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The best-dressed wounds in New Jersey. That’s the beauty of Trinitas.


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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Trinitas Regional Medical Center is a Catholic teaching institution sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation.

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Michael Maron receives 2014 Humanitarian Award Michael Maron, President and Chief Executive Officer of Holy Name Medical Center was honored by the Bergen Irish Association with its first Humanitarian Award at the organization’s Golden 50th Anniversary Celebration and St.Patrick’s Day Dance on March 2 at the Colonial Inn in Norwood, New Jersey. Eileen O’Flaherty, President of the Bergen Irish Association, noted that this is the first time in 50 years that the association has honored someone who is not a member of their organization and the first time the association has bestowed a humanitarian award. Mr. Maron, who joined Holy Name’s administration in 1987, has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since his appointment in 1997 at the age of 37. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, Board of Directors of New Jersey Hospital Association, chairman of New Jersey Hospital Association’s HealthPAC Board of Directors, and serves on the board of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and is Chairman of its Healthcare Steering Committee. Currently chairman of the Catholic HealthCare Partnership of New Jersey, he is a member of the CRUDEM Foundation Board of Directors, which, under his guidance, oversees and funds the day-to-day operations of Hôpital Sacre Coeur, the largest hospital in northern Haiti. Mr. Maron is the former Chairman of both the Bergen Catholic Alumni Association and Board of Directors for Bergen Catholic High School. He has served on the Board of Directors for Horizon Healthcare Innovations, Horizon Blue Cross of New Jersey and St. Joseph School in Oradell, as well as the board of the Northern New Jersey Council,Boy Scouts of America. He has been honored for his charitable works by numerous organizations, most recently the Bergen Volunteer MedicalInitiative and YMCA, and was the recipient of the Saint Elizabeth Ann SetonAward from SOAR in recognition of his service to the aged and infirm religious. Mr. Maron, whose family originally emigrated from County Cork, Ireland, resides in Oradell with his wife, Diane, and four sons.

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‘Cooking for Kids’ dishes up funds at 7th Annual St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Event St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (SJCH) recently hosted their Seventh Annual “Cooking for Kids: Gourmet Fare from Everywhere!” event. With 50 world-class chefs, restaurateurs and distributors, and nearly 600 supporters and friends, this signature event raised funds for the young patients and their families at our Children’s Hospital. A special highlight of this year’s event was the live cooking competition between New Jersey based guest Chefs Michael Carrino of Pig & Prince Gastro Restaurant and GastroLounge, Montclair (featured on the Food Network’s Chopped), Anton Testino of Tony’s Touch of Italy, Wayne (featured on the Food Network’s Chopped and currently competing on Season 12 of the FOX Network’s Hell’s Kitchen), Ariane Duarte of CulinAriane, Montclair (featured on Bravo’s Top Chef), and Ryan DePersio of Fascino, Montclair; Battello, Jersey City; Nico Kitchen+Bar at NJPAC, Newark (featured on Food Network’s Chopped). The chefs were placed in teams of 2 and given 20 minutes to create a dish featuring surprise ingredients. Each team was then judged by three randomly selected guests.

Duarte, owners and Chefs, CulinAriane Restaurant and Catering; Ronald J. Garner, Member, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center’s (SJRMC) Board of Trustees; and George Oliphant, II, host of NBC’s George to the Rescue, and Member, SJRMC Foundation Board of Trustees. Presenting sponsors of the 7th Annual Cooking for Kids event were Nutley Park ShopRite and ShopRite of Belleville. Gary’s Wine and Marketplace served as the Beverage Sponsor, providing guests tasting pours of fine wines, spirits and beer.


“We were so pleased with all facets of this year’s St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Cooking for Kids event,” said Timothy P. Barr, Vice President for Development at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. “The chefs once again out did themselves and the cook-

ing competition, which was new this year, was very well received. We are so grateful to all of our chefs, but especially to our sponsors and all of those who attended and provided their support for the Children’s Hospital. Each year we think we’ve reached a new

height, but the Cooking for Kids event continues to exceed our expectations and this was no exception. Great food, great wine, great chefs and great guests – what could be better?” Thank you to this year’s event co-chairs: Ariane and Michael

Nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867, is a leading not-for-profit tertiary medical center and major academic institution located in Northern New Jersey. An integrated comprehensive healthcare organization, St. Joseph’s prides itself on providing sophisticated healthcare with a ‘patients first’ approach to service excellence. To learn more, visit or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).

Montclair State Ice Hockey team scores big at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital


St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (SJCH) at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, was pleased to welcome members of the Montclair State University (MSU) Ice Hockey team during a recent visit. Coming off the tail wind of their biggest philanthropic movement, the Red Hawk hockey team arrived with a donation of over 500 new toys to benefit patients at the Children’s Hospital. The toys were collected during a toy drive held at Floyd Hall Arena (on the campus of MSU) where everyone from students to teachers to visitors could make a donation. Through the exchange of smiles and a few laughs the team greeted patients and families as they handed out toys. The visit to SJCH was just the tip of the iceberg for this busy group of hockey players who also volunteer their time for a variety of community projects. Pictured, left to right, are: (back row) Daniel Thompson, Sean Mertens, John Talamo, Carl Boomhower, Nicholas Farina, Brian Manning and Trevor Tironi; (front row) Samuel Enright, Albert Abaunza, Cody Inglis, Joseph Redmon and James Benfatti.

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About Emergency Medical Associates Emergency Medical Associates (EMA), headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., is a physician-led emergency medicine practice that specializes in emergency and hospitalist medicine. Dedicated to providing exceptional solutions for the measureable success of its hospital clients, EMA is widely recognized for delivering clinical excellence, quality service and improved sustained patient satisfaction. For more information, visit,, or

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Dennis Cochrane, MD, FACEP, is now certified as a specialist in Clinical Informatics, which is a new subspecialty created under the American Board of Medical Specialties and managed by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Cochrane is among 400-plus physicians nationwide to pass the first ever board certification exam in Clinical Informatics. Physicians with this new board certification work in hospitals as chief medical information officers, in industries as software developers, and in government and academia as subject matter experts. Dr. Cochrane is Vice President of Informatics and Practice Automation for Emergency Medical Associates. He is an attending physician and faculty in the Emergency Medicine Residency at Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center, is active in emergency medicine research and is a partner of Emergency Medical Associates.

Almeida Lectures at American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians Board Review Course Victor Almeida, DO, FACEP, FACOEP, presented lectures on head and neck emergencies and test taking tips at the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians Board Review Course. Dr. Almeida is a partner of Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) and is Chairman of Emergency Services at Monmouth Medical Center and Kimball Medical Center, Long Branch and Lakewood, N.J. The review course was held in Chicago on Jan. 25.

Martin Presents at the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) Pre-Conference James Martin, MD, FACEP, participated in “Living the Tactical Life – Lessons and Skills from Tactical Emergency Medicine” at the pre-conference for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine National Meeting held Feb. 12 in New York City. Dr. Martin gave a two-hour hands-on session entitled, “Chest Seals and Needle Decompression.” Dr. Martin, a partner of Emergency Medical Associates, is an attending emergency physician at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J. Dr. Martin most recently served as a general medical officer in the United States Army Reserve and was an emergency physician with the Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He is the recipient of two Bronze Star Medal and a Meritorious Service Medal.

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Ask An Expert By Nancy Vetter, Senior Vice President, Nexera Consulting

Attending to Nursing Care Is Critical to Reaching Performance Goals While designated recognition days are intended to prompt well-deserved gratitude, they also highlight those whom we may take for granted. National Nurses Week (May 6–12) gives us the opportunity to celebrate these important colleagues. Every day in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, nurses are on the frontline of patient care: from assessing, monitoring, and treating them; coordinating their post-discharge care; educating them and their families; and more. In fact, nurses represent the largest segment of the hospital workforce. Their impact can be felt on all the major concerns of the organization, whether clinical, fiscal, qualitative, or administrative. Therefore, organizations should bear in mind just how significant good nursing can be to achieving their goals (such as improved care quality, outcomes, patient satisfaction, and reduced costs) or these objectives will be near impossible to reach. Nexera recognizes the importance of nurses to hospital operations. We not only offer consulting support that focuses on improving and enhancing the role of nurses, we employ a team of nurse consultants to see that nursing expertise is factored into building realistic solutions that are sustainable. Nexera staff is integrated with hospital clinical and management leadership teams to help achieve, then maintain, significant improvements in service delivery and effectiveness by maximizing resource utilization, enhancing care delivery, minimizing process dependency gaps, and increasing patient and staff satisfaction. Our methodology focuses on efficiencies, relationships, and processes by evaluating: 1. What is the organization doing well, and where can improvements be made? 2. Is staffing optimized—are the right people in the right place at the right time? 3. Are the designated nursing leaders and the nursing table of organization optimal? 4. What is the level of C-suite engagement—is it adequate? In addition to comprehensively assessing procedures, technology, case management, and departmental data, Nexera’s clinical team considers institutional culture and its impact. Nexera works with hospital leaders and staff as a partner, collaborating with key stakeholders—nurses, C-suite executives, physicians, and others—to gain critical input and buy-in to the clinical and operational enhancement process, enabling fact-based recommendations as well as their successful implementation. Recommendations can range from redesigned systems to suggestions for increased nurse empowerment or leadership opportunities. Working with a strategic partner like Nexera, whose team understands firsthand what everyday life is like for nurses and hospital staff, can be a vital resource that offers hospitals the support to implement best practices and enhanced processes that not only significantly improve nursing care, but improve overall hospital and financial performance. Nancy Vetter is Senior Vice President, Nexera Consulting. She holds more than 25 years of healthcare experience in both the hospital and consulting environments, where she has had responsibility for cost-reduction and revenue enhancement efforts that have helped hospitals achieve significant savings through clinical, financial, and operational improvements. She is a registered nurse.

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When Not in the OR suite, Thoracic Surgeon takes some “Sweet” Photos By Kathryn Conti Salamone, Trinitas Regional Medical Center Paul Bolanowski, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, gets away from the operating room suite and travels throughout the US and the world to indulge in his pastime as an amateur photographer. He is the proud owner of two Hasselblad cameras, one a medium format and the other panoramic, that he has had for about 25 years, but he has also invested in digital cameras along the way. He traces his time behind the lens to his youth when he first received a Brownie box camera from his father. As a teenager, he was a sports photographer at Seton Hall Prep. While serving in Vietnam, Dr. Bolanowski got his first taste of aerial photography. “Whenever I was up in a helicopter, I sat near the door and before I knew it I was leaning out taking photos with a government-issued Nikon Photomatic FTN,” he recalls. Aerial photography is still his passion and he has visited 10 national parks around the country. A flyover of Bryce Canyon in Utah is especially memorable: “As our pilot took us down from 1,000 feet, suddenly we were flying right into a fault and we could see all the pueblos lining the canyon walls.” Over the years, he has kept his skills razor sharp through numerous photography workshops. “I came away from those workshops with knowledge about techniques. I also learned where I could get the best shots in the United States, and, believe me, there are many that fit that description.” Not surprisingly, Dr. Bolanowski is a big fan of the works of Ansel Adams. He has studied the nature photographer’s countless images and read all of his books about technique. He has also kept up with the advancements in digital photography. In the world of photography in 2014, changes have whisked photographers from the dark room to PhotoShop. In the past few months, National Geographic Magazine has featured photos that were captured on a 41 megapixel cell phone camera. “When National Geographic no longer relies exclusively on singlelens reflex cameras, you know how far cell phone cameras have come,” he reports. Dr. Bolanowski endorses the ease of digital cameras. “These new devices offer a big advantage since you know immediately the image you have. And with the advent of

PhotoShop, which I’ve used since its introduction, there are so many options available to craft better images.” Yet, the tried and true remain the gear he carries in his equipment bag that often weighs 60 pounds. “I still carry one camera and two lenses when I travel. When shooting landscapes, I always use a tripod and a level to make sure I get a straight horizon, without having to resort to PhotoShop.” Although he doesn’t have a darkroom at home, his investment in an Epson Stylus Pro printer gives him the capability of printing images at home. When asked his favorite subject matter he simply replies, “whatever catches my eye.” Dr. Bolanowski has traveled throughout the US to photograph the vistas in the Grand Tetons, (panoramic photos shown here), Yellowstone National Park, and the vast landscapes of movie locations in the southwest.

Photos courtesy of Paul Bolanowski, MD, and Al Krupa of AK Photo.

Dr. Bolanowski’s photographs hang in the reception area of Trinitas’ new Ambulatory Surgery Center in the Andrew H. Campbell Pavilion on the main campus in Elizabeth, New Jersey. In addition, the good doctor’s work is also on view at the New Jersey Medical School in Newark.

Yosemite National Park is still on Dr. Bolanowski’s “bucket list.” He has also captured ospreys, pelicans, herons and other species of birds in Florida’s Everglades and in North Carolina. Across the globe, his travels have taken him and his wife Claire to Ireland, Italy, Egypt, and on a river cruise down the Danube from Prague to Budapest. They will celebrate their 50th anniversary later this year by touring Turkey and, of course, taking pictures. Lighting is what makes images click for Dr. Bolanowski. He doesn’t dwell too long on composition, but does use the element of light to its greatest advantage. “People often talk about the best light being at sunrise or at sunset. My early morning photos of the Grand Tetons have a pink hue, what’s called an ‘Alpine glow.’ It’s a natural effect that is pleasing to the eye.”

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education & careers CarePoint Health Foundation donates three $10,000 scholarship checks to Hudson County Universities The CarePoint Health Foundation recently established a College Scholarship Program to assist financially challenged residents of Hudson County pursuing an education in the health care field. On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, three $10,000 scholarship checks were presented to Saint Peter's University, Hudson County Community College and New Jersey City University. Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D. – President of Saint Peter’s University, Joseph Sansone –Vice President of Development of Hudson County Community College Foundation and Sue Henderson, Ph.D. – President of New Jersey City University were present to accept the scholarships funds. Two students at each of the institutions will be the recipients of a $5,000 scholarship check.

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Celebrating School Nurses Imagine your patient to nurse ratio as 1 nurse to every 750 patients. Meanwhile, your daily tasks include ensuring up-to-date vaccinations, completing clerical paperwork, and being "on-call" for everything from acute asthma exacerbations to accidents. Envision also acting as the case manager and sometimes the sole health care provider for your patients. School Nurses tackle this multitude of tasks daily and touch the lives of every student in their district. Within National Nurses Week, celebrated from May 6th through May 12th, Wednesday marks National School Nurse Day. This recognition began in 1972 with the goal of creating a better understanding of the school nurse role. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, there are over 73,600 Registered Nurses employed as school nurses. The roots of school nursing date back to 1902 when Lina Rogers-Struthers worked to reduce health-related absenteeism in a New York City school. Based upon her success improving attendance rates due to healthier students, other cities began following suit by hiring school nurses. School nursing is a unique career that plays a pivotal role in monitoring public health and assisting in academic success of students. School nurses wear many hats including acting as a liaison between school and community as well as an advocate for our nation's children. School nurses tackle difficult health problems for students such as mental health disorders, diabetes, obesity, asthma, chronic health conditions and food allergies. 10 million students have asthma, yet not every student has health insurance. This means for some children, the school nurse is the only health care professional they come in contact with. Facilities count on school nurses to keep every child up-to-date with immunizations and address acute illness exacerbations for every child in the district. Founded in 1968, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) expanded out of the National Education Association. This organization includes members who form educational programs, publish position statements affecting student health, and represent school nurses in political arenas. NASN is also a provider of continuing nursing education through the American Nurses Credential Center. Additionally, the organization hosts an annual conference and members receive publications of the Journal of School Nursing. School nurses are certified through the National Board for Certification of School Nurses and must adhere to state requirements. The Scope and Standards of Practice integrate case management services and promotion of health and safety along with academic success. School nurses collaborate with a team of teachers, coaches, parents, social workers and administrators each day. These distinctive nurses consistently rise to the challenges they face including budget cuts and limited resources for speedy second opinions. On Wednesday, May 8th let us pause to celebrate the school nurses who cared for us and who care for our future students.

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Manisha Chahal, M.D., Center for Advanced Pain Management at Hunterdon Medical Center, was recently awarded the Patients' Choice Award and the Compassionate Doctor Award. These awards are conferred by &, two leading independent healthcare rating companies in the United States. Every month, more than 200,000 patients across the U.S. provide online feedback about their experiences with their doctors. They rate various components such as bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, degree of follow-up, courtesy of office staff, and overall opinions. Over the course of 2013, these doctor reviews have totaled hundreds of thousands patient opinions. While physicians generally receive positive reviews from their patients, only a select few receive uniformly rave reviews across the board. Of those who have received excellent reviews with near perfect scores by their patients are awarded this honor. In fact, of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians, only 5% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2013. Only doctors who have received this award are featured on & The Compassionate Doctor certification is the honor roll of physicians who have received the highest overall and bedside manner ratings by their patients. While physicians generally receive positive feedback from their patients, only a select few receive praise about the compassion that accompanied their care. Only those physicians with near perfect overall and bedside manner scores, as voted by their patients, are selected for the Compassionate Doctor recognition. Of the nation's 870,000 active doctors, only 3% were accorded this honor in 2013. Dr. Chahal is double board certified and has been awarded the Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology & the Subspeciality Certification in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. She has dedicated her practice to the treatment of pain, emphasizing a non-surgical approach to acute and chronic pain with the ultimate goal of returning patients to their active lives. A focus of her practice is dedicated to Interventional Pain Management, which involves simple procedures under the direct guidance of an imaging machine. Dr. Chahal has received training at three of the world’s leading centers of medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Chahal is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

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Hunterdon County Ranked the Healthiest in New Jersey

and coordinated care, and demonstrate the strong partnership among our patients, physicians and the hospital.”

Hunterdon Healthcare will continue to promote the health of its community with an expanded cardiovascular center that is currently under construction and expected to open in late 2015, through the two state-of-the art medicallybased Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers located in Clinton and Whitehouse Station which focus on disease management and health enhancement and our Pictured: Margaret June, RN, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation nurse takes a blood pressure on her patient William Groath of Pittstown at the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center in Clinton. partnerships through the 20-year old Partnership The Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers, located in Clinton and Whitehouse Station, are for Health with more than medically-based facilities focused on disease management and health enhancement. Their 40 organizations in our dedicated staff is ready to assist members with everyday fitness, personal training, weight management, health education and more. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy community. The Partnership for Health has gained both have offices within the Centers. Patients can seamlessly transition into the Hunterdon state-wide recognition Health and Wellness Center as a member when discharged from their therapeutic program. for its population health planning initiatives, now smarter choices regarding diet, exercise, When Hunterdon Medical Center being given national attention by and health assessments. “We offer opened its doors over 60 years ago, Washington, D.C. highly effective emergency care, growth we were ready to serve a population of 40,000 county residents. Today, nearly in our community support initiatives like Hunterdon Healthcare is proud to be the diabetes and pain management 130,000 residents call Hunterdon recognized as the only healthcare programs, and groundbreaking County home. For the fifth year in system in Hunterdon County and treatments and discoveries throughout a row, Hunterdon was ranked the will continue our outreach efforts to the healthcare system. Hunterdon healthiest county in New Jersey based offer the community a comprehensive Healthcare and Hunterdon Healthcare on a study conducted by the Robert array of medical, ambulatory, fitness Partners, a partnership between about Wood Johnson Foundation and the and preventive services to keep our 250 physicians and the hospital, are now University of Wisconsin Population community healthy. using a unified chart to promote better Health Institute. Year after year, care by allowing a patient’s physicians Hunterdon and its surrounding counties have been rated among the healthiest in to view one common medical record, explained Robert P. Wise, President the state. This is not merely a reflection of the economic status of the community, and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare. Wise added, “As we look ahead, we will but of the abundance and accessibility continue to promote the health of our of quality healthcare services provided community through a model that puts the by the Hunterdon Healthcare network. patient at the center with a coordination of care led by the primary care physician. This year’s health rankings show that We are proud to be a national leader in people living in the healthiest county bringing patient-centered medical homes are twice as likely to have longer lives To learn more about Hunterdon Healthcare, to the community. These primary care as those living in unhealthy counties. visit practices focus on prevention, wellness Hunterdon County residents are making

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(left) Martin Klein, M.D. Riverfield Family Health Center (right) Glen Tonnessen, M.D., F.A.C.C. Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates

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Matheny’s Transition Nursing Care Program provides peace of mind and reduces hospital readmissions In March 2012, George Bracken, a 34-year-old with Lesch-Nyhan Disease, was taken to the emergency room at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, for right upper quadrant pain and fever. He was subsequently admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. This would have been a serious condition for anyone, but, for George, because of his disorder, it was potentially life-threatening. Lesch-Nyhan is a rare and devastating genetic syndrome characterized by severe dystonia, spasticity, speech impairment, renal disease, varying degrees of cognitive deficit and the hallmark symptom – compulsive self-injury. “Lesch-Nyhan behavior is triggered whenever the patient is in pain or under any personal distress,” says Jeanne Lavelle, RN, the Matheny Medical and Educational Center’s transition care nurse for hospitals. “Not being able to breathe is pretty stressful. George has a lot of extra movement related to his LN, and his dystonia is unrelenting.” Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Lavelle was on the scene at Morristown to advise the staff about these issues as the key player in Matheny’s transition nursing care program. In July 2011, Matheny received a 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 has continued to fund and expand it by creating a division within the nursing department that is integrating its specialized resources to improve transitions during all healthcare encounters. And the program has been expanded to include children. Because of Bracken’s dystonia, says Lavelle, “he tends to create wounds. If I hadn’t been at the hospital when he was admitted, it’s likely he wouldn’t have had his safeguarding equipment. I was able to work with the nursing staff and say, ‘This what you have to watch for’ and ‘This is what we do at Matheny’. So, they knew what our treatment plan was.” Bracken’s respiratory distress made it imperative that he be intubated. His parents had traveled to Morristown from the Baltimore area, and, according to Lavelle, “his mother had a lot of difficulty” with the intubation process. “The medical staff was in the room, and they were waiting for a decision from her. I was driving, about 10 minutes away. When I got there, she just needed emotional support and someone to explain why he needed it, and then he was intubated right away.” (Intubation is the insertion

of a tube into an external or internal opening of the body in order to add or remove liquids). Evelyn Bracken, George’s mother, recalls that, “the day they wanted to insert the tube down George’s throat was a very emotional day for me. When they first wanted to do it, I just sat there crying, not knowing what to do or say. I had a call into Dr. Eddey (Gary E. Eddey, MD, Matheny vice president and chief medical officer), and very shortly afterwards, Jeanne came into the room and explained to me why they wanted to do it and held me as I cried. She is a very compassionate person, and I’m so glad that she is a part of Matheny so she can give patients and parents the compassion and knowledge she gave to me.” During his hospitalization, George had a G-tube (gastrostomy) inserted through his abdomen in order to provide nutrition directly to his stomach. “This was actually treating the cause of his admission,” Lavelle explains. “He developed pneumonia most likely because he had been micro-aspirating, even though that’s not why he went to the hospital initially.” After George was stabilized on a ventilator, he needed to have his breathing tube removed so that he could breathe on his own. “George,” Lavelle explains, “has the ability to self-obstruct his airwaves. He can hyper-extend his neck and restrict his own airwaves.

From left, Morristown Medical Center nurse manager Patricia Primmer, RN; Trish O’Keefe, RN, MMC director of nursing and acute care services; and nurse manager Brandee A. Fetherman, RN.

George Bracken and Jeanne Lavelle.

That’s part of his behavior. It was important for the Morristown Medical Center staff to know that in advance. As a result, they were very attuned to his anxiety level, and they were able to medicate him properly. They also adjusted his environment by restricting his visitors and really just asking for peace and quiet. That was very helpful. His care was under the direction of the acute care hospital, but if they didn’t know that George could selfrestrict his airwaves, it would have complicated matters.” In short, says Lavelle, the key to the transition program is “communication. We were able to communicate with the Morristown staff, and they were able to follow through.” That spirit of cooperation and the importance of communication is echoed by the MMC staff. “This is a very complex patient population,” says Morristown nurse manager Patricia Primmer, RN. “Some things with regard to these patients are very complicated. To have someone who can educate the staff on what care is needed, is very important.

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Some of these patients are non-verbal, so it’s important to know, for example, a certain toy they want in their bed. I remember one young man whose bed had to be approached in a certain way, or he would become upset.” Lavelle recalls a recent pediatric admission in which “we were able to show the Morristown nursing staff the little things that made this boy more comfortable. He liked being sung to and making his space well defined. So, to do that, we’d tuck in his covers. We also had to let the MMC staff know that the pretzel-like shape he liked to put himself in was his most comfortable position.” Sometimes, says Primmer, “We can set the room up in advance and get everything arranged and ready.” Adds Brandee Fetherman, RN, another MMC nurse manager: “Some of our staff have never seen people with these conditions before. The behavior that might be observed, might be totally different from what the behavior truly is.” continued on next page

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positive feedback from the nursing staff at Morristown. Everything started at the top with Trish’s support and trickled down. Whenever we had our initial meetings, they were fully attended by the nurse managers. I see them all the time; they know who I am. I have my

Morristown ID, and I sometimes have participated in rounds.” The most resounding endorsement, however, comes from Evelyn Bracken. “It is such a great program,” she says, “not only taking care of the patients and making sure they are getting what they

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need, but also taking care of the parents and putting in lay terms what the doctors are talking about and reassuring them. My son made it through the most horrifying 11 days we have ever had to go through! Thank you, Matheny, for the wonderful nurses!”

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Cathi Losavio, RN, Matheny transition nurse for medical trips, left; and Jeanne Lavelle, RN, Matheny transition nurse for hospitals.

Under the initial grant, Matheny’s partners in the project were Morristown Medical Center, along with sister Atlantic Health System hospital, Newton Medical Center; and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ, was added during the grant period. Trish O’Keefe, RN, Morristown director of nursing and acute care services, recalls that, “we had an existing relationship with Matheny, and we had already been exploring transition care. In fact, we had a national leader in transition care in to speak to our staff, and we invited the Matheny staff to join us.” Morristown was very involved in helping Matheny with the grant process. “We provided data, and we were involved in frequent meetings and focus groups,” O’Keefe says. Morristown continues to be a partner, now that Matheny is continuing to fund the program beyond the grant period. There is strong evidence that the program’s 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.

When George Bracken returned to Matheny, Lavelle says, “he didn’t need special wound care because our wound care nurse had been in communication with Morristown’s wound care nurse, and the appropriate interventions were taken in the hospital. And he came back, and stayed back. It involved a surgeon, gastroenterologist, intensive care staff, psychologist. There were a lot of interdisciplinary players in there -- from Matheny to the emergency room, from the ER to the step-down unit, from the step-down unit to the ICU, then back to the step-down unit and back to Matheny. All those points of handoff have potential for missed communications.” MMC’s O’Keefe points out that, “our physicians and residents have learned from this model.” And she adds that the average length of stay for Matheny patients used to be longer, but, “because of the transition program, they’re often able to return to Matheny sooner.” In addition to transition with hospitals, another Matheny nurse, Cathi Losavio, RN, has the responsibility for transition between doctors. Lavelle points to one Matheny resident whose primary physician is at Morristown but whose surgeon is at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Doctors like that,” she says, “would talk anyway, but having Cathi there -who’s present at this conversation and can bring the information to that conversation -- is a huge factor. She’s sure that everything is said that needs to be said. Then, she gets to tie it all in with the family, as do I.” Lavelle acknowledges that the program is “still a learning process, but we’re more efficient at it now than we were before. I keep getting

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education & careers Recognizing that it can’t provide healthcare for everyone, the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ, has taken on the responsibility of trying to ensure that future healthcare professionals understand how to care for and treat people with disabilities. With that in mind, a group of physical therapy students from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School visit Matheny every year to learn about the needs and equipment required by persons with developmental disabilities. Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. During this year’s visit, on March 28, the PT students rotated through eight stations dealing with switch access, communication devices, music therapy, pressure mapping, standing and adaptive tricycles, power and manual wheelchairs, gait trainers and recreational activities.

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Rutgers physical therapy majors receive special training at Matheny

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Matheny Arts Access director receives award Eileen Murray remembers when she was first interviewed for a job as a painting facilitator in Matheny’s Arts Access Program. It was 2001, and she was so excited about the possibility of working in the program, she thought, “I hope they hire me, because I’m just going to show up for work.” Fortunately, Murray was hired, and, in 2011, was named director of the program. On March 27th, she received an award as Outstanding Professional in the Arts from Morris Arts at its annual Celebrate the Arts event. Arts Access provides people with disabilities the freedom to create in the visual, literary and performing arts. Tom Werder, executive director of Morris Arts, introduced Murray, saying that she “is committed to enriching the lives of people with disabilities.” Murray, pointing out that all Arts Access artists have physical disabilities, added that “the work they create is astounding. I am so lucky to work with these tremendously talented artists.”

Other awardees were: Dr. James Gallagher; the Lauren & Emily Failla Foundation; John Pietrowski, artistic director of Playwrights Theatre; teaching artist Joanna Pang Atkins; MetLife Foundation; and Zufall Health Center. Morris Arts, located in Morristown, NJ, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the community through the arts.

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Eileen Murray receiving her award from Tom Werder.

Eileen Murray with Steve Proctor, Matheny president, left, and Daniel McLaughlin, chair of the Matheny Board of Trustees.

Matheny OT travels to Dominican Republic to bring her skills to rural medical clinic Handfuls of Hope is a non-profit organization founded by a group of individuals who had been involved in a series of short-term mission trips to the Dominican Republic. Working side-byside with a local church, they were able to refurbish and revitalize a school building, construct a library and establish a medical clinic in an area where such resources were not available. The organization is now supporting a medical clinic in the village of Catalina, about an hour from Santa Domingo and regularly sends doctors and other medical professionals there to provide care and treatment for the local residents. Debbi Goodhart, a Matheny Medical and Educational Center occupational therapist, was part of a 36-person medical team that spent five days February in the Dominican Republic for that purpose. Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. “A friend of mine, Robin Sigley, also an OT, had been there once, and asked me if I wanted to come,” Goodhart recalled. “The team treated 1,546 patients in three days. We saw a lot of arthritis and some pretty deformed body parts. In some cases, people had taken casts off broken limbs too early. Also, the people in this area do a lot of carrying of heavy objects over long distances. They have a lot of hip, arm, shoulder and neck pain. We taught them about body mechanics, about how to carry things equally on both shoulders.

We also did the best we could to teach them exercises, and we provided them with elastic bandages to give them the support they needed.” Goodhart was greatly moved by “the resiliency of these people. As poor as they are, they are interested in doing what they can to stay as well as they can in the future. I plan to go back next year.”


Debbi Goodhart, left, with patients and colleagues in the Dominican Republic.


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Melissa Villar was referred to Sun Homes Loans by a realtor who spoke highly of the firm’s excellent customer service, expertise and mortgage rates. As Villar will tell you, Sun Home Loans certainly lived up to its reputation, and than some. After speaking with Sun Home Loans, Villar learned of the innovative Hospital Employee Loan Program (H.E.L.P.). Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, H.E.L.P. is offered to members of the hospital community and their families. The unique program provides discounted mortgage rates designed for hospital employees and pre-qualifications to shop for your next home. Villar, a clerical associate at Hackensack University Medical Center, used the H.E.L.P. program to purchase a beautiful condominium, proudly closing on Feb. 10. “It’s a big step. I’m very excited,” Villar said. “Sun Home Loans was excellent. They answered all of my questions quickly, they answered all of my phone calls. I’m definitely happy that I was referred to Sun Home Loans. They were always in touch with me throughout the process.” Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper teamed up to bring the emergency services community this unprecedented mortgage opportunity. The popular program offers benefits, including a complimentary evaluation of your particular financial situation, and credit repair if needed. You may take advantage of these other products and services, though they are offered separately from the H.E.L.P. Among other things, Villar was excited that the H.E.L.P. program offered a lower mortgage rate than other brokers. Villar’s purchase was a short sale, which could have been complicated, but the Sun Home Leans team made the transaction a seamless one. Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, and Hospital Newspaper are both proud to serve the hospital community, who dedicate their lives serving the rest of us. They are the core fabric of our society. H.E.L.P. clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process – from their initial inquiry – to closing. However, after closing, the staff is there to address other financial needs. “We have worked extremely hard to put together a group of impressive incentives for the hospital community,” said Steve Testa, Vice President Regional Sales Manager of Sun Home Loans. “We remain confident that those who are currently in the market for a mortgage will discover that the Sun Home Loans Hospital Employee Loan Program exceeds what they are able to find elsewhere in the marketplace. We have received a lot of positive feedback and its always a pleasure working with a hard-working woman such as Melissa Villar. We were glad to help her.”

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education & careers MONOC contributes to newly published book on Management of Ambulance Services MONOC is proud to announce that three of their senior managers recently contributed as chapter authors to a newly published book by Pearson Education called Management of Ambulance Services. The book was created to provide a foundation for the next generation of ambulance service executives to build the community ambulance service of the twenty-first century. The text offers nineteen chapters of “best practices” about the management of an ambulance service. Each chapter was written by subject matter experts who are recognized experts in that area of ambulance service operation. MONOC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Vince Robbins, wrote the chapter, “The History of

Ambulance Services and Medical Transportation Systems in the United States” and co-authored the chapter “Corporate Models for Ambulance Service Delivery.” Also from MONOC, David Shotwell, Corporate Compliance Officer, wrote the chapter titled “Legal and Compliance Issues for Ambulance Services” and Peter Dworsky, Corporate Director of Support Services, wrote the chapter “Safety Considerations for Ambulance Services.” MONOC’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Behm, said “I am so proud that MONOC’s leadership team has had an opportunity to share their expertise and best practices with the ambulance service industry worldwide.”

Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers offers: Flatter Belly 101 The Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers in Whitehouse Station and Clinton are dedicated to providing health enhancement and disease prevention programs for the community. As part of their Education Series, the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers will offer Flatter Belly 101, on Tuesday, May 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Whitehouse Station and Wednesday, May 14th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Clinton. This program will be led by Jen Magro, Personal Trainer at the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers and Michelle Wright, MS, Registered Dietitian, Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management. Ms. Magro will work with participants by showing the best exer-

cises to target abdominal muscles and gain results. Ms. Wright will provide information on how small changes in your diet can help reduce inches around your waistline. Participants should wear exercise clothing to this program. This is an opportunity to talk oneon-one with professionals and get your questions answered. This program is free and participants will receive a guest pass to be used at the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers. To register for the program at the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center in Whitehouse Station call 908-534-7600. To register for the program at the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center in Clinton call 908-735-6884.

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Hospital Construction: Offering the Safest Choice By Tom Perić In the quest to offer patients the safest choice, many hospitals today are frequently asked to explain to the public how effectively they guard against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Healthcare facilities have been concerned about HAIs since the 1840s, when Ignaz Semmelweis, urged doctors to wash their hands before delivering babies. But in recent years, the degree of concern has risen as legislatures in 28 states (including New York) now mandate that hospitals publish the statistics, according to the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, a patient advocacy group founded by Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D., a former lieutenant governor of New York. Given the trend of public disclosures and the anticipated hospital construction growth in the next decade, reporting hospitals will have to consider instituting new precautions to ensure that any construction that occurs does not raise their HAIs statistics. Recognizing the growing requirement for protecting hospital patients and staff, the carpenters union, through its International Carpenters Training Fund, created an innovative training and certificate program that would teach members how to reduce the risk of contamination while working in a healthcare institution. The result was Construction ICRA: Best Practices in Healthcare Construction. The first step in forging this program was to follow Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) procedures. They are so widely accepted as the “gold standard” that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promotes their use, and the American Institute of Architects adopted them as the guiding principles for their members who design medical facilities. “Most hospitals have construction going on all the time, whether it’s a major expansion or updating older facilities,” says Alan Seidman, executive director, Construction Contractors Association of Hudson Valley. “This activity raises two vital questions for hospital administration: What training does my construction workforce have, and are they following or even aware of ICRA guidelines? “Our union carpenters and contractors recognize that working in a hospital is different from most construction jobs. They understand that every action could have a serious impact on the health of patients and staff.”

Seidman says hospitals’ concern for patients and staff creates compelling reasons to use IRCA-certified construction workers. These include many safeguards, cost containment, reputation management and adherence to a safety philosophy. No hospital wants to face any inquiry and be unable to offer reassurance that any construction crew had been completely trained to work in their facility. There is also the issue of cost. Most hospitals accept what studies have shown, ranging from the CDC to independent organizations, that patients who are victims of HAIs remain in the hospital longer, need more time to heal and, bottom line, raise the cost of the visit. In his overview study, The Direct Medical Costs of Health care-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention, economist R. Douglas Scott II examined the macro-economic costs of HAIs. The figures in this latest 2009 study are huge. “The direct cost [of HAIs] ranges from $28.4 billion to $33.8 billion,” when adjusted for inflation, Scott wrote in his report. While he acknowledges that taking preventive action against HAIs can be expensive, the benefits offset the cost. The viability of a hospital’s reputation rests on public perception and government institutions that assess them. An outbreak of any infectious disease, if reported in the media, can immediately tarnish a hospital’s public standing and reputation, no matter how superior it might be in other areas. Any increase of HAIs beyond the average range might link to construction, therefore tarnishing the hospital’s reputation. Taking adequate precautions beforehand by using trained personnel is the antidote to preventing this possibility. Finally, there is the issue of hospital philosophy, Seidman notes. Consumers and patients have choices in what hospital they select. Hospitals that use contractors and craftspeople trained in ICRA guidelines show their commitment to maximum quality care. The use of these contractors and craftspeople will lead to better ratings for the hospitals that employ them, according to Seidman. “We provide a mock-up of a hospital room in our training facilities and we offer hands-on training,” says Seidman. “No one comes close to the breadth and depth of our ICRA-based training.”

Ann Marie Henderson of Staten Island appointed Sr. Vice President, General Counsel at Raritan Bay Medical Center Raritan Bay Medical Center President and CEO Michael R. D’Agnes recently announced the appointment of Ann Marie Henderson, Esq., of Staten Island, NY, as Senior Vice President, General Counsel for the medical center. Henderson previously served as Senior Associate Attorney for the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System andAssociate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Staten Island University Hospital, part of the North Shore – LIJ system. Henderson possesses more than 20 years of legal and management experience in health care and is licensed by the New York and New Jersey State Bar associations. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association and the Richmond County Bar Association. She received her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY, and Bachelor’s Degree of Science from Wagner College, Staten Island, NY. provided

Alan Seidman, executive director, Construction Contractors Association of Hudson Valley Training Seidman describes the “Best Practices in Health Care Construction” training program as “fully operational” with more than 100 members having gained new certifications by completing the 32-hour course. He explained that the program consists of two parts: • 8-Hour Awareness Certification – This class provides the foundation of the program and teaches the participants awareness of the hazards, ways to minimize exposure, and proper work safety practices when working in an occupied healthcare facility. • 32-Hour Certification – An in-depth, hands-on instruction, designed to teach the participants the recognized methods of performing specific tasks such as: isolating rooms by assembling enclosures, setting up HEPA machines and installing and monitoring air pressure gauges. Pointing to specifics, he explains that training provided to apprentices, journeymen, foremen and superintendents includes but is not limited to: • Hazardous Materials Awareness • Lead, Asbestos, Silica, and Mold • Individual Responsibilities to Patients • The Structure of the ICRA Form • Regulatory Agencies and Organizations • Containing the Work Area • Work Area Classifications • Anteroom Construction • Erecting and Sealing a Soft Wall • Working within a Portable Isolation Cube • How to Establish a Negative Pressure Environment • Personal Protective Equipment Familiarization • How Secondary Infections are Acquired Tom Perić is a former award-winning journalist and president of Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Galileo Communications Inc. ( He writes frequently about construction issues and the HVACR (heating and cooling) industry.

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Cura Hospitality Prepares New Hospitality Strategies for Baby Boomers By Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Cura Hospitality Cura Hospitality, a specialist in senior living and acute care dining services management, is proactively helping administrators design appealing venues and plan new dining menu and hospitality strategies for the influx of residents from the “Greatest Generation”. As these Baby Boomers age, they expect a new worldliness and desire for food and beverage options beyond the traditional dining room. Cura elevates their experience by offering dining-related opportunities more conducive to their lifestyle. Take for example Cura-managed “home brewing” clubs, which has several residents enthused about learning how to brew a variety of beers and ales right in the comfort of their home. At the Whitney Center in Hamden, CT, more than 20 residents are members of the new “social” brew club, who meet monthly with their cook/brew master, Tim Smith, to learn the tricks of the trade on how to brew a variety of ales! “When I moved here, I never expected to participate in a brew club. It’s quite popular! What was supposed to be a social gathering for men has now grown to include women, too. It’s a lot of fun,” laughs Sanford Zimmerman, 84, a Whitney Center resident. Since December of 2012, Whitney’s brew club has brewed nine beers including a Blond Ale, Maple Brown Ale, India Pale Ale, Double India Pale Ale, Orange Wheat, and Russian Imperial Stout. French Saison and a Single Hop Pale Ale are next! The brew club brings fond memories to Zimmerman, originally from St. Louis, MO, who grew up near the AnheuserBusch landmark brewery. Now Zimmerman can help create his own brew, while another brew club member/resident, Carl Puleo, designs the bottle’s label. Ales are served in Cura-managed pubs for all residents to enjoy! As we finally leave winter behind, more and more Curamanaged communities will also be tending to their gardens. “Growers Days” at Cura have grown in popularity as older adults are keenly aware and educated on the key health benefits of the food they eat. In fact, it’s important for them to know where their food is grown and harvested.

Residents of The Bridges at Bent Creek in Mechanicsburg, PA, are part of this “growing” trend. Since 2009, residents have planted vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, arugula, and tomatoes. With the help and instruction of a local greenhouse owner, the residents were educated on how to plant, water, and care for the plants in several raised beds constructed by Cura’s dining team members. Gardening not only improves residents’ health by helping to keep them active, gardens inspire and create enjoyment. Ron Moyer, the former CEO of Peter Becker Community (Harleysville, PA) for 25 years, is now retired and a resident at Peter Becker. “For me, gardening is a hobby and therapy which also helps me to stay active and eat healthier,” says Moyer who has planted peas, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, lima and string beans on a 50 by 50 plot located on the community’s acre-plus garden located just outside of Philadelphia. Gardening is also part of Moyer’s physical activity regimen. “I’m convinced that staying active prevents me from suffering lower back problems,” says Moyer. Some of the vegetables and herbs harvested by the residents are used by Cura chefs to prepare fresh and delicious meals. These foods are identified on the menu with a customized logo denoting “food from the garden”! To further enhance sustainable efforts, vegetable waste and wood material (cardboard, leaves and woodchips) are composted on-site and returned back to the gardens for natural fertilization. According to Becky Lockner, Cura director of partnership development, “Through our LivingLife philosophy, Cura’s goal is to encourage residents to be involved and give them a sense of purpose and belonging.” LivingLife strives to nourish, heal and uplift the spirit and body through great food, personal service and memorable dining experiences. Based upon six dimensions of overall well-being including physical, spiritual, vocational, emotional, social, and intellectual, these areas are used as a frame to put an extra twist on what we already do well – enhancing life around great food!

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