery using a 3D model of the spinal anatomy based on the patient’s most recent CT scan. • In the operating room, once planning is complete, a mounting platform is selected. Depending on the type of surgery, surgeons can choose from four different platforms. Each option creates a system that rigidly attaches to the patient’s spine to ensure maximum accuracy is maintained.

• After the mounting technology is in place, the Mazor system matches in real time the pre-operative plan with intra-operative x-ray images of the patient’s spine. • Finally, once the sync is complete, the system guides a robotic arm along the spine to help the surgeon pinpoint the precise location to place his or her tools for the greatest accuracy and safest placement of screws and other hardware. The surgeon is then ready to operate.

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With the Renaissance system’s 1.5mm accuracy, the robotic guidance technology can increase the accuracy of screws and other hardware placement compared to freehand spine surgery.2 “Spinal surgery has little room for error,” said Dr. Gleimer. “Increased accuracy is especially critical when you are millimeters away from nerves, major blood vessels and other vital structures. This type of technology allows surgeons to operate more effectively and safely.” Dr. Gleimer says that with freehand spine surgery, most patients have a threemonth recovery. However, with the Mazor system, recovery time may be decreased to about two weeks. Research shows that patients who have surgery performed with the Mazor system can experience faster recovery time, allowing them to return to their normal daily activities in less time than those who received surgeries via traditional methods.1 Dr. Gleimer adds, “The bottom line is that the more we can see the in-depth anatomy of a patient prior to surgery, the better we can plan. With the Mazor system’s precise technology, we can execute a smoother procedure. By embracing this new technology, Lourdes can improve upon the innovation it’s known for and offer the best possible option for spine care patients.” To learn more about Orthopedic services at Lourdes, or for more information on the Mazor system, please call 1-888-LOURDES. 1 Kantelhardt SR, Martinez R, Baerwinkel S, Burger R, Giese A, Rohde V. Perioperative course and accuracy of screw positioning in conventional, open robotic-guided and percutaneous robotic-guided, pedicle screw placement. Eur Spine J. 2011;20(6):860-868. 2 Devito DP, Kaplan L, Dietl R, et al. Clinical acceptance and accuracy assessment of spinal implants guided with SpineAssist surgical robot: retrospective study. Spine. 2010;35(24):2109-2115.

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