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Phase 1 Completed State of the art medical equipment and renovations top off Phase I of Trinitas Emergency Department Expansion

Prompted by more than 73,000 emergency visits each year, Trinitas Regional Medical Center announced an $18 million expansion project designed to meet this pressing demand. Begun last October, the Medical Center recently completed the crucial first phase of the 3-part project that yielded great results for the future of patient care. Phase I of the overall project included a new 128-slice CT scanner next to the Emergency Department. Its proximity will now benefit physicians and patients by reducing the length of time for scanning services and delivery of results to patients. Dr. Eugene Kennedy MD, Chairman, Department of Radiology, explains, “The greater accessibility of the new CT Scanner means that our Emergency Department physicians will be able to treat our patients more efficiently and effectively. The installation of the scanner is the first step toward making the vision of the new Emergency Department a reality.” With state-of-the-art technology, the 128-slice CT scanner delivers less radiation per study, decreases the amount of contrast administered intravenously, and performs faster scanning that results in more rapid generation of images for radiologist access and review. All of these improvements translate into reduced

A spacious lobby and registration area greets visitors to the Trinitas Regional Medical Center Emergency Department, which is being expanded to twice its prior size.

treatment time which then reduces patient anxiety and stress in the emergency setting. Trinitas President/ CEO Gary S. Horan, FACHE, pointed out that the expansion and facility enhancements are vital to patient care in Elizabeth and its surrounding communities. “As a primary healthcare provider in the Central Jersey region,

Trinitas has long been committed to the needs of the communities it serves. In the past 15 years, we have seen that residents rely on us to care for them in the face of medical emergencies. With the expansion’s expected completion in 2017, we’ll be better able to continue to offer the highest level of patient care possible.”

When completed later next year, the expanded emergency department will present an attractive first impression to those visiting Trinitas. In addition, the project will add 3 new Intensive Care Unit beds to the existing ICU.

Other enhancements rolled out within Phase I included a redesign of the main entrance and lobby, as well as, a new waiting area and registration area. John D'Angelo, DO, Chairman of Emergency Medicine, noted that an aging population is a key cause for a higher number of emergency visits. "With a population that is growing

older, we see more cardiac and stroke cases due to age-related factors." The new Emergency Department will have a total of 45 treatment rooms, up from its current 28, and separate treatment areas for families, children and seniors. In addition, the 24,000 square-foot expansion project will add three new beds to the existing Intensive Care Unit.

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Raritan Bay Medical Center Opens New Medical Arts Building, Gains Accolades and Adds Services

Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) is expanding services with a newly constructed Medical Arts Building at its Old Bridge location, providing the community easy access to a full continuum of care. More than 400 people; public officials, local residents, physicians and hospital executives and staff celebrated the addition of the new building at the grand opening. The new multi-specialty building at 2 Hospital Plaza provides an array of services, including: the Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at RBMC; advanced diagnostic imaging and laboratory services; an ambulatory surgery center; five operating room suites; women’s imaging; a host of physician offices representing a variety of specialties and more. “I am very excited. Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people who believed in a lot of people and that dream has been realized, and the beneficiaries will be the residents of Middlesex County,” said Michael R. D’Agnes, president and CEO of RBMC, during the event. “This new building transforms our Old Bridge facility, placing a greater emphasis on surgical and outpatient services such as orthopedic and bariatric surgery as provided by our Human Motion Institute and Institute for Weight Loss programs and new diabetes center. Here we are now,

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During the grand opening for the new medical arts building at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, From left during the ribbon cutting, RBMC Director, Orthopedic Surgery Dr. Surender Grover; Old Bridge Township Mayor Owen Henry; Chairman RBMC Board of Directors Joseph Jankowski, Esq.; RBMC President and CEO Michael R. D’Agnes; Senator Sam Thompson; Medical Director, RBMC Cardiac Cath. Lab Dr. Puneet Sahgal and Russell Azzarello, chairman of the RBMC Foundation board of directors.

at a point where a facility that we almost sold, we are expanding with a 92,000 square foot building that is a combination inpatient surgical hospital and ambulatory surgery center, imaging center, with physicians’ offices and diabetes center all in one building.” The new imaging center has open MRI, 160-slice CT, ultrasound, X-

ray and nuclear medicine as well as extended services for women's health such as 3D mammography and bone densitometry. The ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is a partnership between the hospital and more than 25 surgeons on the RBMC medical staff. Dr. Andrew Citron, medical director of the ASC and director of the division of anesthesiology at RBMC, said,

Visitors register for the October 19 grand opening. The new building is visible in the background.

“This brings the total ORs at Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Old Bridge location up to nine. I’m very excited about increasing surgical services for the community and surrounding areas.” Easy scheduling, complimentary on-site parking and a relaxed, welcoming reception area are just a few of the patient amenities at the new Medical Arts Building. The property creates the experience of a hotel-like environment for patients and visitors. Its design allows patients and visitors to better navigate the facility. In addition, the already free surface parking has been greatly expanded. The building connects to the main hospital on the second floor via a “sky bridge.” RBMC had several noteworthy events and accomplishments in 2014. The medical center and Meridian Health signed a letter of intent to explore a merger between the two organizations. RBMC became one of a few hospitals in the world to attain Magnet Status for nursing excellence for a third con-

secutive time and became an affiliate of the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world’s preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization, and now provides some of the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. The medical center’s diabetes self-management education program was subsequently recognized with the Education Recognition Certificate from the American Diabetes Association. Also in 2014, the hospital launched a secure, online patient portal MYRBMC providing patients 24/7 access to their health information and test results. And RBMC launched a new Neck and Back Center coordinated by a nurse navigator and using a collaborative approach to diagnose and treat neck or back pain. Services are provided through the Human Motion Institute’s continuum of care. For more information, visit For a free physician referral, call 1-800-DOCTORS.

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Matheny Medical and Educational Center

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Matheny Plans to Open Additional Community Residences for Adults and Children with Disabilities The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities believes that community living is the cornerstone of an independent, integrated life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Matheny Medical and Educational Center, a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities, currently operates five group homes, in Somerset and Warren counties. Each home provides a residence in the community for five adults with developmental disabilities. Over the next five years, Matheny, working with DDD and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, plans to open at least five additional group homes. Some will be for adults; others will be for children, up to the age of 21. One project is already underway, a collaboration with New Bridge Developers and KVD + Architecture Incorporated on development of a new adult group home for six residents in Parsippany, NJ. According to Michelle Russo, Matheny’s director of adult services,

“We are talking to developers, realtors, and communities to find other suitable locations. We think this is a great opportunity for more people with disabilities to live in the community.” Matheny is committed to assisting its students and patients in attaining the highest possible level of independent functioning. In Matheny’s current group homes, residents are provided with the opportunity to live as independently as possible – shopping, interacting with neighbors and working or attending adult programs during the day. Most group homes for people with disabilities qualify to help communities meet their Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) obligations. The Federal Fair Housing Amendment specifically extended the law to cover people with disabilities in order to prevent housing discrimination. This law prohibits local zoning rules from discriminating in housing opportunities for people with disabilities and makes it unlawful to deny a dwelling to any buyer or renter because of a disability.

Residents of Matheny’s Franklin Twp group home performed at NJPAC with Holiday Express.

While the majority of Matheny’s current inpatients have cerebral palsy as their primary diagnoses, the medical complexities of Matheny patients have increased

Matheny adults enjoyed a barbeque at Matheny’s Frelinghuysen group homes in Warren County.

over the years. Matheny patients have a long list of associated clinical conditions, such as vision and hearing deficits, seizure disorders, and dysphagia, with resulting aspiration problems. As a result, Matheny is currently evaluating all of its 101 residents to determine which ones are medically able to live outside the hospital. Because of the medical complexities of even those who can live in the community, Russo pointed out, “our group homes will be staffed with LPNs.” Matheny also has patients with spina bifida, a rare metabolic condition known as Lesch-Nyhan Disease (LND), and a wide range of

uncommon conditions including Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Cornelia De Lange syndrome, Wolf-Hirshorn syndrome and 4Q Deletion syndrome. In addition to its role as a special hospital, Matheny is a special education school providing academics, combined with functional life skills, for students, ages 3-21 . . . a comprehensive outpatient center meeting the needs of people with all types of disabilities in the community . . . and a resource for training healthcare professionals, therapists, and educators in how to work effectively and appropriately with persons who have developmental disabilities.

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Expanding Cancer Services for the UH Community An exciting new partnership will provide residents throughout Newark and the greater Essex County area with the most advanced cancer care available

University Hospital in Newark is dedicated to providing excellent patient care in a safe, compassionate environment. It is the principal teaching hospital for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and is one of the nation’s leading academic health centers. It is a model venue for the integration of education and research to promote breakthrough discoveries in health care, and it is the state’s largest graduate medical education site for students studying to become physicians, dentists, nurses, and other health care professionals.

It will also include access to clinical trials as well as expanded community outreach and education regarding cancer prevention and early detection.

Following UH’s patient-centered care model, the multidisciplinary team at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital will include medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists; oncology certified nurses; patient navigators; social workers; registered dietitians; pharmacists; and other specially trained support personnel. “As the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey has a mission to provide patients with advanced care, including clinical trials, some of which are only available at NCI-designated centers,” said Susan Goodin, PharmD, FCCP, BCOP, newly named Interim Director of Rutgers University Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital. “This new partnership with University Hospital will expand access to these novel cancer therapies bringing the latest treatments to all populations in the greater Newark area.”

Mortality rates from some forms of cancer are currently very high in parts of Essex County because people are often diagnosed in the latest stages of disease.

The hospital is a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties, including cardiology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, and neurology. It also has special programs, such as the Center for Liver Diseases and Transplantation. University Hospital is the only Level I Trauma Center in northern New Jersey and has a highly trained, award-winning emergency medical services team.

In September, University Hospital announced an exciting new partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey that will provide residents throughout Newark and the greater Essex County area with the most advanced cancer care available. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital will feature expanded oncology services to augment existing radiation oncology services already provided by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

“Now more than ever, we must work together as healthcare leaders to find ways to conquer cancer in our community,” said John N. Kastanis, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO of University Hospital, at the partnership launch event.

The event, held September 20th at UH, was attended by state, local, university and hospital dignitaries including Governor Chris Christie, local Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, Rutgers RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom, patients and others. The team at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital will work closely with community partners in the greater Newark area to identify cancerrelated needs and develop education, training, and research. These activities will form the basis for future cancer-focused outreach initiatives, which will include creating culturally-sensitive educational materials and improving cancer literacy and communication between patients and healthcare providers.

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

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

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







































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Nurse’s Viewpoint By Alison Lazzaro, RN

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Mending a Broken Heart

Heart disease continues to rank as the leading cause of death in the United States. Do you know what puts you at risk for heart disease? Chest pain is a common complaint in the primary care setting. Chest pain could indicate a serious cardiac problem, or it could be attributed to musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, pulmonary or psychiatric disorders. Know your risks and how to prevent heart disease in order to stay healthy!

Differential diagnosis A complaint of chest pain could mean that blood flow to the coronary arteries is blocked. This type of pain is called “angina”, and may be described as pressure, heaviness or tightness in the left chest that is made worse with activity and improves with rest. The pain will not change with different positions or when palpating the chest wall. Pain might radiate to the stomach, shoulder, jaw or back. Associated symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sweating, and shortness of breath. A complaint of chest pain is always initially evaluated for a cardiac etiology. Once a cardiac abnormality is ruled out, other causes of chest pain are investigated. For instance, chest pain could also be from a musculoskeletal cause called costochondritis. This type of pain is worse when pushing on the chest wall. Sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms may feel like chest pain. Chest pain from an esophageal disorder usually includes symptoms like difficulty swallowing, indigestion, heartburn and cough. Anxiety can even cause the feeling of chest pain in some circumstances.

Diagnostics So how do you know if chest pain is cardiac in nature or due to another body system? Initial evaluation includes an immediate 12-lead EKG and assessment of cardiovascular risk factors. An EKG with ST-segment elevation is indicative of a heart attack and requires transport to an emergency department for treatment. In some cases, a stress test and blood work to evaluate cardiac enzymes will be necessary. Risk Factors Be aware of what puts you at higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Personal history of vascular disease, age over 55, family history of early heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney disease, smoking, and stress increase your probability of cardiac problems.

Reducing Your Risk Once you know your risk factors, you can get on the right path to prevent heart disease and stroke. By implementing health promotion strategies of smoking cessation, stress reduction, physical activity, and dietary modification, you will keep your mind and body strong.

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AtlantiCare Growing Green installs greenhouse at Chelsea Heights School Project part of Timberland’s Global Serv-a-palooza Service Initiative


Ani Karabashian, FoodCorps service member, plants vegetables at the Chelsea Heights School garden in Atlantic City.

AtlantiCare Growing Green representatives installed a greenhouse at Chelsea Heights School in Atlantic City on September 7, along with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey volunteers, and employees from the Timberland® store at the Tanger Outlets in Atlantic City. The new greenhouse was incorporated as part of the outside garden classroom and will allow the students to grow vegetables year-round, rather than only during the spring months. The installation is one of 50+ projects being hosted by outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland® around the globe this fall as part of the company’s annual Serv-a-palooza initiative. In line with Timberland’s commitment to protect and enhance the outdoors, many of these projects focus on creating and restoring green spaces and providing community education opportunities. Volunteers also painted a map of the U.S. and a hopscotch game on the playground, and provided the school with a curriculum for using them for healthy, physical activities. Last year, AtlantiCare Growing Green assisted in refurbishing the Chelsea Heights School garden by donating new garden beds; and provides funding and garden education to the school yearly. Students from kindergarten to 8th grade spend time throughout the year in this outdoor classroom. To further promote nutrition education and enhance the outdoor garden and greenhouse as a teaching tool, AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program welcomed Ani Karabashian, of Ventnor, NJ, a service member for FoodCorps, to work with the school for the next year. For more information about AtlantiCare Growing Green, please visit or


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Holy Name Medical Center’s Director of Simulation Learning receives GEM Award for Nursing Excellence Holy Name Medical Center’s Director of Simulation Learning, J. Cedar Wang, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, CHSE, has received the 2016 GEM Award for Nursing Excellence in Education and Mentorship for the Northeast Region of the United States. Ms. Wang is now a finalist for the national GEM Award in this category, which will be announced at the end of 2016. Over the past 30 years, the GEM Awards program of has become one of the most prestigious in the nation to recognize nurses in the categories of leadership, management, education, volunteerism, inpatient care, and community care. Ms. Wang received her GEM Award surrounded by family and colleagues at a celebration held at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe. Her award recognizes “an RN who contributes to nursing’s body of knowledge through formal nursing education, skills training or continuing education, or who guides, supports, or influences nurses’ career development in meaningful, measurable ways through the art of professional nursing.” “The entire Holy Name family congratulates Ms. Wang on this outstanding acknowledgement, as we celebrate her numerous achievements on behalf of our Medical Center and our community,” said Sheryl Slonim, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, APN-C, Holy Name’s Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Ms. Wang’s exemplary leadership, passion, mentorship, and highly refined skill set ensure that the Institute fulfills Holy Name’s mission to serve as a community of caregivers who are committed to a ministry of healing and to the pursuit of professional excellence and conscientious stewardship. Through her engaging efforts, simulation learning is integrated into all aspects of Holy Name’s education and training, process improvements, and safety initiatives.” As Director of Simulation Learning, Ms. Wang oversees Holy Name’s Institute for Simulation Learning (ISL), which provides an authentic immersive environment

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Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN (left), and Eileen P. Williamson, MSN, RN, of Learning (right), present the 2016 GEM Award for Education and Mentorship/Northeast Region to J. Cedar Wang, MSN, RN, APN, GNP-BC, CHSE, Director of Simulation Education at Holy Name Medical Center (center).

where nurses, physicians, first responders, students, and other health care professionals can develop safe, innovative, and compassionate approaches to patient care. The ISL combines advanced technology –

including high-fidelity patient simulators – with standardized patients (actors), state-of-the-art audiovisual systems and trained simulation staff to enable learners to apply their skills in realistic clinical encounters

and then learn from these scenarios through audiovisual recordings and debriefings. “I am truly grateful for the recognition this award gives simulation methodologies in nursing educa-

tion,” said Ms. Wang. “I believe winning this award showcases the tremendous opportunity simulation has to transform nursing care at the bedside. New innovations are allowing us to train health care professionals in an immersive learning environment. This ensures patient safety and satisfaction.” Since the ISL’s opening in 2013, Ms. Wang and the ISL team have trained more than 5,000 first responders, health care professionals, corporate clients, nursing students and high school students within 32 customized courses, 11 American Heart Association courses and a summer Healthcare Careers Discovery Program for 50 high achieving high school students. The ISL’s immersive dementia sensitivity program, which engaged more than 450 of Holy Name’s nurses, physicians, patient care technicians, social workers and unit secretaries, won the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s 2016 Innovation Award. Other ISL highlights include a collaborative partnership with SINAI Schools to teach health care providers how to sensitively care for patients with special needs and “Simulation 101” for organizational leaders, which uses simulation to evaluate system efficiencies, mitigate risk, promote accountability and foster professional development.

About Holy Name Medical Center Holy Name Medical Center is a fully accredited, not-for-profit healthcare facility based in Teaneck, New Jersey, with off-site locations throughout Bergen County. Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1925, the comprehensive 361-bed medical center offers leading-edge medical practice and technology administered in an environment rooted in a tradition of compassion and respect for every patient. Holy Name provides high quality health care across a continuum that encompasses education, prevention, early intervention, comprehensive treatment options, rehabilitation and wellness maintenance.

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Saint Peter's University Hospital hosts open house for students interested in health care, IT, engineering, nursing and technologists careers


Saint Peter's University Hospital welcomes students ages 14 to 20 to attend an open house for the hospital’s Exploring program. This is an exciting opportunity for local residents and their parents. Please join members of Saint Pater’s University Hospital on Wednesday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Saint Peter's University Hospital, 254 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. The Exploring program, partnering with Saint Pater’s University Hospital, gives young adults an opportunity to “explore” possible careers in nursing, radiology, health care, finance, information technology, physical therapy, social work, human resources, business, and more by working and training with members of the hospital in exercises and activities. The program emphasizes academics, character development and self-discipline, and encourages participants to give back to the community. The open house is a great opportunity for students and parents to join or learn more about the program. Refreshments will be served. Interested students should attend with a parent or guardian. The event will be held in the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center, adjacent to the main lobby.

Exploring offers opportunities to participate in hands-on projects that give youth a real feel for whether a career is the right one for them. Participants will have a chance to network with professionals who work in health care careers, are using the latest technology, are aware of emerging trends, and know what it takes to get into college for a specific career, including the educational requirements. Students will also receive tangible one-one-one advice about steps they can take now to prepare and position themselves for a successful career in their chosen health field. For further information, please call 732-745-6651 or visit

About Exploring Exploring is a worksite-based program of Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America, for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years old (15 through 21 in some areas). Exploring units, called "posts", usually have a focus on a single career field, such as police, fire/rescue, emergency medical services, healthcare, law, aviation, engineering, or the like, and may be sponsored by a government or business entity.


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Gary S. Horan from Trinitas Regional Medical Center honored for Best Practice


Unleashing creativity and removing the fear of failure are among the leadership traits that Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and CEO of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, uses to lead his 2,700 member staff. These attributes were recognized recently by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), which presented him with a Best Practice Award. Conducted with Commerce Magazine, the Annual Best Practice Conference salutes leaders across all business sectors in the state. Trinitas is one of only three hospitals in New Jersey to be recognized. Over 100 CEO’s, managing partners and business owners were considered for the award. Many of the CEOs who wrote for the Best Practice Guide discussed their personal approaches to leadership and collaboration. The judges were asked to select the most clever, extraordinary and innovative entries to be honored at the conference. Horan’s leadership advice, which appears in the 2016-2017 Annual Best Practices Guide, published recently by Commerce Magazine, follows: “Encouraging innovation and cultivating ideas from all levels of the organization can yield great successes. Things happen when you unleash creativity and remove the fear of failure. In an industry as volatile as

healthcare, there can no longer be a single, set way accomplishing any task. This approach has led Trinitas to a number of medical “firsts,” but we have also seen innovative solutions to issues involving information technology, human resources, marketing, finance, legal and many other areas. My staff will rise to the level of my expectations; therefore I set the bar very high.” The entire leadership guide is available online at:

About Trinitas Regional Medical Center Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas offers 554 beds and has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine. For more information on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit: or call (908) 994-5138.

Hackensack University Medical Center and John Theurer Cancer Center named National Pancreas Foundation Center for the treatment and care of patients with pancreatic cancer

Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC), a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, and John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) have been designated a National Pancreas Foundation Center for the treatment and care of patients with pancreatic cancer (NPF Center) by the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. “Congratulations to the entire Pancreas Center team on receiving this prestigious accolade. Together with both John Theurer Cancer Center and HackensackUMC, we have developed a center of excellence dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of pancreatic diseases,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, HackensackUMC. HackensackUMC was named among 27 other NPF Centers at premier health care facilities across the country that focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic cancer, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life. “This designation truly solidifies the exceptional care and expertise we provide for these complicated and often life-threatening disorders,” said Rosario J. Ligresti, M.D.,

FASGE, chief, Division of Gastroenterology and co-director, Pancreas Center at HackensackUMC. The NPF Center designation recognizes the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary care approaches for the field. Designated centers also are involved in advance research and lead the way for heightened awareness and understanding of pancreatic cancer among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public. To become an approved NPF Center, there is an extensive auditing process and strict criteria developed by a task force made up of

invited subject matter experts and patient advocates. The criteria include having the required expert physician specialties such as oncologists, gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons, clinical trials, palliative care, and interventional radiologists, along with more patient focused programs such as a pain management service, psychosocial support and more. The Pancreas Center at HackensackUMC and JTCC provides diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of pancreatic diseases including pancreatic cancer, pre-malignant lesions of the pancreas, including cystic lesions, pancreatitis (inflammation of the


pancreas), pancreatic pseudocysts and various other uncommon pancreatic entities. The highly specialized team offers early detection and treatment of pancreatic tumors; minimally invasive treatment of pancreatic tumors, both malignant and pre-malignant; diagnosis and treatment of common and uncommon causes of pancreatitis; treatment of complications of pancreatitis, including necrosis and pseudocysts; and pain management and palliative therapy. For more information about the Pancreas Center please visit:

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Lourdes Cardiologists first in South Jersey, Philadelphia to implant new dissolving heart stent

Interventional cardiologists at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center are among the first in South Jersey and Philadelphia to implant a patient with the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving heart stent. Vijay K. Verma, MD, FACC, FSCAI, a Lourdes interventional cardiologist with The Heart House, implanted the patient with Abbott’s Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold on September 16 at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. Dr. Verma was principal investigator of three Absorb clinical trials at Lourdes. The device received FDA approval in July 2016. Coronary artery disease (CAD) affects 15 million people in the United States and remains a leading cause of death worldwide despite decades of therapeutic advances. The Absorb device is a major advance in the treatment of CAD, said Reginald Blaber, MD, Executive Director Lourdes Cardiovascular Institute and Vice President of Cardiovascular Services and Chairman, Department of Medicine at Lourdes. “The Absorb stent is a game-changer in the treatment of blocked coronary arteries,” said Dr. Blaber. “We’re proud to offer this first-of-its-kind technology to patients at Lourdes.

We are committed to providing patients with leading-edge treatments. Bioresorbable stents represent the future of treating heart disease.” While stents are traditionally made of permanent metal implants, the Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures. Absorb’s small mesh tube is designed to open a blocked heart vessel, restore blood flow to the heart, then gradually disappear over a three-to-five-year span. The device dissolves except for two pairs of tiny metallic markers that remain in the artery to enable a physician to see where the device was placed. “Because no permanent stent is left behind, we are able to reduce the risk of blood clots forming,” said Dr. Verma. “Although complications from metal stents are rare, the bioresorbable stent offers great benefits to the patient. It also allows physicians to perform additional procedures in the treated vessel—should another intervention be needed in the future.” Coronary artery disease results in blockages caused by the buildup of fat and cholesterol in the vessels that supply blood to the heart, putting patients at risk for heart attack. Since the

Trinitas announces new low dose lung screening Program that detects traces of cancer within seconds


Trinitas Regional Medical Center will now offer a lung cancer screening program that will help identify lung cancer in its early stages. For those who are eligible to participate, the lung screening program begins with a low-dose non-invasive CT scan that takes about 30 seconds to complete. From there, the test is reviewed by a board certified radiologist, a report is written and the results are sent to the individual’s doctor. For those whose test results are "positive," they will be assigned to work with a patient navigator who will assist and guide the participant through any additional testing or appointments. “The new lung screening program provides an extra step in patient care that helps guide them through the process with the assistance of a patient navigator,” explained Gary S. Horan, President & CEO, FACHE. “This screening could potentially save lives and we encourage qualifying patients to take advantage of this program.” According to Horan, more people die of lung cancer than breast, colon and prostate cancers added together,

making early detection critical. Major research centers show survival rates improving from 15% to 80% with new CT protocols offered by programs such as the one at Trinitas. With CT, small tumors, which are not visible on conventional chest x-rays, can be seen at an earlier, more curable stage. For concerns regarding radiation, the CT screening does require the use of radiation to take images of the lungs, however, the amount of radiation used during the CT Screening is low and about a quarter of the dose of a regular CT of the chest. The program is recommended for those who are between the ages of 55-77, have a smoking history of 30 “pack years” or more and are current smokers or have quit in the past 15 years. Lung cancer screening is covered by Medicare and some insurance plans. Potential participants should contact their physician for an appointment to determine if they qualify for the program. For more information, contact Trinitas at 908-9945051 or visit the website at

1990s, physicians have treated patients with CAD with balloon angioplasty, and metallic and drug-eluting metallic stents, to open the blocked vessels, allowing many patients to avoid more invasive open heart surgery. Not all patients are suitable candidates for the Absorb device, and the cardiologist will determine the most appropriate stent for placement based on the location and condition of the blocked artery at the time of treatment in the catheterization lab, explained Dr. Verma. Lourdes has received a variety of awards, including being named as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery by Healthgrades (2015), Truven Health Analytics 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals (2015), and the “Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll” by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Lourdes’ cardiac program has also garnered national recognition from Becker's Hospital Review. “Lourdes is national leader in cardiac care,” said Dr. Blaber. “We are pleased to offer patients the Absorb stent as an advanced treatment option.”


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New Trinitas Surgeon Bridges Gap in Community Multidisciplinary breast care team enhances patient care services at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Adriana I. Suarez-Ligon, MD, has joined Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s growing roster of prestigious surgeons, with a specialization is breast surgery. Dr. Suarez-Ligon offers many procedures, including breast conservation surgery, sentinel lymph node biopsies and axillary node dissections. Additionally, for benign disease, she provides excisional breast biopsies. A prominent speaker for lectures on breast cancer and women’s health, Dr. Suarez-Ligon is trained in the spectrum of benign and malignant breast diseases, and has become an expert in breast pathology. “I most look forward to the individual partnership I will form with my patients and the partnerships I will develop with the multidisciplinary breast care team. I truly believe that optimal care is delivered when all involved in delivering care (a multidisciplinary team) and receiving care (the patient and their family) work together to achieve the same goal,” says Dr. Suarez-Ligon. One of these partnerships includes the collaborative effort between Dr. Suarez-Ligon and Verónica C. Vásquez, MHA, CN-BA, Breast Patient Navigator within the Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center. This relationship will enhance over all patient care as the team will now be able to assist breast cancer patients with every step of the treatment process.

“Breast cancer treatment requires local and systemic therapies. The cornerstone of local therapy is surgery. Research has proven the efficiency of a multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment increases survival. Our team is comprised of medical oncologists, a radiation oncologist, plastic surgeon and myself, a certified breast cancer navigator. The team is now complete with Dr. Suarez!” says Vasquez. Dr. Suarez-Ligon is passionate about improving care for female patients. The daughter of an OBGYN, she always knew she would follow in her father’s footsteps. However, in medical school she was intrigued by surgery and the act of physically removing a disease and being able to potentially cure a patient through surgery.

“As a bilingual Cuban-American, I’m excited to bridge the gap between the local Hispanic community and the healthcare system,” she states. “Where most procedures and medical references get lost in transition, I’m looking forward to enhancing the patient experience at Trinitas by providing Spanish and English speaking patients with the most current and accurate information on breast health.”

Dr. Suarez-Ligon received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, Columbia College in New York and continued on to received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Medicine & Dentistry, New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ.


She underwent her residency at Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School and completed a Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.

EmCare Anesthesia Services revolutionizes anesthesia information management at Bristol Hospital utilizing Plexus Technology Group Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a fully KLAS-rated, market-leading, best-of-breed provider of anesthesia information management systems (AIMS), recently announcd their partnership with EmCare Anesthesia Services and the successful installation of Anesthesia Touch™ at Bristol Hospital in Connecticut. Bristol Hospital, the first MEDITECH 6.x hospital to achieve HIMSS Stage 7 and recognized again in 2016 as an American Hospital Association Most Wired hospital, is the first EmCare-affiliated hospital to implement Plexus TG's electronic anesthesia documentation solution. Achieving seamless connectivity between the anesthesia department and Bristol Hospital's MEDITECH 6.x EMR was a key goal for the project. “When EmCare selected the Plexus solution, my department eagerly volunteered to be first in line and to help build the foundation for digital charting across EmCare Anesthesia Services. Now that we're using Anesthesia Touch, the information we need is right at our fingertips,” said Glen Rosenfeld MD, department of anesthesiology chairman at Bristol Hospital. The Plexus TG Anesthesia Touch solution provides the clinicians at Bristol Hospital with the best full-featured AIMS, configured on the iPad to perfectly complement their on-thego anesthesia workflow. Integration goes far beyond the basics of patient identity and scheduled procedure to include clinical information to optimize patient care. Surgical patients at Bristol, like those at most US hospitals, are contacted by

nursing staff to ensure proper pre-surgical preparation. On the day of surgery, this pre-op nursing data populates the anesthesia assessment. “Data integration into the anesthesia assessment is especially valuable for clinically complex patients. It's powered by the Continuity of Care Document, or CCD, integration standard,” explains Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus Technology Group. “We are pleased that together we can deliver the time and cost savings promised by the EHR meaningful use certification program over the last several years.” By integrating Anesthesia Touch with other systems in Bristol Hospital, they are able to streamline clinical documentation, while ensuring reliable collection of quality measures and billing data. The monitor connectivity and EHR interfacing provides the anesthesia clinicians with scheduling data, preoperative clinical documentation, patient demographics and physiologic data, giving providers the information they need when they need it. Completed records are delivered digitally to the medical records repository. “Bristol Hospital, with its commitment to outstanding patient care combined with excellence in electronic records, was an easy choice to begin our partnership with Plexus Technology Group. The improvements we've seen in clinical data capture and billing efficiency support EmCare's goal of providing high quality, cost-effective anesthesia services,” said Linda Caccamo, senior vice president, EmCare Anesthesia Services, North Division.

“We are pleased EmCare Anesthesia Services recognizes the benefits of our system to improve the quality of care and chose to incorporate our anesthesia software at Bristol Hospital. We look forward to our continued partnership with EmCare Anesthesia Services to further automate the anesthesia documentation process at their other healthcare facilities,” said Joe Gentile, senior vice president of sales at Plexus Technology Group.

About EmCare EmCare is a leading national provider of clinical department outsourcing services, including physician recruiting, credentialing, scheduling, leadership, training and education and billing for hundreds of hospitals nationwide. Service lines include emergency medicine, hospital medicine, anesthesiology and radiology/teleradiology departments. EmCare clinicians participate in more than 14 million patient encounters annually. The company focuses on helping each client with efficiency, quality of care and creating outstanding patient experience. In short, EmCare is "Making Healthcare Work Better."˙ Learn more about EmCare at For more information, about Bristol; Hospital, please visit For more information about Plexus Technology Group, LLC, visit

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Tackle Kids Cancer launches Eli’s Challenge Foundation; and chief development officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Eli Manning’s commitment to Tackle Kids Cancer has extended far beyond what we had hoped for. Not only has he volunteered to be the face of our campaign, but he has made numerous visits with the children at our Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s


The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and New York Football Giants are proud to announce the launch of a new fundraising campaign, Eli’s Challenge, as part of its successful Tackle Kids Cancer initiative. Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning has pledged to match grassroots donations to Tackle Kids Cancer, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000. The announcement coincides with Tackle Kids Cancer’s first anniversary. In just one year, it has raised more than $2.5 million for programs and services at the Children’s Cancer Institute, part of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health. The successful campaign has motivated people to get involved, highlighted by various community fundraising efforts hosted by scout troops, school and youth teams, police departments, and other community groups. One of these efforts was coordinated by Becca, a “Most Valiant Patient.” After her cancer diagnosis, her scout troop rallied to raise more than $300 for Tackle Kids Cancer through bake sales and penny collections. Manning, who has volunteered his time to support the cause, was inspired through these efforts, and decided to rally people to the cause with his matching gift. “It is truly inspiring to see how many community groups have held bake sales, car washes and other fundraisers for this cause, and I want to challenge more of them to join our team.”

Teams can be formed and begin fundraising right away by visiting Manning will match the funds raised by these community groups. “We value our relationship with HackensackUMC and are honored to be part of Tackle Kids Cancer. The work that is done by the Children’s Cancer Institute and those who have contributed to Tackle Kids Cancer has served as inspiration to Eli and all of us. We are proud of Eli’s work in our community and his selfless support of the Children’s Cancer Institute,” said Allison Stangeby, vice president of Community and Corporate Relations. The Children’s Cancer Institute at HackensackUMC consists of dedicated clinicians and researchers specializing in pediatric cancer. With more than 100 active oncology and transplant clinical trials currently open, it is leading the charge to cure childhood cancer. “It is estimated that roughly 10,380 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016. While extremely rare, pediatric cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children in the U.S.,” said Stephen Percy, M.D., interim chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. “Every dollar received through the Tackle Kids Cancer campaign will support our most important programs and research.” “The HackensackUMC Foundation is proud of the longstanding partnership we share with the New York Giants and its players,” said Jon M. Fitzgerald, president,

Hospital. He is truly a champion of the cause, and we could not have raised $2.5 million in our first year without the help of Eli and the New York Giants.” For more information on partnering with HackensackUMC and the New York Giants, please visit


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