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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: North Region, November 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Yakov Iofel, M.D. –  Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Geriatric Medicine Harsh Parmar, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Hematology & Oncology Christopher Kuriakose, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Hospital Medicine Oriana Petruolo, M.D. – Provisional

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HMH Children’s Health Expands Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program to Include new Thrombosis Program

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health has expanded their Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program and will now include a Thombosis Program Research into the prevalence of blood clots in pediatric patients who have had COVID-19 is among the work

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Valdis Lelkes, M.D., Joins Hackensack Meridian Health Orthopedic Oncology Program

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Valdis Mangulis Lelkes, M.D., recently joined the Hackensack Meridian Health Orthopedic Oncology Program providing specialized expertise for treatment of bone and soft-tissue tumors at Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Valdis Mangulis Lelkes, M.D. is a board

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: North Region, October 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Paul Rothenberg, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Orthopaedic Surgery Kunal Brahmbhatt, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Cardiology Swapna Katikaneni, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Hospital Medicine Chidinma Ezeonu, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Hospital

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Home Care and Hospice Make Leap to Epic on November 1

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health’s (HMH) home care and hospice entities will be transitioning to EPIC as their EMR system on November 1. It will now be easier than ever to refer patients to home care and

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HMH Launches HMH Week on October 26

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What you need to know Beginning Monday, October 26, HMH will be hosting events each night up to October 31 to celebrate and recognize our entire HMH Family HMHWeek was designed as a completely virtual event to allow team members,

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The Prescription for Patient Experience (Rx for PX)Tip for October: Developing a Culture of Collaboration and Communication

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Rx for PX Tip for October is Developing a Culture of Collaboration and Communication Looking for ways to improve the overall experience you and your patient are engaging in? One model that supports this is increased collaboration and rounding conducted

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New Release Times for Lab and Test Results

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What you need to know Beginning Nov. 1, 2020, patients can access most of their lab and test results via MyChart 24 hours after they are finalized, including holidays and weekends. Sensitive results, such as certain radiology, oncology and pathology

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Hackensack Providers: New Workflow for Specimen Collection on November 1

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Beginning with Hackensack going live on Beaker on Sunday, November 1, 2020, physicians who need to collect a specimen for lumbar punctures, paracentesis, bronchoscopy, etc., need to ask a nurse to document the specimen collection in Epic. The correct lab

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Juan C. Ravell, M.D., Joins Hackensack Meridian Medical Group

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Juan C. Ravell, M.D., recently joined the Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group. Dr. Ravell is the chief of the Allergy and Immunology division at Hackensack University Medical Center. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of primary immunodeficiencies

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HMH’s Flu Vaccination Program Now Available

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Beginning Monday, October 5, HMH has been offering flu vaccinations at our hospital site locations. As a reminder, the flu vaccine is a mandatory condition of employment at HMH, so be sure you are in compliance before the deadline of

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James K. McCloskey II, M.D., Named Division Chief of the Division of Leukemia at JTCC

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What you need to know James K. McCloskey II, M.D., was named division chief of the division of Leukemia at John Theurer Cancer Center. Dr. McCloskey previously served as the interim chief for the Division of Leukemia and will continue

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HMH Expands Agreement with WellCare

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) has reached an agreement with WellCare, the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the country. This expanded agreement will allow WellCare of New Jersey Medicaid members to access to HMH’s network

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Gynecologic Oncologists at JTCC Become Leaders in Robotic Gynecologic Surgery

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What you need to know Gynecologic oncologists at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center are leaders in the use of an innovative technique called “Firefly Fluorescence Imaging,” which enables them to select which lymph nodes need to

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Calling All Doctors, Nurses, Clinicians: Learn Safe Opioid Prescribing in New Innovative Way

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What you need to know A major new project is looking to engage 1,000 doctors, nurses, residents, pharmacists, case managers and others involved in the care of patients on opioids from across Hackensack Meridian Health. Participants will learn safe opioid

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MyWifi Wireless Service at Hackensack to be Disconnected

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What you need to know  MyWifi wireless service at Hackensack University Medical Center will be disconnected on Wednesday, September 30,2020.  To connect to TeamHMH, use password: bestcare For more information, contact IT Service Desk at ITServiceDesk@hackensackmeridian.org or call 551-996-4357.

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: North Region, September 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS John Collins, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Neurosurgery Shilpa Mehra, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology Arush Singh, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology Zahf Shaikh, D.O. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Hospital Medicine Ann

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MAT Waiver Training for HMH Providers

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Cooper Health Care and Rowan University are offering medication assisted treatment (MAT) training for all Hackensack Meridian Health providers. The training session is being held virtually on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Training includes 9.5

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HMH is Going Google

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What you need to know Going Google allows HMH to take advantage of cloud-based technology and tools which will allow us to achieve the four pillars of this project: Collaboration: Easier real-time collaboration through shared documents and communication features Consistency:

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Dean Bonita Stanton, M.D., Named to ROI-NJ Influencers: Higher Education List

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Bonita Stanton,M.D., the founding dean of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, has been named to ROI-NJ’s Influencers: Higher Education list. Dr. Stanton, is the first leader of the school starting in 2016 and is cited for helming the private

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HMH Enrolling Individuals in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

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What you need to know HMH is now enrolling individuals in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. The national COVE Trial aims to study the mRNA-1273 vaccine, co-developed by Moderna and the NIH, in 30,000 individuals. HMH is expected to enroll

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: North Region, August 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Valdis Lelkes, M.D., – Provisional Attending, Orthopaedic Surgery Hakan Cem Pehlivan, M.D., – Provisional Attending, Orthopedic Surgery Mira Y. Chalet, M.D., – Provisional Attending, Orthopedic Surgery Celine Leung, D.O., – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics

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John Theurer Cancer Center Recognized as Best Cancer Center in New Jersey

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What you need to know U.S. News & World Report has recognized John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack University Medical Center as the best cancer center in New Jersey. A number of metrics support JTCC’s track record: One of

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Epic Action Item: SARS-CoV-2 Results

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Due to the widespread increase in COVID-19 infection across the rest of thecountry, there is now a severe shortage of SARS-CoV-2 rapid testing kits. As a result, the laboratory may reflex to Biofire’s Respiratory Panel ver 2.1, which contains a

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Essex Street Garage Under Construction

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Beginning Monday, August 3rd through Monday, August 10th, the Essex Street Garage at Hackensack University Medical Center will be under construction. The construction activity will impact the exit gates on the east/Johnson Hall side of the garage. As a result, all

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Division of Organ Transplantation at Hackensack University Medical Center Welcomes Two New Transplant Physicians

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What you need to know David Serur, M.D., and Vikram Wadhera, M.D., M.B. B.S. — have joined the surgical team at Hackensack University Medical Center’s Division of Organ Transplantation. Dr. Wadhera and Dr. Serur will join the Division of Abdominal

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: North Region, July 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Sagar Parikh, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Craig Van Dien, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Christian McDonough, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology Basel Baghal, D.O. – Provisional

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Hackensack Meridian CDI Collaborates with Merk for COVID-19 Research

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) is collaborating with Merck to investigate drugs for treating COVID-19. The CDI will work with Merck to identify candidate treatments for the still-spreading pandemic. This collaboration effort

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: North Region, June 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Shonali Pawar, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology Ashima Dhamija, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology Laurent Delavaux, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Roger Rossi, D.O. – Provisional Attending, Physical Medicine &

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HMH’s Children Hospitals Earn Top 50 Rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals Report

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health is again ranked a top provider of pediatric health care in the United States.  Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey

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Hackensack Named to Becker’s Hospital Review 2020 List of ‘100 Great Hospitals in America’

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What you need to know On May 20, 2020, Hackensack University Medical Center was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2020 list of “100 Great Hospitals in America” for the 11th consecutive year. According to Becker’s Healthcare, the hospitals featured on

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HMH’s Observational Study Demonstrates Lack of Efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine Among Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients But Finds First Treatment (tocilizumab) to Improve Survival

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has utilized its large observational database of more than 3,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients to show that the touted malaria treatment, hydroxychloroquine, does not improve survival for hospitalized patients. Another drug, tocilizumab, appears

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HMH Administers Treatment to 1,000th Patient in COVID-19 Clinical Trials

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has treated 1,000 patients in it’s COVID-19 clinical trials. From antiviral drugs to immunotherapies, to the potential treatment properties of antibodies in the blood of COVID-19 survivors, the patients have been treated

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: North Region, May 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Tovah Tripp, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/General Internal Medicine Jonathan Shammash, M.D. – Internal Medicine/General Internal Medicine Maryann Khoudary, M.D. – Obstetrics and Gynecology Sean Blake Herman, M.D. – Plastic Surgery Cynthia

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New Epic Service Desk Coming May 13

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Beginning Wednesday, May 13, Hackensack Meridian Health’s IT Field Services and Help Desk will have some changes. One of the key changes coming May 13 is the implementation of a  new 24/7 Epic Service Desk staffed with qualified Epic specialists

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Hackensack’s Thoracic Surgery Team Publishes Study That Offers to Increase the Value of Lung Cancer Care

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Hackensack University Medical Center Thoracic Surgery team recently published a study that offers outcomes in streamlining video-assisted lobectomy to increase the value of lung cancer care. The study conducted by Nabil P. Rizk, MS, MPH, M.D., ; Nazly M. Shariati,

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Five HMH Hospitals Receive “A” Grades from the Leapfrog Group

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What you need to know Four of our hospitals have earned an “A” from the Leapfrog Group as part of the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The following Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals have received spring 2020 “A” grades: Jersey

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Epic Downtime: April 30

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What you need to know Due to IT Security maintenance, Epic will have a 1 – hour downtime on Thursday, April 30 from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. During this downtime, the system is in a “Read Only” state which

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region April 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Daria Falkowitz, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Emergency Medicine Cindy Felici, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Hematology & Oncology Christopher Brown, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Ophthalmology Dongmei Zhao, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Hospital Medicine

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COVID-19: Updates from the Command Center

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Get regular updates on HMH COVID-19 response, policies and protocols DO NOT UPDATE THIS PAGE. UPDATE CONTENT AT: https://hmhmaestro.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=15247&action=edit As of 12:00 p.m. on March 19, New Jersey is reporting 742 presumptive positive COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases and nine deaths

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Happy Doctors’ Day

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On this Doctors’ Day, I have never been more in awe of your commitment, dedication and skill. You are not just the backbone of Hackensack Meridian Health, you are our heroes. You are my heroes. This pandemic has brought fear

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Visitors Restricted at all HMH Hospitals

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What you need to know Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) will restrict visitors from all HMH hospitals. Visitation exceptions will be made in certain situations, including: Hospice Pediatric care Ambulatory Care/Same day surgery (one visitor) Maternity/Labor

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HMH’s Center for Discovery and Innovation Launches Rapid Response Coronavirus Test

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health’s Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) has created a test to dramatically reduce the time it takes for diagnosing COVID-19.  This is a major advance that will benefit patients, create a more

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HMH Suspends In-Person Visitation to Nursing & Rehabilitation Facilities

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What you need to know Beginning Wednesday, March 11, Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) is suspending in-person visitation to its nursing and rehabilitation facilities except in special circumstances, such as end-of-life situations. Phone and video calls to our patients are always

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Blood/Urine/Sputum Culture Source Changes

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Effective March 10, 2020, there has been a change in blood, urine, sputum culture source changes. All epic users who order blood, urine or sputum cultures are impacted by this change. The sources will be changing to a more refined

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New Workflow for Completing Medication Refills

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Effective immediately, there is a new workflow for completing medication refills. Providers who refill medication using e-Prescribe can chose one of two options when completing medication refills. Click here for more details.

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Hackensack Performed First Total Knee Replacement Surgery in the Nation Utilizing the Groundbreaking TSolution One® Total Knee Application

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What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center recently performed the first total knee replacement surgery in the nation utilizing the TSolution One® Total Knee Application by THINK Surgical, Inc. receiving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in October

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Lauren Koniaris, M.D., Recognized Among Becker’s Women Leaders in Health IT to Know

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Lauren Koniaris, M.D., chief medical informatics officer of the Northern Region has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review list of 70 Women Leaders in Health IT to Know. In her role, Dr. Koniaris works to ensure all clinical workflows and

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Vote for NJ’s Top Doctors

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What you need to know Online voting for New Jersey Monthly’s Jersey Choice Top Doctors closes on Friday, February 28, 2020. Click here to vote for Jersey Choice Top Doctors. This annual survey now includes several new specialties and sub-specialties:

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E-Prescribing Maintenance: March 2

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What you need to know E-Prescribing will undergo a one-hour downtime so maintenance can be performed to meet federal guidelines. During the downtime, clinicians will be unable to ePrescribe or make any requests for Medical History or Pharmacy Eligibility through

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region February 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Vikram Wadhera, M.D. – Surgery/Transplant Surgery Andrew Mostello, D.O. – Orthopaedic Surgery Justin Tsai, M.D. – Orthopaedic Surgery Adesuwa Okesanya, M.D. – Family Medicine ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS APPLICATIONS  Ani Cioffo, APN – Internal

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Enhance Your Physician Profile

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Hackensack Meridian Health is integrating all of our separate ‘Find a Doc’ directories into one. This initiative will help improve our patient experience by providing one simple, easily navigable landing page to find a future doctor—and also help referring physicians

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New Opioid Education Study for Clinicians

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What you need to know A major new study is looking to get 1,000 doctors, nurses, residents, pharmacists, case managers and others from across Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) trained in the safe prescribing of opioids on an innovative digital platform.

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Robert C. Garrett Recognized Among the Top Five in the 2020 NJBIZ Power 100 List

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What you need to know Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, chief executive officer has been ranked as one of the top five in the 2020 NJBIZ Power 100 list.  Garrett ranks fifth on the NJBIZ list that places New Jersey Governor

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Let’s Talk About Physician Burnout

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By: Amy Frieman, M.D., MBA, FAAHPM Chief Wellness Officer I want to start out by talking about the elephant in the room: clinician burnout. There is no question that burnout is a very real problem in medical practice. In fact,

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John Theurer Cancer Center Forms Partnership with ProCure NJ to Offer Advanced Proton Therapy for Cancer

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What you need to know John Theurer Cancer Center will now offer the most technologically advanced method to deliver radiation treatments to cancerous tumors called proton beam therapy (“proton therapy”) through a new clinical affiliation with ProCure Proton Therapy Center

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Coronavirus Phishing Alert

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What you need to know The 2019 novel coronavirus has provided an opportunity for new malicious phishing campaigns. Please be on alert for emails with Coronavirus in the Subject line that can compromise the HMH network, such as this: The

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Hackensack Earns Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

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What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification from The Joint Commission, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Hackensack is the ninth hospital in New Jersey — and one of fewer than 200

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Francisco Cartujano, M.D., Awarded Grant by Prevent Cancer Foundation

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Francisco Cartujano, M.D., instructor of the Cancer Disparities Center, has been awarded a grant by The Prevent Cancer Foundation to develop Decídetext(+) – a smoking cessation text messaging intervention for Latinos. The Cancer Disparities Center, part of John Theurer Cancer

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Hackensack Becomes First Hospital in Nation to Implant World’s First Heart Failure Neuromodulation Device

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What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center has now become the first hospital in the nation to successfully implant the world’s first heart failure neuromodulation device, BAROSTIM NEO™. This innovative technology is an effective alternative for patients with

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Take the 2020 Clinician Survey

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HMH leadership wants your opinion about our health care organization. Your feedback helps us understand what’s working and how we can better support you as you continue providing outstanding medical care. Click Here to Take the Survey This survey will take

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Laurie Jacobs, M.D., Represents AGS and Hackensack at National Academy of Science

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Laurie Jacobs, M.D., representing the American Geriatrics Society as Board Chair and Hackensack University Medical Center, addressed the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s new committee on Implementing High-Quality Primary Care on January 22nd. Dr. Jacobs was one of

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HMH Receives $2 M Federal Grant to Support Hospital-based Anti-Violence Programs

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health received a $2 million federal grant to support an in-hospital violence intervention program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center which will support Monmouth County communities including Asbury Park, Neptune Township and Long

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Meet the North’s New Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer

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Welcome Martha Radford, M.D., FACC, FAHA as Hackensack Meridian Health’s (HMH) new Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for the North Region. Dr. Radford joins HMH from NYU Langone Health where she served as Chief Quality Officer and Senior Clinical

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Amy Frieman, M.D., MBA, FAAHPM, Named Chief Wellness Officer

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What you need to know Amy Frieman, M.D., MBA, FAAHPM, has been appointed chief wellness officer (CWO) for the network effective January 2, 2020. Dr. Frieman will lead the efforts that focus on the well-being of our clinicians and will

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Todd Way Named Regional President of the Central Region

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What you need to know Todd Way has been named regional president of the Central region, effective January 20, 2020. Todd will lead our five hospitals in the Central region – JFK Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth

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Daniel W. Varga, M.D., Appointed as Chief Physician Executive

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What you need to know Daniel W. Varga, M.D., has been appointed chief physician executive (CPE) of Hackensack Meridian Health effective February 3, 2020. As CPE, Dr. Varga will lead and oversee the physician enterprise and will be responsible, as

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Abdulla Al-Khan, M.D., Presents at International Obstetrics & Gynecology Conference

Hackensack University Medical CenterOB/GYN

Abdulla Al-Khan, M.D., was one of the renowned international experts to present on the recent advances in women’s health at the 1st International Obstetrics & Gynecology Conference in Bahrain. The topics were specific to women’s health care providers educational needs

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region January 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Aneela Kundnani Kriplani, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics Ronaldo Collo Go, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/ Critical Care; Internal Medicine/Pulmonary Disease Pradeep Balasubramanian, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology Brett Bielory, M.D. –

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Hackensack Welcomes New Medical Staff Leadership

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Hackensack welcomed its new medical staff leadership on January 1. Dr. George Ferrone has replaced Dr. Thomas Salazer and Dr. Sarah Timmapuri as President of the Medical and Dental Staff. He is joined by: Kevin Hewitt, M.D., Vice President Manisha

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Hackensack Participated in Nationwide Study that Finds Three Medications are Safe and Effective in Treating Life-Threatening Seizures

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What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center researchers in Emergency Medicine participated in a nationwide study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in November 2019 that concluded that three drugs are equally safe and effective in

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Hackensack Becomes First Hospital in New Jersey to Perform Kidney Transplant Using Cutting-Edge, Life-Saving Technology

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Hackensack University Medical Center is now the first hospital in the New Jersey to perform a kidney transplant with a kidney preserved at its own Organ Preservation Center using the LifePort Kidney Transporter, an ex vivo hypothermic machine preservation technology.

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John Theurer Cancer Center Participating in Early-Phase Study of Immunotherapy-Boosting Treatment

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What you need to know Investigators at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical are participating in a first-in-patients clinical trial assessing VE800, a novel bacteria-containing therapy, in combination with the immunotherapy drug nivolumab. Laboratory research has suggested that

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Vaping Question Added to Epic

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What you need to know To help physicians address the growing vaping epidemic, the Patient Safety and Quality Department has created a vaping question for patients aged 12 and above in Epic’s admission navigator. This question is now live. Thank

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John Theurer Cancer Center Investigators Report Poor Colorectal Cancer Biomarker Testing Rates

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What you need to know Investigators at John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack University Medical Center are the first to report poor adherence to genomic profiling guidelines for four biomarkers of metastatic colorectal cancer used to predict response to

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Hackensack Becomes First Hospital in New Jersey to Implement C-SATS

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What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center is now the first hospital in New Jersey to implement the artificial intelligence (AI)-powered, personalized surgical skills insights platform, C-SATS. C-SATS, which stands for Crowd-Sourced Assessment of Technical Skills,enables Hackensack University

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John Theurer Cancer Center Investigators Report Effectiveness of New Treatment for Refractory Multiple Myeloma

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What you need to know Investigators at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey report effectiveness of treatment in the CANDOR global phase III clinical trial for patients with refractory (persistent) multiple myeloma. The study

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Hackensack Earns the Most Certifications of Any Hospital in the Nation

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What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center earned its 28th The Joint Commission (TJC) Disease Specific Care (DSC) certification, marking the most certifications of any hospital in the nation. TJC awarded the Prematurity program at Joseph M. Sanzari

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Hossein Sadeghi – Nejad, M.D., Appointed Associate Editor of AUA News

Hackensack University Medical CenterUrology

Hossein Sadeghi – Nejad, M.D., director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center has been appointed associate editor, American Urological Association (AUA) News. Dr. Sadeghi – Nejad will serve as associate editor of Men’s Health

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Hackensack Celebrates Thomas Salazer, M.D., and Sarah Timmapuri, M.D.

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Hackensack University Medical Center recently recognized Thomas Salazer, M.D., and Sarah Timmapuri, M.D., for their leadership as co-presidents of the neducak and dental staff over the past two years. Dr. Salazer and Dr. Timmapuri led their teams through the Hackensack

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Hakensack Welcomes New Cardiothoracic Specialists

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Hackensack University Medical Center recently welcomed two new cardiothoracic surgery specialists, Elie Elmann, M.D., and Arthur Ng, M.D. A reception was held in the Palm Court at Hackensack University Medical Center to welcome Dr. Elmann and Dr. Ng . Check

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Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., Annouced as Chair for Annual Precision Medicine Symposium

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Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., chair and director of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center will be chairing Physicians’ Education Resource® (PER®), 2nd Annual Precision Medicine Symposium: An Illustrated Tumor Board. The symposium will take place April 17-18

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John Theurer Cancer Center Investigators Report Transformative Results of CAR T-Cell Therapy

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What you need to know Investigators at John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack University Medical Center were part of the 15-site international ZUMA-2 trial, a phase II study of CAR T-cell therapy in a heavily pretreated patient population who

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John Theurer Cancer Center Welcomes Five New Physicians

Hackensack University Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterOncology

What you need to know Five new physicians have joined the medical staff at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. Hyung C. Suh, M.D., Ph.D, Gurbakhash Kaur, M.D., Gurbakhash Kaur, M.D., Andrew Ip, M.D., MS and Kaushal

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HMH Represented at IHI Scientific Symposium

Hackensack University Medical CenterPalisades Medical Center

What you need to know Doreen McSharry, RDH, MA, CIC, CHSP, recently represented Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) at the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) Scientific Symposium. The event featured a poster presentation from Doreen McSharry, director of Safety and Infection

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Manisha Parulekar, M.D. Featured in the New York Times

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Manisha Parulekar, M.D., chief of geriatrics at Hackensack, was featured in a New York Times article about the rising need for geriatricians on January 3, 2020. Read the New York Times article The article spotlights Dr. Parulekar’s care for her

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Hackensack to Acquire the TSolution One® Active Robot by THINK Surgical for Total Knee Replacement Procedures

Hackensack University Medical CenterOrthopedics

What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center is the first facility in the United States to acquire and offer patients undergoing total knee replacement the TSolution One® Total Knee Application for use in total knee arthroplasty (TKA).  The

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Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., Honored at American Cancer Society’s 40th Annual Diamond Ball

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Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., chair and director of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center was recently honored at the American Cancer Society’s 40th Annual Diamond Ball. The ball was held at Westmount Country Club in Woodland

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David S. Perlin, Ph.D Named ‘Outstanding Scientist’ by MDAdvantage

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David S. Perlin, Ph.D., the chief scientific officer and senior vice president of the Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation, received the “Outstanding Scientist” award as part of the 2020 EJI Excellence in Medicine awards. Dr. Perlin was

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Hackensack First in N.J. to Offer Robotic Lung Biopsy Procedure

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What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center has implemented Ion, a robotic-assisted technology. Hackensack is the first hospital in New Jersey to offer Ion. Ion aims to enhance the care of patients with lung abnormalities, detect lung cancer

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Thomas Bader, M.D., MBA Serves as Keynote Panelisy at Philadelphia Healthcare Leadership Exchange

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Thomas Bader, M.D., MBA, vice president, Medical Quality and Performance Improvement attended the Philadelphia Healthcare Leadership Exchange as a keynote panelist on November 14. The panel discussed key issues and challenges impacting healthcare leaders today. Dr. Bader discussed a wide

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region December 2019

Hackensack University Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalPalisades Medical Center

Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Guillermo Hidalgo, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics/Nephrology Samantha Vemula, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics/Hospital Medicine Milad Alam, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Orthopaedic Surgery/Spine Surgery Luis Grau, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Orthopaedic Surgery/Reconstructive Joint

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Hackensack Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review on its “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Orthopedic Programs” List

Hackensack University Medical CenterOrthopedics

What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Orthopedic Programs” in the nation. Becker’s Hospital Review highlighted the Orthopedic Institute

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Hackensack Holds Annual Physician Holiday Luncheon

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What you need to know On Thursday, December 12, 2019, physicians, senior leaders and medical staff were treated to a buffet lunch for the holidays at the Palm Court in the Medical Plaza at Hackensack University Medical Center. Senior leaders

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Medicare Changes to Home Health Reimbursement

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What you need to know Set to go into effect January 1, 2020, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is the largest change to the home health reimbursement system in 20 years. It will overhaul how Medicare pays for home health.

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Organ Transplant Evaluations Now Available in HOPE Tower

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What you need to know Organ transplant evaluations are now being offered in HOPE Tower in collaboration with Hackensack University Medical Center organ transplant program. The Organ Transplantation Division at Hackensack University Medical Center performs adult kidney, pancreas, simultaneous kidney/pancreas,

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New Way to Connect to Citrix

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What you need to know To access Citrix, use connect.hmhn.org. Please note, connect.hackensackumc.net will no longer be available after 9 p.m. Sunday, December 8. Questions For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at x3333 or 848-237-3333.

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HMH Invests in Adaptive Phage Therapeutics, Aiming to Kill ‘Superbugs’

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has invested in the clinical-stage biotechnology company  Adaptive Phage Therapeutics (APT), aiming to kill ‘Superbugs’. APT is taking aim at the toughest multi-drug resistant “superbugs” using precision-targeted, genomically-screened, and highly purified viruses

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Flu Vaccine Deadline Extended

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What you need to know Pascack Valley and Mountainside physicians should refer to their site specific policies. Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) has adopted a mandatory Influenza Vaccination policy for the 2019-2020 flu season. The flu vaccination deadline has been extended

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region November 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Michael Benson, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Urology Elizabeth Urquhart, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics Karishma Kancherla, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics Melinda Faier, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology Dylan Roden, M.D. – Provisional

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Enroll in Duo for Remote Access to HMH Network

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What you need to know Duo is an iPhone/Android app that allows HMH to confirm your identity before granting remote access to your personal data and HMH systems. Beginning December 2, 2019,  you will need Duo to remotely access:  •

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Hackensack’s Spine Surgery Program Earns The Joint Commission Disease Specific Care Certification

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What you need to know On October 21, Hackensack earned its 27th The Joint Commission (TJC) Disease Specific Care (DSC) certification, marking the most certifications of any hospital in the nation. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal® is a symbol of

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Epic Enhancement: Patient Census Lists

Bayshore Medical CenterHackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupHackensack University Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterJFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterPalisades Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know The individual provider and group provider system lists will no longer include Admitting or PCP relationships. They will continue to include patient relationships when the provider is the Attending or is on the Treatment Team.

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Andre Goy, M.D., Named as Recipient of the 2019 Physicians’ Education Resource Educator of the Year

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Physicians’ Education Resource (PER) recently honored Andre Goy, M.D., with the 2019 Educator of the Year award during the 37th Annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium in New York City. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the New York

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Hackensack Meridian Health Named Best Healthcare System by NJBIZ

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has been recognized by NJBIZ in its 2019 Reader Rankings in five categories, including the top ranking for Best Healthcare System for the second consecutive year. Hackensack Meridian Health was selected in the following categories:

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Hackensack’s Organ Transplantation Division Celebrates 102 Successful Organ Transplantations

EndocrinologyGeneral SurgeryHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know The Organ Transplantation Division at Hackensack University Medical Center recently achieved a milestone of performing its 102nd successful organ transplantation. As one of only a few certified kidney and pancreas transplant centers in New Jersey,

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Andre Goy M.D., Leads American Society of Clinical Oncology CME Conference

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On Wednesday, November 13, Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., chairman & executive director, Lymphoma, and division chief, John Theurer Cancer Center gathered with oncology experts from across our network, clinical team members, and physicians at the American Society of Clinical Oncology

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Hackensack’s Emergency Residency Program Ranks Top 10

Emergency MedicineHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center’s emergency residency program has ranked the 10th most viewed emergency medicine residency program by the American Medical Association Residency & Fellowship Database, FREIDA. FREIDA users have tallied more than 120,000 views

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The Molly Diabetes Education Management Center for Adult and Children at Hackensack Receives Prestigious American Diabetes Association Recognition

EndocrinologyHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know The Molly Diabetes Education Management Center for Adults and Children at Hackensack University Medical Center has received its 8th American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for excellence in diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES).  The

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Spotlight On Robotics

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Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., FACS Regional President, Northern MarketExecutive Leader, Robotics Council Last month, I gave one of the key note addresses at the 360 Intuitive Summit. More than a thousand health care executives and physicians from all over the world

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C-SATS Comes to Hackensack

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What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to implement the artificial intelligence (AI)-powered personalized performance management platform, C-SATS (Crowd-Sourced Assessment of Technical Skills). C-SATS enables Hackensack’s surgical robotics team to securely

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Epic Maintenance: Summary of Care Fax

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What you need to know The Summary of Care fax notification when patients are discharged will now include lab results only for the 48 hours prior to discharge. To view the complete list of results, please look in Epic. Questions

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Second Annual Urology Research & Education Dinner raises over $150, 000

Hackensack University Medical CenterUrology

What you need to know The second Annual Urology Research & Education dinner raised over $150,000 to support advancements in urological education and clinical research. This year’s event honored grateful patient and Urology Fellowship Benefactor, Dottie Purcell, and was co-chaired

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Epic Maintenance: EKG Tracing

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What you need to know As of November 5, the hyperlink on EKG tracing in the EKG result report in Epic is now at the top of the report right above sinus rhythm data. The hyperlink was previously located toward

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Department of Defense Honors Douglas Finefrock, D.O

Hackensack University Medical Center

The Department of Defense (DOD) recently honored Douglas Finefrock, D.O., vice-chair of the Emergency Department at Hackensack University Medical Center and founding director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the medical center, with its Patriot’s Award. Dr. Finefrock was

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William Fleischman, M.D Presents at the International Society for Quality in Healthcare Annual Meeting

Hackensack University Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical Center

William Fleischman, M.D. recently presented at the International Society for Quality in Healthcare’s (ISQua) annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Fleischman presented on the work of Global Health Data @ Work (GHD@Work). Dr. Fleischman presentation focused on an

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Five Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Receive an ‘A’ for Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group

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What you need to know Five Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Guide. The designation recognizes hospitals for efforts to protect patients from harm and provide safer health care.

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Hackensack Meridian Health’s Hackensack Alliance ACO Recognized Nationally among Becker’s 130 ACOs to Know – 2019

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health’s Hackensack Alliance Accountable Care Organization (ACO) has earned national recognition among Becker’s Hospital Review’s 130 ACOs to Know – 2019. This is the fourth year in a row that Becker’s Hospital Review’s

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Hackensack Holds Annual Physician BBQ

Hackensack University Medical CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital

Hackensack University Medical Center held its annual Physicians’ BBQ on October 17 at the Hackensack Golf Club. Click this link to see a slideshow of photos from the event.

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region October 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Ilana Stock, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics Laurie Dabaghian, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Luigi Bassani, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Neurosurgery Robert Forrest, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology Michael Chee,

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Mountainside Medical Center partners with John Theurer Cancer Center

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What you need to know The Cancer Center at Mountainside Medical Center has established an affiliate agreement with John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, one of only 16 cancer center consortia in the U.S. approved by the

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Hackensack First in U.S. to Perform Cardiovascular Procedures Using Pioneering Impella 5.5 Heart Pump Device

CardiologyHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center performed its first cardiovascular surgery procedures using a new heart pump called the Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in the country that

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Policy Updates: October 11

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There are three clinical practice changes and policy updates we want you to be aware of: Restraints In order to comply with Department of Health regulations, Advanced Practice Nurses will no longer be able to order restraints unless it is

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Healthgrades Recognizes Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals for Clinical Excellence

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals received Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards™ in multiple clinical categories along with five-star ratings for multiple conditions and procedures. Eleven Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals received a total of 51 five-star ratings across

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Stephen R. Rossman, D.O., Joins Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group

Hackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupHackensack University Medical CenterOrthopedics

Stephen R. Rossman, D.O., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon at Hackensack University Medical Center and Palisades Medical Center. He specializes in adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery, with a strong focus on patient education as part of his approach when caring

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Siddhant K. Mehta, M.D., Ph.D. Joins Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group

Hackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupHackensack University Medical CenterOrthopedicsPalisades Medical Center

Siddhant K. Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., is a board eligible fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Hackensack University Medical Center and Palisades Medical Center. Having been born and raised in Bergen County, Dr. Mehta is excited to return to New Jersey and treat

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Hackensack Earns Joint Commission Recertification for its Pediatric and Adult Asthma Programs

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What you need to know The adult asthma program at Hackensack University Medical Center and the pediatric asthma program at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital atHackensack University Medical Center have received recertification by the Joint Commission. The programs were

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Englewood Health and Hackensack Meridian Health Sign Definitive Agreement to Merge

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What you need to know On October 15, the Boards of Trustees of Englewood Health and Hackensack Meridian Health signed a definitive agreement to merge. Following regulatory approval of the merger, Hackensack Meridian Health has committed to a $400 million

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Hackensack Names Ricardo Pinzon as Physician Assistant of the Year

Hackensack University Medical Center

Ricardo Pinzon has been named Physician of the Year at Hackensack University Medical Center. For Physician Assistant Week, October 6 – 12, Hackensack University Medical Center recognized and celebrate the 100 physician assistants (PA) on staff at the medical center

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Herman Morchel, M.D. Featured on CBS

Hackensack University Medical Center

CBSN New York recently featured Herman Morchel, M.D., of Hackensack University Medical Center about embarking on a second career as a physician. Dr. Morchel began his residency at age 52 – decades older than his fellow interns. Many of whom

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Hackensack Verified as a Level II Trauma Center

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What you need to know The Emergency Trauma Center (ETC) at Hackensack University Medical Center has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT)

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Hackensack Meridian Health Tops 2019 ROI Influencers: Health Care List

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health’s leadership and physicians topped ROI-NJ’s Influencers: Health Care list, an elite roster of New Jersey executives, lawmakers and other leaders in health care. CEO Robert Garrett shared the number one ranking on

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Upcoming MIPS Important Dates and Deadlines

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The following important Merit-based Incentive Payment (MIPS) dates and deadlines are fast approaching: December 31 – 2019 Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception and Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Applications Clinicians, groups, and virtual groups who believe they are eligible for these exceptions

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Collette M. Knight, M.D. Named to New Leadership Roles

EndocrinologyHackensack University Medical Center

Colette M. Knight, M.D. has been appointed a dual role as the chair of Hackensack’s newly established Diabetes Institute and division director of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Internal Medicine at Hackensack. Dr. Knight is a graduate of

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Happy Retirement to Louis Napolitano, M.D.

Hackensack University Medical Center

Dr. Louis Napolitano joined Hackensack University Medical Center’s medical staff on April 18, 1962. Now, he is embarking on a new chapter of his life, retirement. During his time at Hackensack, Dr. Napolitano served as President, Medical Staff, and Chairman

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Policy Updates: October 7

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Hackensack Meridian Health is aligning our clinical policies and practices. A list of all network policies can be found on Policy Stat. Please click the links below to view this week’s updated policies: Hand Off Communication Ticket to Ride Verbal

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Epic Maintenance: Consult and Op Notes

Bayshore Medical CenterHackensack University Medical CenterJFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalPalisades Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical Center

What you need to know As of October 7, 2019 – Consult and Op Notes will now automatically route upon signing. Providers will receive a notification based on their existing communication preferences – either In Basket or Fax.  Please call

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Hackensack University Medical Center Becomes First Hospital in New Jersey to Deliver New, Life-Saving Treatment for Genetic Neuromuscular Disorder

Hackensack University Medical CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalNeurologyPediatrics

What you need to know Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center became the first hospital in New Jersey to deliver a new, life-saving treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) Type 1. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type

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11 HMH Hospitals Make NJBIZ List of New Jersey’s Top Cancer Treatment Centers

Bayshore Medical CenterHackensack University Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterJFK Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterMountainside Medical CenterOcean Medical CenterOncologyPalisades Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Eleven Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals make NJBIZ List of New Jersey’s Top Cancer Treatment Centers with John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center receiving the No. 1 ranking. Hackensack Meridian Health’s cancer treatment

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St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health Announce Clinical and Strategic Partnership

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What you need to know St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced the formation of a clinical and strategic partnership on September 25, 2019. Under the new partnership, St. Joseph’s Health will remain an independent organization, governed by a separate

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Abdulla Al-Khan, M.D., Presented at International Federation of Placenta Association Symposium

Hackensack University Medical CenterOB/GYN

Abdulla Al-Khan, M.D., recently presented at the International Federation of Placenta Association (IFPA) Symposium in Tokyo. Dr. Al-Khan presented his findings on Recent Advances in the Diagnosis and Management of Abnormally Invasive Placentation. in attedance was also Ro Sorce, from

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Emergency Medicine Resident Leads Mobile Emergency Department Exhibition

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PGY1 Emergency Medicine resident, Dr. Edward Egan assisted with for helping with Hackensack’s Mobile Emergency Department exhibition at the Meadowlands Sports Complex on September 18. Dr. Egan volunteered his time while on vacation to make sure the event was a

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region September 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Daniel Maman, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Plastic Surgery Paul Chirichella, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Siddhant Mehta, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Orthopaedic Surgery Emre Kayaalp, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Obstetrics

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Joseph Giangola, M.D., Wins 2019 Nobility in Science Award

Hackensack University Medical CenterOncology

Joseph Giangola, M.D., has been named the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Nobility in Science Award from the National Pancreas Foundation for his many tireless years taking great care of patients with pancreatic disease. The Nobility in Science Award is

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Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and John Theurer Cancer Center Launch Clinical Trial for Severe Sickle Cell Disease

Hackensack University Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalOncologyPediatrics

What you need to know Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and John Theurer Cancer Center recently launched a clinical trial evaluating gene therapy for severe sickle cell disease in adolescents and adults. This is a multicenter Phase I/II clinical trial

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New Classes and Events Phone Number, Website

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has a new number and website for all of its classes and events. All classes, including maternity classes, can be accessed by visiting www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/events or by calling 800-560-9990. Patients can search classes

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Yuriy Dudiy, M.D., Joins Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group

CardiologyHackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupHackensack University Medical Center

Yuriy Dudiy, M.D., has joined Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group – Cardiac Surgery located in Hackensack, NJ. Dr. Dudiy is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography and Society of Thoracic Surgery. His areas of

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Yukiko Kimura, M.D., Featured as Corresponding Author of Juvenile Idopathic Arthritis Article

Hackensack University Medical CenterPediatrics

Yukiko Kimura, M.D., chief of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and professor of Pediatrics at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall, recently served as corresponding author of a new article titled Toward

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David S. Perlin, Ph.D Among Experts Leading Discussion on Emerging Health Technologies

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David S. Perlin, Ph.D, chief scientific officer and senior vice president, Center for Discovery & Innovation, was a recent panel expert on PBS’s Think Tank with Steve Adubato. The discussion will air the week of September 9, and features a

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Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Honored for LGBTQ Policies and Practices

Hackensack University Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterJFK Medical CenterOcean Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation gave eight Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals “Leader” and “Top Performer” status. Six Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals earned “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation – with a perfect score of

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Hackensack Receives Level 1 Accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation Program

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What you need to know The Emergency Department at Hackensack University Medical Center recently received Level 1 accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) program. Hackensack’s Emergency & Trauma Center is now one

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Bonita Stanton, M.D. and Lisa Tank, M.D. Named Physician Leaders to Know

Hackensack University Medical CenterSchool of Medicine at Seton Hall

Bonita Stanton, M.D., Dean of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Lisa Tank, M.D., Chief of Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center, were named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2019 list of 105 Physician Leaders to Know. All physicians featured

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Michael J. Goldstein, M.D., FACS Named Director of Abdominal Organ Transplant at Hackensack

Hackensack University Medical Center

Michael J. Goldstein, M.D., FACS, has been named Director of Abdominal Organ Transplant at Hackensack University Medical Center’s Division of Organ Transplantation. Dr. Goldstein also serves as the Division of Organ Transplantation’s Director of Kidney & Pancreas Transplantation, as well

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NJ Reinstates Medical Aid in Dying Law

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What you need to know On August 27, a New Jersey appeals court overturned a temporary restraining order that suspended the state’s new Aid in Dying law. This reinstated law allows adult New Jersey residents, who have decision-making capacity and

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Hackensack Pilot Program Screens Patients for Obstructive Sleep Apnea at Home

CardiologyHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know Hackensack’s Department of Sleep Medicine and the Heart and Vascular Hospital implemented a first-of-its-kind initiative to screen patients with cardiovascular disease, including Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A home sleep apnea test (HSAT)

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Hackensack Participates in Gene Therapy Clinical Trial for Parkinson’s Patients

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What you need to know The Division of Movement Disorders at the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Hackensack Meridian Health University Medical Center have been selected as one of multiple medical centers in the United States to participate in

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region August 2019

Hackensack University Medical CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalMountainside Medical CenterPalisades Medical CenterPascack Valley Medical Center

Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Adam Smith, M.D. – Medical Associate, Surgery/General Surgery Jean Guerrier, M.D. – Medical Associate Surgery/Bariatric Surgery Somdatta Gupta, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology Sondra Nemetski, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine Jagdish Seth,

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Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce Names Lisa Tank, M.D., as 2019 Distinguished Citizen

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Lisa Tank, M.D., chief medical officer at Hackensack University Medical Center, has been named a 2019 Distinguished Citizen by the Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce. A Gala in Dr. Tank’s honor will take place on Thursday, September 19 at 6

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Four HMH Leaders Honored as Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Healthcare

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What you need to know Four HMH leaders were recently honored as Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Health Care, recognized for their influence in the New York City health care community. Honorees The honorees were: Dianne Aroh, MS, RN, FACHE,

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Department of Organ Transplantation at Hackensack Welcomes New Member of the Team

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The Division of Organ Transplantation in the Department of Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center recently welcomed Seth Narins, M.D., Ph.D., to the surgical team. “As an expert in transplantation, Dr. Narins is a board certified and fellowship-trained transplant surgeon

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Hackensack Installs FlexArm Technology for New Hybrid Operating Room in Heart and Vascular Hospital

CardiologyHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know The Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center has opened a new Hybrid Operating Room with the Philips Azurion with FlexArm X-ray system, which is designed to optimize workflow and assist surgeons performing

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New Mental Health Mini Mentorship Program Launched at Hackensack

Behavioral HealthHackensack University Medical CenterNeurology

What you need to know The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and the Foundation of the CMSC (FCMSC) have launched a new Mental Health Mini Mentorship Program for the summer at the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Hackensack University Medical

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Cast Your Vote: Bergen Magazine’s 2020 Top Doctor

Hackensack University Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalPascack Valley Medical Center

What you need to know Voting is currently open for Bergen Magazine 2020 Top Doctor. If you are an active physician, within Bergen County, you are eligible to vote for your peers. Voting ends September 16th at midnight. Click here

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Michael Stifelman, M.D., Presents at Challenges in Laparoscopy & Robotics Conference

Hackensack University Medical Center

Michael Stifelman, M.D., chair and professor of Urology, co-director of Urologic Oncology and director of Robotic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, was the keynote speaker at the Challenges in Laparoscopy & Robotics Conference held in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Stifelman

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Immunology Research Collaboration Request for Proposals

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Sponsored by the Memorial Sloan Kettering-Hackensack Meridian Health Partnership What you need to know This funding opportunity is for projects with specific aims focusing on mechanisms of resistance or to mitigate toxicity for patients receiving immunotherapy treatment. Get details of

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Hackensack University Medical Center Surgeon Successfully Preserves a Woman’s Uterus

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What you need to know Abdulla Al-Khan, M.D., director of the Center for Abnormal Placentation (CAP) and vice chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, successfully preserved Marleen Tawadrous’ uterus

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Nominate an Exceptional Woman in Medicine

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Voting for Castle Connolly’s 2019 Exceptional Women in Medicine awards is open. MDs and DOs can nominate up to two female physicians. If you’d like to nominate someone, please register here: www.castleconnolly.com/exceptionalwomen. Each nominating physician will need to use his or her personal NPI

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All Work & No Walk is No Good at Hackensack

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What you need to know Hackensack Doctors, Residents and Medical Students: Please join us for a 5-minute stroll every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. The walk departs from the Physician’s Lounge. This weekly walk will be led by John Patzan, Senior

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Hackensack Meridian Health Affiliated Dentists Recognized by NJ Monthly Magazine as Top Dentists

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What you need to know Forty-nine Hackensack Meridian Health’s affiliated dentists based at Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and JFK Medical Center, have been recognized by New Jersey Monthly magazine as Top Dentists. According to New

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Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS Delivers Keynote at UMANA’s Scientific Conference

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Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, regional president of the Northern Market, was the keynote speaker at the UMANA (Ukrainian Medical Association of North America) 45th Scientific Conference in Park City, Utah this past June. Dr. Sawczuk discussed physician burnout at

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U.S. News & World Report Names HMH Hospitals Among Best in New Jersey

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What you need to know Four Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals are ranked among are among the top  hospitals in the state for 2019-20, according to U.S. News & World Report. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey. In addition

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Two Ways Maestro Helps Me Communicate Better

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Dr. Lucy Safi recently shared two ways Maestro improves her communication: “Maestro makes it easy to communicate with my staff. It helps me avoid calling them, as the phone lines are often busy. “ “I also like the ‘Read’ feature

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Hackensack Meridian Health Partners with Prospect Heights Care Center, Regent Heights Care Center and West Caldwell Care Center

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What you need to know Three nursing homes – Prospect Heights Care Center in Hackensack, Regent Care Center in Hackensack and West Caldwell Care Center in West Caldwell – have joined Hackensack Meridian Health. As a result of the partnership,

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Epic Dictation Available at Hackensack

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What you need to know Dragon Medical One (DMO) gives Inpatient and ETD providers the ability to dictate notes directly into Epic without going through a separate service. In addition, you can use your smartphone with a specialized App for

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HackensackAlliance ACO 2018 MIPS Final Score, Feedback Reports Available

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Performance Year results are now available.  If you participated in a MIPS Alternative Payment Model (APM) in 2018, specifically in a Medicare Shared Savings Program

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School of Medicine Welcomes Second Class

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Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University welcomed its second class on July 12. Meet the Class About the Curriculum: The school’s unique curriculum includes: A three-year path to residency. Partnering students with patients in underserved communities, like

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Hackensack Meridian Health Awarded the Gold Seal for Sepsis by The Joint Commission

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region July 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Ahmad Mahmoud, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Otolaryngology Elana Clar, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Neurology Allamprabhu Patil, M.D. – Medical Associate, Neurology Michael Lozovatsky, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Psychiatry Kaushal Kulkarni, M.D. – Provisional

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Hackensack Meridian Health Receives $3.4 Million in HRSA Funding to Create Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

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Hackensack Meridian Health has received a four year, $3.4 million award from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to launch a comprehensive Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. Funding under this initiative is geared to both planning for new program development

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Pramil Cheriyath, M.D., Earns Prestigious Grant to Help Reduce Physician Burnout

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Pramil Cheriyath, M.D., MS., FACP, program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Ocean Medical Center, has been awarded a $5,000 Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) 2019 Innovation Grant. The Innovation Grant will be used to support research

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Sameer Jamal, M.D., Joins Hackensack Meridian Medical Group

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Sameer Jamal, M.D., recently joined Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group—Cardiovascular Partners. Dr. Jamal is currently the director of the Electrophysiology Program at Palisades Medical Center and a staff cardiac electrophysiologist at Hackensack University Medical Center. After completion of an eight

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Hackensack Becomes First Hospital in New Jersey to Use da Vinci SP® Surgical System to Perform Oropharyngeal Cancer Surgery

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What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to perform complex oropharyngeal cancer surgeries using the da Vinci SP® Surgical System. The procedures were performed by Brian E. Benson, M.D., interim chair,

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The Wilderman Fund for Maternal Mental Health Introduces The Wilderman Center for Maternal Mental Health at Hackensack University Medical Center

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What you need to know The Wilderman Fund for Maternal Mental Health recently hosted its inaugural event at the Alpine Country Club to benefit and introduce The Wilderman Center for Maternal Mental Health at Hackensack University Medical Center. The center

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Eleven Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Make NJBIZ List of New Jersey’s Top Hospitals

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What you need to know Eleven Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals make NJBIZ list of New Jersey’s top hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center ranked number 1 and Jersey Shore University Medical Center ranked number 7. This list, based on total patient

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Hackensack 4th of July Department Closures

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What you need to know The following Hackensack Departments will be closed or have modified hours on Thursday, July 4th: Cardiovascular will be open until 3:30 p.m. in order to provide service for in-patient and the Emergency Department echocardiograms. There

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region June 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Stephen Rossman, D.O. – Provisional Attending, Orthopaedic Surgery (Board Eligible – Orthopaedic Surgery) Omar Syed, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Neurosurgery (Board Certified – Neurosurgery) Pedro Vieira, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Plastic Surgery (Board

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Andrew Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE, Recognized as One of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives by Modern Healthcare

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Andrew Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE, former chief innovation officer and president of Physician Enterprise, was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of this year’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives. Dr. Pecora, now consultant and strategic advisor to Hackensack Meridian Health,

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School of Medicine Students Collaborate to Address Health Issues in Innovative Program

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What you need to know Students at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University recently came together with local community leaders at the School of Medicine campus in Nutley to address areas of health needs in their

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Get a First Look at Hackensack’s New Patient Pavilion

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What you need to know Hackensack is giving a sneak peek at its new patient pavilion along Second Street. The nine-story building will have a gross square footage of 530,000 square feet (438,000 usable sq. ft.). More information about the

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Hackensack University Medical Center Holds 29th Annual Medical and Dental Staff Scholarship Awards Ceremony

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What you need to know The Medical and Dental Staff at Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the 29th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. The scholarships are awarded to hospital team members and their dependents. This year, 10 individuals each received

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Integrative Health & Medicine Expands Services to Jersey Shore University Medical Center

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine has expanded services to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  As of June 10, Integrative Health & Medicine services are now conveniently located in HOPE Tower on the first floor,

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Dr. Lisa Casale: 4 Ways I Save Time With Maestro

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What You Need To Know Watch this short video to see how Maestro helps Lisa Casale, M.D., Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, spend more time with her patients at JFK Medical Center. 4 Time-Saving Maestro Features In the video,

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HMH Providers Walk to Cure Arthritis

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What you need to know Providers from across HMH in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation gathered with their family for a walk to cure arthritis. The fundraising event held at South Mountain Reservation in West Orange saw our providers from

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Four HMH Hospitals Receive Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award

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What you need to know Bayshore Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center received the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award. This distinction places Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals among the top 5/10 percent of all

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Daily Safety Huddles Begin on Monday, June 3

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What you need to know Starting Monday, June 3, standard safety huddles will be held at all clinical sites across the network. These safety huddles will occur on a daily basis for approximately 30 minutes with key clinical/operational leaders and

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Bonita Stanton, M.D. and David Kountz, M.D., MBA Receive Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Awards

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What you need to know Bonita Stanton, M.D., founding dean, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University and president, Academic Enterprise and David Kountz, M.D., MBA, co-chief academic officer and vice president, Academic Diversity and founding associate dean,

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Center for Discovery and Innovation Opens

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health’s Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) officially opened on May 29, 2019. CDI is a 250,000-square-foot research facility located at the On3 campus, former home to Hoffmann-LaRoche, in Nutley and Clifton. The

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Hackensack’s Institute for Sleep/Wake Disorders Receives 4th Reaccreditation

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The Institute for Sleep/Wake Disorders at Hackensack University Medical Center has received its fourth re-accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The AASM accreditation ensures sleep centers maintain high quality, patient-centered care with optimal practice standards/performance measures.

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New Jersey’s Measles Outbreak Considered Over

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What you need to know Information last updated on May 29, 2019 The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has declared the 2019 Ocean County measles outbreak to be over. Between March 2019 and May 2019, the NJDOH confirmed 12

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region May 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Stuart Rauch, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Psychiatry Amanda Roy, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology  Joy Tun, M.D. – Provisional Attending Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine Axel Rosengart, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Neurology Gregory Sugalski, M.D.

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Hackensack Using New Endovascular Stent for Treatment of an Emergent Complicated Type B Aortic Dissection

CardiologyHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know Hackensack is one of the first hospitals the U.S. to use Cook Medical’s Zenith Dissection Endovascular System to treat an emergent complicated Type B aortic dissection. The new endovascular stent received FDA approval at the

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Hackensack Radiology Relocated

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What you need to know Hackensack’s Radiology reading rooms and administrative offices are relocating to the St. John lower level during the last week of May 2019. Four radiologists will remain on the first floor of the Main Hospital and

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Hackensack Designated as Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence by ACR

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What you need to know The American College of Radiology (ACR) has reaccredited Hackensack as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence.  Hackensack was the first hospital in the world to receive this distinction and is the only hospital to have

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Six HMH Hospitals Receive an ‘A’ for Patient Safety

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What you need to know Six HMH hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Guide. The designation recognizes the network’s hospital for their efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health

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Hackensack’s Center for Bariatric Medicine and Surgery Achieves National Re-Accreditation

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What you need to know The Center for Bariatric Medicine and Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center was recently re-accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program

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New IT Self-Service Portal Now Available

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What you need to know You can now submit non-urgent IT issues via the Customer Self-Service Portal at http://servicedesk.hmhn.org. This service is available for Epic and non-Epic IT issues. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to submit an

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Hackensack Welcomes ROSA – the Knee Robot

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What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey and the first in the northeastern United States to perform total knee-replacement surgery utilizing the Zimmer Biomet’s Knee Robot called the Robotic Surgical Assistant

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Andrew Pecora, M.D., Accepts New Leadership Position

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What you need to know Andrew Pecora, M.D., Physician Enterprise and chief innovation officer, has accepted the role of chief executive officer of Outcomes Matter Innovations, LLC (OMI), a private company founded by physicians to enable partnerships between private physicians

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HMH Physicians Honored by NJ American Academy of Pediatrics

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What you need to know Four of our very own physicians have been honored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP) at the NJAAP’s 9th Annual New Jersey Children’s Ball, an evening dedicated to New

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Florian Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., Recognized by the American Academy of Neurology for Scientific Achievements

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Florian Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation Center of Excellence and chair of the Department of Neurology at Hackensack University Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, will be recognized for his

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Biotech Experts Will Lead HMH’s New Center for Discovery and Innovation

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What you need to know Sol J. Barer, Ph.D., has been appointed as chair of the Board of Directors and David S. Perlin, Ph.D., as chief scientific officer. More About the Center for Discovery and Innovation The goal of CDI

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Smoking Cessation Program Now Accepting New Patients

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What You Need To Know Hackensack Meridian Health’s Quit Center is now open at 107 First Street, Building B in Hackensack. Partially funded by grants from the State of New Jersey Department of Health, the Quit Center operates in partnership

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Newsweek, Becker’s Hospital Review Name Hackensack a Top U.S. Hospital

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What You Need To Know Hackensack University Medical Center was recently recognized by Newsweek and Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top hospitals in the nation. More About Newsweek’s “Best Hospitals USA” Newsweek released its “Best Hospitals USA” list

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Hackensack is First Hospital in New Jersey to Use the Latest Innovation in Robotic Surgery

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What you need to know Hackensack is the first hospital in New Jersey to successfully perform surgeries using the da Vinci SP® Surgical System. In June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the da Vinci SP system

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Martin Gizzi, M.D., Ph.D. named Director of Cerebrovascular Diseases at Hackensack

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What you need to know Martin Gizzi, M.D., is Hackensack’s new Director for the Division of Cerebrovascular Diseases. Dr. Gizzi will lead the Comprehensive Stroke Center. In his new role, Dr. Gizzi plans on reorganizing Hackensack’s stroke program with the

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region April 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Stephen Cohn, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Surgery/ Trauma Surgery; Board Certified, Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Melissa Segal, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics; Board Certified, Pediatrics Shamila Zawahir, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics/Gastroenterology;

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Hackensack Physician Parking Area Closure

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Starting Wednesday, May 1st Hackensack’s physician parking area (in the Main Garage by Johnson Hall off of Essex Street) will be temporarily closed for approximately one week.  In addition, the contractor, who has been working on upgrading the garage, will

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Theresa M. Brodrick Named Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive

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What you need to know Theresa M. Brodrick, RN, Ph.D., NE-BC, has been named executive vice president, network chief nurse executive, effective April 1, 2019. Details on Theresa’s appointment As network chief nurse executive, Theresa will be responsible for all

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HMH Team Members Raise $1.4 Million for “Giving Heals” Campaign

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What You Need To Know Team members from eight Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers have raised nearly $1.4 million since Meridian Health Foundation’s Giving Heals campaign launched in 2015, including $300,000 this year. Overall, more than $90 million has been raised

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FDA Approves Generic Narcan Nasal Spray

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What You Need To Know In an effort to reduce the number of opioid-related overdose deaths, the FDA has approved the first generic naloxone nasal spray for use in a community setting by individuals without medical training. The FDA is also

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Hackensack Earns Top Environmental Award for Sixth Year in a Row

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What You Need To Know Hackensack University Medical Center once again earned the Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth, the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable health care. Recipients exemplify the highest standards for environmental sustainability practices in health

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Cast Your Vote! Modern Healthcare’s Most Influential Clinical Executives

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Andrew Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE has been nominated for Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives list. Judging for the final ranking of the 50 Most Influential will be based on votes as well as input from the senior editors

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New Potential Measles Exposure in Monmouth County

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A Middlesex resident with a highly suspect case of measles may have exposed individuals in Monmouth County on April 17 and 19. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed

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Hackensack’s Orthopedic Surgery and Oncology Has Moved

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Hackensack’s Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Oncology moved to a new location on April 15. The new address is:Alfred Sanzari Medical Building 360 Essex Street, Suite 203Hackensack,NJ 07601 Both departments can be reached at:Orthopedic Surgery: 551-996-8867 Orthopedic Oncology: 551-996-2533

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Hackensack Welcomes Critical Care Division Director

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Keith Rose, M.D. is the new Critical Care Division Director in the Department of Medicine at Hackensack. After completing pulmonary-critical care training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY, Dr. Rose has practiced both medical and surgical intensive care

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Mandatory Masking Has Ended

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Mandatory masking for team members who declined to receive the influenza vaccine ended on Monday, April 15. Free flu vaccinations continue to be offered through Occupational/Employee Health. For vaccination details and schedules please click here.

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Bayshore Now Offers Y-90 Liver Cancer Treatment

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What You Need To Know The Y-90 procedure, a new, highly targeted treatment for inoperable liver cancer, is now available at Bayshore. How It Works Y-90 radioembolization is a minimally invasive procedure that combines embolization and radiation therapy. It safely

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Spring Travel Creates Additional Measles Risk

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Current Measles Stats The United States is currently dealing with multiple measles outbreaks, including an outbreak in Ocean County as well as Brooklyn and New York’s Rockland County. As of April 11, 555 cases have been reported in 20 states

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Attend April’s Special Hackensack Medical and Dental Staff Meeting

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What You Need to Know Sarah Timmapuri, M.D., and Thomas Salazer, M.D., Co-Presidents of the Medical and Dental Staff, urge all HUMC Medical Staff members who wish to comment on an updated version of our Hackensack University Medical Center Rules

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David S. Perlin, M.D. Featured in USA Today

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David S. Perlin, M.D., chief scientific officer of the new Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation, was quoted in USA Today’s article about the emerging fungus infection Candida auris. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling

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Hackensack Receives 2019 Star Award for Research Excellence from the Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress

CardiologyHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know Hackensack was awarded the 2019 Star Award for Research Excellence from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Congress in San Diego for participating in a study entitled, “Monocyte Distribution Width (MDW), A Novel Indicator

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CDC Issues Flu Advisory

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What you need to know On March 28, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an official Health Advisory regarding the recent increase in flu activity. Flu activity in the U.S. continues to be high, and the CDC expects flu

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Jersey Shore and Hackensack Recognized as Centers of Excellence for TCAR Stroke Prevention Procedure

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What you need to know Silk Road Medical has named Jersey Shore and Hackensack 2018 Centers of Excellence. Jersey Shore and Hackensack are the only facilities in New Jersey to earn this distinction from Silk Road Medical, a developer of

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Hackensack’s Diabetes Program Receives Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Re-certification

EndocrinologyHackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack University Medical Center Diabetes Program has received its fifth disease-specific re-certification in Advanced Inpatient Diabetes. The Joint Commission’s certificate of distinction for inpatient diabetes care recognizes hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for patients with diabetes

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Brand New Magazine Hits Homes

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What you need to know Healthviews Magazine – which originated in the Southern market and expanded to the North – is now HealthU Magazine. The first issue of HealthU Magazine hit homes in March 2019. It contains tips and advice

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region March 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Hollin Calloway, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Otolaryngology David Rocamboli, D.O. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology  Timothy Watkins, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics Deborah Ungerleider, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics Yatin Patil, M.D. – Provisional

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Happy Doctors’ Day from Your Patient and CEO

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Dear Hackensack Meridian Health Physicians, Saying thank you does not adequately express my appreciation for all you do every day. Unfortunately, there is no word that properly expresses thanks to a group of people who spend their days saving lives,

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Joseph E. Parrillo, M.D. Co-Authors Fifth Edition of Critical Care Medicine Textbook

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Joseph E. Parrillo, M.D., chair of the Heart and Vascular Hospital and the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi Endowed Chair at Hackensack University Medical Center, has co-authored the fifth edition of  “Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the

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Hackensack’s Imaging and Radiology Adopts HeartFlow Analysis

CardiologyHackensack University Medical CenterImaging and Radiology

What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to adopt the HeartFlow Analysis, a first-of-its-kind noninvasive technology to aid physicians in the diagnoses of coronary artery disease (CAD). This new non-invasive test

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June 30: Deadline to Meet Opioid Training Requirement

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What You Need To Know The State Board of Medical Examiners’ (NJSBME) deadline for mandatory opioid training is June 30, 2019.  Complete This CME Activity To Comply Craving A Solution To The Opioid Crisis: Presented by Gabrielle L. Procopio, Pharm.D.,

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Hackensack Holds a Heartfelt Reunion for Cardiac Patients

CardiologyHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know The Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack recently held a reunion to honor patients who received a percutaneous ventricular assist device (pVAD) called the Impella Heart Pump. According to Mark Anderson, M.D., chief of the

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U.S. News Opens Best Hospital Survey

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U.S. News & World Report has opened voting for the 2019-2020 Best Hospital survey. Survey-eligible physicians can sign into Doximity to complete the annual survey. Half of those eligible Doximity users have been randomly selected to receive one or more additional survey questions

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: February 2019

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Welcome the following physicians to Hackensack Meridian Health. Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Lydia M. Kasper, DO – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine Milena Kolesnikova, MD – Active Staff, Medicine/Internal Medicine/Hospitalist Sotirios Papafragkou, MD – Active Staff, Surgery/Plastic and Hand Surgery Gohar Petrosyan,

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GPS Technology will Help Patients and Families Navigate Hospitals

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health is developing an indoor GPS with Connexient to help patients and families better navigate the network’s 17 hospitals. This GPS technology is already in place at Hackensack. The plan is to launch this technology at

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Return Your Survey for Jersey Choice Top Doctors

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Check your mailbox for New Jersey Monthly’s annual Jersey Choice Top Doctors survey. The survey was mailed in early February by polling company Leflein Associates to every doctor licensed in the state for at least five years. Survey Instructions Mail back your

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Hackensack Selected as Site for Multiple Sclerosis Mental Health Mentorship Program

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What you need to know The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) has selected Hackensack to be one of two medical centers in the nation to offer the Mental Health Mini-Mentorship Specialty Training Program for health professionals. This training provides

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NJBIZ Honors Catherine Ainora, Nancy Corcoran-Davidoff

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What you need to know NJBIZ has named Catherine Ainora, chief integration and transformation officer, and Nancy Corcoran-Davidoff, executive vice president, chief experience and human resources officer, as among the “Best 50 Women in Business.” The annual awards honor business

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HMH Invests in UV Technology to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health is investing in ultraviolet light (UV) technology that can eliminate microorganisms that trigger hospital-acquired infections. The technology has been piloted in operating rooms, post-acute care units, ICUs and emergency departments, where it has eliminated

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Joseph Miller Ph.D., FACHE Named Council Chair of American Hospital Association Constituency Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

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Joseph A. Miller, Ph.D., FACHE, vice president for Behavioral Health Care Transformation Services, is the 2019 chair of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Constituency Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services. The Council represents about 1,660 behavioral health providers across

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Jason Kreitner Appointed to Chief Operating Officer for Ocean Medical Center

Hackensack University Medical CenterOcean Medical Center

Professional background As chief operating officer, Jason will lead the daily operations of Ocean Medical Center. His appointment to chief operating officer takes effect on March 4, 2019. Jason began his career at Hackensack University Medical Center more than 20 years

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HUMC Offering Treatment to Regrow Knee Cartilage Cells

Hackensack University Medical CenterOrthopedics

What you need to know Hackensack University Medical Center is among the first hospitals in New Jersey to offer a cutting-edge treatment to regrow and implant a patient’s own cartilage cells to regenerate knee cartilage. Surgeons at Hackensack are using

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Hackensack Recognized for its Neurosurgery and Spine Programs

Hackensack University Medical CenterNeurology

What you need to know Becker’s Healthcare named Hackensack University Medical Center among its “100 hospitals and health systems with great neurosurgery and spine programs.” Hackensack was recognized for its robust program for all subspecialized areas of neurosurgery, including cranial

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John Theurer Cancer Center Recruiting for New Glioblastoma Study

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What you need to know John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is recruiting for WIZARD 201G, a global Phase 2 study in glioblastoma (GBM). The trial is sponsored by Boston Biomedical and is evaluating DSP-7888, an investigational

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Measles Outbreak Over in Ocean, Passaic Counties

Hackensack University Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalLocationOcean Medical CenterSpecialties

What you need to know New Jersey’s Department of Health (DOH) has declared the measles outbreak that sickened 33 people in Ocean and Passaic counties is over. As of January 16, two incubation periods (a total of 42 days) have

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HMH Launches Task Force To Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health announced January 23 that it has formed an expert Maternal Health Task Force to improve maternal health outcomes in the Garden State. New Jersey has the fifth highest maternal death rate in the

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H1N1 Flu Activity is High: Administer Antiviral Treatment

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What You Need to Know Flu activity is high in New Jersey and the predominant strain is H1N1, for which the flu vaccine tends to be more effective than other strains. It’s not too late to vaccinate your patients. What You

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2 New CEHRT Use Requirements for Performance Year 2019

All LocationsAll SpecialtiesHackensack Meridian Health Partners

What you need to know CMS requires all Medicare-eligible clinicians in 2019 to use an electronic health record that meets the 2015 certification standards. In addition, CMS has replaced quality measure “ACO-11: Use of Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology” with

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2019 MIPS requirements: 4 ways to prepare

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What you need to know Several new provider types are now eligible to participate, including physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists. New low-volume threshold exclusion criterion also takes effect. Several other changes will also take effect. Four ways

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New at Hackensack: Incisionless Surgical Treatment for GERD

GastroenterologyHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know Specialists within the Division of Gastroenterology and the Department of Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center are using the new TIF® procedure (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) to correct the underlying causes of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD),

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Hackensack Physician Wellness Program: Upcoming Events

Hackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know The Physician Health Committee and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health are offering wellness programs during lunch, every Wednesday from Noon to 1pm, coordinated by Mr. John Patzan. Upcoming programs (Wednesdays from 12 –

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Hackensack Basic Life Support Provider Courses

Hackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know We will be offering American Heart Association’s (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Courses for both new and experienced health care providers. Courses will teach CPR and the use of the AED for all ages,

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Meridian ACO Extends Agreement to June 30, 2019

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What you need to know CMS has released the final 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule. This rule revises the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and allows MSSP ACOs the opportunity to extend their current agreements by six months. The

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Dial 3333 for All Your IT Needs

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Beginning January 1, 2019, you can dial 3333 for IT assistance anywhere within Hackensack Meridian Health. This one extension will connect you to the IT Helpdesk from any location within our network.   Trying to connect externally? Simple. Call 848-237-3333. 

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Hackensack Facility Upgrade Update

All SpecialtiesHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know Central Utility Plant Construction Please comply with all posted signage and be aware of your surroundings when crossing Second Street with construction work continuing at the Hillcrest Building and along Second Street. Please be aware

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The Top 5 Benefits of Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

All LocationsAll SpecialtiesHackensack Meridian Health Partners

Top 5 benefits of participating in Meridian Health Partners   Physicians who participate in Hackensack Meridian Health Partners (HMHP), our clinically integrated network get to remain independent while leveraging the power of a group (contract negotiating power and group purchasing

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Test Your Knowledge: Take Our Quiz on New Jersey’s New Opioid Prescribing Law

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Test your knowledge of New Jersey’s new opioid prescribing law New Jersey has one of the strictest opioid prescribing laws in the country. It took effect last year and places certain limits on how you may prescribe opioids and other

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Smoking Cessation Treatment Center Launches

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health launched a regional Community Smoking Cessation Treatment Center initiative in February 2019 at 10 locations in northern New Jersey, including the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center and Palisades Medical Center. The

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Hackensack’s Florian P. Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., Leads CMT Clinical Trial

Hackensack University Medical CenterNeurology

Florian P. Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Neuroscience Institute and Department of Neurology, and director of the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation Center of Excellence at Hackensack University Medical Center, is helping to lead an international phase-3 study of a treatment for Charcot-Marie-Tooth

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3 Ways We’re Expanding Our Cardiovascular Program

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What you need to know Here are three new, advanced cardiovascular services we now offer: 1. Heart Recovery Program: Located at Hackensack University Medical Center this innovative, multidisciplinary program provides advanced circulatory support with Impella® to treat cardiovascular compromise during a myocardial

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Infographic: See our Cardiovascular Program Numbers

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Our Cardiovascular Program: By The Numbers Our Advanced Cardiovascular Services Minimally Invasive Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR): Hackensack Meridian Health is among a select number of hospitals nationwide to offer the TCAR procedure, which uses a transcarotid neuroprotection system to reduce the risk of

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Welcome George P. Batsides, M.D., FACC, chief of cardiac surgery, Hackensack

All LocationsCardiology

George P. Batsides, M.D., FACC, has joined Hackensack Meridian Health as chief of cardiac surgery and surgical director of Mechanical Circulatory Support at the Heart & Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. Education Dr. Batsides is board-certified in both general and thoracic surgery

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Welcome Jesus Almendral, M.D., FACC, medical director of the Advanced Heart Failure Center

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Jesus Almendral, M.D., FACC, a cardiovascular disease specialist, has joined Hackensack Meridian Health as the medical director of the Advanced Heart Failure Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Areas of Specialty Advanced treatment options, including the latest Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) HeartMate 3™

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Move to Plain Language Emergency System: Jan. 1

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What you need to know Beginning January 1, 2019, Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals will begin using Plain Language Emergency Alerts in place of the traditional “Code Blue” or “Code Orange” alerts.*  Emergency management teams will begin training and educating relevant

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Welcome to Maestro

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Welcome to the new Maestro website, the home for physician information and resources to help you orchestrate the best care. Maestro brings all the important content from across Hackensack Meridian Health into one single destination. This site was built for you, based

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Specialty Update: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Services at HUMC and JSUMC

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What you need to know The Institute for Sleep Wake Disorders at HUMC has a new program for admitted patients with suspected and undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy is now available at HUMC and JSUMC

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Blood Pressure Drug Losartan Recalled Due to Contamination

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What you need to know Drug maker Sandoz Inc. is recalling one lot of its Losartan Potassium Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets because the pills may have been contaminated with trace amounts of N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), a known carcinogen. To date, no adverse events

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Measles Outbreak Update: Tools to Answer FAQs and Limit Exposure

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What you need to know New Jersey’s measles outbreak has spread to Passaic County. There are 18 confirmed cases as of November 29, 2018 in Ocean and Passaic counties. This number could double as 17 suspected cases are currently under investigation in Ocean County. The

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Where in the World is Dr. Ed Galkin?

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Where in the world is Hackensack Meridian Health Periodontist Dr. Ed Galkin? As of this very minute, he’s flying around the world in his 1976 Cessna 210 Centurion to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease, in honor of his brother, Sam

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Horizon Requires Prior Authorization for Specialized Procedures  

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What you need to know Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) will begin conducting Prior Authorization & Medical Necessity Determination (PA/MND) reviews for certain specialized orthopedic surgeries, many of which may require the use of an implantable

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FDA Novel Drug Approvals

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently approved the following drug therapies: Dermatology Seysara, with active ingredient sarecycline, to treat inflammatory lesions of non-nodular moderate to severe acne vulgaris in patients 9 years of age and older. Immunology Revcovi, with

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FDA Warning: Teach Patients About Pen Needle Differences

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Overview: Diabetic patients who aren’t trained on the proper use of standard pen needles are unaware that they aren’t actually injecting any insulin. What you can do: Teach patients about the differences between standard pen and safety pen needles. Diabetic

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Epidural Analgesia with IV Antibiotics: 12 Ways to Prevent Look-Alike Errors

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Overview: Patients on labor and delivery units have mistakenly received high doses of narcotics instead of IV antibiotics, due to look-alike infusion bags and overlooked warning labels. This can lead to death, seizures and respiratory arrest. What you can do:

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The 4 Feared Adverse Events: What You Need to Know

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What you need to know: Antidepressants, antibiotics and statins are among the 1,731 drugs that are the suspected primary causes of four types of severe adverse drug events. While uncommon, these events can lead to life-threatening medical emergencies and irreversible damage.

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6 Ways to Prevent Deadly Methotrexate Errors

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Overview: Methotrexate, a high-alert medication, has been associated with an alarming number of wrong-frequency errors, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) warns. Overdoses have resulted in vomiting, serious skin lesions, liver failure, renal failure and death. What you can

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Orthopedic Update: Revolutionizing Scoliosis Treatment for Children

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Remote-controlled magnetic rods help avoid multiple surgeries Overview: Hackensack Meridian Health is among a small number of New Jersey healthcare organizations that specialize in a noninvasive technique that uses remote-controlled magnetic rods to treat children with early-onset scoliosis (EOS) Patient

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Alexander Shifrin, M.D. Published in Atlas of Adrenal Surgery

All LocationsAll SpecialtiesEndocrinologyJersey Shore University Medical Center

Dr. Alexander Shifrin, Director of Endocrine Oncology at Hackensack Meridian Health System, and Surgical Director, Center for Thyroid, Parathyroid and Adrenal Diseases, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, served as editor and contributed two chapters to the First Edition of

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Dermatologist Robin Ashinoff Receives MohsAIQ Pioneer Award

All LocationsAll SpecialtiesPlastic Surgery

Dr. Robin Ashinoff, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and plastic surgeon, has received the MohsAIQ Pioneer Award, which  recognizes commitment to quality and performance measurement in Mohs Micrographic surgery for skin cancer The American College of Mohs Surgery will present Dr.

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Support Group Helps Physicians Cope with Emotional Stress

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As we know, those on the front line in health care can at times be presented with difficult situations, including an unintended patient outcome or exposure to a traumatic incident. These circumstances may result in emotional aftershock, mental stress and/or

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Obese Patients with PTSD at Higher Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

All LocationsAll SpecialtiesBehavioral Health

Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who are obese have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), according to a study published online in August by JAMA Psychiatry. Obesity represented the strongest predictor of T2DM. In the absence

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Specialty Update: Matthews Vision Treatment Center at Riverview

All LocationsAll SpecialtiesRiverview Medical Center

What you need to know Riverview Medical Center has re-launched its eye care services in the Matthews Vision Treatment Center, located in the Ambulatory Care Center. The ophthalmic program offers the most up-to-date and advanced options available for vision correction.

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NJ Opioid Prescribing Law: FAQs

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New Jersey has one of the toughest opioid prescribing laws in the country. It took effect last year and places new restrictions on how practitioners may prescribe opioids and other Schedule II controlled substances. Many practitioners continue to have questions

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CMS Changes 2019 MIPS Payment Adjustment

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Overview: Hackensack Meridian Health’s payment adjustment for our Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs will decrease in 2019 as the result of corrections that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made to its scoring logic. Physician impact: Payment adjustments will take

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Support Group Helps Physicians Cope with Emotional Stress

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What you need to know WeCare, our confidential, peer-to-peer support program, helps team members and clinicians manage emotional stress and grief that sometimes results from the work we do. “The WeCare program gives caregivers the emotional first aid they need, so

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HMHP Expands Successful Prescription Initiative

All LocationsAll SpecialtiesHackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupHackensack Meridian Health Partners

What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health Partners is expanding its successful generic prescription initiative. In the coming weeks, Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group offices will be receiving a list noting any Horizon and United Healthcare patients identified as having a claim for a brand-name

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