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he Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine at Trinitas Regional Medical Center is New Jersey’s leading comprehensive wound care center. We utilize advanced wound care technologies such as Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy and Vacuum-Assisted Closure (VAC®) negative pressure wound therapy. And we were the first in the state to use Apligraf ® - a living, bi-layered skin substitute. We enjoy healing rates that are consistently above 90%. That’s why so many area hospitals send their most difficult wounds to us. And why Diversified Clinical Services named us a Center of Excellence. This is wound care that goes way beyond bandages. And it’s available right here, right now. Beautiful.


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Happy Holidays to all that H.E.L.P. us The Holidays are a time for us to be thankful for what we have. Good friends, a loving family, a nice home and something we often take for granted – our health. We owe our health to how we take care of ourselves. Do you eat right? Have you made it to the gym lately? Did you finally quit smoking? We can also, in part, chalk up our good health and well-being to our caring family doctor, to the diligent nurse who always treats us with a smile, putting you and your family at ease during every visit. Indeed, we must give thanks to these hardworking men and women who take care of us every day. During the Holiday Season, Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper would like to thank everyone in the medical services field for everything they do. These doctors, nurses and their support staff were the inspiration for Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper teaming up to create the Hospital Employee Loan Program (H.E.L.P.). This innovative mortgage provides discounted mortgage rates designed for hospital employees and pre-qualifications for their next home or refinance. In addition, there are many more benefits available to the healthcare services community through this program – including a complimentary evaluation of your particular financial situation. “In 2013, the program really took off, it was a success,” said Joe Belsito, Publisher of Hospital Newspaper. “Teaming up with Sun Home Loans was a perfect fit. More importantly, our marriage has helped so many of the people in the medical field who take care of us every day. We look forward to 2014. The program will only get bigger and better. We certainly appreciate the support.” Sun Homes Loans knows that as a healthcare professional, your life can be busy, with so much personally and professionally to manage. That’s why our clients receive the best service and programs. Our customer service – from initial inquiry up until closing – is first-rate. Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. Personal attention merges with world-class service and competitive products that meet the needs of today’s consumers and businesses. Sun National Bank believes that doing business in the community means being a part of it. Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Sun Home Loans H.E.L.P. program is offered to members of the hospital community and their families. A H.E.L.P. program representative will assist you in making sure the process is cost-effective and works for you and your family. In addition, Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. With that, we would like to offer everyone in the hospital community a hearty Happy Holidays! Thank you for everything you do. To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973-615-9745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing

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Raritan Township and Hunterdon Medical Center awarded Sustainable Jersey Grant $10,000 Provided to Fund Electric Car Charging Station Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that Raritan Township and Hunterdon Medical Center have been awarded a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant. Raritan Township is one of just fifteen municipalities in New Jersey to receive a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant at the $10,000 level. The 2013 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program has been funded by Walmart and is providing $380,000 in grants to local governments for sustainability projects. The $10,000 grant will help allow Raritan Township and Hunterdon Medical Center, the largest township and employer in Hunterdon County, to jointly purchase and install a 24/7 accessible electric vehicle charging station. This station will be installed at the hospital. As the only hospital in Hunterdon County, Hunterdon Medical Center has a high traffic volume of approximately 1,000 cars daily. Funding from this grant will help fill an existing gap in Hunterdon County which currently only has two electric car charging stations, one at the Nissan dealership in Flemington and the other at Mrs. Riley’s in High Bridge. This project will help provide local residents, employees and visitors of Hunterdon Medical Center, as well as motorists traveling through Raritan Township to Pennsylvania and other areas in New Jersey with an electric car charging station available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The winners of the grants have projects that provide sustainable solutions to everyday challenges such as, organic curbside waste recycling, storm water runoff solutions, water conservation, sustainable landscaping, wildlife interaction plan and community gardens. “Walmart is incredibly proud of the success of the Sustainable Jersey Small Grant Program,” said Philip Serghini, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart in New Jersey, “In a few short years, Walmart has funded over $1 million to the municipalities of our State to advance our commitment to environmental sustainability.”

A core element of the Sustainable Jersey program is to direct funding and resources to municipalities to aid them in making progress. Currently, 70 percent of New Jersey’s towns and cities (398 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified. “The impact that these projects will make in New Jersey is incredible,” said Pam Mount, Chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees. “Aiding towns and Green Teams to achieve their sustainability goals by funding green initiatives will have a ripple effect that will benefit us all.” Both Raritan Township and Hunterdon Medical Center are established leaders in Hunterdon County with a commitment to environmental stewardship. In January 2011, Raritan Township created a “Green Team” to help it plan for and earn certification as a sustainable Jersey municipality. The Township partnered with Flemington Boro to hold the first Green Fair and educated over 800 attendees on environmental responsibility. In addition, the Township worked with the

Flemington-Raritan School district to create a Safe Routes to School Team that chaperones students walking or biking to school and adopted a tree protection ordinance. Hunterdon Medical Center has an Environmental Stewardship Committee that meets monthly to identify opportunities for improving its environmental efforts. In 2010, Hunterdon Medical Center received the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Recycling Award for recycling 298.71 tons. Hunterdon Medical Center recycles metal, skids/wood, grease, food waste, electronics, batteries, cardboard, office paper, silver from x-ray films, plastics, cans, bottles, toner cartridges, xylene/formalin, furniture, and medical equipment/supplies. The hospital also collaborates with HART, a nonprofit alliance of the public and private sectors dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation options in Hunterdon County. Through HART, Hunterdon Healthcare employees have access to carpool and van share programs as well as incentives for biking to work or using the LINK public transportation bus system.

2013 Recipients of $10,000 Sustainable Jersey Project Grants 1. Boonton Township: Natural Resource Inventory 2. Byram Township: Conservation Easements Commitment 3. Fanwood Borough: Sustainability Community Education and Outreach Initiative 4. Fort Lee Borough: Community Garden 5. Haddonfield Borough: Green Building and Sustainability Master Plan Element 6. Hamilton: Rain Garden Demonstration & Water Conservation Education Program 7. Lambertville: Turning Food Scraps and Biological Wastes into Green Power 8. Middletown Township: Grazing Goats for Poricy Park 9. Milltown Borough: Sustainable Education Program 10. Montgomery Township: Bicycle Safety - Pilot Program 11. Mount Olive Township: Conservation Easement Preservation Management 12. Nutley Township: Water Conservation Challenge 13. Raritan Township: 24/7 Accessible EV Charging Station Installation 14. Stratford: School & Community Environmental Education Project 15. Summit: Summit Free Market Permanent Structure


It was a collaborative effort by all to receive a $10,00 grant for an electric car charging station which will be installed at Hunterdon Medical Center. Pictured left to right: Nathan Charron, Environmental Education Coordinator, HART Commuter Information Services, Jennifer Parratt, Grant Writer, Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation, Harold Quinn, Chairman, Raritan Township Green Team, Dr. Oliver Elbert, Deputy Mayor of Raritan Township, Tom Antosiewicz, Committeeman Raritan Township and Green Team Liaison, Robert P. Wise, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare, Christopher Sickels, Executive Vice President, Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation and Community Affairs, Mayor Mike Mangin, Mayor of Raritan Township, Marita Nash, Director, Environmental Services and Linen, Chair of Environmental Stewardship Committee at Hunterdon Medical Center and Violet Kocsis, Chief Human Resources Officer for Hunterdon Healthcare.

ABOUT SUSTAINABLE JERSEY Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities and schools in New Jersey. Launched in 2009, Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity. It provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Sustainable Jersey is one hundred percent voluntary and each town can choose whether it wants to get certified and the actions it wants to do in order to achieve enough points to get certified. Currently, 398 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating and 116 municipalities have achieved Sustainable Jersey certification. In 2014 the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program will be launched in partnership with New Jersey School Boards Association and other statewide educational organizations. Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU). Program sponsors include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, Walmart, PSEG, South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy, Energy Solve, Terhune Orchards, United Water, Bayshore Recycling, EcoMatters, Waste Management of New Jersey, Phoenix Advisors, Concord Engineering and the New Jersey Food Council.

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Ask An Expert Christopher J. O’Connor Executive Vice President, GNYHA Ventures, Inc., President, GNYHA Services, Inc. and President, Nexera, Inc.

An Injection of Value Analysis for Hospital Health More than a year after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the biggest change to U.S. healthcare in nearly 50 years, hospitals are understandably still hard at work developing and implementing strategies that respond to the law’s mandates and reimbursement changes. However, reducing operating costs while improving care quality remains at the top of the healthcare “to do” list. Market analysis estimates indicate that hospitals need to cut expenses by 10% just to preserve today's margins without sacrificing patient safety or care quality. Hospitals must take a comprehensive look at where and how their resources are currently being used, then create a system-wide strategy for improving efficiency. Management changes to physician preference items, which account for 60% of hospital supply costs, present an effective strategy for offsetting economic difficulties. Recognizing that clinicians are key to healthcare supply expenses, Nexera developed a multidisciplinary, physician-led value analysis model that empowers clinicians to participate in purchasing decisions. The Nexera approach to value analysis considers total enterprise spend by clinical service with two goals in mind: rationalizing the approach to product sourcing and utilization, and creating accountability at all levels. By leveraging the expertise of supply chain professionals, institutional leadership, and clinicians during value analysis, hospitals ensure that purchasing decisions are evidencebased, cost-effective, clinically sound, and drive improved patient outcomes. A comprehensive value analysis program requires substantial time and commitment, but it is minimal compared to the impact on your bottom line. Nexera’s value analysis methodology connects the entire healthcare chain, from buyer to clinical user to patient. Our program looks beyond isolated product costs to drive purchasing decisions at the intersection of cost, quality, and outcomes. It also factors in revenue considerations related to pay-for-performance and bundled payment reimbursement models. A sound value analysis-based purchasing decision (such as using FDA-approved reprocessing methods to reuse items) can result in savings of as much as 50%. With an increased focus on keeping down costs while maintaining high levels of patient care, hospitals will likely find a robust value analysis program—evaluating clinical needs, processes, and the cost of care—to be a critical tool. The financial improvements, along with the improved staff morale, enhanced teamwork, and continued awareness of the link between operating decisions and hospital revenue that generally accompany value analysis, make it fundamental to the future health of both hospitals and patients. Christopher J. O’Connor is Executive Vice President of GNYHA Ventures, Inc., the for-profit arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association, and President of two GNYHA Ventures companies: GNYHA Services, Inc., an acute care group purchasing organization, and Nexera, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm. Mr. O’Connor is Chair of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM).

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NJLN celebrates Excellence in Nursing at Annual Awards Gala On a November evening, more than 450 were in attendance at the Pines Manor in Edison, N.J. for the 2013 New Jersey League for Nursing (NJLN) Nurse Recognition Awards Gala in celebration of nursing and the truly outstanding nurses who were this year's award recipients. The evening's festivities included dinner, dancing, raffle prizes and the presentation of awards and scholarships to some very deserving nurses and nursing students. NJLN President Carol Patterson, RN, MSN, CNE, associate professor, health sciences education, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, N.J. opened the program with a warm welcome and some heartfelt words about the talents and dedication of this year's nurse awardees, that serve and teach in various professional settings and specialties throughout the state. The first award of the evening, the 2013 NJLN President’s Award, was presented by Patterson to Eileen P. Williamson, RN, MSN, senior vice president and CNE at She praised Williamson, who served as NJLN president from 2010 to 2012, for her leadership, dedication and her many contributions to the organization and to nursing, at both the state and national level, and thanked her for her more than 12 years of service as a member and officer on the NJLN board of directors. “Being part of the NJLN has been an absolute gift,” Williamson said. “Our board and committee members are some of the most dedicated, hard-working, generous, committed and talented people in the world.” The Visiting Nurses of the New Jersey Home Care Association received this year's special recognition award for their heroism and service during Hurricane Sandy. Home Care nurses are out there every day quietly performing miracles for many homebound patients. When the hurricane hit patients had no heat, electricity and soon food, oxygen and medication became scarce. The Home Care nurses mobilized, often reaching patients on foot, climbing over trees, and debris through flood areas, they never lost sight of their mission, to provide care to those in need. The nurses from University Correctional Health Care received the 2013 NJLN Corporate Award in acknowledgment of the comprehensive care and services they provide to more than 23,000 adult inmates in 13 correctional facilities and to 450 residents in 12 juvenile justice commission locations across N.J.

The recipients of the 2013 NJLN Nurse Recognition Awards were introduced by Patterson and presidentelect, Patricia Castaldi, DNP, RN, Director of the Practical Nursing Program, Union County College, Cranford, N.J. The following sixteen peer-nominated nurses, represent nurse educators, administrators, and caregivers, Saundra Austin-Benn, MSN, APN Private Practice, Psychiatric Advance Practice Nurse Edna Cadmus, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN Clinical Professor, Specialty Director, Rutgers University Brian Dolan, RN, BSN, CEN, ACM, CCEMT-P Director Emergency Department, Saint Barnabas Healthcare System Mary Fortier, EdD, RN, CNL Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University Daphne Foster, RN Staff Nurse, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Hospice & Palliative Care Griselda Frane, MA, RN, CCRN, CS, APN, CNE Instructor, CarePoint Health School of Nursing Janine Graf-Kirk, MA, RN-B, CNE Faculty, Trinitas School of Nursing Diane Hassa, RN, MSN Education Specialist, Saint Clare’s Hospital Mary E. Koch, RN, MSN, CNOR Perioperative Nurse Educator, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Nancy Munoz, RN, MSN, CNS New Jersey State Assemblywoman Kathleen Neville, PhD, RN Professor & Program Coordinator, Kean University School of Nursing G. Elaine Patterson, EdD, EdM, MA, RNC, CNE Professor of Nursing, Ramapo College of New Jersey Susan W. Salmond, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN Dean & Professor, Rutgers School of Nursing To add to the gala festivities, NJLN awarded a total of $5,500 worth of scholarships to individuals to continue their nursing education or pursue a career in professional nursing. The evening was a fitting tribute to an outstanding group of nurses for the many contributions they bring to nursing and healthcare.

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(Left to Right) Dr. Ann Sailsman; Semai Arsoy, RN; Carol Patterson, RN,MSN,CNE, NJLN President; Alleson Sailsman, RN Presentation of $1000 Rose Marie Sailsman Memorial Scholarship

(Left to Right) Carol Patterson, RN,MSN,CNE, NJLN President; Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, RN; Dr. Pat Castaldi, NJLN President-Elect Presentation of 2013 Nurse Recognition Award

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(Left to Right) Dr. Pat Castaldi, NJLN President-Elect; Dr. Deborah Zastocki, President and CEO, Chilton Hospital; Carol Patterson, RN,MSN,CNE, NJLN President; Presentation of 2013 Nurse Recognition Award

(Left to Right) Eileen Williamson, RN, MSN, Sr. Vice-President & CNO, Carol Patterson, RN, MSN, CNE, President, NJLN President's Award being presented

(L to R) Carol Patterson, RN,MSN,CNE, NJLN President; Saundra Austin-Benn, MSN, APN; Dr. Pat Castaldi, NJLN President-Elect Presentation of 2013 Nurse Recognition Award

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JFK Medical Center Organ Donation Program recognized with Rose Parade dedication JFK Medical Center’s CEO, Ray Fredericks had the distinct honor of dedicating a rose that will preside on the annual Donate Life float in this year’s Rose Parade. Personal messages from individual organ recipients, families and organizations will be housed in a dedication garden filled with thousands of roses. The 2014 Float will feature a festival of lanterns illuminating 30 riders-all grateful organ and tissue transplant recipients – and 12 living organ donors walking alongside to demonstrate their ongoing vitality JFK Medical Center honors the patients and families who, with the support of staff, have saved and healed lives through the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation. JFK works in collaboration with the NJ Sharing Network to actively procure organ, tissue & eye donation through a transplant coordinator, who has many roles, including obtaining consent, sharing the organs, coordinating the case and preparing to go to the operating room. Through this partnership with the NJ Sharing Network, JFK has helped to save more than 20 lives in 2013. Did you know that anyone can become an organ and tissue donor? You only need to make the designation on your driver’s license or ID card and tell your family that you support organ donation. You may be able to donate your heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas and small intestine. Many donors may also be candidates for tissue and eye donation.

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway There was a time when a hospital was solely a place for illness. Today, the concept of what hospitals offer is changing. At Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway, the focus is wellness. With its mission turned mantra “Get Better, Stay Better” - RWJ Rahway focuses on the treatment of patients, disease management, health and wellness education and strategic partnerships and investments to ensure those who come to RWJ Rahway are able to do just that. A member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System, hospital patients have access to RWJ Rahway’s outstanding services as well as to the system’s renowned Centers of Excellence, including the Center for Cardiac Excellence, Cancer Institute of New Jersey and pediatric services through the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital. The hospital is also a clinical affiliate of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Though RWJ Rahway offers the benefits of its affiliation with the state’s premiere academic medical center, the entire team is committed to retaining the personal touch and community connection for which the hospital is known. Doctors, nurses, therapists, techs and aides strive to make each patient feel welcomed and well cared for. Quality care and patient safety are core performance pillars. RWJ Rahway has earned four consecutive “A’s” in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, an independent organization devoted to healthcare quality and transparency. Health and wellness are at the core of a robust community education effort delivered through our partnership with the two RWJ Rahway Fitness and Wellness Centers. RWJ Rahway also takes educational programs to community organizations, churches, libraries, senior groups, and schools to spread the message about healthy eating, exercise, stress management, diabetes and weight management.

RWJ Rahway is a state-designated Stroke Center, and its emergency angioplasty program has an average door-to-balloon time under 60 minutes, outperforming the state average. Its cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs consistently receive high praise from patients for their ability to motivate and support those with heart and lung disease. The hospital’s American Diabetes Association-certified diabetes self-management and weight loss programs help patients on their path to a healthier lifestyle. RWJ Rahway has launched an online patient portal providing patients with access to their medical test results and allowing

their physicians to share results to help patients better manage their health. The hospital’s Care Connection rehabilitation unit helps patients recover from illness and injury through excellent nursing, rehabilitation and recreational therapy. Care Connection has received a five-star rating from U.S. News & World Report for five years running. RWJ Rahway is also home to Kindred Hospital New Jersey – Rahway, a long-term acute-care hospital for medically fragile patients. Other specialty services include the RWJ Rahway SleepCare Center, Balance Center and an acclaimed Joint Replacement Center.

Therapists affiliated with RWJ Rahway’s extensive rehabilitation services, which include physical and occupational therapies, speech and swallowing therapy, as well as aqua therapy at its fitness centers, are consistently praised by patients for their ability to motivate patients to exceed their goals. A major renovation of the hospital's first floor is underway. Slated for completion later this year, the upgrades incorporate outpatient services, diagnostic imaging and new physician offices. The Center for Wound Healing, along with hyperbaric healing, is included in the renovation.

At a Glance Number of physicians: About 500 Licensed for: 265 beds Care Connection: 24-bed licensed subacute unit Kindred Hospital New Jersey – Rahway: 34-bed licensed long-term acute care hospital RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center Scotch Plains RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center Carteret

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Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) at Trinitas keeps seniors engaged, safe and well-cared for The new Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) at Trinitas Regional Medical Center now reduces cases of hospital-acquired delirium among the senior population. A multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals has successfully reached more than 550 patients since March 2013. The Hospital Acquired Delirium Project at Trinitas was made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of NJ. “As many seniors are faced with debilitating cognitive and memory issues, they and their families frequently become frustrated with the onset of these impairments,” explains Johanna Thomas, Intervention Clinician, in the Behavioral Health & Psychiatry Department, who adds, “Often, hospital stays can contribute to such declines.” The Trinitas team developed its program based on evidence of successful programs across the country and around the world. Tim Clyne, Nurse Manager, notes, “HELP has a proven track record as a cost-effective approach to preventing an under-recognized condition during hospitalization.” He further notes that since older patients have a higher risk of rapidly developing a sudden change in mental status, the onset can have severe consequences in the recovery of older patients. The program addresses daily, repetitive actions that are familiar to seniors. They receive help from Johanna Thomas as well as Intervention Assistant Diana Noboa. In addition, 16 well-trained volunteers bring a world of cultural sensitivity to the program since they speak Spanish, French-Creole, Portuguese, and Vietnamese that reflects the cultural diversity of the hospital’s patient population. Each morning, volunteers greet patients to inquire if they have slept well and to help with their breakfast trays. “Beyond these practical concerns, the volunteers offer companionship, engage patients in reminiscent conversation, assist with meal selections and participate with the patients in cognitive and motor skill activities,” explains Johanna. As volunteers get to know the patients on a personal level, they help to identify more quickly any changes in a patient’s mental status, even if a patient is not able to communicate on his or her own. Through this close monitoring, any change in a patient’s mental status is immediately communicated to Tim Clyne and Clinical Nurse Specialist Diane Reehil.

The nursing component of HELP can’t be emphasized enough. “When any confusion is seen in a patient,” Diane Reehil explains, “the patient’s nurse is notified so the cause of the confusion can be targeted before it escalates. In these instances, family input and involvement help tremendously.” Communication with the patient’s family further optimizes the benefits of HELP. “By bringing the family into the conversation in per-

son or by phone, we can find out more about a patient’s preferences in food, music, television shows and their room environment,” says Diana Noboa. To keep senior patients in HELP remain engaged and involved, Elisabeth Marrapodi, Director of Library Services, recommends appropriate CDs and DVDs. She explains: “Music therapy has benefitted patients in hospitals and other healthcare facilities for many years.

At Trinitas, we’ve seen comparable results with HELP patients. Our world music collection lets patients enjoy music in English to Spanish, Polish to Greek, and many other languages. Inspirational DVDs provides positive and uplifting viewing for our patients, too.” Patient and family response to HELP is reflected in increased patient satisfaction rates. “We’ve seen a complete culture shift in the approach to the care we give to our


HELP Intervention Assistant Diana Noboa and HELP volunteers Adriana Dominguez and Rosa Alexandra spend time with patient Armande Samanamud.

most fragile and vulnerable population, the elderly,” adds Mary McTigue, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Our increased satisfaction rates are also the result of our culture of safety that promotes less restraint of elderly patients and a focus on reducing falls in this population.” Tim Clyne reports that patients and families appreciate the extra attention they receive. “Once patients are admitted to the unit devoted to senior patients, HELP offers reading glasses, reading materials, hearing devices, and other activities if needed. Patients and their families are extremely surprised when they learn that the services are free of charge and designed to help in a speedy recovery.” About Trinitas Regional Medical Center Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine. For more information on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit: or call (908) 994-5138.

Adapting Sports for Children with Disabilities Visitors to the Matheny School exhibit at the recent New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) convention in Atlantic City had an opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like for children with disabilities to participate in a game or sport. The Matheny School, located in Peapack, NJ, is a private, nonprofit school that serves students with multiple disabilities. It is part of the Matheny Medical and Educational Center. Matheny staff members designed a bean bag toss and invited convention attendees to try it out while sitting in a wheelchair. In addition, the contestants had to limit the mobility of their arms or eliminate use of their arms altogether. Or they had to put a cover over one or both eyes.

“I think many children walked away with a little more appreciation for students with special needs,” said Cindy LaBar, Matheny’s director of physical therapy. “It also helped them to understand that our students and all people with physical disabilities are able to participate in activities just like they do, with some adaptations. We explained that our students can ride a bike, go for a walk and even throw a football. There seemed to be a great deal of interest among public school teachers and therapists about how we adapt physical activities.” The NJEA convention attracts thousands of educators from throughout New Jersey who are looking for high quality professional development and the latest in educational technology.


Sean Bielefeldt, Matheny director of recreation therapy, explains an adapted sports activity to a student visiting the Matheny School exhibit at the NJEA convention.

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In July 2011, the Matheny Medical and Educational Center received a $300,000 grant from the New Jersey Health Initiatives Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop, with the cooperation of acute care hospital partners, a model to improve transitions to and from acute care hospitals for adults with chronic neurologic disabling conditions. The grant period ended June 30, 2013, but, based on the program’s success, Matheny will continue to fund and expand it, by creating a division within its nursing department which will integrate its specialized resources to improve transitions during all healthcare encounters. The program will also be broadened to include children. Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. The core of the existing program is the establishment of full-time transitional nurses who accompany patients transported to acute care hospitals, encourage full and effective use of information in the patients “mini-record”, follow patients throughout their hospitalization to facilitate discharge plan-

ning and foster development of resources needed for appropriate inpatient care and effective post-hospital transition. Matheny’s partners in this project are: Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center and Newton Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Somerset Medical Center. The program is being continued beyond the grant period because Matheny has strong evidence that its primary end goal – the reduction of re-hospitalizations within 30 days of discharge – was achieved. In the 10 months preceding the implementation of the transition program, six of the 24 patients who were hospitalized were re-hospitalized within 30 days (25%). During the project period -- September 2011 thru June 2013 -- four of the 65 patients who were hospitalized were re-hospitalized within 30 days (6.25%). In addition, satisfaction data were gathered from Matheny patients, staff and families showing positive results overall. And smoothness of discharge plans being implemented from the acute care locations back to Matheny was greatly improved, based on patient outcomes.

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Hunterdon Healthcare Partners transform health care with Unified Chart

Trinitas Vice President elected to Advisory Post on Healthcare Organization “As a Regent, I will promote ongoing learning by encouraging my peers to take advantage of all educational opportunities that the ACHE offers to members,” Dr. DiLiegro said, adding, “I’m a strong believer in networking; in fact, sharing our professional experiences is the most valuable commodity that we can trade with our colleagues.” Earlier this year, Dr. DiLiegro completed a successful term as President of the ACHE-New Jersey Chapter, and now serves as its immediate Past President. She feels that her work on the Board of ACHE-NJ, together with her recent service as Chairman of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Heart Association, have taught her valuable lessons about the spirit of voluntarism. “Serving as a volunteer – and being passionate about a cause – are the best ways to stimulate creativity and generate new ideas,” she stated. Dr. DiLiegro will serve as New Jersey Regent for a three-year term.

Physicians affiliated with Hunterdon Healthcare Partners, a partnership between about 250 local physicians and Hunterdon Medical Center, have taken another step in providing outstanding healthcare using their outpatient electronic health record, NextGen. Currently if you visit more than one practice, you have a separate electronic chart in each. On November 25th, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners will move to a Unified Electronic Chart. A Unified Chart promotes better care by allowing all your doctors to view one common medical record for you. This chart contains medical history, drug allergies, immunizations, and treatments prescribed by primary care providers and specialists, including test results. “A Unified Chart will allow a doctor to see test results and notes from other physician offices that their patient uses for care. This means, if you visit your cardiologist, he or she will be able to see what tests or lab results were ordered by your family physician. Your family physician will know what medications your specialist has prescribed to you and when the last time a refill was issued,” explained Geralyn Prosswimmer, M.D., Medical Director, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners. A Unified Electronic Chart is another step to transformed health care. “The benefits include better healthcare by improving all aspects of patient care including safety, effectiveness, communication, education, timeliness and efficiency. We are raising the bar and providing quality health care that makes all providers aware of their patient’s care in other offices,” stated Jeffrey Weinstein, Executive Director for Hunterdon Healthcare Partners. This Unified Chart will be available in more than 50 family practice and specialty offices located in Hunterdon, Mercer, Warren and Somerset counties. Robert Murry, MD, Family Practice Physician at Delaware Valley Family Health Center states “As a primary care provider, it can be difficult to keep up with the visits, results, and treatments that my patients have done by other physicians. Now, with Unified Chart, all this information is at my fingertips for physicians who participate in this Hunterdon Healthcare Partner program.” The Unified electronic record is accessed only by health care professionals providing care to you. Visits to behavioral health providers are not shared, and Unified Chart includes sections at all practices for sensitive confidential information that will be kept separate and not be shared. Participation in Unified Chart is automatic, but patients may choose to opt out of the Unified Chart and can talk to their physician about this; however, if opted out, their doctors will not have access to necessary information like medications, allergies, and test results from other practices. Hunterdon Healthcare and Hunterdon Healthcare Partners also recently launched Hunterdon Healthy Connections. Hunterdon Healthy Connections allows patients to communicate directly via the internet on a secured patient portal. Patient’s are able to view recent test and lab results and even send a message to the office to request refills or ask routine questions. Patients should speak to their physician about gaining access to Hunterdon Healthy Connections. “The Unified Chart will eliminate unnecessary duplicate testing, the irritating delay in treatment due to repeated registration questions, while insuring accurate and timely doctor-to-doctor communications about your medical condition. It will assure the patients within our unique integrated medical network that their patient information is current, accurate, and always available for the effective treatment of any medical situation,” explained, Robert Wise, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare. If you need a physician, please visit “find a physician” at


Nancy DiLiegro, PhD, FACHE, Vice President of Clinical Operations and Physician Services and Chief Clinical Officer of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, has been elected the New Jersey Regent serving the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) New Jersey. Through this election, Dr. DiLiegro becomes a member of the organization’s Council of Regents which serves in an advisory capacity to the national ACHE Board of Governors. Regents perform the major duties of advising the local ACHE chapter, reaching out to the local healthcare communities, and facilitating communications between the national organization and the local healthcare community.

About Trinitas Regional Medical Center Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine. For more information on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit: or call (908) 994-5138.

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Matheny’s Arts Access Program celebrates its 20th Anniversary This was really awesome!” That comment by Heather Kosinski, a young woman from Kenilworth, NJ, was typical of the reaction to Full Circle 2013: Reflections, the 20th anniversary celebration of the Matheny Medical and Educational Center’s Arts Access Program, a unique fine arts program for people with disabilities. U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ 07) was honorary chair of the event, which was held November 2 in the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center on the Matheny campus in Peapack, NJ. Lance described the artwork on display as “truly magnificent,” adding his “congratulations to all of the artists and all of those who made this event possible.” Eileen Murray, director of Arts Access, explained how the program From left, Linda Moore, executive director of the Morris Museum; Congressman works. “We provide the creative Leonard Lance; and Morris Museum trustee Gerri Horn. freedom for the artists to express themselves, but it is the artists who bring this work to life. The art you see today is a true reflection of 20 years of hundreds of individuals who have created thousands of personal reflections.” The true stars of the afternoon were the artists and their art – whether it was visual art such as “Flower Power”, an acrylic on canvas by Jess Evans; or Rasheedah Mahali’s moving tribute to the late artist Jason Christie; or “Alone”, a dance piece choreographed and performed by Natalia Manning. More than 70 pieces of visual art, curated by former Arts Access facilitator Scott Beil, were on display in the gallery, and 14 performances of dance, drama, “Flower Power”, an acrylic on canvas by Jess Evans. prose and poetry were presented in a multi-media stage presentation, dent, paid tribute to former medical with disabilities create fine art?’ which also visually traced the de- director Dr. Gabor Barabas and for- Matheny is a special hospital and velopment of Arts Access from its mer president Robert Schonhorn, educational facility for children and beginnings in 1993 to the present- who founded the program after adults with medically complex deday. Steve Proctor, Matheny presi- asking the question: ‘Can people velopmental disabilities. Arts Access received a $10,000 Challenge America Fast-Track grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Full Circle celebration, and the program recently received an Excellence in the Arts award from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission and the Friends of Somerset County Culture & Heritage, Inc. Corporate sponsors of Full Circle were: Gold, Day Pitney LLP and The Providence Bank Foundation; Silver, The Hartford; and Bronze, Affinity Federal Credit Union, The Angeletti Group, Financial Resources Federal Credit Union and ShopRite of Hunterdon County. Food/Beverage sponsors were: Café Azzurro and cocoLuxe fine pastries, Peapack; Gladstone Tavern, Gladstone; 3 West and Urban Table, Basking Ridge; and Visual art curator Scott Beil and his wife Erin in front of an untitled Village Office Supply, Somerset. acrylic on canvas by Chris Butler.

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Nurse’s Viewpoint

By Alison Lazzaro, RN

Hospital Newspaper Correspondent

Empowering Change Being told by your doctor that you have a "higher-than-average risk" of multiple diseases might make you a little queasy. The implications of diabetes come at a price. People with diabetes are twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Untreated ketoacidosis, a complication of Type 1 Diabetes due to elevated blood sugars is life threatening. From hearing loss to neuropathy and skin complications, diabetes is a disease that requires a stronger focus in both the inpatient and outpatient setting to address this healthcare epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over eight percent of the U.S. population is affected by diabetes. The number of people with diabetes is estimated to reach 300 million by 2025, according to the Journal for Advanced Nursing. A leading cause of kidney failure, limb amputations and blindness makes diabetes the seventh leading cause of death in the US. These statistics are frightening, but perhaps the most distressing fact is that many of these co-morbidities can be prevented. If complications can be decreased with strict glycemic control measures, then what is the set back? Patients face barriers including incomplete understanding of diabetes, little motivation to prevent the disease, and lack of socioeconomic resources and support. By missing follow up appointments, patients may not adhere to the protocols healthcare professionals are trying desperately to implement. Healthcare workers also struggle with barriers to prevention. The American Diabetes Association has published studies regarding the actual versus perceived knowledge nurses possess about diabetes. Results alarmingly correlate to large knowledge deficits. Understanding the basics of the disease process among health care professionals drives effective patient education. Clinically, there are many avenues of prevention. Controlling blood pressure, conducting early detection of diabetic retinopathy by routine eye exams, going for foot exams, dieting, and self monitoring blood glucose are several simple practices that can be more widely employed. Even with all these clinical fixes at our fingertips, something is clearly amiss. Nurses working on medical/surgical units and in the OR/PACU witness amputations occur more and more frequently due to diabetic complications. Consequently, these patients continue to lead the same lifestyle even after an amputation. It is a frustrating scenario where patient education- and even amputation- is not enough motivation for change. With preventative strategies already in play, where are healthcare workers going wrong in decreasing the epidemic? Patients need the motivation and self empowerment to want to change their lifestyle. All the resources, technology and education are not enough to change a person unless he or she is ready to take the next steps. As nurses, let us start with the basics. Improving the patient's self worth to care for him or herself will make him more inclined to stay on track. Rather than going through the motions teaching about various types of insulin, give patients the will to control this aspect of their life and be an active participant in their daily health care. Management of the disease needs to align with the patient's values and culture because diabetes care is really in the hands of the patient, not controlled in an office visit or hospital stay. Diet and exercise plans will not be effective unless we can promote empowerment of the patients so that they can take charge of the situation and make positive changes because it is in their best interests.

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education & careers Lourdes Nursing Student Awarded Scholarship Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing recently awarded nursing student and Sewell resident Kelly Nino with the Janet C. Reynolds Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is given each year to a full-time Lourdes nursing student who has a history of community service and a strong commitment to the field of Nursing. Pictured (right) is Lisa Easterby, DNP, RN, CNE, dean of Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing and Our Lady of Lourdes nursing scholarship award winner Kelly Nino.

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Matheny School’s Middle States Accreditation Renewed The Matheny School has once again been recognized and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. The accreditation has been renewed for seven years, from December 1, 2013, to December 1, 2020. The official approval means that Matheny “has demonstrated that it is effectively advancing the quality of educational experiences it offers its students and meets its responsibilities to the public and the profession of education, and complies with standards for accreditation that are established by the Middles States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Purpose of the MSA accreditation is “to forge a path to excellence to improve the educational opportunities for students worldwide.” The accreditation process, “challenges schools and school systems to meet and exceed uniform world-class standards, while reflecting the distinctive cultures of their institutions and school communities.” The Matheny School is part of the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities.


Matheny School teacher Peggy Zappulla holds the Middle States certification, while students and faculty members look on. Clockwise from lower left: student Deborah Eike, principal Sean Murphy, Zappulla, teacher Christina Carey, and student Nicholas Barros.

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Local EMS gather at St. Joseph’s Wayne Open House An Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Open House was recently held to provide EMTs and paramedics with an opportunity to learn more about St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital’s (SJWH) Emergency Department (ED). Attendees were encouraged to openly discuss how to enhance interaction between organizations to ensure top quality responsive care along the emergency continuum. The event was organized by Amy Casteline, RN, BSN, BLS, ACLS, PALS, Manager, Emergency Department, SJWH, and Michael De Block, Director, Mobile Intensive Care Unit, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (SJHS), with support from Daniel Kline, Vice President, SJHS and Site Administrator, SJWH, and Ruthanne Braddock, Nursing Director, Patient Care Services, SJWH. Over 70 area EMS personnel attended the Open House. To learn more about St. Joseph’s, visit St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital, an acute care community hospital in Wayne, NJ, is a division of St.


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Getting Your record straight ... once and for all. What if, the next time you need medical care, your doctors had all your medical information for every visit, every test, every medication, from all your doctors right in front of them? That means no needless registration delays, or trying to remember the last time you were seen … or the medicine you take … or your other doctors’ names … or your insurance information. Well, that’s just what you will find from any one of over 200 physicians in over 50 practice groups who are part of Hunterdon Healthcare’s Unified Chart™ Network. It’s our way to keep your record straight ... and, confidentially speaking, Hunterdon Healthcare’s commitment to all our patients.

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