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Trinitas Regional Medical Center dedicates its new $5.2 Million Ambulatory Surgery Center Center created in response to increased volume of outpatient surgeries Trinitas Regional Medical Center realized its vision of creating an Ambulatory Surgery Center at its main campus in Elizabeth with a 9,500 square foot facility now located in the Andrew H. Campbell Pavilion on the Williamson Street Campus. Trinitas hosted a dedication of the facility --- the newest in the tri-state region --- this week for its Board Members, physicians, donors, and state, county and local dignitaries and community leaders. With three operating rooms dedicated to same-day outpatient surgeries, the spacious and modern $5.2 million facility will be integrated into the existing operating room services at Trinitas. New equipment for these operating rooms, a recovery area with three bays, a pre-op area and a stepdown area complete the facilities of the Center.
done at free standing centers, Trinitas realized that this was an answer to the health care needs of those we serve in Elizabeth and the greater Central New Jersey area as well. In short, we viewed the creation of the Ambulatory Surgery Center as a strategic imperative, an opportunity for expansion,” asserted Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President & Chief Executive Officer. The state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center will begin taking patients in early March. Records show that the 5,341 same-day surgeries performed at Trinitas in 2013 surpassed the 4,573 surgeries in 2012. As evidenced by data from the past two years, the Ambulatory Surgery Center is expected to respond effectively to the increased volume of patients seeking same-day surgeries. “The beauty of having a hospitalbased ambulatory surgery center is
Numerous organizations, foundations, and individual donors contributed $2 million for the construction of the new facility. “We thank all of these entities and individuals for their generous support to help us realize the vision for our new Ambulatory Surgery Center,” said Nadine Brechner, Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “With the rapid changes in technology and growth in this type of service for patients, we are confident that our new Center will be able to serve patients in a superior setting with superior care.”
Mayor J. Christian Bollwage of the City of Elizabeth did the ribbon cutting honors at the dedication of the newly-constructed Ambulatory Surgery Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth. Along with the Mayor are, from left, Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President & Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas, Victor Richel, Vice Chairman of Trinitas Health and Regional Medical Center, Sr. Rosemary Moynihan, SC, Chairperson of Trinitas Health and Regional Medical Center, and the Honorable Raymond J. Lesniak, 20th New Jersey Legislative District.
new Center represents another option for patients, especially aging parents or loved ones, who may experience anxiety about a hospitalization. Here, they will receive excellent care and treatment in a single day.” Hernia repair, gall bladder surgery and cataract removal are
among same day surgeries that reflect the growing and changing needs of the community. “By providing a new facility, we will support the work of our current medical staff, strengthen our ability to recruit new physicians, and assure patients of a superior patient experience,” noted Mr. Horan.
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Physicians and civic leaders were among those who were given tours of the new the state-of-the-art surgical suites in the new $5.2 million Center.
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study released in 2009 containing the first available data about outpatient surgery visits, the number of such visits increased from 20.8 million visits in 1996 to 34.7 million in 2006. The CDC’s data were collected from 142 hospitals and 295 free standing centers as part of its National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery. The study further showed that 19.9 million visits to hospital ambulatory surgery centers outpaced the number of visits to free standing centers totaling 14.9 million. “As the report from the CDC revealed, hospital-based surgical centers represented 57% of such surgeries, 14% higher than those
that there is immediate access to the full services of the rest of our facility. This is added assurance for our patients who will come to this new Center for same-day surgeries,” noted Mr. Horan in his remarks at the dedication ceremony. Senator Raymond J. Lesniak of the 20th New Jersey Legislative District praised Trinitas as being “the heart and soul of Elizabeth,” stressing his confidence in the staff. Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, also of the 20th New Jersey Legislative District, added his accolades, referring to Trinitas not only as “an economic engine in the city, but also an institution that touches the lives of people each day, people we know, by caring for them. This
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About Trinitas Regional Medical Center Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine. For more information on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit: www.TrinitasRMC.org or call (908) 994-5138.
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Powerful medicine. For you and your family. Allan Strongwater, MD, Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital; with Richard Foulds, PhD, and Ghaith Androwis, PhD candidate, both of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, lead a team of researchers working to better understand how vestibular stimulation – a process of sending electric messages to a nerve in the ear that maintains balance – can help children with cerebral palsy and other movement and spasticity issues. “Our research shows that stimulation to certain nerves may help specific patient populations who struggle to manage spasticity and other muscle control issues,” says Dr. Strongwater. “Our study focuses on a small group of pediatric patients diagnosed with cerebral palsy. These patients experienced reduced stiffness and spasticity after we mechanically stimulated the vestibular nerve.” The vestibular system is one of the most important sensory systems in the body. It is located in the inner ear and helps the body figure out whether we are moving or not; it is responsible for detecting gravity. If it does not function properly, patients have problems with muscle tone, anxiety and learning. For patients with cerebral palsy, spasticity causes pain and difficulty walking. Treatments to help stabilize the vestibular system include medication, physical and occupational therapy and casting. “Our goal with this research is to find a way to reduce spasticity to improve motor function and walking in individuals with cerebral palsy,” says Dr. Strongwater. “We are looking at some of the basic science principles around spasticity – why it happens, what is happening in the brain, and how it can be controlled.” For additional information about St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, visit, www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).
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NJ Biz names Barry Ostrowsky to the 2014 ‘Power 100’ List of the 100 Most Powerful People in New Jersey Business Barnabas Health President and Chief Executive Officer, Barry H. Ostrowsky, has been named to NJ Biz’s 2014 “Power 100” list. The list recognizes the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey Business and includes leaders in government, health care, insurance, sports and development, among others. The magazine noted that Mr. Ostrowsky “runs the largest hospital system in the state. Wherever we go in health care, Barry and Barnabas will be a part of it. He’s definitely one of the leaders.” Barnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest integrated health care delivery system annually providing treatment and services for more than two million patients. Mr. Ostrowsky leads the system’s initiatives ensuring the highest quality healthcare for patients, and is spearheading a system-wide endeavor to promote healthier living for employees and the communities it serves. Barnabas Health includes six acute care hospitals (three are teaching hospitals), two children’s hospitals, ambulatory care centers, provided geriatric centers, a freestanding behavioral health center, New Jersey’s largest statewide behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, pharmacy services, multi-site imaging centers, three accountable care organizations, and a medical group. The system is comprised of 18,500 employees (second largest private employer in New Jersey); 4,600 physicians (representing one-fifth of the state’s actively practicing physicians), and 445 residents (the state’s largest non-university complement of residents). Among Barnabas Health’s nationally recognized services and facilities are: New Jersey’s only certified burn treatment facility top ten in the U.S.; world-class cardiology and cardiac surgery services – regionally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as high performing; the state’s oldest, most experienced heart transplant program - nationally ranked second of adult programs, performed more than 700 transplants; pediatric cardiac surgery in partnership with NYU School of Medicine; New Jersey’s only lung transplant program; two kidney transplant centers ranked third in the nation of 240 centers, with nearly 40 years of experience; six Joint Commission-certified acute coronary syndrome centers; six accredited stroke centers; comprehensive robotic surgery services; widely recognized services for neurology and neurosurgery, reproductive medicine and science, oncology, geriatrics, and women’s health; and three highest level neonatal intensive care units. Barnabas Health is the only health care Founding Partner of the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games. Mr. Ostrowsky joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 1991 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He served in the same role at Barnabas Health, when the System was created in 1996. He assumed the title of President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010, and his present title in January, 2012. Prior to joining Barnabas Health, Mr. Ostrowsky was a Senior Partner in the law firm of Brach Eichler. Throughout his career Mr. Ostrowsky has been actively involved in many organizations. Mr. Ostrowsky received an AB from Rutgers University and a JD from the University of Tennessee School of Law.
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Playing Your Cards Right – Perfecting the Physician Preference Card Process National Doctor’s Day is March 30, but hospital employees are well aware of the vital role doctors play in healthcare decisionmaking every day. Therefore, one of the principal concerns of any healthcare institution is making sure that physicians have what they need to provide patient care—especially inside the operating room. Physician preference cards not only outline the instruments, supplies, and equipment that doctors need to perform at their best, they are a fundamental component of daily processes in the perioperative setting. Importantly, they affect patient safety and the success of OR procedures. Given the cost, patient care, and administrative implications of preference cards, evaluating the efficacy of the systems around them should be a regular occurrence. Among its many benefits, establishing an efficient, up-to-date physician preference card process can result in a vastly improved work environment. The incorrect use of preference cards can lead to increased labor and procedural costs. For example, if nurses have to leave the OR for requested supplies—supplies that were not properly indicated on the cards—it can affect the procedure (e.g., additional setup and pickup time) and patient safety (e.g., extended period under anesthesia). The misuse of cards can also create unnecessary product waste. Additionally, preference cards can impact expenses organization-wide. Accurate cards are indispensable tools for identifying cost per procedure. Since many of these cards are filed electronically, data can be captured to track expenses and simplify billing through the creation of charge lists for completed procedures. They can also be valuable resources for hospital supply chain staff who, in conjunction with physicians, can examine supply and equipment expenses to ensure that the highest quality, most costeffective items are used. Also, with accurate cards, inventory can be stocked more efficiently upon depletion. Many hospitals have outdated or non-digital cards. Or they simply don’t use them. Nexera recognizes the importance of physician preference card technologies to institutional operations, costs, and patient outcomes. Among other things, we recommend that perioperative service line specialists be assigned to update cards regularly for each OR surgeon by tracking product changes using a maintenance schedule. More generally, we strongly suggest using digital cards. Digital cards feed supply data back into the system (Item Master), and can help with tracking, ordering, budgeting, and more. An added benefit? Optimized preference cards improve staff morale and performance. Implemented correctly, physician preference card processes demonstrate the value that an organization places on their OR teams. Nexera can give your organization an unbiased evaluation of your procedures and technologies (both scheduling and purchasing) to optimize physician preference card systems. With its potential to make a significant, positive impact on patient, physician, and staff satisfaction—as well as your institution's bottom line—examining your physician preference cards cannot be overlooked. 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 was a critical care nurse for over ten years.
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Bridging the Transition With countless hours of clinical and classroom education, student nurses are rigorously prepared for their professional roles. Yet, according to theorist Patricia Benner’s Stages of Clinical Competence, new graduates start their careers as “advanced beginners.” Based on her theory, knowledge and skills are embedded through education; however, new nurses do not have a foundation of in-depth patient encounters. These experiences allow nurses to recognize what to prioritize with speed and flexibility. Learning comes through actual practice in order to progress in this field. Therefore, nurse externships and nurse residency programs give students and new graduates a chance to gain valuable training to develop competency and expertise for excellent nursing care. The Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have teamed up to create the Initiative on the Future of Nursing to implement recommendations for nurse training, education, and professional development. One of the recommendations includes implementing nurse residency programs in order to ease the transition to practice. Research compiled regarding Versant's 2010 RN residency program correlate to positive job satisfaction, self confidence and lower turn-over rates. Studies from Casey et al., 2004; Halfer and Grad, 2006 demonstrate that turn-over rates for new nurses stem from inadequate time and guidance in the development of priority setting abilities. New grad's stress increases without this type of mentorship. These factors are significantly reduced with RN residency programs that assist with decreasing frustrations in the work environment. Prior to graduation, nursing students can also gain valuable experienced-based competence by participating in summer externship programs. These growing programs throughout the country provide students with hands-on experience under direct supervision from a RN preceptor. According to the Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, nurse externs become more engaged in the healthcare scene and gain awareness as they transition into the professional nurse role. This enhanced clinical competency acquired by working alongside mentoring nurses can boost fundamental skills and health assessments. Going from novice nurse to expert takes years of experience and practice. New nurses are challenged with a fast paced, highly acute healthcare system. To aid in the transition to the professional practice role, nurse externships and residencies increase confidence and job satisfaction. These programs are becoming increasingly popular due to research supporting their positive outcomes.
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education & careers Rutgers aims to Stem High Nurse turnover at New Jersey long-term care facilities New residency program strives to improve elderly care, reduce re-hospitalizations and decrease costs Rutgers is leading an effort to retain nurses working at long-term care facilities in New Jersey, where turnover rates hover at 40 percent. Rutgers’ College of Nursing and School of Nursing faculty will lead the New Jersey Action Coalition (NJAC) as it develops a yearlong nurse residency program designed to keep newly licensed registered nurses on the job at federally certified, long-term care facilities. The NJAC effort is supported by $1.6 million in funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Staff turnover can create lots of instability and have a negative impact on the quality of care at an institution,” says Edna Cadmus, a clinical professor at the College of Nursing and co-leader of the project. “When new nurses are well-prepared to work in a specific practice environment and nurtured on the job through programs such as residencies, they are more likely to remain.” The hope is that increased retention of nurses will improve care, reduce re-hospitalizations and decrease costs. Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are penalized if too many patients are readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. Nursing faculty will lead the New Jersey Action Coalition in developing a residency program designed to keep registered nurses on the job at longterm care facilities. Historically, nurse residency programs have existed in hospitals and other acute care settings, but not in long-term care facilities, notes Susan Salmond, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing, who is co-leading the project with Cadmus. “The nurse residency we are planning will strengthen new nurses’ transition from school to the workforce and allow them to develop and demonstrate their competencies.” Widespread creation of nurse residencies across all practice settings was among the eight major recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The NJAC is a group of volunteers from various health professions working to implement these recommendations. The long-term care residency program is being developed to serve as a statewide model to improve geriatric care in such facilities by teaching nurses to employ “best practices.” Fifty nurses will be selected to train as residents over 30 months, beginning in spring 2014. The Healthcare Association of New Jersey will assist the NJAC in developing partnerships with long-term care facilities seeking to host nurse residents. While long-term care facilities are generally not the first choice for employment-seeking RNs, Cadmus and Salmond urge new nurses to take a closer look at such organizations for valuable career opportunities. “Health care is shifting from a hospital-based model,” notes Salmond, “and long-term care is a growing field where nurses can make an important difference in the lives of patients and their families.” Rutgers’ Heldrich Center for Workforce Development will analyze data and evaluate the project.
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The CareOne LTAC Hospitals Expanding Again! The CareOne LTAC Hospitals have grown tremendously over the past 14 months. The CareOne LTAC Hospital at Raritan Bay Medical Center was the first LTACH (Long Term Acute Care Hospital) to open in New Jersey in 2003. After successfully treating thousands of patients over the past 10 years, it was long overdue for CareOne to make more locations available to patients and their families in the tri-state area. Now, in 2014, that experience has expanded to a total of 3 LTACH’s in the state of New Jersey! In January 2013, The CareOne LTAC Hospital at Trinitas Regional Medical Center opened its doors on the 7th floor of Trinitas in Elizabeth, NJ. Nearly a year later, it
has already treated hundreds of patients with highly acute needs. Essentially a step down from an intensive care unit, the CareOne LTAC Hospitals treat patients for a longer period of time (approximately 25-30 days) than a general acute care hospital typically would. In November of 2013, the CareOne LTAC Hospital at Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley opened its doors to Bergen County and the surrounding areas. Located on the completely renovated 4th floor of the hospital, the newest CareOne LTAC is already treating patients from several states. The CareOne LTAC Hospitals have a well established reputation for their clinical capabilities. Photo credit Greg Pallante
They have been well known for their ventilator weaning and management programs for nearly a decade. Directed by top pulmonologists that work hand in hand with their experienced and compassionate staff, their aggressive weaning program provides patients a strong opportunity to move forward in their continuum of care. The CareOne LTAC Hospital’s Advanced Wound Care program provides an inpatient solution in the region for individuals with complex wound conditions. Their specially trained and WCEI certified wound care nurses provide patients a high level of care for serious and non healing wounds. Their epidemiologist run antibiotics stewardship program provides for a customized intravenous medication management system that has been show to effectively shown clinical outcomes. The CareOne LTAC Hospitals, a division of CareOne LLC, recently participated in the $1 million fundraising effort for CareOne’s Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014 Valentine’s Ball, an evening event in support of the Valerie Fund and the thousands of New Jersey children with cancer and blood disorders for whom it provides care. The executive team and staff from the CareOne LTAC Hospitals attended the ball, as well as raised tens of thousands of dollars toward the million dollar fundraising event.
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education & careers President and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare receives Distinguished Service Award from New Jersey Hospital Association For the past two years, Hunterdon Medical Center has been listed among the top 100 great community hospitals in the nation, which was published in Becker’s
Pictured at the NJHA Annual Meeting (center) Robert P. Wise, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare (left) Tom Lonergan, longtime colleague and (right) Robert Boggiano, M.D., Retired Family Practice Physician and Board of Trustee, Hunterdon Healthcare System.
The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) held their 95th Annual Meeting on Friday, January 24th at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton. Lebanon Township resident, Robert P. Wise, President and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare, received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Wise was honored for his more than 20 years of service, leadership and commitment to the hospital and the patients it serves. Mr. Wise has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hunterdon Medical Center since 1990. He also serves as President of Hunterdon Healthcare System, Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation, Hunterdon Regional Community Health and Midjersey Health Corporation. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Wise is credited with working together with a visionary board and talented administrative team that resulted in the expansion of both facilities and programs, such as a new emergency department, an expanded ICU/CCU, a regional cancer center, a nutrition and diabetes center, two successful health and wellness centers and currently under construction, a cardiovascular center. Mr. Wise serves on the Board of Trustees of the NJHA and is a past chairman of that organization. He serves as a director on the board of NJHA HealthPAC.
He is also on the Board of Directors of VHA MidAtlantic. Mr. Wise is a Leadership Council Member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation NJ Nursing Initiative, serves on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Nurses Association Institute for Nursing, is a member of the New Jersey Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education, and serves on the Board of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals and on the Board of the New Jersey Action Coalition. Mr. Wise is a member of the Advisory Board of Community Hospital 100 and is the Chairman on New Jersey’s State Employment & Training Commission’s Health Care Workforce Council. He is a member of the State Employment and Training Commission. Locally, Mr. Wise is on the Board of Trustees of Raritan Valley Community College. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Flemington. He has received numerous awards including the Hunterdon County Business Leader of the Year Award in 2000, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 2001, the Edward J. Ill Outstanding Medical Executive Award by MD Advantage in 2006 and in 2010, the Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award. He is a founding director of the Hunterdon County Partnership for Health.
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education & careers St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital collaborates with Rutgers University Researchers add virtual reality games to stroke rehabilitation
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 795,000 Americans have strokes every year. Rehabilitation specialists at St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital (SJWH) are working with researchers at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, to study how stroke patients may improve outcomes by using virtual reality games and robots in their rehabilitation. Only three studies of intensive hand rehabilitation in the first
few weeks after a stroke have ever been conducted in the world. Facilitated by The Research Institute at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, the study at SJWH is the second of its kind to ever be conducted in the United States. “Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability among Americans, and we are constantly looking for new, more effective ways to rehabilitate stroke patients,” says Supriya Massood, DO,
Medical Director, Acute Rehabilitation Unit, SJWH. “The technology brought here by the Rutgers team offers a possible new approach to hand and arm rehabilitation, which may help patients recover faster, stay motivated and regain daily living skills.” The team uses a series of virtual reality games and robotics to personalize rehabilitation. “We use this technology to adjust to the patient’s changing abilities
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and to make the rehabilitation more effective,” says Gerard Fluet, PhD, Physical Therapist and Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Health Related Professions. “In the future, patients may be able to use this kind of rehab immediately in the hospital as well as at home. We hope to see faster results, with the bonus that the clinical team can collect data to further personalize the rehab regimen.”
Fluet went on to describe how SJWH was chosen for this study, “We looked at hospitals to conduct this study and St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital was the perfect choice. The high levels of communication and attention to patient care were what helped make our decision. Open communication is crucial for this study.” For more information about the acute rehab services at St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital, call 973.389.4099 or visit www.StJosephsHealth.org.
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education & careers 1986 Super Bowl Captain George Martin talks to Newark High School students on living positive & healthy lifestyles The spirit of SUPER BOWL XLVIII recently came to Malcolm X. Shabazz High School in Newark when Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, (CHoNJ) launched their 2014 Journey to Wellness initiative with 1986 NY Giants Super Bowl Captain George Martin. Martin is creating a roadmap for people to live healthier lives in Newark, starting this year with student athletes at Newark’s Malcolm X. Shabazz High School and continuing in a number of Newark churches, as part of a campaign to promote wellness with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (NBIMC & CHoNJ). In late 2013, Martin hosted MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL/Men’s Health Night with The Beth – a tailgate party for more than 100 adult men that focused on healthy lifestyles. The event included health screenings, prostate exams and presentations from four NBIMC physicians; cardiologist Marc Cohen, MD orthopedic surgeons, James Lee, Jr. MD, and James Lee, Sr., MD, urologist, Domenico Savatta, MD and primary care physician, F. Dein Rice, MD. George Martin said, "It is my humble opinion that the most precious natural resource that we as human beings have, is our children. Therefore, it behooves us all to provide the very best nurturing environment possible for them that addresses and promotes educational excellence, spiritual awareness and optimum physical fitness and nutrition.” Newark Beth Israel, decided to seize the opportunity of the Super Bowl to educate young athletes about the power of living a healthy lifestyle regardless of whether you are a student
athlete or a professional athlete. Dr. Brennan said, “Healthy living is the key to a quality life.” The assembly included 100 student athletes, dressed in their respective sports jersey. At the assembly, the student took a pledge to Be Positive, Eat Right, Exercise, Make Good Choices and to Create a Life Plan.” In closing, Martin said, “Children and youth are our legacy and should be granted all advantages in order to achieve and excel in life. As a former professional athlete I am honored to be partnering with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center/Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Barnabas Health in order to bring the possibility of better health and nutrition to fruition for youth and adults in our community."
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Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation receives $14,400 grant from Northfield Bank Foundation Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation recently received a $14,400 grant from the Northfield Bank Foundation for the purchase of a newfetal heart monitor. “Having these new and advanced electronic fetal heart monitors is essential to providing the best possiblecare to mother and baby,” said Russell Azzarello, chairman of the RBMCFoundation. “We are very proud of our partnership with the Northfield Bank Foundation and are excited to be able to use this updated technology to better serve our patients.” The new fetal heart monitoring system transmits an electronic signal, recording a newborn’s heart rate during birth directly into
the newborn’s electronic medical record, eliminating the need for recording the heart rate with paper and pen. Physicians and nurses at Raritan Bay Medical Center use this information to determine if a mother can safely proceed with natural birth or if a surgical birth will be needed. “We are proud to support the fetal heart monitoring system at Raritan Bay Medical Center because it promotes patient safety and a more efficient, effective birthing experience for mother and baby alike. The health and safety of our shared community has been a key focus of the Northfield Bank Foundation since its inception,” said Diane Senerchia, of the Northfield Bank Foundation.
Pictured, from left, is registered nurse Betty Hulsizer, from the Berkow Maternity Pavilion at Raritan Bay Medical Center; Russ Azzarello, chair of the RBMC Foundation Board of Directors; Diane Senerchia, executive director of the Northfield Bank Foundation; Sabrina Elson, vice president and branch manager of Northfield Bank of Linden, and Raritan Bay Medical Center President and CEO Michael R. D’Agnes.
St. Vincent’s Nursing Home resident celebrates her 107th birthday For Carolyn Deni, a resident at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home (SVNH), a member of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, age isn’t a number you hide, but rather one you gladly share – along with the memories of years gone by. At 107 years of age, Carolyn has lived a long and exciting life. Originally of Holyoke, Massachusetts, she is the eldest and only surviving of 9 children born to Sicilian immigrants. From early on, Carolyn had a passion for fashion and worked as a model while still living in Massachusetts. In the early 1940’s, she moved to Manhattan, New York, where she worked as a
Sales Manager for a stationary company and later as a buyer for Macy’s. Carolyn never married and never had any children. She lived in Manhattan alone until she was 99 years old – over 50 years – before moving to SVNH in New Jersey in 2006. “She has obviously gotten great care here at St. Vincent’s. She is very happy and treated wonderfully well,” said Holly Deni (resident of Little Falls), Carolyn’s niece, in regards to her Aunt’s continued longevity. Holly, who visits her aunt often, came by to help celebrate and Carolyn was noticeably thrilled. Holly served her aunt a piece of
chocolate birthday cake, her favorite, and reveled, “That’s another secret to a long life… never say no to a piece of cake.” With a big bite and a wide smile Carolyn then looked around the room and said, “Everything is beautiful.” A member of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, St. Vincent’s Nursing Home is a 151-bed long-term care facility located on a park-like campus in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. St. Vincent’s provides a warm, caring and supportive environment for residents who require professional medical and skilled nursing care. To learn more, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).
Pictured with Ms. Deni in celebration of her birthday are (l to r) Holly Deni; and Edgardo Adoptante, Activities Assistant, SVNH.
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William A. McDonald receives Faith in Paterson Award St. Joseph’s Healthcare System Leader honored by the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce
William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (SJHS) is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Faith in Paterson award presented by the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) recently during the Chamber’s 105th Annual Gala. The Faith in Paterson award is presented to a person or business that has demonstrated an exceptional investment in the Greater Paterson economy through development, programs and other initiatives. “I am truly honored to receive the prestigious Faith in Paterson award, positive recognition and appreciation that St. Joseph’s efforts to revolutionize healthcare is also revitalizing our community,” stated Mr. McDonald. “For nearly 150 years, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System has been a staple of the City of Paterson and a leader in our state’s healthcare industry. St. Joseph’s is an outstanding healthcare resource and faithbased advocate, driven by a strong mission and global vision that will remain focused on providing the best services available,” he added. To meet a growing demand for inpatient and outpatient services, Mr. McDonald spearheaded a major $250 million facilities renovation and expansion of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center highlighted by the completion of the new ultramodern Critical Care Building with pediatric, adult and geriatric emergency departments, multiple critical care floors, operating suites and a roof-top helipad. Projects also include the regional medical center’s main lobby and conference center with circular drive and adjacent parking garage, an outpatient lobby entrance and reception area, the DePaul Ambulatory Care Center for adult and pediatric outpatients, and renovation of all patient care units. Revitalization in South Paterson includes initiatives surrounding the hospital in Redevelopment Area Number 11, for which St. Joseph’s
Regional Medical Center was designated official developer several years ago by the City of Paterson. In addition to projects taking place on the hospital campus itself, Area 11 redevelopment projects include a medical high school, luxury style housing at Barclay and Courtland Streets, condominiums at Courtland and Camden Streets, behavioral health residential housing on Barclay Street, professional office space at Main and Levine Streets, a Walgreens Pharmacy on Main Street, medical office space at Hine Street, and an adult day care facility on Marshall Street. St. Joseph’s Healthcare System received designation as a clinical branch campus of New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System in the Fall of 2013. In January 2014, Medical Missions for Children, headquartered at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, and The Hampshire Group announced the construction of two towers. One structure, located on the corner of Main and Levine Streets, will house the New York Medical College Regional Branch Campus at St. Joseph’s and a physicians’ office building. The second tower, located on the St. Joseph’s campus adjacent to the medical center will house the Hamiltonian Conference and Banquet Center, a full service Hilton Garden Inn, as well as two restaurants. According to GPCC President Jamie Dykes, the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce is honoring Mr. McDonald and his work at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center because of the tremendous leadership “in developing the area around the hospital. Paterson will not only greatly benefit from the added services, but also from the amount of jobs that will become available through St. Joseph’s initiatives as well as a significant boost to Paterson’s tax base.” Mr. McDonald received his undergraduate degree in Administration of Justice/Criminology from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. He was named Interim Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, the flagship of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in May 2004. He was subsequently named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in 2006, bringing more than 30 years of expertise and experience in executive level healthcare management to his position at St. Joseph’s.
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Holy Name Medical Center opens Leading-Edge Nuclear Medicine Suite Holy Name Medical Center has establisheda brand-new Nuclear Medicine Suite in its Department of Radiology. The advanced facility, which opened to patient care in late December, features late-generation technology and upgraded software systemsthat minimize radiation exposure and expedite the testing process: half the dose, in half the time. The 2,700 square foot space was designed with an eye to safety, efficiency and aesthetics. The goal was to create an imaging experience that delivers exquisitely accurate data, while using the lowest possible dose of radiation, in an environment that is convenientfor both patients and staff, and provides all necessary services in one self-contained area. The suite contains two nuclear imaging machines (SPECT•CT and SPECT only), patient exam and consult space, a waiting area with Wi-Fi, dedicated physician image interpretation station, private patient bathrooms and patient locker rooms. Interior finishes include the use of hospital-grade wood finishes, a soothing color scheme, and back-lit nature scenes on the ceiling above the testing table. Safer, faster, better The centerpiece of the new Nuclear Medicine Suite is the Symbia® TruePoint™ SPECT•CT system from Siemens
Medical Solutions, a nuclear imaging device that, paired with upgraded software, produces exquisitely detailed images by combining single-photo emission computer tomography (SPECT) with computed tomography (CT). SPECT•CT allows physicians to obtain more detailed information and increased image clarity in a single, non-invasive procedure than is possible with separate SPECT and CT procedures. The resulting scans enable physicians to detect diseases and abnormalities earlier, and target treatments with greater precision.Holy Name is the only hospital in Bergen County to offer combined SPECT•CT. The SPECT portion of the test requires injection of a radiopharmaceutical that contains a weak dose of radiation to target molecules specific to a particular disease before changes in structure (i.e., tumors) become visible. A gamma camera creates images of the area(s) of interest and identifies “hot spots” that indicate the location and extent of disease, such as increased metabolic activity characteristic of cancer. This information is combined with the anatomical details obtained through CT scan technology to pinpoint the location of abnormal cells. At Holy Name, physicians are using SPECT•CT to diagnose cancer and detect metastases, find infections of unknown
origin, and determine the status of problematic prosthetic implants for orthopedic patients. Scans that formerly required patients to lie motionless for extended periods of time, are significantly abbreviated with the new technology. For example, an oncology study that previously took 2.25 hours,can now be performed in one hour and 10 minutes. A valuable tool for physicians “By providing complete information about the location, size, nature and extent of disease, the new system enables us to make diagnoses with pinpoint accuracy, anywhere in the body,” explains Jacqueline Brunetti, MD, Director of the Department of Radiology at Holy Name. “Earlier and more accurate diagnostic information allows us to plan treatment more effectively and provide feedback on how well treatment is working. It also allows us to avoid unnecessary surgery and reduce the risks of necessary surgery. The result is more informed decision-making and, ultimately, better outcomes for our patients.” Patients should inquire to their physicians as to whether they may obtain their radiologic tests at Holy Name Medical Center, where patients enjoy a high rate of satisfaction. Referral information can be obtained by calling 201-833-3675.
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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.
CENTER FOR WOUND HEALING & HYPERBARIC MEDICINE 240 Williamson St., Suite 104, Elizabeth, NJ 07202 908-994-5480 • www.WoundHealingCenter.org TRINITAS CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
Behavioral Health • Cancer Care • Cardiology • Diabetes Management Maternal & Child Health • Renal Services • School of Nursing • Senior Services Sleep Disorders • Women’s Services • Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine
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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