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Eighty-eight new Nurses graduate from Trinitas School of Nursing

Eighty-eight students received their Associates in Science Degrees at the Trinitas School of Nursing (TSON) Convocation Ceremony held recently at Union County College (UCC). Surrounded by family, friends, and staff that provided guidance along the way, the graduates received praises and accolades for their dedication and passion. Students described the rewards and challenges they faced and how the cooperative nursing program offered by TSON and UCC made their journey toward a professional nursing career worthwhile. TSON has been in continuous operation since it was first established as the Elizabeth General Hospital School of Nursing in 1891. The class of January, 2017 is the 157th class to graduate from the school. Included in the class are 23 graduates who entered the nursing program as Licensed Practical Nurses. As part of the cooperative nursing program, the graduates also received a Diploma in Nursing from Trinitas Regional Medical Center. President & CEO of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Gary S. Horan, FACHE, addressed the January 2017 graduating class with a few words of wisdom. “Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world, and I think this class will do just that!” Graduates who received Nursing High Honors were Jennifer Garcia (Newark, NJ), Amy Orsini (Beverly, New Jersey) and Vanessa Sousa (Elizabeth, NJ). Those who received Nursing Honors include: Nyesha Barksdale (Linden, NJ), Jaida Blackwell (Roselle, NJ), Hallie Erica Byer (Berkeley Heights, NJ), Dornell Darby (Maplewood, NJ), John C. De Guzman (West Orange, NJ), Desiree Hendricks (Laurence Harbor, NJ), Danilyn Henson (Union, NJ), Natalya Korpusova (Summit,

NJ), Sandra Lebrõn (Clark, NJ), Gennette Lorenzo (Elizabeth, NJ), Caryll S. San Luis (Bound Brook, NJ), Diana J. Varela (Linden, NJ), and Oscar Manuel Zubieta Rodriguez (South Plainfield, NJ). Also graduating from the School of Nursing are: Sebastian Acevedo (Union, NJ); Eduvijes Acosta (North Brunswick, NJ); Jessica Adeyin (Hillside, NJ); Patrick Albano (Clark, NJ); K. Ambubuyog (Jersey City, NJ); Anyiateh P. Asong (Linden, NJ); Yadira Avila (Harrison, NJ); Maheen Bakhtyar (Elizabeth, NJ); Amina D. Beyruti (Union City, NJ); Melissa Cairo (Matawan, NJ); Alexandra Jacqueline Carranza (Staten Island, NY); Jianna Castillo (Port Reading, NJ); Angie V. Cestona (Elizabeth, NJ); Debbie-Ann Chin-Beckford (Sewaren, NJ); Lydia Diana Col︢õn (Elizabeth, NJ); Amanda L. Crumpler (Elizabeth, NJ); Helen Cummings (Parlin, NJ); Cassandra Depina-Veiga (Roselle, NJ); Kimberly A. Edwards (Newark, NJ); Guerlyne Erasme (Elizabeth, NJ); Shonna Erving (Roselle, NJ); Angela I. Estela (Newark, NJ); Marie A. Fequiere (Roselle, NJ); Flutra Gaxha (Roselle Park, NJ); Ada M. Cubillas Ginart (Elizabeth, NJ); Raizza Jean P. Gonzales (Union, NJ); Patricia Hash (Union, NJ); Naomi Mae Hatulan (Union, NJ); Idarobong Okon Inyang (Orange, NJ); Erin Ivanitski (Sayreville, NJ); Shirlene Joseph (Beverly, NJ); Jessica Jusino (Linden, NJ); Karen Lindo-Brown (Newark, NJ); Emilce Londono (Elizabeth, NJ); Fanny Loor (Rahway, NJ); Janet J. Becerra Lopez (Chatham, NJ); Rosa Helena Maione (Parsippany, NJ); Andreia Marques (Hillside, NJ); Sashauna Minott (Roselle Park, NJ); Dorothy Momanyi (Union, NJ); Sheenu Mariam Nelson (Staten Island, NY); Cristiane Oliveira (Clark, NJ); Meaghan Marie Oliver (Roselle Park, NJ); Johanna Orellana-Lopez (Plainfield, NJ); Thresiam Pad-


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Nurse’s Viewpoint By Alison Lazzaro, RN

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Silence is Golden

The bed alarm of an elderly thin female in room 5 seems to constantly ring out as she shifts her weight. Nurses continue to disrupt their care in order to check on her and prevent a fall. The dialysis machine in room 2 sounds intermittently. The pulse oximeter in room 8 generates an alarm as the patient moves the probe on his finger to simply eat his meal. Room 15's alarm rings out for atrial fibrillation, a rhythm the patient lives in. Room 6 alarms for apnea, although the ventilator assists her respirations. With the general cacophony of sounds, minutes go by until the staff realizes the patient's monitor in room 10 is alarming for Ventricular Tachycardia- a lethal dysrhythmia. Despite springing into action to save her life, it could be too late.

This scenario is far too common in critical care areas of the hospital. The American Association of Critical Care Nurses reported that in 2011, there were over 40 different alarms noted in the ICU. Over 90 percent of alarms do not require clinical intervention, but occur based on readings beyond the patient's default alarm settings.

“Alarm fatigue� is a term used to define the phenomenon in which clinicians are desensitized by countless alarms, many of which are false. In 2016, the Joint Commission established alarm safety as a mandatory National Patient Safety goal. Alarms are designed to be highly sensitive as not to miss an important event; however, this is at the expense of specificity. The sheer number of monitor alarms can easily overwhelm the most experienced clinician and compromise patient safety, leading to adverse outcomes.

Nurses can find solutions to combat alarm fatigue. Alarms can be individualized per patient, rather than relying on the default settings. With a goal timeframe of 1 hour from admission, nurses can create appropriate alarm limits such as an alarm set for 20 above and below the patient's heart rate and mean arterial pressure. Nurses can also form improvement teams focused on decreasing false alarms through measures like changing EKG leads and pulse oximeter probes daily, properly positioning EKG leads, placing parameters on ventilator settings, and acknowledging benign atrial fibrillation alarms.

Lifesaving alarms can be missed if there are too many false-positive alarms, causing a delay in nurse reaction time. Despite good intentions, nurses are plagued by alarm fatigue. Constant alarms make sleep more difficult for patients and put patients at risk. By shedding light on the problem and by implementing individualized solutions to decrease unnecessary alarms, nurses can hone in on those crucial alarms that correlate most with patient safety.

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Grant to aid push to grow number of black males in management jobs

As part of its 27th annual Interfaith Celebration of the Life and Legacy of The Rev. Martin Luther King, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System was presented with a grant of $16,000 from the Catholic Center for Human Development, a national antpoverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, to start a mentoring program for African-American males who work at Saint Peter’s. The Metuchen Campaign for Human Development presented the grant. The program will be supervised by the office of diversity and inclusion at Saint Peter’s. The program’s goal is to increase opportunities for AfricanAmerican male employees to enter into supervisory and management positions. Shown from left are Ronald C. Rak, JD, CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System; Tabiri M. Chukunta, executive director, community outreach and diversity at Saint Peter’s; Monsignor Joseph J. Kerrigan, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in New Brunswick, who presented the grant; and Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president of the healthcare system. African-American males will be recommended by their area managers, who will also act as mentors. Participants will be enlisted in training and educational sessions aimed at growing their career-building skills.


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Rutgers’ Ronke Olabisi is trying to develop biomaterials that can speed healing in space and on earth

Space-Age challenge: Healing broken bones, wounds and internal organs Ronke Olabisi once dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Now she’s conducting research that could help space travelers and Earth-dwellers heal faster and stay healthy. “If healing people faster on Earth is going to be helpful, then it’s really going to be helpful in space,” said Olabisi, an assistant professor in Rutgers’ Department of Biomedical Engineering. “Spaceflight affects every single system.” Bones, muscle and other tissues gradually break down in space, posing major problems for anyone wanting to go to Mars and beyond, said Olabisi, who works in the School of Engineering. Fractures, wounds and soft tissue injuries don’t heal quickly in low-gravity conditions, and the biomedical engineer is studying how to speed the process. Olabisi and her lab focus on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to replace or repair bone, skin, muscle and the retina. She and her colleagues want to develop biosynthetic materials, or biomaterials, that drive or direct how cells function. One goal of the field is to replace organs – such as the liver and lung – in people who need new ones. Olabisi’s research is informed by deep knowledge in several fields. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has three advanced degrees. They include a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, a master’s in aeronautical engineering from Michigan and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When she was a child, Olabisi loved science. “Other kids wanted to do magic,” said Olabisi, whose father is a chemical engineer and mother is a physician. “I wanted to do science. I liked chemistry. I liked physics. I liked biology. I liked it all.”

She fell in love with biomedical engineering by accident. At the University of Michigan, a professor asked students to design an aerospace material for a non-aerospace application. She developed a hip implant and began learning more about bone, the only body material that heals without a scar. As people age, the healing process is impeded and people who break their hips are more likely to die in the hospital than those who don’t, said Olabisi, who joined Rutgers in 2012. Tissue engineering could repair hip fractures, saving lives. Six years ago, she began working with the 100 Year Starship project, a nonprofit striving to facilitate interstellar flight beyond our solar system within 100 years. She’s a member of its science board. “It’s a thought exercise,” she said. “In 1869, we never thought that in 100 years we’d make it to the moon and in the decade that they put forth the effort to go to the moon, all of the things that were required to get them there completely transformed our technology.” “We have GPS because they needed to develop a way to communicate with the astronauts in space,” she said. “We have cell phones. We have water filtration. It profoundly transformed life on Earth for the better, and if we try to get to another star in the next 100 years, imagine the technologies that would be developed that would improve life on Earth? It’s really secondary if we actually make it to another star.” Deep space missions will boost crew exposure to long-term microgravity, or weightlessness, and reduced gravity, according to the 100 Year Starship Project. Such lowgravity environments slow wound and fracture healing and accelerate bone loss, muscle loss and certain aspects of aging. Tissue-engineered skin grafts are available

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Ronke Olabisi, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and her lab focus on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to replace or repair bone, skin, muscle and the retina.

now on Earth, but non-healing wounds remain troublesome for burn victims, diabetics and the elderly. Olabisi’s goal is to develop injectable microscopic biomaterials, topical lotions, and large biomaterials that can speed healing of skin wounds, bone fractures and degenerating retinas. Her cell therapy research is based on a novel system that traps proteins, insulin-producing cells, and mesenchymal or adult stem cells (MSCs) in tiny spheres made of synthetic hydrogels. These spheres, called microspheres, might be applied to external wounds or injected to treat fractures and soft tissue injuries. Microspheres can be frozen for storage and freeze-dried, according to Olabisi. In recent lab experiments, she and her team observed diabetic wound healing in 14 days without intermediate scar or scab formation.

Normally, such wounds would take 35 days to heal, Olabisi said. She and her lab are also studying the Bruch’s membrane – a barrier in the retina that prevents immune cells from entering the eye and causing irreparable damage. The Bruch’s membrane is the first thing that gets damaged during age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in developed countries, she said. Olabisi’s team is trying to develop a scaffold that mimics some of the membrane’s key features. Her lab is also conducting research on nacre, commonly known as Mother of Pearl, which has an affinity for bone and causes bone cells to grow. “We’re trying to take a step back and identify the ingredients and build biomaterials from there,” she said.

Teens explore careers with new Trinitas Healthcare Exploring Post 911


Young people interested in exploring health careers learned how to assess a patient using a heart monitor to listen for different types of heart rhythms, as part of an open house held recently at the newly-formed Medical Explorer Post 911 at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Gerard Muench (right), Director of PreHospital Services at Trinitas, led the demonstration.

It was a cold and rainy day when 12 teenagers from Elizabeth and surrounding towns gathered at Trinitas Regional Medical Center to begin their journey of discovering careers in the health care field through hands on programs. Students were first greeted by the staff of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, followed by an introduction of the Exploring program, a co-ed, career exploration program for teenagers in high school through age 20. Following the welcome session, participants learned about various departments in the hospital including nursing, medicine, and support areas such as social services and volunteering. They then competed in a CPR challenge and other hands-on activities in order to learn more about the healthcare profession. The Trinitas Exploring Post 911 meets once a month at the Medical Center to focus on a select area of the healthcare field. The overall program gives young adults an opportunity to “explore” such careers as nursing, radiology, health care,

physical therapy, and social work by allowing them to work alongside members of the hospital staff and participate in training activities. The program emphasizes academics, character development, and self-discipline, and encourages participants to give back to the community. Students are encouraged to join, however, only 30 total slots are available. For further information, please call 862777-2524 or visit

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

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Mercer County Community College and Thomas Edison State University partner to offer four-year pathway to BSN degree Dual Enrollment “3 +1” Program will prepare nursing students graduate-level study

Mercer County Community College and Thomas Edison State University have created a dual enrollment nursing program that enables students to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in four years. The program will allow graduates of Mercer’s Nursing Education Program to transfer and apply up to 90 credits to the online RN-BSN program at Thomas Edison State University. The institution’s formalized the partnership at a signing ceremony recently at Glen Cairn Hall at Thomas Edison State University. “This partnership provides students the opportunity to earn a BSN degree in an efficient and costeffective manner,” said Dr. Filomela Marshall, dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State University. “Our collaboration provides a seamless pathway into our RN-BSN program for students in Mercer’s nursing program.” The program will provide a pipeline of baccalaureate-prepared nurses to provide healthcare services to underserved populations in Trenton, Mercer

County and throughout central New Jersey. “This exciting new agreement with Thomas Edison State University is all about creating choices for students,” said Dr. Jianping Wang, president of Mercer County Community College. “By offering more choices and enabling students to study close to home, more students will complete their education and we create more opportunities for students from a variety of backgrounds and learning styles while allowing them to continue to meet family and work obligations.” Eligible students enrolled in the dual enrollment program will be granted provisional acceptance to the RN-BSN program at Thomas Edison State University and full acceptance once they complete the associate in science degree from Mercer and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). As they complete the BSN degree, students will be prepared to further advance their education and pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and eventually a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).


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Profile: Bridgid Miller, R.N. By Dale McKnight Hospital Newspaper Correspondent

Throughout her nursing and management career, Brigid Miller, R.N., has always believed in the importance of expanding her skills. Bridgid, who serves in the Infection Control and Employee Health department at Weisman Children's Rehabilitation Hospital in Marlton, N.J., has been employed in a variety of nursing and management roles. She began her studies at Roxborough Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia. “Actually, nursing is my second career,” Bridgid says. “I was in real estate for over ten years in South Jersey before I decided to go back to school for nursing. It was always something I wanted to do.” After completing her studies, she began working at an adult sub-acute hospital in South Jersey. She was promoted to a night supervisor position after four months. Then, in 2014, Bridgid took a full-time position back at her Roxborough School of Nursing alma mater as the admissions director and student-health nurse. “This was a great position for me, because I enjoy providing knowledge to others who are interested in starting a career in nursing,” she says. While working at Roxborough School of Nursing, she also maintained a per-diem position at Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital for the past two years as a staff nurse. “Even though it was quite a change, I immediately loved working in pediatrics,” Bridgid says. Bridgid, who lives in Camden County, also completed her BSN in 2015 from Western Governors University and is currently enrolled in her MSN in Leadership and Management. In May 2016, she was hired to take over the position of a retiring staff member and became the infectious control/employee health nurse at Weisman Children’s. “As much as I miss the nursing school and the students, as well as my other jobs, this position allows me to increase my knowledge in the medical field,” she says. Weisman Children´s Rehabilitation Hospital is an 18-bed acute rehab hospital with a focus on eight core programs: traumatic brain injury, infant feeding, pulmonary, burns, diabetes management, neonatal abstinence syndrome, amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome and general rehab. The facility provides care for infants, children, teens and young adults. Its website is


Five extraordinary Hackensack University Medical Center Nurses earn special recognition

Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, is pleased to announce that five of its nurses have achieved recognition in their field: Claudia Douglas, DNP, MA, BSN; Kristina Rioux, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, CCRN; Krystyna Toczylowski MSN, RN; Laura VanDePutte MSN, RN, CPON; and Carlene Cord, RN, APN. “I want to congratulate our valued team members on their significant achievements,” said Lisa Tank, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs and chief of the Division of Geriatrics at HackensackUMC. “These honors are a true testament to their commitment to providing the highest-quality patient-centered care.” “It is a pleasure and privilege to partner with Claudia, Kristi, Krys, Laura and Carlie, who offer their considerable skills and talents to benefit the patients in our care,” said Dianne Aroh, RN, FACHE executive vice president and chief clinical and patient care officer at HackensackUMC. “These exemplary professionals demonstrate every day

what it means to give of oneself in service of others.” Dr. Douglas, administrative director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research at HackensackUMC, and Ms. Rioux, education specialist on the Critical Care Education team at HackensackUMC, have been honored as 2016 Divas in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing, the Foundation of the New Jersey State Nurses Association. They were recognized for making an extraordinary impact on the profession and community at a celebration in Princeton, NJ. Ms. Toczylowski, a clinical nurse specialist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, and Ms. VanDePutte, a nurse manager at the Children’s Cancer Institute, Inpatient and Outpatient, Pediatric Photophoresis and the Day Accommodation Suite at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, were honored by The Record with Tribute to Nursing Awards for their remarkable contributions during a ceremony in Paramus, NJ.

Ms. Cord, a pediatric oncology advanced practice nurse at the Children’s Cancer Institute at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, was recognized for her dedication and passion as a finalist for a

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Pictured from left to right: Laura VanDePutte MSN, RN, CPON honored by The Record for the Tribute to Nursing award; Carlene Cord, RN, APN honored as a finalist for March of Dimes Nurse of the Year; Krystyna Toczylowski MSN, RN honored by The Record for the Tribute to Nursing award; Claudia Douglas, DNP, MA, BSN honored as 2016 Diva in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing; and Kristina Rioux, MSN, RNBC, CEN, CCRN also honored as 2016 Diva in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing.

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Atlantic Health System Hospitals recognized with Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center among top five percent of Hospitals in Nation for Clinical Outcomes

Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center, both part of Atlantic Health System, have been recognized with the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, a consumer resource for health information. The distinction places each medical center in the top five percent for clinical excellence among more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. This is Morristown Medical Center’s seventh consecutive time and Overlook Medical Center’s fourth consecutive time receiving the award. “Choosing a hospital is one of the most important decisions a family can make, and the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence recognition from Healthgrades is additional confirmation that Atlantic Health System is committed to excellence in quality and safety,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president, Morristown Medical Center. “We are honored to be recognized among this elite group of health care providers,” said Alan Lieber, president of Overlook Medical Center. “Clinical excellence, combined with patient-centered care, is key to the positive experience that Atlantic Health System provides to patients and caregivers.” “Consumers are doing their research when it comes to selecting the hospital where they receive their care, and high-marks in quality are a valuable differentiator that can set organizations apart,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to high quality care for their patients.”

About the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence From 2013 through 2015, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence had a lower risk of dying (across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality is the clinical outcome),

than if they were treated in hospitals that did not achieve this distinction. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 160,322 lives could potentially have been saved. The 258 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2017 study period (2013-2015), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit

About Atlantic Health System Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, is a leading non-profit health care delivery system in New Jersey. Our network includes Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ; Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ; Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ; Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ; Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ; and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation, and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. It also includes its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System comprises 1,747 licensed beds, more than 14,000 employees and more than 4,000 physicians. Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; is part of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and is a member of AllSpire Health Partners.


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Hackensack University Medical Center welcomes Cardiothoracic Surgeon Mark B. Anderson, M.D.

Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, is pleased to welcome Mark B. Anderson, M.D., FACS, vice chair of cardiac surgery services and cardiothoracic surgeon, to the Hackensack University Medical Group. Dr. Anderson is a leading expert in minimally-invasive heart surgery, robotic techniques, and mechanical assist devices. “I am pleased and proud to welcome a physician of Dr. Anderson’s caliber,” said Lisa Tank, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs at HackensackUMC. “He is an excellent addition to our team, who will serve as a leader in providing high-quality, patient-centered care in an academic setting.” With more than 25 years of cardiothoracic surgery experience, Dr. Anderson joins HackensackUMC from Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, where he served as co-director of the Heart and Vascular Institute, and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Regional Cardiothoracic Surgery Program. “Dr. Anderson’s expertise and dedication will surely enhance our team,” said Joseph Parrillo, M.D., chair of the Heart and Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC. “He will be a true asset as we continue to advance and revolutionize our treatment of cardiovascular disease.” Dr. Anderson is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and by the American Board of Surgery. His clinical expertise extends to all aspects of cardiac surgery, in-

cluding coronary bypass surgery, valve replacement and repair, thoracic aortic surgery, mechanical circulatory support, Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) surgery, and endovascular techniques. Dr. Anderson has particular expertise in minimally invasive repair of the mitral valve, and placement of ventricular assist devices for severe heart failure. “I am delighted to join the team at HackensackUMC,” said Dr. Anderson. “I look forward to our collaborations in service of our patients and the wider community.” Dr. Anderson earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, and completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where he served as chief resident in his last year of residency training. Dr. Anderson completed a cardiac surgery fellowship in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California San Diego, and was selected as a senior registrar in Cardiac Surgery and Transplantation at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England, where he spent an additional year. Dr. Anderson has been published in several renowned medical journals. He has presented and lectured on a variety of topics pertaining to cardiac surgery, minimally invasive heart valve surgery, Ventricular Assist Device (VAD), and treatment of heart failure. His research interests include the surgical management of heart failure, and myocardial recovery with mechanical assist devices as well as less invasive surgical techniques.


“It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Anderson to our extraordinary team,” said Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., president of HackensackUMC. “He brings a wealth of experience and insight that will further elevate the care we provide to the community.” To learn more, visit

Hospital recognized as a baby-friendly designated birth facility

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center receives prestigious International Award Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center recently received a prestigious international recognition as a “Baby-Friendly Designated Birth Facility.” The Baby-Friendly initiative is part of a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The designation culminates a five-year journey for the Lourdes’ Women's and Children's team, which began with a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Nutrition and Fitness, and coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics – New Jersey, Pediatric Council on Research and Education. Currently, there are 390 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. Lourdes is now one of only two Baby-Friendly designated hospitals in South Jersey, and one of eight in the state. Based on the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,” the award recognizes facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

The Baby-Friendly Initiative team at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center.

Nurses and physicians were required to complete 20 and three hours of education, respectively, along with annual training. The “Baby-Friendly” designation is then given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed, as well as practice and policy changes that were submitted to Baby Friendly USA during the 4-step designation journey known as the 4D Pathway to Baby Friendly™ Designation. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes. “When you breastfeed, you start your child on a path to good health.

For example, studies have shown that breastfeeding helps prevent childhood and adult obesity, which are major risk factors for diabetes and heart disease,” said Trish Cerveny, RN, Manager of Women’s and Children’s Services and Coordinator of the Baby Friendly Initiative at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. “But Baby-Friendly is not just about exclusive breastfeeding. It is about the total care of the mother and baby. We’re proud of our team’s commitment to mothers and babies, and that we achieved this highly respected award.” When the Baby-Friendly journey began, Lourdes had an exclusive

breastfeeding rate only in the teens. Today, the rates remain consistently above the 40th percentile. In addition, Lourdes' recently received a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) score of 94 out of 100, significantly higher than state and national averages. The Lourdes team collaborates with others in the community to promote Baby-Friendly activities, including Lourdes outpatient facilities, Women's Healthcare of Collingswood, the South Jersey Perinatal Cooperative and Women, Infants and Children (WIC).


“It is important to collaborate with the entire community. Our patients are here for two or three days and go home. We have formed partnerships with key stakeholders in the community that provide our patients with the support that is needed well after discharge,” said Andrea Racobaldo, MSN RNCOB, CBC, Corporate Director of Education and Baby-Friendly Initiative Coordinator at Lourdes. “The feedback we have received from area providers has helped us to improve our care.” For more information about the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, visit

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Two local organizations turn passion into a profession for artists with disabilities Community based vocational programs are helping emerging artists launch their professional art careers

Two forward-thinking NJ nonprofits, the Matheny Arts Access Program and Arts Unbound, are proud to announce the start of the second season of Art Garden CSA (Community Supported Art). Both organizations support and serve artists with disabilities, and have collaborated to bring this unique project to reality. The innovative Art Garden connects these artists with the local community, and works to further the profes-sional art careers of the talented artists who participate. Art CSAs are based on the traditional agriculture CSA model, in which a farmer offers a cer-tain number of "shares" to the public. The “shareholder” receives a box of seasonal produce at pickup events throughout the year. Substitute “art” for “agriculture,” and you have Art Garden CSA, with shareholders receiving original artwork instead of farm produce. This program is unique in that it is the only CSA which serves and supports artists with disabilities, enabling them to cultivate relationships with art buyers, whose purchases help support and sustain the artist’s career. “Our Art Garden CSA will help local artists with disabilities launch their professional careers with the hope that they could become selfsupporting through the sale of their art,” said

Celene Ryan, Director of Artist Development at Arts Unbound. “It’s a powerful dynamic be-cause when the buyers meet the artists and receive their artwork, it dispels any mispercep-tions about the range, sophistication and quality of art created by people with disabilities.” Following a successful, sold out first season, 10 new local artists with disabilities have been selected and will receive a stipend of $2,000 to create 50 pieces of original or limited edition fine art for the Art Garden. Last year, the work ranged from paintings, jewelry, wearable art, and photography. This year’s group of artists promises to deliver equally exciting, innovative work to their shareholder community. The “community” is comprised of any individual or group that purchases one of the 50 available shares. New this year, both half and full shares are available at an affordable price of $225 and $450 respectively. The shareholders will receive their art at two "pick-up" events during the year where they can meet and mingle with the artists. Eileen Murray, Director of the Arts Access Program, says, “This program puts us at the fore-front of an entirely new way of connecting artists with patrons and making original art acces-sible to first-time buyers.

What makes Art Garden CSA so special though, is that not only are you buying outstanding art, every share purchased helps a talented artist with a disability move one step closer towards making a living as a professional artist. Your purchase also goes towards providing training to help our artists develop the entrepreneurial skills, like building a website, promoting their art and nurturing relationships, that will help them succeed in their careers.” Year one artist Cindy Shanks said, "I was excited and happy to have my work as part of the Art Garden. It meant that people bought my art." The Art Garden CSA team works to help art-ists like Cindy turn their passion into a profession one share at a time. Art Garden CSA is made possible by a generous Community Employment Grant from the Kessler Foundation. For more information about the Art Garden and to purchase shares, please visit the website: Matheny Arts Access empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Through the use of innovative systems and techniques, participants can fully participate in the visual, performing and literary arts. Regardless of their disability, clients are provided with the tools and materials needed to take full creative control over their artistic journey. Arts Access provides clients with a nurturing environment for expression; a chance to interact with other artists; and an opportunity for performance and exhibition. This program is a vehi-cle through which disabled individuals can have their ideas; imagination and creativity come to life. Arts Unbound is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and seniors. They provide visual arts education and professional development to help emerging artists compete on the retail market. They work with learning and emerging artists with disabilities and seniors through the two core programs: visual arts education and artist development. By promoting the work of artists with disabilities and sen-iors, Arts Unbound centers on their artmaking rather than any impairments, and by doing so, challenges the stigma associated with disability and aging.

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Saint Peter’s University Hospital receives Women’s Choice Award® for providing outstanding overall patient experience Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, has received the 2017 Women’s Choice Award for being voted one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by women. This distinction is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and what women say they want from a hospital including quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses and support staff, cleanliness and trusted referrals from other women. Saint Peter’s was also named a best hospital for patient experience in 2014. “Congratulations on being named as an America’s best hospital again,” said Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified®, home to the Women’s Choice Award, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. “There is no greater honor than to know your hospital continues to be recognized as one of the best in the nation. Your commitment to delivering an exceptional patient experience is clearly demonstrated through your progressive leadership and an extraordinary team that shares your vision.” “We always focus on exceptional patient care,” said Ronald C. Rak, JD, CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, the hospital’s parent company. “To be recognized as a top hospital for patient experience and a Women’s Choice Award recipient validates the work of our dedicated staff on behalf of women and all our patients.” Being recognized as a hospital of choice among women represents the strongest and most important consumer message in today’s healthcare marketplace considering that women account for 90 percent of all healthcare decisions for themselves and their families (American Academy of Family Physicians). When patients have a highly engaged, positive experience with their hospital, it’s a winwin situation. Hospital reputation is everything, according to a study by the National Research Corp. Market Insights Survey, the largest healthcare consumer survey in the United States. The America’s 100 Best Hospitals scoring process is unique in that it is the only national list that focuses on female patient satisfaction. The process begins with scores derived for each hospital in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS)

Recognized as one of America’s best hospitals

database. The score takes a subset of the questions HCAHPS uses that research and experience shows are more important to women than to men. Weight is applied to each of those questions to adjust for relative importance to arrive at a numerical score. Additionally, scoring incorporates WomenCertified’s in-depth research on customer satisfaction among women, including a joint study on customer satisfaction by gender conducted with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The scoring is totally objective and uniform. The best 100 scores in each of the four size categories determine the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Outstanding Patient Experience award winners. The four size categories include hospitals with up to 100 beds, 101-250 beds, 251-400 beds, and 401-plus beds. WomenCertified accepts absolutely no payment in exchange for placement on the list.

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. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate with Rutgers University Biomedical and Health Sciences. Saint Peter’s also sponsors residency programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery. Visit for more information.

The Women’s Choice Award The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women make smarter choices by collectively identifying the brands, products, and services most recommended and trusted by women; those that deliver a customer experience worthy of their recommendation. Awards are based on surveys of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on what


Yolanda Jorge, APN-C, a family nurse practitioner at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System’s Family Health Center in New Brunswick, examines patient Teodora Cisnero-Cajero of New Brunswick.

drives the consumer experience for women versus men. As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc., home of the Women’s Choice Award, created the first national award based on the ratings and preferences of women to provide them with a col-

lective voice. Women can make their preferences heard and be part of the mission toward a million voices strong by visiting the Women’s Choice Award’s official website at and joining the network.

Holy Name Medical Center launches Japanese Medical Program

North Jersey is home to a burgeoning Asian population, comprised of many ethnic groups -each with distinctly different languages and cultures. To address the medical needs of this growing community, Holy Name Medical Center is expanding its Asian Health Services (AHS) by launching a Japanese Medical Program (JMP). The program, under the umbrella of Holy Name's Asian Health Services, will provide health care amenities to make Japanese patients and their families feel welcome and comfortable. More than 150 Asian-American physicians have pledged their support to AHS in offering medical services, and more are expected to join the program. "It was a natural progression to expand our services to the Japanese community," said Kyung Hee Choi, Vice-President of Asian Health Services which includes the Korean Medical Program, the Chinese Medical Program, the Filipino Medical Program and now, the Japanese Medical Program. "Holy Name is committed to improving health outcomes for all the members of our community through effective population health management programs such as Asian Health Services." The JMP is offering specific services for the Japanese population, including Japanese-speaking representatives who will guide patient through the Teaneck

campus, a Japanese midwifery program, Japanese dietary items on the hospital menu such as miso soup and nori, Japanese newspapers, and internet-based Japanese television channels in patients' rooms. The Japanese community now numbers about 6,000 in Bergen County and 13,000 in New Jersey. The need for culturally-sensitive medical care was recognized by the administration and staff at Holy Name Medical Center, who created the Japanese Medical Program (JMP) to address the demand. Every year, AHS provides medical services to more than 60,000 Asian Americans at HNMC’s Teaneck campus and three off-site locations in Closter, Englewood Cliffs, and Paramus. Through various community outreach campaigns, more than 10,000 low-income Asian Americans annually receive free screenings for breast cancer, diabetes, prostate cancer, hepatitis B, mental health, cardiovascular issues and blood tests. "Through Holy Name's Asian Health Services, the entire staff is ready to provide culturally-sensitive care and treatment that will make Holy Name the medical home for all Asians," said Michael Maron, CEO and President of Holy Name Medical Center. "What we've been able to do for the Korean community, we are now doing for all Asians in the region." To learn more, visit


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Joint cardiac emergency effort by Trinitas and Elizabeth Fire Department recognized with Mission: Lifeline Gold Award

The American Heart and Stroke Association presented Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit and the Elizabeth Fire Department with the 2016 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Gold Award. This award is used to recognize speed and coordination in transporting chest pain patients to the hospital for emergency cardiac treatment. The goal of Mission: Lifeline is to save more lives by connecting first responders with hospitals and other health care providers and creating a seamless transition of resources from the patient’s location to the hospital. “We are very pleased that the American Heart and Stroke Association recognized our two organizations in this manner, but we’re even more satisfied that our collaboration is actually saving lives,” explains Gerard Muench, Director of Pre-Hospital Services at Trinitas. In the past, ‘door-to-needle’ time was used as an indicator of quality patient care, according to Muench. It referred to the time that elapsed between a cardiac patient’s arrival in the ER and the start of life-saving treatment in the cardiac catheterization lab. “Now, the clock starts when emergency services personnel first arrive at the scene of a patient having chest pain. Those first moments of treatment in the field are crucial to a patient’s overall outcome by reducing the damage to the heart caused by a blocked coronary artery,” he adds.

A key example of how treatment time is reduced can be found in the use of a portable EKG machine that transmits the patient’s 12 Lead EKG directly to the emergency department. The data is read and acted upon by physicians at the hospital, before the actual arrival of the patient. Another important way to save time is for the Elizabeth Fire Department EMTs, Trinitas paramedics and the Emergency Department nurses,

to work together and deliver the patient to the cardiac catheterization lab quickly. This is done by having the patient remain on the ambulance stretcher and only briefly stopping at the Emergency Department on the way to the catheterization lab. “Collaboration among pre-hospital providers, the hospital and community emergency resources is the essence of Mission: Lifeline. It is gratifying to be recognized for driv-

ing improvements in care for patients in the community and raising the bar for emergency medical system providers,” states Rich Biedrzycki, EMS Chief for the Elizabeth Fire Department. “Trinitas Regional Medical Center continues to be an innovative health care leader and invested community partner,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “From incorporating advanced technology to


showcasing excellence in treatment, these hardworking, dedicated and skilled professionals remain committed to enhancing services and improving the quality of life for all.” Together the Trinitas Mobile Intensive Care Unit and Elizabeth Fire Department are changing and saving lives in the greater Elizabeth Area, and will continue to evolve and develop to provide quality patient care.

Holy Name Medical Center receives Beacon Awards from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Intensive Care Unit and Intermediate Care Unit Recognized for Excellence in Patient Care

Holy Name Medical Center's Intensive Care unit and Intermediate care unit received Silver Beacon Awards for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award recognizes achievements of critical care teams in areas including professional practice, patient outcomes and work environments. The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year award meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award. AACN President Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACNP, ACHPN, applauds the commitment of the caregivers at the Intensive Care Unit and Intermediate Care Unit of Holy Name Medical Center for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care. “Being a national Beacon Award winner for outstanding critical care and a Magnetrecognized institution reflects Holy Name's commitment to maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide our patients,” said Michael Maron, President

and CEO, Holy Name Medical Center. The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned by the Intensive Care Unit and Intermediate Care Unit of Holy Name Medical Center signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The Intensive Care Unit and Intermediate Care Unit of Holy Name Medical Center earned silver awards by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria: • Leadership Structures and Systems • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes • Outcome Measurement

AACN also honors awardees at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

About Holy Name Medical Center Holy Name Medical Center is a fully accredited, not-for-profit healthcare facility based in Teaneck, New Jersey. To learn more, please visit


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Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, Dolores Catania, donates $100,000 in baby items to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

Dolores Catania of Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of New Jersey presented a generous donation of newborn baby items to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey on February 2, 2017. Dolores visited the hospital with over $100,000 worth of baby blankets and swaddles from Aden + Anais Inc., presenting them to parents who recently delivered their babies at St. Joseph’s but needed additional care at the NICU. “St. Joseph’s has some of the most skilled and dedicated doctors you will find anywhere and I wanted to do something to help the hospital as well as the parents and their babies,” said Cantania. “This is just one way I can give back to the city (of Paterson) where I was born and that my family called home for many years.” she added. Clinical team members, including Dr. Michael Lamacchia, Chairman of Pediatrics and Dr. Adel Zauk, Chief of Neonatology, joined Dolores for a tour of the Unit, stopping to spend time with the mothers and their newborns where some of the smallest patients in the hospital are cared for.

“Only very young babies (or babies with a condition linked to being born prematurely) are treated in the NICU – they’re usually infants who haven’t gone home from the hospital yet after being born,” explains Dr. Zauk. “New parents eagerly look forward to bringing their baby home, so it can be stressful if your newborn needs to be admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.” Dolores Catania was born at. St. Joseph’s Hospital and raised in Paterson, where her father, Lawrence Spagnola, was chief of police. “I’d like to do this on an ongoing basis with St. Joseph’s and continue to help the hospital and my fellow New Jerseyans.” adds Dolores. For further information regarding Dolores Catania please contact: or please call (201)914-5550

About St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is a state designated specialized children’s hospital at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center provides advanced care for children from birth to 21years-of-age. One of the first pediatric hospitals designated by the State,


Dolores Catania, star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey presented Dr. Adel Zauk, Chief of Neonatology at St. Joseph’s Children Hospital, Lauren Stevens of Jersey City, NJ and her baby Cooper with an Aden + Anais Swaddle. Dolores made an incredible donation of $100,000 worth of baby items, including baby blankets, swaddles and more to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Children Hospital.

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Hackensack Meridian Health Congratulates Eli Manning on the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

The team at Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to congratulate New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning on his Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. He shares the award with Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. “We are ecstatic that Eli achieved this incredible honor,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “He is a valued team member both on and off the field, and we are particularly grateful for his devotion to our patients and the Tackle Kids Cancer initiative.” Each NFL team nominates one player who has had a significant positive influence on his community. In a statement, the NFL praised Manning as a steadfast champion for causes involving children. “Eli shares our vision in advancing the Tackle Kids Cancer initiative in many ways,” said Jon M. Fitzgerald, president of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. “In 2016, he issued a matching donation challenge that ignited the community and exceeded the goal. We are proud to partner with Eli on this essential program.” One hundred percent of the funds raised by Tackle Kids Cancer directly supports pediatric cancer research and program services at the

Children’s Cancer Institute at HackensackUMC. Tackle Kids Cancer is a partnership of dedicated clinicians and researchers, corporate sponsors, and supporters working to The team at Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to congratulate New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning on his Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. He shares the award with Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. “We are ecstatic that Eli achieved this incredible honor,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “He is a valued team member both on and off the field, and we are particularly grateful for his devotion to our patients and the Tackle Kids Cancer initiative.” Each NFL team nominates one player who has had a significant positive influence on his community. In a statement, the NFL praised Manning as a steadfast champion for causes involving children. “Eli shares our vision in advancing the Tackle Kids Cancer initiative in many ways,” said Jon M. Fitzgerald, president of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. “In 2016, he issued a matching donation challenge that ignited the community and exceeded the goal. We are proud to partner with Eli on this essential program.”

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ances and personal donations are exemplified by the creation of the "Sohn-Manning Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Program,” among the many fundraising efforts he inspired. During its inaugural season the Giants, Manning and HackensackUMC were surprised by the many local grass roots organizations supporting Tackle Kids Cancer, so Manning pledged to match and inspire those efforts - and "Eli's Challenge" was born, exceeding the goal in the first few weeks of the program. To date, his support of the program has directly led to more than $1,000,000 in fundraising in just over one year, and propelled the new charitable program to over $4,000,000 in funds raised since its inception. The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. The award was established in 1970. It was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton. This is the first time a New York Giant player has won the award in its history. The winner was announced in Houston at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special that aired nationally on FOX the night before Super Bowl LI. To learn more, visit

Community Coalition receives funding to expand population health initiatives in Paterson

The Passaic County Health Coalition (PCHC) has been awarded $640,000 to further efforts around improving the health of the underserved of Passaic County. The PCHC includes St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), Eva’s Village, Straight and Narrow, Harbor House, Paterson School District–Pediatric Clinic, the City of Paterson Department of Health and Human Services (COP), and the Passaic County Department of Health. The Nicholson Foundation has awarded $640,000 to the Passaic County Health Coalition (PCHC), a collaborative effort between St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and a network of community-based organizations, to implement and expand initiatives that will improve the health of low income residents of the City of Paterson. “We are thankful for the support from The Nicholson Foundation to expand the PCHC into a thriving and sustainable community coalition focused on improving the health of the Medicaid population, with a particular focus on high-need, high-utilizing individuals,” says Kevin J. Slavin, Chair of the PCHC and President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. “Our model of community-based partnerships brings a wide range of stakeholders together to promote healthy behavior, improve access to primary and preventive care, and reduce health disparities.” The target group for this program will be the Medicaid residents of the City of Paterson who have significant economic, social and medical needs, which require tremendous coordination of resources to drive meaningful change. As such, PCHC’s founding members have identified the need to build upon their existing

coalition by expanding its membership to include additional representation of community members, agencies, and advocates who can increase the reach and effectiveness of program efforts. “The City of Paterson is an extremely complex, poor, and ethnically diverse community with some of the most challenging health problems in the state,” explains Charlene Gungil, Co-Chair of the PCHC and Director of the Passaic County Health Department. “Making improvements to overall health will take a dedicated group of community organizations focused on the neediest patients.”

The PCHC has identified several Core Community Health Needs for the City of Paterson: • Lack of access to primary and preventive care for many of Paterson’s residents. • Health disparities experienced by Paterson’s residents with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, and HIV. • Substance misuse and mental health disorders which contribute to poor health outcomes. • Limited access to oral health care, particularly for those who cannot pay out of pocket for services. • Limited housing and transportation options. • External factors such as unstable families, crime, gangs, and a lack of structured recreational programs for Paterson’s youth directly and negatively impact on the quality of life in the community. • High rates of pre-term deliveries and neonates born with complex health conditions.

• Disproportionate rates of hunger, food insecurity, and obesity among Paterson’s Latino population.

The Nicholson Foundation’s grant to the Passaic County Health Coalition is part of its efforts to improve the health of the state’s safety-net population. “Community-based coalitions like the PCHC help coordinate a wide range of health and related social services for the safety-net population,” said Maureen Deevey, Senior Program Officer with the Foundation. “We have been impressed with the commitment of the coalition members to work together to build a robust organization to better meet the health-related needs of Paterson’s low-income residents.” The New Jersey Department of Health, which works to improve population health, also supports the efforts of the PCHC. “Collaboration and community engagement are fundamental to the population health model that promotes prevention, wellness and equity in all environments, resulting in a healthier state,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett said. “This award will allow the Passaic County Health Coalition to drive meaningful health improvements for residents and their families in a coordinated way.” As a result of the grant, the PCHC will be able to staff their organization and establish a community advisory board. In addition, the PCHC will conduct a comprehensive survey of community resources and use data to develop evidence-based interventions to better address the unmet health and related needs of the underserved in the community.


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Holy Name Medical Center, Township of Teaneck and Age-Friendly Teaneck present Advance-Care Planning Series New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute’s “Conversation of Your Life” initiative offers community events for Teaneck residents

Is there ever a good time to talk about serious illnesses and medical crises? Or, what kind of care you’d want through the end of your life? Beginning in March, Holy Name Medical Center, the Township of Teaneck, and Age-Friendly Teaneck (AFCI) will present a series of “Conversation of Your Life” events, covering such topics as: · Your life: What gives you joy, pleasure and meaning – and how that meshes with deciding about the care you’d want if you faced a life-limiting illness.

· Good communication: Talking about your preferences with your loved ones and your health care providers.

· Advance care planning: Documenting your wishes and designating someone close to you who understands them and can speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself.

Featured Events:

Campaign Kickoff – Meet the Author - Sunday, March 12, 2 pm, Teaneck Public Library Ellen Rand, hospice volunteer, former New York Times columnist, author of “Last Comforts: Notes from the Forefront of Late Life Care” and Teaneck resident, will discuss her book, trends in person-centered care at the end of life, and how to advocate for better care for yourself or your loved ones.

Advance Directives: What You Need to Know Wednesday, March 29, 10:30 am, Richard Rodda Community Center Following a short, compelling film, Lauren Van Saders, Administrative Director of Post-Acute Services at Holy Name Medical Center's Community Hospice Program and Villa Marie Claire Hospice, will discuss how to start the conversation and the process, and will share tools and resources available to create your advance directive.

Estate Planning for Elders - Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 pm, Teaneck Public Library Bergen County Surrogate Judge Michael R. Dressler will discuss the importance of creating a Last Will & Testament, potential tax consequences for those who die intestate, probate procedures, the administration of an estate, guardianship of minors, living wills and estate planning, and the importance of drawing up a plan for protecting one’s legacy.

Patient-Centered Care: Goals for Care at the End of Life -Thursday, April 20, 7:00 pm, Holy Name Medical Center Lauren Van Saders, Administrative Director of Post-Acute Services at Holy Name Medical Center's Community Hospice Program and Villa Marie Claire Hospice, and Ari Berger, MD, Palliative Care physician at Holy Name, will present this seminar on what good quality care looks like, the differences between palliative and hospice care, and will debunk myths about both.

For more information, visit or call 201-833-3336. Admission to all events is free. Conversation of Your Life is an initiative of the New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute’s Mayor’s Wellness Campaign.

About the New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute - The Mayors Wellness Campaign The Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) is a statewide community health initiative in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. The MWC is a program that gives mayors tools and strategies to champion healthy and active living and to improve the overall health of their communities. When mayors promote healthy living they can drive community wide change. The MWC gives you the platform and tools you need to make your community a healthier place to live.

About Holy Name Medical Center Holy Name Medical Center is a fully accredited, not-forprofit 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

Kessler Institute offers 10 tips to prevent “digital injuries”

Take a tech time-out: Show your hands some love From smartphones and tablets to game consoles, people are hooked on technology. However, the ever-increasing use of these devices has resulted in a dramatic rise in injuries to the hands, wrists and elbows, as well as the neck and back. "We are more connected than ever, and all of this connectivity involves the use our hands," said Joseph Valenza, M.D., Director of Pain Management, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation ( "Overuse, however, can quickly lead to numbness, pain and loss of function. We've seen an alarming increase in tech-related injuries in recent years. That's why it's important for everyone to be aware of the symptoms of these 'digital injuries' and seek treatment before more serious complications arise." On average, adults respond to 40 emails each day, spend 23 hours a week texting, and play games for more than 6.5 hours a week.1 Children are equally impacted with hours of computer-based schoolwork, texting and playing games. Considering the time people spend on these devices – and the force exerted on the fingers and hands – it's not surprising that problems can develop. "Whether typing or texting, playing games or surfing the Internet, the use of these devices and our increasing dependency on them puts us all at risk," noted Norma Glennon, OT, CHT, Kessler Institute. "The continuous pressure of hitting the keys, tapping a screen, or even holding a device can affect the nerves, muscles and tendons in the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder – and cause any of a number of what are called repetitive stress injuries."

The more common Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) include:

• “Texting thumb” or De Quervain's tenosynovitis, an inflammation in the tendons that leads to pain and cramping • “Trigger finger” (stenosing tenosynovitis) causes the thumb or other fingers to lock or snap. • “Text claw” - from holding devices for long periods of time - causes pain, cramping and loss of hand and wrist function • Carpal tunnel syndrome is marked by pain, swelling, tingling and numbness in the hand and wrist • “Tennis” or "selfie elbow"(epicondylitis) and "cell phone elbow" (cubital tunnel syndrome) produce aching, burning and numbness in the hand, forearm and elbow • Overuse can also lead to ruptured tendons and permanent loss of function, as well as “Tech Neck” ( and pain in the shoulders and back from hunching over and looking down at these devices.

Many of these tech-related injuries can be avoided by using common sense – putting down your device and taking regular breaks throughout the day. As a national leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Kessler Institute offers the following 10 tips to help prevent injury in tech-users of all ages: • Watch for early warning signs, such as a tingling sensation, pain or numbness in the hands, wrists or elbows, as well as the neck, shoulders and back. • If you experience pain, stop what you're doing. • Rest the affected finger(s), hand, wrist, etc.

• Change your habits and disconnect regularly. • Give your thumbs a break. Switch hands, use a stylus or the talk-to-text feature on your phone if available, and learn to use a softer touch. • Stretch and roll. Simple exercises, such as shoulder and wrist rolls or stretching your hands and fingers can help alleviate muscle fatigue. • Use a neutral grip with you wrist straight when holding your digital device. • Act ergonomically. Be mindful of your posture, hand and body positioning, and placement of devices. • Pay attention to play. Studies show that gaming affects people's perception of pain; that is, they're so intent on the game, they fail to notice any discomfort and continue playing. • Seek medical attention. Speak with your physician about which treatments may be most helpful in managing your symptoms/condition: ice or heat packs; splints or braces; antiinflammatory medication; or physical, occupational and/or specialized hand therapies. “The best ‘cure’ for tech-related injuries is prevention – using devices wisely, taking breaks, and listening to your body for signs of discomfort. Unfortunately, given the extent to which we rely on our mobile devices, we're really just one click away from a 'digital disability,’” said Dr. Valenza. For more information, visit 1

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