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EMERGENCY ROOM NURSE SETS OUT ON MISSION TO SPREAD AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Don’t Ignore Your Own Health It wasn’t until she ignored her own symptoms that Ann Thompson, assistant nurse manager in a local hospital emergency room, realized the critical importance of listening to your body and your symptoms. She’s worked in a hospital for the past 40 years. She’s served

“My brother was at our

as a nurses’ aid, LPN and RN. She worked in a mobile intensive

house,” Ann recalls. “He

care unit and now she’s an assistant nurse manager in a

instantly yelled to my

hospital emergency department. She took care of patients,

husband to call 911, but

listening to them day in and day out … but she didn’t listen

I insisted my husband

to her own symptoms.

take me to the hospital.

“Nurses typically don’t take care of themselves,” Ann Thompson of Howell, NJ explains. “That’s because our focus is always on taking care of others.”

I had a CT scan which was negative. The next day, I had a carotid ultrasound that revealed

Ann learned a hard – but lucky – lesson a few months ago.

80% blockage of my left

She was essentially healthy – short of hypothyroidism and high

internal carotid artery.”

cholesterol. She never went to the doctor. She didn’t even have a primary physician. She saw an ER doctor when needed, and

The carotid arteries are

she was determined to manage her cholesterol on her own.

large blood vessels that supply blood to the

Suddenly, Ann began experiencing what felt like a headache and a toothache. It would come and go. Then, one day, when she was driving to work and turned her head to enter a highway, she lost the vision in her left eye for a few seconds. Her window was open, and she assumed a hair had flown into her eye. Her vision came back, so she thought nothing of it. Several days later, the same thing happened – but her window wasn’t open. When Ann regained her vision, it felt like a shade was being lifted. It was a Sunday. She couldn’t call out sick or go to an eye doctor. So she went to work. Dealing with patient traumas all day long, she noticed flashing white lights in her eye. And her handwriting was different. It looked more the chicken scratch than writing. Ann meant to call the doctor, but didn’t.

front part of the brain where thinking, speech, personality, sensory

Dr. Ronald P. Benitez, MD, president of ANS and director of the ANS Neurovascular Center, said Ann was in the hospital for only two days. Today, Ann is back to her everyday life, believing she is one lucky lady.

and motor functions reside. An MRA, done for more inclusive testing, showed an 85% blockage, and an MRI showed multiple areas of ischemia (inadequate blood supply) of Ann’s left brain and frontal lobe. ”I was scared and confused ... until I met Dr. Ronald Benitez and Dr. Pinakin Jethwa, neurosurgeons from Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists, and Physician Assistant Dean Barone,” Ann continues. “They explained I needed emergency surgery. They couldn’t believe I didn’t have a massive stroke. Being a nurse, I understood everything they were explaining

Two days later, Ann felt a tingly sensation in her hand. As she

… but I was still scared. I will never forget how they sat and

walked out to her patio to light the grill, she dropped the lighter

talked with me until I was calm, drew pictures and gave me

– twice. She knew something was wrong, but refused to admit it.

their cell phone numbers. That was going above and beyond.”


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which has fully recovered, and some peripheral vision lost, which has greatly improved.” Today, Ann is back to her everyday life, believing she is one lucky lady. “I believe in keeping the faith, divine intervention and doing good,” she admits. “Being a giving, caring person works in your favor down the line. I’m living proof of that. “But most important, I want to stress the importance of taking care of yourself. We all live such busy lives. We – especially healthcare providers – put others first and our own health on Dr. Pinakin R. Jethwa, MD, explains that once you have had a stroke from a blocked artery, it is only a matter of time before you will have another one. The artery needs to be opened to prevent a future major stroke, which could potentially be life-threatening.

the backburner. I’m here today to advise you – don’t ignore your own health. Listen to your body and your symptoms. And take time to take care of yourself. You’re worth it.”

Ann’s surgery, which was done at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, lasted three hours.

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prevent a future major stroke, one that could potentially be lifethreatening. Ann’s surgery went flawlessly, and now that she is not at risk for having a major stroke, she can go back to leading a normal life.”

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Passion for patient care revolutionize sterile vascular access at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is the Winner of the 2016 NJBIZ Healthcare Hero Award, Innovation/Organization Category, for its trendsetting Vascular Access Program. The first-of-its-kind sterile ultrasound-guided program in the United States, the Vascular Access Program increases the accuracy and ease of “needle sticks,” drastically enhancing the patient and provider experience in procedures from blood draws and peripheral IVs, to arterial lines and PICC lines. The 10th annual NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program honors individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in New Jersey. Finalists were recognized and category winners announced during the NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Awards breakfast and ceremony held on June 21, 2016. A Certified Registered Nurse of Infusion Therapy, Board Certified in Vascular Access, Matthew Ostroff approached clinical leadership at St. Joseph’s with this technology, illustrating how it can have success throughout the system, ranging from emergency department services to surgery to pediatrics and beyond. “Once we saw an opportunity to change how we treat patients with this process, we moved quickly,” said Judy Padula, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. “Cost savings, time savings, heightened quality of patient care…we knew that we wanted St. Joseph’s to be at the forefront of this technology, and we had phenomenal talent spearheading it.” St. Joseph’s is the first hospital in the country to have a vascular access team placing sterile ultrasound guided peripheral IVs. In medical terms, the overall goal of the Vascular Access Program is “vessel preservation,” which can prove invaluable in the short- and long-term care of patients needing multiple/ongoing treatments. From circulation issues in a geriatric patient, an obese patient, a newborn, or a patient receiving bloodwork every week, there are many reasons patients may have difficulty with vascular access. With ultra-sound guided vessel location, nurses, doctors and technicians significantly increase their ability to locate a vessel and access it on the first try, even with difficult-access patients, and prevents the need for more invasive types of catheters such as midlines, PICC lines and central lines.

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Matthew Ostroff, RN, Vascular Access Coordinator at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, brings a smile to 16 year old patient Ziaira Dollar, of Paterson, using a sterile ultrasound guided technology to find a vein in her arm with a one-stick, five-minutes-or-less experience.

“Anyone who ever sat through nurses making multiple IV needle sticks understands the value of ultrasound-guided vascular access, but this goes much deeper than an annoying hour trying to draw a few vials of blood or an arm that is bruised for a day or two,” said Vascular Access Coordinator Matthew Ostroff. “In fact, we recently helped a 2-year-old pediatric oncology patient who was transferred to us from another local hospital because they were unable to successfully grant IV access after 8 attempts. It was after 10 p.m. when I got the call and we were able to place a line in just one stick.” “Every time we eliminate a stick, our team celebrates a little bit,” said Judy Padula. “Not because we ourselves succeeded, but because we can see the relief in the patient’s eyes… we can see their pain cease. That first stick, so to speak, sets the tone for the rest of a patient’s hospital stay. Plus, it means we freed up nursing staff so they can get on with their core jobs and attend to more patients.” Time-savings is another huge value of the Vascular Access Program. In this case time is measured on many levels, from the minutes and possibly hours it may take to gain vascular access in a difficult patient, to the days that access may require. “In the past, procedures and tests on patients who have vascular access difficulties were dependent on the availability of access,” Ostroff explained. “Our bed-

side capability eliminates delays and allows more time for immediate care of the patient.”

No More Tears: After 16 Years, Ultrasound Guided IV Technology Changes the Game Sixteen-year-old Ziaira Dollar has been receiving IV treatments on a regular basis since infancy, the repetitive needle sticks making vascular access increasingly more difficult. For the teen, it wasn’t unusual for inserting a needle to take upward of 20 minutes, require countless sticks and bring tears from the sheer frustration and pain. That all changed when she met

Matt and his Vascular Access Team, and had her first one-stick, fiveminutes-or-less experience. “It was heartbreaking to watch her go through the process of being stuck multiple times just to gain access,” said Mary Cadet, Ziaira Dollar’s guardian. “Now, thanks to Matt and the ultrasound-guided technology, it is beyond soothing as a parent to know that your child won’t be going through additional pain and that the job is going to get done with one stick.” From the very first time Ziaira met Matt she was in awe, and considers the technology a game changer in her young life. “He

can actually look at the screen, see how deep my veins go, and know exactly where to put the needle,” said Ziaira. “If kids knew what Matt can do they’d all ask for him.” Ostroff explains that, in a case like Ziaira’s, frequent IVs cause the veins to get tired and “used up,” making them more difficult to locate. Moreover, because of Ziaira’s condition, it’s imperative to preserve large veins in case of emergency. “Mapping out exactly where to find smaller vascular access is crucial with a patient like Ziaira,” said Ostroff. “We’re the catalyst that gets patients to their treatment and now that we have the technology for success in just one stick, we can get them there even faster. The medical service and emotional relief we provide patients like Ziaira and her mother are exactly why we do this. It’s why I come in on a Sunday and why I encourage patients to call me if they’re coming in. For difficult-access patients, it’s worth going the extra mile to bring the relief faster and with less pain than they are used to.”

About St. Joseph’s Healthcare System Nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, New Jersey’s premier Catholic healthcare system, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867, is a major academic comprehensive health care institution located in Northern New Jersey. To learn more about the advanced services available across St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org.

The Merck Company Foundation supports RWJ Rahway

The Merck Company Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 grant to RWJ Rahway Foundation for Creating a Culture of Excellence in Patient Care at RWJ Rahway. Marlene H. Lubinger, President, RWJ Rahway Foundation, said “RWJ Rahway is committed to creating a consistent culture of excellence throughout the organization in providing best quality outcomes and best value for our patients, their families and our community, and this generous grant will assist us in reaching our goal.” A long-time corporate neighbor and healthcare partner, The Merck Company Foundation has been

an ardent supporter of Creating a Culture of Excellence, which begins with the CEO and Senior Leadership and cascades down through the organization. It aligns goals throughout and sets everyone’s sights in the same direction. Merck is listed in the $M plus Founder’s Society level on the Donor Wall located in the Hospital’s lobby. If you would also like to make a donation to RWJ Rahway Foundation, or for information on how to leave a legacy of good healthcare to the community, please call the Foundation Office, 732-499-6135 or e-mail foundation@rwjuhr.com.


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Nurse’s Viewpoint By Alison Lazzaro, RN

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Skin Safety

Whether in the hospital, at home, or in a long-term care facility, prevention of skin abnormalities is an overarching goal. Skin is the largest organ of the body and serves as a defense mechanism between the body and the environment. Pressure ulcers are injuries to the skin with complications including delayed recovery, pain, infection and even mortality. A pressure ulcer is a localized injury to the skin and underlying tissue that usually occurs over a bony prominence as a result of too much pressure or shearing forces. Pressure ulcers occur because of prolonged compression in an area that reduces circulation and results in tissue hypoxia, edema or ischemia.

Who's At Risk? Patients in the critical care setting are high risk for skin abnormalities due to mechanical ventilation, inability to change positions, hemodynamic instability, reduced tissue perfusion, vasopressor use and even diaphoresis. Furthermore, any patient who is unable to move independently is at risk for skin breakdown. Incontinence can also greatly impact skin integrity due to prolonged moisture.

Signs To Look For Areas of the body most at risk for pressure ulcers include the sacrum, ankles, heels, bony shoulders and elbows. Skin abnormalities can occur behind the ears with a nasal cannula or on the lip due to an endotracheal tube. Nurses should look for areas of discoloration, numbness, pain, heat or hardness because these are impending signs of skin breakdown.

Prevention Strategies Many interventions can help stop pressure ulcers before they form. Skin hygiene is important to maintain clean, dry skin. A turning schedule that positions patients left lateral, supine, and then right lateral using foam wedges every 2 hours is optimal. Pressure re-distribution mattresses are available to help provide a dynamic support surface. Good hydration and nutrition also help protect the skin. You Can Make A Difference Being alert for skin breakdown and remobilizing patients can truly save lives. Getting out of bed, moving invasive lines from damaging the skin and being diligent to turn patients every 2 hours decreases hospital length of stay.


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Lourdes Health System names DAISY Nursing Award winner for 2016

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Nicole Farina, RN, of Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, receives the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Lourdes Health System recently named Nicole Farina, RN, of the Medical/Surgical Unit at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, as its DAISY Nursing Award winner for 2016. The award is presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives. It is part of the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Farina, of Cherry Hill, was nominated for her patient-centered care. Her nominator, a patient, wrote, “Nicole checked on me regularly. My surgeon said I could only take a shower if my wound was covered extremely well. My hot showers are very important to me. Nicole had no hesitation when asked to cover my wound for a shower. She always had a smile on her face and when I pushed my “call” button, she already knew what I needed. She gave me exceptional care.” Farina was also noted by her nominator for being respectful, thoughtful, knowledgeable and professional. The DAISY Award was established in 2000 by the Barnes family in honor of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of an auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received inspired the family to thank nurses nationwide for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and families. Lourdes was honored to welcome members of the Barnes family who joined health system leadership to celebrate Farina receiving the DAISY award. To learn more about the DAISY award, visit www.daisyfoundation.org/daisy-award.


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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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A state of the art 128 slice CT scanner is a key part of the ER expansion project.


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National Endowment for the Arts Chair visits Matheny’s Arts Access Program

From left, Eileen Murray, Nick Paleologos, Jane Chu, Rep. Leonard Lance, and Kendell Rep. Lance and the NEA’s Jane Chu look at a script based on the Mortal Kombat R. Sprott, MD, JD, Matheny president and CEO. video game being written by Arts Access artist Chris Saglimbene, right.

“I love what you are doing. You have leveled the playing field in creativity by the processes you use.” That was the reaction of Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who visited the Matheny Medical and Educational Center’s Arts Access Program on July 25, along with U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance and Nick Paleologos, chair of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Eileen Murray, director of Arts Access, explained the art facilitation method, emphasizing that, “every creative choice is in the hands of the artists. The facilitators never interject their

personal style.” Then, Chu, Lance, and Paleologos visited with several artists and observed them at work with their facilitators. Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Arts Access is a unique fine arts program enabling individuals with disabilities to fully express themselves in the creative arts. Lance, who is co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, concluded that, “We look to Matheny to lead the way. Keep up your fine work.”

Callie Aversano of Flemington held a toy drive at the Francis A. Desmares School in Raritan Township to collect stuffed animals to donate to the Emergency Department at Hunterdon Medical Center. This is the second year she has held the drive. Last year, she donated 83 stuffed animals. This year, she donated 111. Two years ago, Callie was brought into the emergency department at Hunterdon Medical Center. During her visit, she was given a Barbie doll to help make the visit a little easier. She has decided to give back to help other children that are sick feel a little better. She presented the animals to the staff of the Emergency Department to be distributed to any child coming into the department. Callie has already made it a goal to surpass this year’s donation next year. Hunterdon Healthcare encourages local groups or schools to donate new toys or stuffed animals to the Emergency Department. For more information, please call 908-788-6157.

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Third grade student donates stuffed animals to Hunterdon Medical Center Emergency Department

Pictured Left to Right: Haley Bate, PTC, Callie Aversano, Kristy Alfano, Director Emergency Department

Dr. Bleazey joins Hunterdon Wound Healing Center

Scott Bleazey, DPM, has joined the Hunterdon Wound Healing Center. Dr. Bleazey will see patients at the center, which specializes in the outpatient treatment of chronic wounds. Dr. Bleazey holds a degree in podiatric medicine from Temple University. He completed his residency in foot and ankle surgery at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. He is board qualified in both foot surgery and provided reconstructive rear foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Bleazey is a physician with MidJersey Orthopaedic in Flemington and Bridgewater. The Hunterdon Wound Healing Center is located in the Wescott Medical Arts Center at 9100 Wescott Drive in Flemington. The Hunterdon Wound Healing Center specializes in the treatment of chronic wounds and offers outpatient wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, as well as disease management and diabetes care. For more information on the Hunterdon Wound Healing Center or to schedule an appointment, call 908-237-6950.


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Daisy Award founders visit Holy Name Medical Center Recognition of Extraordinary Nurses continues for nearly 2 decades

Heather Veltre, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Holy Name Medical Center; Bonnie Barnes, Co-Founder of the Daisy Foundation; Deb Zayas, RN, MPA, NE-BC, Holy Name Medical Center; Alyssa Sebba, BSN, RN, Holy Name Medical Center; Sheryl Slonim, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, APN-C, Holy Name Medical Center; Eliz Moriarty-Walsh, RN, Holy Name Medical Center; Terri Flynn, RN, Holy Name Medical Center; Maureen Finnegan, MA, BSN, RN-C, Holy Name Medical Center; Scott Copper, MSEd, MBA, BSN, RN, CCRN-K, NEA-BC, Photo courtesy of Holy Name Medical Center/ Jeff Rhode Holy Name Medical Center

Since 1999, nurses nationwide who combine exceptional kindness and compassion with expertise are recognized with a Daisy Award, a widelyrecognized tribute started by the family of J. Patrick Barnes in California. Recently, Patrick’s parents – Mark and Bonnie Barnes – visited Holy Name Medical Center to help award this quarter’s recipients at the Medical Center and talk about the vital role of nursing in today’s health care system. When Patrick was hospitalized with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia, an auto-immune disease, his parents experienced the “height of emotions – the worst and best of times. We wanted to tell the story of how you impacted us – nurses touch their patients and families so profoundly,” Bonnie Barnes told a conference hall full of Holy Name nurses, supervisors and administrators. “You make the world a better place,” Mark Barnes said. To date, Daisy Awards have been given to 65,000 nurses among 2,200 participating health care providers across the country. Each facility awards a varying number of nurses at different in-

tervals during the year. Every recipient receives a certificate proclaiming “Extraordinary Nurse,” a Daisy Award pin, a hand-carved serpentine stone sculpture, and several boxes of cinnamon rolls, based on Patrick’s request that his father bring him some when he otherwise lacked an appetite. At Holy Name, three nurses are recognized every quarter. During the most recent ceremony, Joseph Scarano, described by a patient as a “guardian angel,” Theresa Koprowski, “who truly connected with her patients,” and Caryn Bart, who made the mother of a newborn “very relaxed and calm,” were given the sculpture and other gifts. “These nurses and all those who have received Daisy Awards have an extra special touch that signifies a nursing vocation is not just a job but a calling,” said Sheryl Slonim, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, APN-C, Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Holy Name. “Most nurses who get this reward are surprised, very often saying they are just doing their job. This speaks to the dedication and compassion they bring to work every day.”


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Using St. Joseph’s donated Narcan Kits, Paterson Firefighters save overdose victims

Kevin Slavin, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System presented Narcan (Naloxone) Kits to members of the Paterson Fire Department during a recent visit to the Paterson Firehouse on McBride Avenue. The presentation followed a series of training sessions provided to more than 250 Paterson firefighters in the use of Narcan, the heroin overdose reversal medication, by the St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit Paramedics. “The Fire Department collaborates often with St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. We were pleased to have our firefighters trained by the St. Joseph’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit paramedics. They are people we interact with daily and depend upon for their knowledge and insight,” said City of Paterson Fire Chief Michael Postorino. “The Narcan training program proved effective within the first 10 hours of implementation by the Firefighters, as one City resident’s life was saved from heroin overdose and was taken to St. Joseph’s

Regional Medical Center for additional emergency care. A second life was saved just hours later in the same manner,” noted Mayor Jose Torres, City of Paterson. “St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is proud to collaborate with the City of Paterson – and in this case the Paterson Fire Department – as we work together to enhance the health and wellness of our community. St. Joseph’s continues to take the national lead in the fight against opioid addiction with such programs as this Narcan training initiative and the ALTO Alternatives to Opiates program implemented by our Emergency Department, which is a model for other healthcare providers, nationally and globally,” said Mr. Slavin. Accepting the symbolic single Narcan kit on behalf of the Paterson Fire Department from Mr. Slavin is Deputy Chief Pablo Del Valle. Joining them are (shown left to right) John Nickel, Director, Mobile Intensive Care Unit, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center; Chief Michael Postorino, Paterson Fire Department; Director Jerry Speziale, Paterson Police Department; Chief William Fraher,

Paterson Police Department; Kevin Webb, Clinical Coordinator, Mobile Intensive Care Unit, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center; James Pruden, MD, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Medical Services, St.

Joseph’s Healthcare System; Mayor Jose Torres, City of Paterson. New Jersey’s premier Catholic healthcare system, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is a nationally recognized major academic comprehensive health care organiza-

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tion sponsored by its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867. To learn more about the spectrum of leading edge services and compassionate care available at St. Joseph’s, please visit www.StJosephsHealth.org.

Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation Sports Classic raises more than $113,000

Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation raised more than $113,000 during its 2016 Sports Classic held recently at Deal Golf & Country Club in Deal. Led by event co-chairs, Walter Brasch and Joe Britton, this year’s Sports Classic saw 116 golfers compete in the golf tournament and raise money for advanced surgical equipment at Raritan Bay Medical Center. “The funds generated through the Sports Classic are going to make a huge impact on the way surgery is performed at Raritan Bay Medical Center,” said Michael R. D'Agnes, FACHE, president of Raritan Bay Medical Center. “With this laparoscopic equipment, our physicians can perform minimally invasive surgery, which provides a number of advantages to patients including reduced pain and shorter recovery times.” During the reception, grateful patient Thomas McAuliffe, of Woodbridge, NJ, and his physician, Kenneth G. Swan, Jr., M.D., director of the Division of Orthopedic

Surgery and medical director of the Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay, shared a heartfelt testimony to the care provided at the hospital. In addition, the laparoscopic equipment being purchased with the funds raised from the outing was on display for guests to explore and learn more about how this innovative tool will enhance Raritan Bay’s surgical services. The Sports Classic committee is grateful for the generous support of leadership sponsors this year, which include Event Sponsor; Atrium Post - Acute Center of Matawan, Cocktail Hour & Dinner Sponsors; Investors Bank - Woodbridge Office and Med-Metrix and Halfway House Sponsors; Prudential, Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Medical Staff and University Radiology. For more information about the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation or to make a donation, contact Executive Director, Linda M. Hill, PharmD at 732-324-5374 or by e-mail at foundation@rbmc.org.

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At the Sports Classic is, from left; Andrew Citron, M.D., director of the Division of Anesthesiology at Raritan Bay; Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation Board Member Walter Brasch; Michael R. D’Agnes; Thomas McAuliffe; Timothy P. O’Brien, chairman of Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors; Joseph Britton; Kenneth G. Swan, M.D., and Meridian Health President and Chief Executive Officer John K. Lloyd, FACHE.


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Home Depot, Tilcon New Jersey volunteers pave nature trail at Matheny Medical and Educational Center

Matheny student Jacob Rolaf, assisted by personal care assistant Joan Marshall, left, and Tilcon’s Chris Aaron, right, cuts the ribbon celebrating completion of the newly paved nature trail.

What started out as a routine volunteer activity by some employees from Home Depot stores in Bridgewater, NJ, has developed into a solid, long-term partnership between the home improvement chain and the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, NJ, for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Home Depot employees have built planters for The Matheny School science class . . . Raked and cleaned Matheny’s nature trail and ball field . . . Laid pavers in front of Matheny’s main entrance to create a visiting spot for parents and friends . . . Donated needed materials for other projects. The relationship rose to a new level when Rich Aaron, an employee in one of the Bridgewater stores, approached his mother, Chris Aaron, who handles commercial materials dispatch and orders for Parsippany-based Tilcon New Jersey, a company that specializes in asphalt paving. Rich wanted to know if Tilcon would consider paving the 1,100-foot nature trail at Matheny. The trail has existed for years, but it

The newly paved nature trail.

had deteriorated, and the rough terrain made it inaccessible for Matheny’s students and patients, most of whom are in wheelchairs. The answer from Tilcon was, “yes”, and on Friday, June 24 a large crew of workers from Tilco and Home Depot arrived early in the morning to complete the task. Tilcon, said Joshua S. Benson, the company’s general manager, public relations/government affairs, “is proud to have been a part of this project, working closely with the Matheny School and The Home Depot. Repairing and improving the damage to the nature trail highlights Tilcon’s commitment to our community and its safe environment. We are pleased that the students will again be able to enjoy the nature trail for years to come.” Larry Thornton, a resident of Pottersville, a member of Matheny’s Board of Trustees, and a regular volunteer at Matheny, first reached out to Bridgewater store managers John M. Pingitore and Jeff Pemberton a couple of years ago. “Words cannot express,” he said, “how all of us feel about the great works done by these two wonderful companies.”

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From left, Joshua Benson, Kendell R. Sprott, MD, JD, Matheny president and CEO; and Larry Thornton


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Saint Peter’s University Hospital Auxiliary donates $48,000 toward breast health programs

Susan McManus, MD, center, director of The Breast Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, accepts a donation in the amount of $48,000 from the Saint Peter’s University Hospital Auxiliary. The funds were raised at the auxiliary’s annual Spring Fashion Show. Joining McManus, from left, are Les Hirsch, president, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System; Kathleen Killion, auxiliary president; Linda Massa, fashion show chairwoman, and Jim Choma, vice president, Saint Peter’s Foundation. Killion and Massa are residents of North Brunswick. The funds were raised in support of the center’s full range of state-of-the-art services, including screening and diagnostic testing, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and posttreatment care. The Saint Peter’s University Hospital Auxiliary has been in existence since 1908 and continues to support the hospital, donating approximately $2,093,000 to Saint Peter’s between 1985 and 2016.

Of this total, $356,000 was contributed to The Saint Peter’s Breast Center; $33,000 for the initial startup of the Saint Peter’s/Rutgers Mini-MBA Program, and $1,703,792 to other areas within the hospital.

About Saint Peter’s University Hospital Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services and ambulatory care. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center named a Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™ Recipient for years 2012 through 2014. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in quality for gynecologic surgery. • From 2012-2014, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, had, on average, a 44.9% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award. • From 2012-2014, if all hospitals in the 17 states included in this analysis, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, on average, 19,653 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Howard Saul, gynecological oncologist at Lourdes. “This Healthgrades recognition is a strong reflection of our team’s commitment to multidisciplinary care of the highest clinical quality. I thank our entire OB/GYN team as well my partners in the cancer program for their work on achieving this success.” For additional details on the methodology for selecting the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award recipients, please see the complete Healthgrades 2016 Report on Women’s Health, at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

Lourdes’ Team supports cancer survivors, caregivers at American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

A team that included Lourdes Health System employees, volunteers, patients and their families recently walked in The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life River Towns. The River Towns event included 507 participants, made-up of 50 teams, raising nearly $68,000. Lourdes’ team raised more than $6,000. During the Relay’s opening ceremony, Lourdes’ Peggy Cossette-Bauer, community outreach coordinator and wound care nurse, was honored with the Relay for Life’s Health Care Champion award. Cossette-Bauer’s passion, commitment and dedication was recognized for helping fuel the mission of the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life movement. Lourdes offers special thanks to all who supported and participated in the event.

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Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center has recently been recognized as one of a select group of hospitals—the top 10% of hospitals evaluated—as providing outstanding performance in gynecologic surgery, as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. “This award is the result of the teamwork shown by our gynecologists, surgeons, nurses, technicians and other skilled team members who work faithfully on behalf of the women we treat every day,” said Alexander J. Hatala, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lourdes Health System. “This Healthgrades distinction affirms Lourdes continuing commitment to providing outstanding patient care.” “Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 2016 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award have demonstrated exceptional performance and deliver high quality gynecological care,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “When selecting a hospital, leveraging information about comparative quality can increase the odds of an uncomplicated stay. It’s more important than ever that consumers research their options.” Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award includes hysterectomy and surgery related to female reproductive organs. Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for all patients made available by 17 individual states

Relay for Life Health Care Champion award winner Peggy Cossette-Bauer, community outreach coordinator and wound care nurse at Lourdes (far left), walks with students from Delran High School and Rider University to kick-off the Relay for Life River Towns event at Delran High School. Cossette-Bauer’s great niece (center) helps carry the banner.


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Hackensack Meridian Health’s helicopter, AirMed One, was awarded full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) on April 7, 2016. CAMTS, an independent, nonprofit agency audits and accredits fixed-wing and rotary wing air medical transport services in the U.S. to a set of industry-established criteria. CAMTS first enacted its Accreditation Standards in 1991. The Standards are the core element to the CAMTS program, which declares that the highest priorities for medical transport services companies are “patient care and safety of the transport environment.” “This accreditation reaffirms what we already know, that AirMed One is among the best in the nation in terms of patient care, safety and efficiency,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “In addition, AirMed One received

full accreditation on the first attempt, which is an outstanding accomplishment. I am proud of the AirMed One team and the work they do every day, providing critical care in the air, when it matters most.” According to the Association of Air Medical Services, there are 301 Air Medical Programs in the United States, of which only 182 are fully accredited by the CAMTS. AirMed One, which is stationed at Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford, began its service on April 7, 2012 and has flown 1,082 missions as of June 30, 2016. Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.


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Bergen Regional Medical Center, LP announces nearly $160M in payments benefitting the Bergen County Improvement Authority and Bergen County

BRMC, LP has managed Bergen Regional Medical Center since March of 1998 and has paid $126M in rent and other payments to the BCIA/Bergen County while investing over $32M in capital improvements at the Medical Center. Even more importantly, BRMC, LP has successfully executed one of its primary objectives — eliminating significant losses incurred by the former Bergen Pines County Hospital. In 1997, before the current management assumed responsibility for daily operations, the hospital lost $5 million. Today, Bergen Regional is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and all of its services are in good standing with regulatory licensing entities. Its Long Term Care Division is one of only 6% of nursing homes nationwide that are Joint Commission accredited. Yet, the successful privatization of Bergen Regional Medical Center has been challenged by some including Ann Twomey, president of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees, as being “a one-sided contract that has put profits before the needs of our community.” Revenue provided to the County provides empirical data not anecdotal commentary. “The fact is the County and the community BRMC serves benefitted from the privatization of the Medical Center. It has been far from one-

sided,” stated BRMC Chief Financial Officer, Tom McCloskey. “BRMC LP has eliminated the County’s financial exposure regarding the hospital and replaced it with a source of guaranteed County revenue”. In addition to those payments, “significant quality improvements, repeated successful state and federal surveys, technology advancements including the electronic medical record and other substantial facility investments have been made to improve and position Bergen Regional Medical Center for future success”, noted Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for Quality and Outcomes Management, Serge Dumay, MD, MBA, FACP, FACHE. In fact, Consumer Reports gave its highest ratings – ‘where you are least likely to be infected with MRSA and C. diff’ -- to Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus. Additionally the hospital was named as one of the 100 SafeCare® hospitals. In the wake of a changing reimbursement structure, shrinking subsidies and the still unknown aspects of the Affordable Care Act, BRMC LP provides the management which enables the Medical Center to provide the highest quality care, while remaining fiscally viable and a reliable source of revenue for Bergen County and a provider of unique and essential services to the community.

About Bergen Regional Medical Center (BRMC) Located at 230 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus, NJ, Bergen Regional Medical Center provides a comprehensive set of quality services including Long Term Care, Behavioral Health Care and Acute Care to the Bergen County community. Bergen Regional is both the largest hospital with 1,070 beds and the largest licensed nursing home in New Jersey. Additionally, with 323 beds, Bergen Regional is one of the largest medical resources providing a continuum of care for the behavioral health community and is a safety net provider for the mentally impaired, elderly, uninsured or underinsured for the state of New Jersey. BRMC also provides services for those eligible for health insurance or Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. As a complement to its long term care and behavioral health/substance abuse expertise, Bergen Regional also offers acute medical services including: 24/7 emergency department; surgical suites; physical rehabilitation; pharmacy; laboratory; radiologic services (including digital mammography) and more than 20 ambulatory specialties available through the BRMC Clinic.

NJ Department of Health Deputy Commissioner visits St. Joseph’s WIC Clinic to promote #ZapZika campaign

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Deputy Commissioner Dr. Arturo Brito, a bilingual pediatrician spoke to clients, pregnant women and staff at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office.

As part of the #ZapZika campaign — A State Health Department public education campaign to explain the risk of the Zika virus to pregnant women — on Tuesday, June 14, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Arturo Brito, a bilingual pediatrician — met with clients, pregnant women and staff at the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office. Deputy Commissioner Dr. Arturo Brito was welcomed by St. Joseph’s Dr. Lamacchia, Chairman, Pediatrics, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital; Dori Monica, Director, WIC, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center; and Dr. Michael Lange, Chief, Clinical Trials, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett kicked off the campaign in March at Montclair State University. The Commissioner and top physicians at the Department have visited community health centers, hospitals, professional medical societies and other venues to raise awareness of the Zika virus. The campaign also in-

cludes radio public service announcements in English and Spanish, along with NJ Transit bus advertising encouraging pregnant women to avoid travel to Zika-affected countries and travelers to prevent mosquito bites by using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants. The Department and the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) have partnered to open a call line for providers and the public available at 1-800-962-1253. For more information, visit the Department’s Zika webpage at nj.gov/health/cd/zika/ or CDC’s Zika website at cdc.gov/zika. New Jersey’s premier Catholic healthcare system, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is a nationally recognized major academic comprehensive health care organization sponsored by its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867. To learn more about the spectrum of leading edge services and compassionate care available at St. Joseph’s, visit www.StJosephsHealth.org.

Holy Name Medical Center one of three hospitals nationwide named Top Innovator

Holy Name Medical Center has been recognized for its advanced technology with two national awards from the American Health Association Health Forum: 2016 Most Wired Innovator Award and a Most Wired hospital. Only three hospitals nationwide earned the Innovator award, which was given to Holy Name for its free hepatitis testing for eligible patients. Hospitals make the Most Wired list when they can show they are using information technology (IT) to improve healthcare performance in infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety and clinical integration. “This is important recognition for Holy Name, to be one of just three hospitals nationwide to receive this award," said Michael Maron, President and CEO, Holy Name Medical Center. "It affirms the hospital's commitment to developing innovative IT strategies, and real world solutions to improve the patient experience.”

Holy Name's Hepatitis C FOCUS project was created to offer at-risk patients – those born between 1945 and 1965 and who come to the Emergency Department – free hepatitis C testing. To ensure this service is offered equally and efficiently to all eligible patients without duplicative testing or disruption to the Emergency Department’s workflow, Holy Name’s Information Technology Department automated the process as much as possible. Working within the medical center’s selfdeveloped Information System, known as WebHIS, software developers created processes to screen patients for eligibility, provide patients with hepatitis C education, link clinical documentation to laboratory orders, notify patients of test results and track follow-up communication for care. "The technology and programming developed for the FOCUS project offers a more patient-friendly experience by providing information about Hepatitis C testing in the four most common languages of our population, as well as a worklist and process

to document follow-up to care, ensuring no patient is left uninformed," said Michael Skvarenina, Chief Information Officer, Holy Name Medical Center. "New work is underway to provide automated tracking of mailed communications. All of these advances are possible because Holy Name self-develops its core information system and reacts to ever-changing needs without having to rely on vendor priorities or timetables." Holy Name Medical Center is a fully accredited, not-for-profit healthcare facility based in Teaneck, New Jersey. 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. To learn more, visit HolyName.org.


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Located in Paramus, Bergen Regional Medical Center is the largest hospital in New Jersey and is dedicated to providing quality medical, mental health and long term care to Bergen County and surrounding communities. With 1070 beds, the hospital has three divisions of care. The Behavioral Health Division, includes child and adolescent programs, adult and geriatric psychiatric treatment and inpatient and outpatient mental health services. The Long Term Care Division far exceeds the scope of services offered in a standard nursing home. As a full service, Joint Commission accredited Medical Center; BRMC provides wound care, surgical care, cardiac care, rehabilitation services, respiratory care including ventilator care, Korean care services, Alzheimer's and dementia care. As an acute care Hospital, 24/7 medical care for long term care residents is always only an elevator ride away. The hospital is also known for the treatment of substance abuse and offers medical detoxification, in-patient and out-patient services, and treatment for the mentally ill and chemically addicted. The BRMC Acute and Ambulatory Services Division offers same day surgery, more than 20 medical and specialty clinics, critical care, surgical services and imaging services. The Medical Center's recently renovated and expanded Emergency Department is available 24/7 to provide emergency medical and psychiatric care. www.bergenregional.com Tel. 201.967.4000

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