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Once Again‌Hunterdon County ranked the Healthiest in New Jersey Wise went on to say, “Through Hunterdon Healthcare, we have a wide range of programs in place to keep our community healthy. Whether it is being a member of one of our Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers in Clinton or Whitehouse Station, our partnership with HealthQuest of Hunterdon, receiving complementary medicine though our Integrative Medicine Program or attending one of over 200 community support or education programs a year, our residents are clearly making the right choices to help maintain their healthy lifestyle.â€? This year’s health rankings show that people living in the healthiest county are twice as likely to have longer lives than those living in unhealthy counties. Hunterdon County residents are making smarter choices regarding diet, exercise, and health assessments. Hunterdon Healthcare exists to prevent disease, illness and injury; to seek cures; relieve pain; give comfort; and inspire a healthy way of living. Hunterdon Medical Center, the flagship hospital, treats over 8,000 inpatients annually, with over 33,000 Emergency Department visits and over 400,000 outpatient visits per year. The 178-bed teaching hospital provides a full range of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic inpatient and outpatient hospital and community health services. For more information on Hunterdon Healthcare, visit

In 2014, Hunterdon Medical Center introduced Robotic Surgical Services featuring da VinciÂŽ technology that takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. The arrival of Robotic Surgical Services within Hunterdon Medical Center represents an exciting milestone in the hospital's commitment to providing advanced care to the community - today and in the decades to come. provided

When Hunterdon Medical Center opened its doors over 60 years ago, we were ready to serve a population of 40,000 county residents. Today, nearly 130,000 residents call Hunterdon County home. For the sixth year in a row, Hunterdon was ranked the healthiest county in New Jersey based on a study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. “Year after year, Hunterdon and its surrounding counties have been rated among the healthiest in the state. This is not merely a reflection of the economic status of the community, but of the abundance and accessibility of quality healthcare services provided by the Hunterdon Healthcare network. Since we opened our doors in 1953, Hunterdon Medical Center has always placed an emphasis on preventive medicine and has encouraged our patients to have a primary care provider or a medical home. In fact, over 80% of our residents have a primary care doctor. We are proud to be a national leader in bringing 24 nationally-designated patientcentered medical homes to communities throughout Hunterdon County and surrounding communities. These primary care practices focus on prevention, wellness and coordinated care, and demonstrate the strong partnership among our patients, physicians and the hospital,� stated Robert P. Wise, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare. According to the study, 93 percent of residents in Hunterdon County are insured.

Pictured: Propa Ghosh, M.D., Urologist and Medical Director for Robotic Surgical Services talks about how she uses the robot at a community event last year in Flemington. Residents that attended the event actually got to sit and manipulate the robot through a simulator. This is just one of more than 200 programs and support groups that Hunterdon Healthcare hosts or participates in throughout the year.

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Jill S. Menell, MD, Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (SJCH), is recognized by the Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey (SCANJ) as one of five “Iconic Women” in the State. This prestigious award is part of a nation-wide collaborative in recognition of Women’s History Month, between FENDI and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc., to honor women who have made a significant impact in the Sickle Cell Disease community. Dr. Menell is passionate about caring for children with sickle cell disease. In 2014, the SCANJ recognized her as a recipient of the “Dr. Charles F. Whitten Award,” in the Health Care Professional category. As Chief, Dr. Menell leads a team of Board-certified Pediatric Hematology and Oncology physicians on staff at SJCH. They work together with a specially trained nursing staff skilled in administration of sickle cell disease treatment and associated therapies, as well as a psychosocial team that includes a social worker and child life specialist. The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital provides state-of-the-art family-centered care for children with blood disorders and cancer. For additional information on Pediatric Hematology/Oncology services at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, visit Nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867, is a major academic comprehensive health care institution located in Northern New Jersey. To learn more about the advanced services available across St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, which includes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, visit

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Emergency Medical Associates now provides Emergency Department Management Services at Ellenville Regional Hospital Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) recently contracted with Ellenville (N.Y.) Regional Hospital to provide emergency department management services. Ellenville Regional Hospital, a critical access and surgical hospital, treats approximately 13,000 emergency department patients annually. It offers a wide range of services including inpatient care, rehabilitation, orthopedics, gastroenterology, cardiology, pain management, ambulatory surgery and women’s health services. It is the smallest teaching hospital in the United States. “Our partnership with Emergency Medical Associates enables us to enhance the quality of care in our emergency department,” explained Steven L. Kelley, FACHE, president and chief executive officer. “It’s an important step in our mission to save lives, restore health and create a caring community for the region we serve.” The hospital has won numerous state and federal quality awards, including four Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative awards and a Quality and Patient Safety Award from the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association Patient Safety Institute for reducing the average length of stay in the emergency department to less than 100 minutes. “Ellenville Regional has an excellent reputation in Ulster County and has been recognized nationally for its clinical expertise and dedication to teaching the next generation of clinicians,” said Raymond Iannaccone, MD, FACEP, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Emergency Medical Associates. “We are proud to partner with the hospital and expand our presence in the Hudson Valley.” Emergency Medical Associates staffs and manages 32 emergency departments in New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. About Emergency Medical Associates Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) is a physician-led medical practice that specializes in emergency, hospitalist and urgent care medicine. Dedicated to providing exceptional solutions for the measurable success of our hospital partners, EMA is recognized for clinical excellence, quality service and sustained improved patient satisfaction. For more information, visit, or

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St. Joseph’s gets to the ‘Heart of the Matter’ Top quality heart and vascular care close to home According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. The experts at the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (SJHS) Department of Heart and Vascular Services are focused on providing advanced services to prevent and treat a broad spectrum of heart diseases. The experienced and caring Heart and Vascular Services team of physicians, nurses, residents, technicians, administrators and support staff provide patients with ongoing exceptional and compassionate care. Every member of the health care team stands firm in their dedication to a ‘patients first’ approach to top quality, safe and effective care – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. According to Mark Connolly, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, “St. Joseph’s prides itself on performing the newest minimally invasive cardiac procedures. When medication and catheter-based treatments cannot relive symptoms, surgery remains the accepted treatment for a range of cardiothoracic conditions, including but not limited to mitral valve prolapsed, atrial septal defect and coronary artery disease.” “The multidisciplinary care system that the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery has in place, combined with outstanding clinical staff expertise, leading edge technology and minimally invasive and robotic surgical approaches have produced outstanding patient outcomes at St. Joseph’s,” explains Dr. Connolly.

• Transtelephonic pacemaker monitoring • Electrophysiology studies • Cardiac catheterization Cardiac catheterization interventional procedures are available to help treat an array of diagnoses such as blocked arteries, hypertension, leg pain or claudication. Interventional procedures include Balloon Angioplasty, Stent placement and Peripheral Angiograms. Most interventions are performed as same day procedures, allowing patients to return home later that day. In addition, the Cardiac Catheterization Labs at both St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital offer Carotid Artery Stenting, an effective treatment to prevent stroke for patients with carotid artery blockage, as an alternative treatment for high surgical-risk patients. “Nationally recognized for peak performance and leading edge health care, patients can be assured that the Heart and Vascular experts at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System will provide them with top quality heart care in the most advanced way,” adds Dr. Connolly. Nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867, is a major academic comprehensive health care institution located in Northern New Jersey. To learn more about the advanced services available across St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, which includes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, visit

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers procedures including: Cardiac Surgery • Minimally Invasive 3-inch Right Thoracotomy AVR • Minimally Invasive Robotic Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement • Robotic and Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) • MAZE Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Surgery and Stent Grafts • Off Pump/Beating Heart Surgery (no heart/lung machine) • Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery • Left Ventricular Assist Devices • Cardiac Surgery for CHF Thoracic Surgery • VATS Thoracic Surgery • Robotic and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery • Esophagectomy • Laparoscopic Repair of Esophageal Reflux Often care begins with Diagnostic Testing. “St. Joseph’s Division of Cardiology provides a broad spectrum of diagnostic tests that assist physicians in determining whether or not a patient has heart or vascular disease,” states Dr. Connolly. “These tests can show if the disease has progressed and guide treatment that is suited to the needs of the individual. Our interdisciplinary team of compassionate cardiovascular experts use the latest technology and procedures to pinpoint the nature and scope of cardiovascular issues,” he says. Diagnostic tests, most of which are available at both St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ, and St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital in Wayne, NJ, can be performed on an outpatient basis and will not require an overnight stay. These include: • • • • • • • • • •

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Boards of Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Health Services Corporation approve merger The boards of trustees of Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Health Services Corp., the parent organization of Raritan Bay Medical Center, have approved the definitive agreement for the two not-for-profit health systems to merge. The agreement follows nearly seven months of due diligence during which time a thorough review of clinical, regulatory, service, and financial issues occurred. The merger still requires state regulatory approval, which the health systems expect to secure later this year. Both CEOs commented that the due diligence process has gone smoothly and that the cultures of the two organizations have proven very compatible. “We’ve been excited about this opportunity with Raritan Bay Medical Center from the beginning,” says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. “Both of our organizations share a commitment to quality and together, we will take progressive steps to join our services and our neighboring geographies to offer expanded choices for care to our residents.”

While Meridian Health serves primarily Monmouth and Ocean counties and parts of Middlesex County, Raritan Bay services Middlesex County and parts of Northern Monmouth County. The combined entity will have eight hospitals — Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, Ocean Medical Center, Brick, Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Neptune, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge and Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy — and a network of physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, home care, long-term care and assisted living facilities, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. The combined entity will serve a regional population of about 1.5 million residents, and the system will employ approximately 15,000 team members andhave more than 2,700 physicians on staff.


from left, back row, is Russell J. Azzarello, Chairman of the Board, Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation; Gordon Litwin, Esq., Chairman of Meridian Health Board of Trustees; Joseph Jankowski, Esq., Chairman, Raritan Bay Medical Center Board of Directors; Thomas J. Kononowitz, Meridian Hospitals Corporate Board of Directors and Serena DiMaso, Esq., Meridian Hospitals Corporate Board of Directors. Seated, from left, is President, Meridian Health John Loyd, FACHE, President and CEO, Raritan Bay Medical Center Michael R. D’Agnes, FACHE and Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Meridian Health.

“We spent a number of years looking for the right partner, one that not only offered the resources to help us to grow, but also shared

our vision to be the region’s best medical center. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our employees and medical staff we are joining

an advanced, forward-thinking system in Meridian Health,” says Michael R. D’Agnes, FACHE, president of Raritan Bay Medical Center. “I could not be happier to work with my long-time professional colleague John Lloyd to integrate Raritan Bay Medical Center into their system and provide our community greater access to superior care.” “There is no doubt that this merger gives us the opportunity to offer innovative, patient-centered health care services to a broader region while letting us share significant population health management expertise with Raritan Bay,” says Lloyd. “Through care coordination and clinical integration, we will help individuals better understand their risk of illness, and customize prevention and treatment strategies that will serve our communities well.” Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network also signed a letter of intent to merge on October 16, 2014. That merger transaction is nearing its completion of due diligence.


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Epidemic H. What comes to mind when you hear the word "epidemic?" Fear? Death? Mass casualties? There is a new type of epidemic spreading across both affluent and poverty stricken geographic locations. The heroin epidemic is unfortunately spiraling out of control in some states and overdose often leads to heart-wrenching fatalities. As nurses, what do we need to know about the rising epidemic and how can we help prevent further occurrences? In 2010, 16,751 people died from opioid overdose, equating to an opioid related death every half hour. Opioids like heroin work by binding to receptors in the body to provide an analgesic effect, but at the expense of respiratory depression. The drug Narcan (Naloxone hydrochloride) has antagonistic effects to prevent heroin from binding to the receptors and reverses the effects. One way to help decrease the amount of overdoses is to make Narcan more available to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, police officers, and even non-healthcare professionals. Spraying the drug Narcan once into each nostril allows the drug to be absorbed through mucus membranes and reverses the effects of the overdose. Home use Narcan is a controversial topic to help prevent opiate overdose deaths. Studies show that Narcan does not have potential for abuse and adverse reactions to the drug are rare. Distributing Narcan to friends and family of drug users is similar to harm reduction efforts such as syringe exchange programs. Providing training programs and home-use Narcan could potentially empower users to protect themselves. Since calling 9/11 is usually a last resort to due fear of repercussion, peers who are at the scene and are willing to help may run out of time to save those who are in urgent need of an intervention. In these cases, having Narcan on hand could potentially save a life, similar to the way Epinephrine injections can quickly save a life of someone suffering from an anaphylactic reaction. On the contrary, proposing home use Narcan has its drawbacks. Physicians are resistant to prescribe home Narcan, despite laws that provide immunity to providers from civil liability for dispensing Narcan to a layperson. Furthermore, allowing opiate users to reverse the effects of heroin at home rather than seeking medical treatment may allow users to continue without facing negative consequences or finding help. Another objection to home Narcan access is that availability may encourage more frequent and higher-doses of opioids, knowing that there is a safety net of a reversal. Although Narcan is one way to potentially save lives, it does nothing to treat addiction, masking the underlying problem. Without follow-up care after life-threatening overdose, the drug-user is in the same deadly predicament as they started. Nurses can be at the forefront of legislation policy making to make Narcan more available, as well as push for public health policy reform that provides adequate follow-up care programs. Preventing Epidemic H needs to involve nurses to educate patients and their families about opioid misuse and treatment options.

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education & careers Holy Name Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer honored by NJBIZ Dr. Sheryl Slonim named One Of 50 Best Women In Business


Sheryl Slonim, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officerat Holy Name Medical Center, has been named one of New Jersey's 2015 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, a business news publication. The Best 50 Women in Business awards program honors New Jersey's most dynamic women in business who are making headlines in the field. An independent panel of judges selected the top fifty winners based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement and advocacy for women. Dr. Slonim is responsible for all aspects of management of patient care at Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC), a not-for-profit 361-bed full service health care facility. Under her leadership

HNMC has twice received Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care,nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice, as well as the Beacon Award™ for its Intensive Care and Telemetry Units. She maintains an operating budget that contributes to the Medical Center’s lowest cost status in New Jersey. The recipient of numerous professional honors including the Distinguished Alumna Award from Fairleigh Dickinson University, the Visionary Leader Award from UMDNJ School of Nursing, the New Jersey Institute for Nursing Diva Award for outstanding service to the profession, and the Professional Recognition Award and Most Distinguished Service Award from the




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Pictured are (left to right): Donna C. Pressma, LCSW, president and chief executive officer, The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey; Christine Saltzman, BSN ’09, MSN, ’13, secretary, Upsilon Rho Chapter; Holly Leahan, MSN, RN, nursing program and graduate practicum advisor, W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing, Thomas Edison State College; Maritza Raimundi-Petroski, director, Maternal/Child Health, Family and Community Support Services, The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey; and Gary Fassler, BSN ’08, MSN ’11, treasurer, Upsilon Rho Chapter.

The Upsilon Rho Chapter is comprised of more than 200 Thomas Edison State College alumni who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, academic integrity and professional leadership potential. These students hold either bachelor’s or master’s degrees from the College’s W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and must have maintained a minimum 3.0 or 3.5 GPA, respectively, on a 4.0 scale. In addition, students must be ranked in the top 35 percent of their graduating class to be considered for membership. About Thomas Edison State College Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 11 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. The College is a national

About The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey is a nonprofit child and family serving agency whose mission is to save children’s lives and build healthy families. Founded in 1894, the agency protects abused or neglected infants and at-risk children by ensuring stable, permanent and loving homes for each and every child it serves. All services are confidential and most are free. For more information, visit

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Thomas Edison State College’s Upsilon Rho Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, recently made a $500 charitable donation to The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ). The chapter allocated a portion of its membership dues to fund the group’s annual holiday giving effort. “The chapter felt strongly about supporting a local initiative. I have worked in the maternal child health arena for many years and knew of the work and success CHSofNJ has had with mothers and children in Trenton,” explained College alumna Christine Saltzman, BSN ’09, MSN, ’13, and secretary of Upsilon Rho. The funds donated will help to provide additional programming and services for two of CHSofNJ’s Maternal/Child Health, Family and Community Support Services programs, CUNA and Body and Soul. CUNA is a prenatal health education and support program that addresses the unique cultural and linguistic needs of Latina women, predominantly Spanish-speaking recent immigrants. Body and Soul provides a holistic approach to prenatal health for pregnant women and women in their childbearing years through customized programming. “The Upsilon Rho Chapter’s commitment to quality health and preventive care firmly aligns with CHSofNJ’s mission of saving children’s lives and building healthy families, and we are honored to have been selected as recipient of its holiday donation for our prenatal health education programs,” said Maritza I. Raimundi-Petroski, CHSofNJ’s director of Maternal/Child Health, Family and Community Support Services. “For decades, CHSofNJ has worked within our communities to improve birth outcomes for at-risk populations of Mercer and Ocean counties. We look forward to a strong partnership with Sigma Theta Tau and together improving public health.”

Patient Guadalupe Martinez of New Brunswick receives a visit from Latina beauty queens and twin sisters Marisol and Maribel Joven at the Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital during March’s Child Life Month. Marizol, a resident of Newark, is the current Ms. New Jersey Belleza Latina. Maribel, a resident of Kearny, is the reigning Miss Latina Galaxy. The sisters distributed coloring books and other gifts to children on the hospital’s pediatric floors. They were joined by Al Vazquez of Clifton, a Batman impersonator. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600.

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education & careers Matheny awarded three-year CARF Accreditation CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) has announced that the Matheny Medical and Educational Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its assistive technology supports and services, community housing and community integration. The latest accreditation is the fifth consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to Matheny. The accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.


An example of one of the more sophisticated communications devices that help non-verbal Matheny adults and children communicate.

Matheny ( is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. It was founded as a school for children with cerebral palsy in 1946. CARF

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on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. In a letter to Michelle Russo, Matheny director of adult services, announcing the accreditation, Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., CARF president/CEO, said, “This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. Services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence.” In the CARF survey report, Matheny received an exemplary conformance for its assistive technology program. Matheny, the report said, “is commended for developing an assistive technology program that is a leader in the field.

The organization uses a multidisciplinary approach to develop solutions that incorporate technology into every aspect of services offered by the organization. Technology not only enables clients’ independent mobility, it enhances the quality of life and access to the community through innovative use of everything from simple pictures to complicated equipment or adaptations that require the skills and imagination of the staff, who build a solution for any problem presented. The attitude at Matheny Medical and Educational Center is that there is nothing that the child or adult cannot do if he or she has the right technology and support. The technology committee regularly meets to develop solutions on both an individual and global basis. The organization works collaboratively with the community and funding sources to ensure that those clients who need expensive devices are able to obtain the needed equipment.”

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As Rutgers New Jersey Medical School physical therapy students rotated through several stations demonstrating everything from wheelchair maneuverability to adapted physical education, they absorbed a sense of appreciation for the challenges facing people with developmental disabilities. The occasion was the students’ annual visit to the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ, to learn about the therapies and equipment that help enhance the lives of those with physical disabilities. Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Matthew Santoro of Hazlet Township, NJ, marveled at the technology that gives people with disabilities “some level of independence.” And Danielle Shellhammer of Ringwood, NJ, felt the visit was, “a good experience, to see all that’s available.”

Christianna Rocco, left, and Danielle Shellhammer learn how to use their heads while playing adapted basketball.

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education & careers MONOC implements new policy virtually eliminating the use of backboards On April 1, 2015, MONOC implemented a new policy on the use of long backboards used by EMTs, Paramedics and Nurses in the prehospital setting. This new policy virtually eliminates the use of long backboards which has been a staple for EMS crews for decades. Traditionally, long backboards have been used on all patients experiencing nearly any type of traumatic event. The purpose has been to attempt to provide rigid spinal immobilization in an effort to reduce further harm during transport to a hospital should the patient have experienced a cervical or spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, the benefit of long backboard use is largely unproven. Over the last decade much research has been done looking at the efficacy of long backboard use. As a result, it has been determined that the use of long backboards can likely cause more harm than good. Studies have shown that use of long backboards can induce pain, patient agitation, respiratory compromise and development of pressure ulcers. When necessary, spinal precautions in most cases can be maintained by the application of a cervical collar and the maintenance of the spine in neutral alignment while firmly secured on the ambulance cot. Further supporting the literature downplaying the need for long backboards are position statements from The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and a joint statement from the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS). The 2015 ACEP statement says that “Backboards should not be used as a therapeutic intervention or as a precautionary measure either inside or outside the hospital or for inter-facility transfers.”

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Phillips 66 leads multiple benefactors to help Trinitas bolster its patient transport capabilities Vehicle will serve as new Specialty Care Transport Unit (SCTU)


From left: Kathleen Shevlin, Trinitas Health Foundation; Rod Muench, Trinitas Regional Medical Center; Nancy Sadlon, Bayway Refinery Public Affairs Manager; Darren Cunningham, Bayway Refinery Manager; Gary Horan, FACHE, President & Chief Executive Officer, Trinitas Regional Medical Center; Nadine Brechner, Chief Development Officer & Vice President, Trinitas Health Foundation; Mary Phillips, Bayway Refinery Community Relations Coordinator; Brant Maslowski, Bryan Garret, and Joseph McTernan, Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center has introduced a new, high-tech specialty ambulance thanks to combined funding support led by the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery. The new vehicle will serve as the medical center’s first Specialty Transport Care Unit (SCTU). Designed to augment Trinitas’ current transport capabilities, the SCTU will provide a higher level of transport for patients who need to be accompanied by a Registered Nurse, who is also a paramedic. As Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and CEO of Trinitas explains, “The SCTU will be used for critical care patients who are being transferred to the Trinitas Cardiac Cauterization Lab from neighboring hospitals, or for dialysis patients who may need a ventilator while they are being transported for treatments. When paramedics and registered nurses are not committed to specialty transport activities, they can be effectively deployed to respond to 911 calls in Elizabeth, and function as a Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) response team. The SCTU complements and strengthens our existing MICU as a vital new service for our community.” Wakefern Food Corporation (ShopRite), the Gertrude L. Hirsch Charitable Trust, and the Paragano

Family Foundation, were additional benefactors who made the purchase of the new vehicle possible. The Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery received Trinitas Health Foundation’s Celebrating Philanthropy Award at the Foundation’s 2014 Gala. “Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery recognizes the importance of safety and community preparedness,” states Darren Cunningham, Refinery Manager. “This specialized ambulance is an example of taking action to be prepared for emergency situations. We are proud to be able to support its purchase, and we are very pleased to hear it is already in service and helping those in our surrounding communities.” Nadine Brechner, Vice President Trinitas Health Foundation and Chief Development Officer, salutes those who provided this grant funding. “This is an excellent example of how we simply couldn’t do it without the help of generous benefactors who think so highly of Trinitas. They help us continually enhance our ability to respond to the healthcare needs of our community.” For more information on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit: or call (908) 994-5138.

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The Provident Bank Foundation supports Matheny’s Arts Access Program with a $5,000 grant “The Arts Access Program is truly impactful and life-changing, not only for the individuals but for the whole community”, according to Jane Kurek, executive director, The Provident Bank Foundation, “The program allows these individuals to achieve their potential through the arts.” More information about Matheny Medical and Educational Center is available at or by calling (908) 234-0011. For more information about The Provident Bank Foundation, please visit or call (862) 260-3990.


Pictured (l to r) Suzanne B. Cerminara, vice president, branch manager, Provident Far Hills branch; Jane A. Kurek, executive director, The Provident Bank Foundation; Arts Access artist Natalia Manning; and Eileen Murray, director of the Arts Access Program. Center painting behind Kurek is an untitled work by Manning.

The Provident Bank Foundation (, which supports organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of residents in the communities served by Provident Bank, has provided the Matheny Medical and Educational Center with a $5,000 grant to support its Arts Access Program, which enables individuals with disabilities to freely express themselves through the arts.

Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility here for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Arts Access provides people with physical disabilities the freedom to create in the visual, literary and performing arts. By providing artist facilitators to do those tasks physically impossible for the artists, Arts Access frees people

with disabilities to express their creative visions in painting and mixed media, digital graphics and sculpture, poetry, drama, choreography and dance. The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 with the intent of supporting not-for-profit groups, schools and other organizations that provide valuable services to the New Jersey communities served by The Provident Bank.

Matheny’s Arts Access Program receives $10,000 NEA grant The Matheny Medical and Educational Center’s Arts Access Program has received a $10,000 grant for Arts Engagement in American Communities from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support Full Circle, the Arts Access Program’s annual celebration, which will be held this year on Saturday, November 7.

Performance at Full Circle 2013.

Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Arts Access empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Through the use of innovative systems and techniques, participants can take part in the visual, performing and literary arts.


Regardless of their disability, the artists are provided with the tools and materials needed to produce complete pieces of work. Full Circle includes an exhibition displaying original artwork created by artists with disabilities; and guest artists help participants with disabilities create a culminating multimedia performance piece. Eileen Murray, director of the Arts Access Program, said she is “deeply grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for its generosity to the Matheny Arts Access Program and our talented artists with disabilities. With the NEA’s support of Full Circle, our annual arts event, Arts Access will present the artists’ work to the community, honoring and celebrating each individual’s creative accomplishments. This generous grant from NEA will further enable us to open doors for the artists and open the minds of the public.”

About The Provident Bank Foundation The Provident Bank Foundation was established by New Jersey’s oldest bank in 2003 to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other organizations that provide services in communities served by Provident Bank. Since its founding, the Foundation has granted more than $19 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities. For more information about The Provident Bank Foundation, visit or call (862) 260-3990.


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