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

Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce Names Lisa Tank, M.D., as 2019 Distinguished Citizens Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2019 Distinguished Citizens. The list includes Lisa Tank, M.D., chief medical officer at Hackensack University Medical Center. A Gala

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JFK Drug Shortages: Update

All SpecialtiesJFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical Center

Last updated August 20, 2019 Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of the following drugs:  

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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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Epic Downtime on August 22

Bayshore Medical CenterHackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupHackensack 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 The Epic environment will undergo server upgrades, software updates, and other maintenance on August 22, 2019 that will require an Epic Downtime. During this period, the system will be in a “Level 2” Downtime. In

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Jersey Shore Adds New Prostate Cancer Technology

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterUrology

What you need to know Jersey Shore recently added UroNav Fusion Biopsy, a technology that aims to improve the diagnosis of prostate cancers so more forms of prostate cancers are found and treated. The UroNav system enables dual images during

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K. Hovnanian and Joseph M. Sanzari Surpass 1,000-day CLABSI-Free Milestone

Joseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalPediatrics

What you need to know The Pediatric Intensive Care units (PICU) of Jersey Shore’s K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and Hackensack’s Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital have surpassed the 1,000-day milestone without a Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI). Sanzari reached the

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Jersey Shore Reduces Stroke Patient Readmission by 50 Percent

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterNeurology

What you need to know Jersey Shore has reduced readmission rates among stroke patients by 50 percent after implementing the Vocera Care Inform solution. Care Inform enables team members to record live discharge instructions and teach-back sessions at the patient’s

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Judge Blocks NJ Medical Aid in Dying Law

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A message from Mary A. Ditri, DHA, director of professional practice at the New Jersey Hospital Association On August 15, the Mercer County Superior Court granted a temporary restraining order barring implementation of the New Jersey Medical Aid in Dying

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

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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HMH Physicians Excel at NJAFP 2019 Poster Contest

Mountainside Medical CenterPalisades Medical Center

Physicians from Palisades Medical Center and Mountainside Medical Center won top prizes at the 2019 New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) Poster contest. There were 27 final entiries in the 2019 NJAFP Poster Contest that showcased the breadth of

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Palisades’ Residents Host Mini Med Clinic for Kids

Palisades Medical Center

Family Medicine residents at Palisades Medical Center recently hosted several weekly classes at Palisades Child Care Center teaching the children about their bodies. At the completion of the program, they hosted a graduation ceremony for all the children who participated

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David Kountz, M.D., MBA, FACP Named Co-chair of the National Minority Cardiovascular Alliance

CardiologyJersey Shore University Medical Center

David Kountz, M.D., MBA, FACP has been named co-chair of the National Minority Cardiovascular Alliance with Fatima Rodriguez, M.D., MPH, professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University. The National Minority Cardiovascular Alliance (NMC) is a collaborative initiative that aims to

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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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JFK Medical Center Designated Baby-Friendly Hospital

JFK Medical CenterOB/GYN

What you need to know JFK Medical Center has received prestigious international recognition as a designated Baby-Friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA. JFK Medical Center is the only Baby-Friendly medical center in Middlesex County. Hackensack Meridian Health now has three

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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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K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital Welcomes Harpreet Pall, M.D., MBA, CPE

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalPediatrics

What you need to know K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital recently welcomed Harpreet Pall, M.D., MBA, CPE, as its new chair of Pediatrics. Dr. Pall is board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology and plans to elevate pediatric services throughout the region working

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

Hackensack University Medical CenterOB/GYN

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

Hackensack University Medical CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital

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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Integrative Health & Medicine Expands Services to Riverview Medical Center

Riverview Medical Center

What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine has expanded services to serve Riverview Medical Center through a generous donation from Frank and Valerie Montecalvo. Beginning Tuesday, July 30, added services will include: Integrative physician consultations Nurse

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

Hackensack University Medical CenterMountainside Medical CenterPalisades Medical CenterPascack Valley Medical Center

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

Hackensack University Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterRiverview Medical Center

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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David Duncan, M.D., FAAN, Joins Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group

Hackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupJersey Shore University Medical Center

David Duncan, M.D., FAAN, has recently joined Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group as the director of the new Multiple Sclerosis Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Dr. Duncan has been providing MS patients with evidence-based, compassionate care for over

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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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Drug Shortages for Raritan Bay, Bayshore, Riverview and Southern Region

All SpecialtiesBayshore Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Last Updated: July 30, 2019 There is an ongoing issue with shortages of specific medications for hospitals in the southern region as well as Raritan Bay, Bayshore and Riverview medical centers. These supply problems have caused Hackensack Meridian Health to substitute

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

Hackensack University Medical CenterMountainside Medical CenterPalisades Medical CenterPascack Valley Medical Center

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

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

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

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

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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Meridian ACO 2018 MIPS Final Score, Feedback Reports Now Available

Bayshore Medical CenterHackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

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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JFK Health ACO 2018 MIPS Final Score, Feedback Reports Available

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical Center

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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Ocean’s Family Medicine Residents Earn 3rd place at FamMed Forum Knowledge Bowl

Ocean Medical Center

A group of residents represented Ocean Medical Center at the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) FamMed Forum and participated in the Resident Knowledge Bowl. They participated in a jeopardy style quiz competition against twelve other Family Medicine Residencies

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Bayshore Expanding Emergency Care Center

Bayshore Medical Center

What you need to know Bayshore Medical Center is currently before the Holmdel Township Planning Board with plans to build a new emergency care center. Located on the Garden State Parkway side of the campus, this improvement will be a

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Riverview Medical Center Named Third Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S.

All SpecialtiesRiverview Medical Center

What You Need To Know Riverview Medical Center ranked third in Soliant’s annual Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals contest, receiving nearly 1 million votes among the 96 hospitals nominated this year. Pipestone (Minn.) County Medical Center & Family Clinic Avera

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Florence M. Cook School of Medical Laboratory Science Awarded Continued Accreditation

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

What you need to know The Florence M. Cook School of Medical Laboratory Science (FMCSMLS) at Jersey Shore University Medical Center has been awarded continuing accreditation at maximum level of 10 more years for compliance of standards. The Florence M.

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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: Southern Region July 2019

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Faiz Afridi, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine/Internal Medicine – Hospitalist Faizan Arif, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine Amit Bhojwani, D.O. – Active Staff, Surgery/Otolaryngology Shanthi Chezian, M.D. – Locum Tenens, Psychiatry

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region July 2019

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

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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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Central Region July 2019

Bayshore Medical CenterCarrier ClinicJFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical Center

Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Feliks Shtindler, M.D. – Active Staff, Hospitalist Daniel Weiner, M.D. – Active Staff, Psychiatry Taliya Farooq, M.D. – Active Staff, Pathology Qasim Husain, M.D. – Active Staff, Otolaryngology Pratik Patel, M.D. – Active Staff,

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Ocean Medical Center Celebrates it’s 35th Anniversary

Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Ocean Medical Center celebrated its 35th anniversary with an official flag raising ceremony, attended by team members, leadership, volunteers and government officials, on the front lawn of the medical center July 12. The significant milestone

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JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Receives Grant from Parkinson’s Foundation

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical CenterNeurologyRehabilitation & Post-Acute

What you need to know JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute received a grant of $12,000 to pilot a program called the JRI Parkinson’s Choir, as part of the Parkinson’s Foundation 2019 Community Grants program. This new program will benefit people with

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American Heart Association Designates JFK EMS with Gold Plus

All SpecialtiesJFK Medical Center

What you need to know The American Heart Association (AHA) has recognized JFK Medical Center with Mission Lifeline: EMS Gold Plus Achievement Award for 2019. JFK is one of only five EMS crews to have this distinction in the state

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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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Jersey Shore Level II Regional Trauma Center Receives Verification from the American College of Surgeons

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

What you need to know The trauma center and pediatric trauma center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center have been verified as a Level II Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad

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

Hackensack University Medical CenterOcean Medical CenterPrimary Care

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

Hackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupHackensack University Medical Center

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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Five Key Takeaways from the Recent Beers Criteria Update

CardiologyOncologyPrimary CarePulmonology

By Lucrecia M. Campisi, Pharm. D Manager Care Transition Population Health What you need to know In January 2019, the American Geriatrics Society released the latest version of the Beers Criteria. A review of medication regimens for patients over 65

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

Hackensack University Medical CenterOncologyOtolaryngology (ENT)

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

Hackensack University Medical CenterOB/GYN

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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Ocean’s Family Medicine Residents Earn 3rd place at FamMed Forum Knowledge Bowl

Southern Ocean Medical Center

A group of residents represented Ocean Medical Center at the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) FamMed Forum and participated in the Resident Knowledge Bowl. They participated in a jeopardy style quiz competition against twelve other Family Medicine Residencies

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Jersey Shore Holds 14th Annual Resident Research Day

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center held its 14th Annual Resident Research Day on June 11. The program highlighted research conducted during the prior academic year by students, residents, physicians and other clinical staff. More than 120 abstracts were presented in

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Jersey Shore Opens Two Leading-Edge Cardiac Procedure Rooms

CardiologyJersey Shore University Medical Center

What you need to know Jersey Shore University Medical Center recently opened two new and technically advanced outpatient cardiac procedure rooms. The rooms, Hybrid OR Room 18 and EP Lab Room 8, utilize the Innova™ IGS 5 advanced digital X-ray

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Jersey Shore Introduces New Wayfinding App

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

What you need to know Jersey Shore University Medical Center has introduced a new app that makes finding your way around campus so much easier. The new mobile app – HMH Wayfinding is available on the App store and Google

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Divya Mathur, PT, DPT, MPA, Appointed Director of Rehabilitation Services

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterRehabilitation & Post-Acute

What you need to know Divya Mathur, PT, DPT, MPA, has been appointed as director of Rehabilitation Services at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, effective June 24. As director of Rehabilitation Services at Jersey Shore, Divya is responsible for inpatient

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Southern Ocean Receives $1 Million to Expand Cardiac Cath Lab

Southern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Southern Ocean Medical Center received a gift of $1 million from Michael Armellino to be used toward the expansion of the Cardiac Catheterization/Interventional Radiology Lab. Expansion of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory The upgrades to the

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Attend an HMHP Summer Session

Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

Register for one of Hackensack Meridian Health Partners’ (HMHP) summer education sessions. Get your questions answered, learn more about HMHP’s achievements and resources, and find out how the following services can help you improve outcomes and patient experience: Convenient Care

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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

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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New Hypertension Tools Available for Physicians and Patients

Hackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupHackensack Meridian Health Partners

What you need to know Approximately one in every three New Jersey adults have hypertension.* In an effort to help hypertension patients gain control of their blood pressure and avoid the risks associated with hypertension, Hackensack Meridian Health has developed

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HMH Clinicians Contribute to New Book on Endocrinology

Endocrinology

Several Hackensack Meridian Health clinicians are contributors to the new book, “Advances in Treatment and Management in Surgical Endocrinology” (Elsevier). Dr. Alexander Shifrin, Director of Endocrine Oncology at Hackensack Meridian Health System, and Surgical Director, Center for Thyroid, Parathyroid and

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Ocean Medical Center’s 2019 Resident White Coat Ceremony Marks Start of Training for New Physicians

Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Twenty-two medical doctors from Ocean and four from Jersey Shore recently received their white medical coats at 2019 Resident White Coat Ceremony. The inaugural class consists of eight internal medicine residents, along with the second

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Southern Region June 2019

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Evgeniya Angelova, M.D. – Active Staff, Pathology (Board Certified -Hematopathology, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology) Kathryn Bernabe, M.D. – Locum Tenens, Surgery/Pediatric (Board Certified -Surgery, Pediatric Surgery) Alaukik Bhasin, D.O. – Locum Tenens, Psychiatry

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region June 2019

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

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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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Central Region June 2019

Bayshore Medical CenterCarrier ClinicJFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical Center

Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Frank Dos Santos, D.O. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine (Board Certified – Emergency Medicine) Liju Philip, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine (Board Certified – Emergency Medicine) Evgeniya Angelova, M.D. – Active Staff, Pathology

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Jersey Shore To Host Breast Cancer CME Event Sept. 5

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOncologyPrimary Care

What You Need To Know Jersey Shore University Medical Center will host “Breast Cancer Survivorship: Healing, Transforming and Thriving” on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. There is no fee for this program, but advanced registration is encouraged. Hackensack Meridian Health staff can

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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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Jersey Shore University Medical Center Joins National Heart Care Initiative

CardiologyJersey Shore University Medical Center

What you need to know Jersey Shore University Medical Center is using a new method to treat cardiogenic shock by utilizing an advanced heart pump device, improving survival of patients. Jersey Shore University Medical Center is only the third hospital

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Thomas Sniscak, DMD Appointed to the American Dental Association Council

DentistryJersey Shore University Medical Center

Thomas Sniscak, DMD, has been selected to serve a four-year appointment on the American Dental Association Council on Membership, representing District 4 (NJ, DE, MD, DC, PR, VI, and the Federal Dental Services). Dr. Sniscak recently completed his tenure as

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Jersey Shore Honors Residents and Fellows at Annual Graduation Ceremony

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

More than 50 residents and fellows at Jersey Shore University Medical Center were honored at the annual graduation ceremony in the Kurr Atrium on June 14.  Chief hospital executive Vito Buccellato provided opening remarks, thanking the graduates for their dedication

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Dr. Julia A. Piwoz Shines Spotlight on Measles

Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital

Julia A. Piwoz, M.D., FAAP, chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital recently participated in a community presentation at the Montvale town hall, entitled Spotlight on Measles. Dr. Piwoz spoke about the current outbreak of measles

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Thomas Bauer, M.D., Serves as Keynote Speaker at LUNG FORCE Expo

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterOncology

Thomas Bauer, M.D., clinical medical director of Oncology and chief of Thoracic Surgery at Jersey Shore served as keynote speaker at the American Lung Association LUNG FORCE Expo in Cherry Hill, NJ. Patients, caregivers and health care providers attended the

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Kelly Chaknis Appointed Director for Women’s and Children’s Services

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOB/GYNPediatrics

What you need to know Kelly Chaknis has been appointed director for Women’s and Children’s Services at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and South Region Care Transformation Services as of June 12. In this role, Kelly

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks K. Hovnanian and Sanzari Among the Top in the Nation

Joseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalPediatrics

What you need to know U.S. News & World Report has ranked the combined cancer program at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital #44 in the U.S. Hackensack Meridian Health’s has the only children’s cancer program

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Hackensack Meridian Health Mourns the Passing of Joseph Simunovich, Former Board Co-Chair and Founding Chair of School of Medicine Board of Governors

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It is with a heavy heart and sincere regret that I share the sad news of the passing of Joe Simunovich, my dear friend and mentor, and a treasure to our entire network and the state of New Jersey. Joe

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LGBT-Focused CME Event At Bayshore June 21

All SpecialtiesBayshore Medical Center

What You Need To Know In honor of Pride Month, Bayshore will host “Understanding and Providing Culturally Competent Care for LGBT Patients” on Friday, June 21. Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, the hour-long educational event takes place at

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Get a First Look at Hackensack’s New Patient Pavilion

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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Inaugural Health Quality Research Conference Draws Hundreds

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Hundreds attended Hackensack Meridian Health’s (HMH) inaugural Health Quality Research Conference presented by the Institute for Quality Science on May 16 at the Marigold in Somerset. HMH clinicians submitted more than 60 abstracts on a variety of topics, including stroke,

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Mitchell Harris Appointed as Senior Vice President & COO, Physician Services

Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group

What you need to know Mitchell (Mitch) Harris will serve as the new senior vice president and chief operating officer of Physician Services beginning June 24. Prior Experience Mitch has over 25 years of experience in the field of health

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

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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6 Things You Should Know About MIPS

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HMH Providers Walk to Cure Arthritis

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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Kristi Kosarin, D.O. Joins Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group

Hackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupPrimary Care

Kristi Kosarin, D.O. recently joined Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group – Sea Girt as a primary care physician. Dr. Kosarin is board certified in internal medicine and comes to the medical group with extensive experience. She received her medical degree

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K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital & Ocean Medical Center Recognized for Excellence in Lactation Care

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOB/GYNOcean Medical Center

What you need to know K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and Ocean Medical Center were recently recognized for excellence in lactation care by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA). K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

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Tilak Pasala, M.D. Joins Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group

CardiologyHackensack Meridian Health Medical Group

Tilak K. R. Pasala, M.D.,  an interventional cardiologist who specializes in structural and congenital heart disease, has joined Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group. Dr. Pasala is the associate director of the Structural and Congenital Heart Program at Hackensack University Medical

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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

Hackensack University Medical CenterPulmonology

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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John Theurer Cancer Center Investigators Presenting at ASCO

John Theurer Cancer CenterOncology

What you need to know Researchers from John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack are presenting data from 23 studies at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). ASCO is being held in Chicago from

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Bayshore’s Nurses Announce 2019’s Physician of the Year Award

Bayshore Medical Center

As part of Nurses Week, Bayshore’s nurses presented their annual Nurses’ Choice Physician of the Year Award. The award is presented to a physician who consistently exhibits the highest standards of the medical profession. The chosen doctor promotes collaboration and

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Carol Barsky, M.D., MBA Recognized by the United Hospital Fund as an Extraordinary Quality Improvement Leader

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Carol Barsky, M.D., MBA, executive vice president and chief quality officer, has been recognized by the United Hospital Fund (UHF) as an extraordinary quality improvement leader. Dr. Barsky was honored among quality improvement leaders at 51 hospitals and long-term care

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Joseph Simunovich Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Hackensack Meridian Health honored Joseph Simunovich with its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award during its third Annual Meeting. Mr. Simunovich joined the Hackensack University Medical Center Board of Governors in 1991 and has served as chair of all major boards for

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New Jersey’s Measles Outbreak Considered Over

All SpecialtiesHackensack University Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterPalisades Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

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: Southern Region May 2019

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Saba Afzal, M.D. – Active Staff, Psychiatry Somto Asuzu, M.D. – Telemedicine Staff, Radiology David Duncan, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine/Neurology Yair Levy, M.D. – Telemedicine Staff, Radiology Jeffrey Naiman, M.D. –

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Medical and Dental Staff Apointments: Central Region May 2019

Bayshore Medical CenterCarrier ClinicJFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical Center

Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS None ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS APPLICATIONS Heather Cardilla, RNFA – Surgery Roman Markh, PA-C – Surgery JFK Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Ram Mahato, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine, Psychiatry Allen Maizes, M.D. – Active

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region May 2019

Hackensack University Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterMountainside Medical CenterPalisades Medical CenterPascack Valley Medical Center

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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Jersey Shore Appoints New Chief Nursing Officer

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

What you need to know Jersey Shore has named Ellen Angelo, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN, as its new Chief Nursing Officer effective May 20. Ellen previously served as vice president, chief nursing officer at Ocean and has held a nursing

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Hackensack Radiology Relocated

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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Bruce Fisher, M.D. Inducted as a Master of the American College of Physicians

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Bruce Fisher, M.D., who is board certified in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine, was inducted as a Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest professional organization of internists in the U.S. Dr. Fisher was inducted during ACP’s

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K. Hovnanian’s Emergency Department Undergoing Renovation

K. Hovnanian Children's HospitalPediatrics

What you need to know The K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department is being renovated to create a more child-friendly, welcoming and fun environment for children and families. The upgrade includes new, vibrant wayfinding signage and floor decals, painting

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Hackensack Designated as Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence by ACR

Hackensack University Medical CenterImaging and Radiology

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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Nurses Celebrate Physicians at Ocean

Ocean Medical Center

During Nurses’ Week, nurses at Ocean Medical Center held the 2019 Nurses’ Choice Physician of the Year Awards – a special ceremony recognizing physicians at the medical center. Physicians were recognized for their collaboration, collegiality and team work. The awards

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Riverview Receives Accreditation for Rehab Center

Rehabilitation & Post-AcuteRiverview Medical Center

What you need to know The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has issued Riverview a three-year accreditation for its Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehab Program and its Specialty Stroke Program. More Information A Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program is

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Jersey Shore’s Cardiology Fellowship Achieves Renewed Accreditation

CardiologyJersey Shore University Medical Center

What you need to know The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, under direction of Chief of Cardiology Director Dawn Calderon, D.O., and Assistant Director Brett Sealove, M.D., has achieved continued accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). More

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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

BariatricsHackensack University Medical Center

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

Hackensack University Medical CenterOrthopedics

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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David S. Kountz, M.D. Receives Community Service Leader Award

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

David S. Kountz, M.D., MBA, co-chief academic officer, founding associate dean for Diversity and Equity at HMH School of Medicine at Seton Hall University and vice president for Academic Diversity at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, recently received the Verice

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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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Medicare Advantage: Five Ways to Improve Coding and Reimbursement

All SpecialtiesHackensack Meridian Health Partners

What you need to know It’s vital to code and document all chronic conditions accurately. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) calculates reimbursement for Medicare Advantage patients by reviewing the previous year’s medication history, disease diagnoses, Hierarchical Condition

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Southern Ocean Diabetes Program Recognized by the American Diabetes Association

EndocrinologySouthern Ocean Medical Center

The Diabetes Self-Management Education Service (DSMES) at Southern Ocean Medical Center has been awarded continued Education Recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for offering high-quality education services to participants. Education services that receive the ADA’s recognition status meet National

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JTCC Approved As Member of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Consortium

John Theurer Cancer CenterOncology

What You Need To Know The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has approved John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack as a research consortium member of the NCI-approved Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Consortium. Only 16 cancer consortia are recognized by the

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Understanding MIPS for 2019

Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

Missed Hackensack Meridian Health Partners Winter Education Session? Check out the MIPS presentation given by New Jersey Innovation Institute, and find out what you need to know about MIPS for 2019. Want to Skip Ahead? Check out the video’s description to view

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

Hackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupHackensack University Medical CenterNeurology

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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Jersey Shore Named Center of Excellence for Pancreas, Liver and Bile Duct Cancer Care

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterOncology

What You Need To Know Jersey Shore earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Center of Excellence for Pancreas, Liver, and Bile Duct Cancer Certification. Jersey Shore is the only medical center to receive this certification on the

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Smoking Cessation Program Now Accepting New Patients

Hackensack University Medical Center

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

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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When to Perform a Security Risk Analysis for MIPS

Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

What You Need To Know While a Security Risk Analysis (SRA) is not a Promoting Interoperability (PI) stand-alone measure for 2019, MIPS-eligible clinicians must attest YES to conducting or reviewing a security risk analysis and implementing security updates as necessary

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2019 MIPS Group Participation Guide Now Available

Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

What You Need To Know The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a new MIPS resource to the QPP Resource Library to answer questions and provide additional information on 2019 group participation in MIPS.  The 2019 MIPS

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New Potential Measles Exposures

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The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents about new possible measles exposures: Middlesex and Ocean Counties Exposures A New York City resident with a confirmed case of measles potentially exposed individuals in Middlesex and Ocean counties on April

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

Hackensack University Medical CenterOtolaryngology (ENT)Urology

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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JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Outpatient Center Opens in Woodbridge

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteRehabilitation & Post-Acute

What you need to know JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute opened their new Outpatient Center at The Club at Woodbridge in May 2019. Services provided include: One-to-one personalized therapy sessions Individualized treatment plans Expert rehabilitation for various orthopedic and sports related

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

Hackensack University Medical CenterNeurology

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: Southern Region April 2019

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Ye K. Aung, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine/Pediatric; Board Certified, Pediatrics) Vincent Duron, M.D. – Locum Tenens, Surgery/Pediatric; Board Certified, Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Critical Care Extension of temporary privileges as a

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region April 2019

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

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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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Central Region April 2019

Bayshore Medical CenterJFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical Center

Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Shehryar Anjum, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine/Nephrology; Board Certified, Internal Medicine Kevin Edwards, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine; Board Certified, Emergency Medicine Andrew Friedman, M.D. – Active Staff, Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology; Board Certified, Diagnostic

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Palisades Posts Impressive C. diff Reduction

GastroenterologyPalisades Medical Center

What you need to know The Palisades Clostridium difficile (C. diff) Prevention Program in 2018 reduced C. diff infections by 62 percent compared to 2017 — that’s the largest improvement among all HMH hospitals. In 2016-2017, Palisades experienced an unexplained

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Hackensack Physician Parking Area Closure

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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Lauren Koniaris, M.D. Discusses Data Privacy in Healthcare at Columbia Business School

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Lauren Koniaris, M.D., regional chief medical informatics officer for the northern region recently participated in Columbia Business School’s Data Privacy in Healthcare panel. The event held on April 8 included representatives from the health care industry sharing and exploring data

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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

All SpecialtiesHackensack University Medical Center

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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Jersey Shore’s Internal Medicine Residents Take First Place in Scientific Meeting

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

On March 22, Jersey Shore won first place in the American College of Physicians (ACP) NJ 2019 Scientific Meeting in Princeton, NJ. Over 150 scientific projects were submitted to ACP from the entire state. This year it featured four scientific

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Ocean Earns Healogics’ President’s Circle Award

Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Healogics award Ocean the 2018 President’s Circle Award on April 2. The President’s Circle award is given to top performing wound care centers for outstanding clinical care, patient satisfaction and operational outcomes. Healogics manages 700

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Ocean’s Physicians Honors Nurses on Doctors’ Day

Ocean Medical Center

During its Doctors’ Day celebration, Ocean’s Medical/Dental Staff recognized its nurses as the Physician’s Choice Nurses of the Year. Nurses are selected through a nomination process and the top three nurses are awarded a certificate and monetary gift. Congratulations to

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Southern Ocean Celebrates Doctors’ Day

Southern Ocean Medical Center

Southern Ocean celebrated Doctors’ Day on March 27 with a breakfast and luncheon in the physician’s lounge. Southern Ocean thanks its physicians for all they do for our hospital and our patients.

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The 18th Annual Physicians’ Art & Photography Exhibit

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

The 18th Annual Physicians’ Art & Photography Exhibit was held at Jersey Shore on March 28. The exhibition included more than 200 works from physicians throughout the network. Richard Rhee, M.D. and Sushil Mehandru, M.D. established the exhibition in celebration

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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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Francesco Gargano, M.D. Tapped by European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterOcean Medical CenterPlastic Surgery

Francesco Gargano, M.D., PhD, FACS recently returned from Brussels, Belgium where he served on the the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery’s (EBOPRAS) examination committee. Dr. Gargano was just one of a handful of international plastic surgeons that

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Hackensack’s Orthopedic Surgery and Oncology Has Moved

Hackensack University Medical CenterOrthopedics

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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Four Hospitals Earn Sepsis Recognition

Bayshore Medical CenterJFK Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

The following four network hospitals achieved the Gold Seal from the Joint Commission (TJC) for their Sepsis programs: Raritan Bay Perth Amboy and Old Bridge Medical Centers JFK Medical Center Bayshore Medical Center Southern Ocean Medical Center Hackensack Meridian Health

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Hackensack Welcomes Critical Care Division Director

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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Ocean Hosts Ceremony Acknowledging Narcan Donation to First Responders

Ocean Medical Center

On April 17, Ocean leadership, MONOC (Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services Corporation), and local first aid squads attended a dedication ceremony to present Gary Noris, M.D. of Ocean Medical Center’s Emergency Department with a plaque in honor of his son who

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JFK Awarded Wound Care Certification from The Joint Commission

JFK Medical Center

What you need to know JFK Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Wound Care Certification. In February 2019, Joint Commission experts evaluated JFK’s compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with wound

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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

Bayshore Medical CenterHackensack University Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterJFK Medical CenterMountainside Medical CenterOcean Medical CenterOncologyRiverview Medical Center

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

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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Council of the International Society of Surgery Elects Alexander Shifrin, M.D. as a Fellow

EndocrinologyHackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupJersey Shore University Medical Center

The Council of the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC) has elected Jersey Shore’s Alexander Shifrin, M.D., FACS, FACE, ECNU, FEBS, FISS as a Fellow of the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC). Dr. Shifrin’s Fellowship will be awarded at the Convocation

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Save the Date: HMHP Networking Uncorked

Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

Current Hackensack Meridian Health Partners (HMHP) providers are invited to HMHP’s inaugural referral event, “Networking Uncorked”. Meet primary care providers and specialists in your area. Develop relationships that can assist with timely appointments and the exchange of critical patient information.

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Ocean Now Performing TCAR Procedure to Treat Carotid Artery Disease

CardiologyOcean Medical Center

What you need to know The Vascular Program at Ocean is among the first in Ocean County to offer Trans-cervical Carotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR), helping dramatically reduce the risk of stroke in patients with blocked arteries. Fellowship-trained vascular surgeon, Vikalp

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Bayshore Performs Hospital’s First Y-90 Procedure

Bayshore Medical CenterOncology

What you need to know Bayshore recently performed its first Y-90 procedure. Hackensack Meridian Health has the most experience with Y-90 treatments in the State of New Jersey. The procedure is also offered at Hackensack University Medical Center, JFK Medical

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Riverview Medical Center: Grant Funding Available for Patient Experience Projects

Riverview Medical Center

What You Need To Know The Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees offers grant funding for selected items and projects that benefit patient care and the patient experience at Riverview Medical Center. How to Apply Applications must: Be complete

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

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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Clarification: HMHP and New Team Member Health Plan

Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

Current members of Hackensack Meridian Health Partners (HMHP) received a letter around March 14, 2019 regarding Hackensack Meridian Health’s new team member medical plan. Please note, members of HMHP who participate in Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s

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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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HMH Hospitals Nationally Ranked for Savings Performance in Medicare Orthopedic Program

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Bayshore’s Diabetes Program Earns Re-certification

Bayshore Medical CenterEndocrinology

Bayshore’s diabetes program passed the re-certification application inspection in early March 2019, meaning it is qualified for Medicare/Medicaid and other private insurances reimbursement for diabetes care. The Bayshore diabetes program is accredited by American Diabetes Association through May 13, 2023.

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

CardiologyHackensack University Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterNeurologyOcean Medical Center

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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Evan Naylor, M.D. Educates Students at Southern Ocean’s Mini Medical School

Southern Ocean Medical Center

Southern Ocean Medical Center recently held the final session of their mini medical school. Evan Naylor, M.D. , internal medicine and hematology physician at Southern Ocean was the keynote speaker at this event and introduced the students to life in

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Roberta Chiu, M.D. Receives Experience Innovation Grant

K. Hovnanian Children's HospitalPediatrics

Roberta Chiu, M.D., PGY-2, in Jersey Shore’s pediatric residency program, received a $5,000 from Hackensack Meridian Health’s Office of Human Experience. The Experience Innovation Grant, Innovate X, provides team members with funds for innovating solutions that have a positive impact

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Jersey Shore’s Booker Library Going Digital

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's Hospital

What you need to know The Booker Health Sciences Library is undergoing a major renovation. The library is staying in the same location, will offer the same services, and will maintain the same staff, but it will look quite different.

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Jersey Shore Earns Organ Donation Award

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's Hospital

What you need to know Jersey Shore was presented with the Platinum Award as part of the HRSA workplace initiative to increase organ and tissue donation awareness. A NJ Sharing Network representative presented the award at a leadership meeting and

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Ocean Designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence

Imaging and RadiologyOcean Medical Center

What you need to know The American College of Radiology (ACR) has designated Ocean Medical Center a Diagnostic Center of Excellence (DICOE). Ocean is the only facility in Ocean County with the DICOE accreditation. About the DICOE designation The DICOE

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Brand New Magazine Hits Homes

All LocationsAll Specialties

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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A Message from Ray Fredericks, Regional President of the Central Region

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical Center

After many long, reflective conversations with my wife Jean and my children, I have made the decision to retire from my current position as Regional President, Central Market effective June 30, 2019. Anyone who knows me, or has ever worked

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Central Region March 2019

All SpecialtiesBayshore Medical CenterJFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical Center

Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Normy Dessalines, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine/Internal Medicine Michael Kaufer, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine Sophia Kotliar, M.D. – Active Staff, Pathology Peter Litwin, M.D. – Active Staff, Psychiatry ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS APPLICATIONS

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region March 2019

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

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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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Southern Region March 2019

All SpecialtiesJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Shehryar Anjum, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine/Nephrology Kari Colen, M.D. – Active Staff, Surgery/Plastic Kevin Edwards, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine Sophia Kotliar, M.D. – Active Staff, Pathology Lisa Zahn, M.D.

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Happy Doctors’ Day from Your Patient and CEO

All LocationsAll Specialties

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

Hackensack University Medical Center

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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Raritan Bay Receives $250K Donation for Emergency Service in Old Bridge

All SpecialtiesRaritan Bay Medical Center

What you need to know Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation recently received a $250,000 gift from TeamHealth towards the planned facility renovation and expansion of the emergency department at Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge. The project is set to begin

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Bayshore’s Bariatric Department Receives Re-Accreditation

BariatricsBayshore Medical Center

What you need to know On February 28, Bayshore Medical Center’s bariatric department received their site inspection for the re-accreditation as a MBSAQIP Accredited Center for Quality Program and was recommended for a continuation of the full accreditation. The surveyor

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Getting to Know Ocean’s Chief Hospital Executive, Jason Kreitner

All SpecialtiesOcean Medical Center

March 4 was the official start date for Jason Kreitner, Ocean Medical Center’s new Chief Hospital Executive. Jason sat down for a Q & A so that team members can get to know him. Read what Jason had to say

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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

All SpecialtiesHackensack University Medical CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital

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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First Leadless Pacemaker Implant at Bayshore

Bayshore Medical CenterCardiology

Bayshore’s Cardiac Cath Lab team successfully implanted their first leadless pacemaker on Thursday, February 28. The team also received a Five-Star for Pacemaker Procedures Award and Five-Star for Treatment of Heart Attack Award from HealthGrades(R).

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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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Sanzari Children’s Hospital Using Virtual Reality Program

Joseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalPediatrics

What you need to know The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital recently started using virtual reality to help reduce stress among its pediatric patients in the Children’s Cancer Institute, and the pediatric inpatient and outpatient units. Through a generous donation,

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Raritan Bay’s Joslin Diabetes Center Welcomes Sulay H. Shah, M.D.

EndocrinologyRaritan Bay Medical Center

The Joslin Diabetes Center at Raritan Bay Medical Center Old Bridge recently added endocrinologist Sulay H. Shah, M.D., to its team. Sulay Shah M.D., is board certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and Internal Medicine. He completed his specialty training

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Francesco Gargano, M.D. Ventures on a Medical Mission to Spread Smiles Across Miles

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterPlastic Surgery

Francesco Gargano, M.D. is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Jersey Shore and specializes in pediatric craniofacial surgery. He has been changing the lives of children around the world who suffer from congenital, cancer or traumatic craniofacial malformations. He has

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Fourteen Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Center Practices Earn PCSP Recognition

Hackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupOB/GYN

What you need to know Fourteen Hackensack Meridian Health practices recently earned the Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) recognition. Practices achieve PCSCP recognition through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and must demonstrate continuous quality improvement in clinical quality, resource

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Raritan Bay’s Institute for Weight Loss Attains Renewed National Accreditation

BariatricsRaritan Bay Medical Center

What you need to know The Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge was recently re-accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).  Details The institute provides

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Epic Support for Palisades Providers

All SpecialtiesPalisades Medical Center

Where to get support Providers can drop in to the Epic Practice Lab in the Palisades physician lounge for Epic assistance. No appointment needed.  Credentialed trainers are on site to answer questions, assist with personalization, or walk through difficult workflows. The Practice Lab will continue through go live on February 28. Palisades

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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

All LocationsAll Specialties

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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A Message from Vito Buccellato to Ocean

All SpecialtiesOcean Medical Center

As you know, I have been appointed chief operations officer position for Jersey Shore University Medical Center. I will begin my new position on March 4. As I look forward to this exciting career opportunity, I wanted to take this

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A Message from Jersey Shore’s New COO, Vito Buccellato

All SpecialtiesJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's Hospital

Dear Jersey Shore Physicians, I have been given the distinct privilege of joining the Jersey Shore University Medical Center family as the new Chief Operating Officer. This is a role that I am truly grateful for and excited about, and

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CPOE Changes Coming to Southern Ocean

All SpecialtiesSouthern Ocean Medical Center

The Epic go live marks an important change in CPOE policy at Southern Ocean Medical Center. Starting September 30, 2019 written orders for inpatients will no longer be allowed. Telephone orders are to be used sparingly when a provider is

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Workflow Review Sessions: Jersey Shore, Ocean and Southern Ocean

All SpecialtiesJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

During workflow review, team members from Wave 3 campuses worked with the Epic application team to compare their workflows to those in the production Epic environment. Together, they identified any gaps or differences and confirmed clinical or operational transformation opportunities,

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Epic Training Coming Soon: Jersey Shore, Ocean and Southern Ocean

All SpecialtiesJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

The Epic electronic health record system is coming to Jersey Shore, Ocean Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center on September 30, 2019. All Hackensack Meridian Health facilities to be live on Epic by September 2019. Training is Required To

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Epic Terms and Acronyms

All SpecialtiesJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

The Epic system brings with it a new set of terms and acronyms. Below are examples of the terms and definitions available on the Let’s Speak Epic page on the Epic Resource Center intranet site. ASAP: The ASAP Emergency Department Information System streamlines

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Jersey Shore to Hold 18th Annual Physician Art and Photography Exhibit

All SpecialtiesJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's Hospital

What you need to know Jersey Shore will host the 18th Annual Hackensack Meridian Health Physician Art and Photography Exhibit from March 28 through May 10. The opening night reception takes place in the Kurr Atrium at Jersey Shore University

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Flooring Replacement at Southern Ocean

All SpecialtiesSouthern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Artisan Flooring will be replacing the flooring on the first floor of Southern Ocean near the cafeteria during the week of February 24. Due to this work, the stair tower closest to the cafeteria, South,

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GPS Technology will Help Patients and Families Navigate Hospitals

All LocationsAll Specialties

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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Jersey Shore Receives Behavioral Health Home Certification from The Joint Commission

Behavioral HealthJersey Shore University Medical Center

What you need to know The Behavioral Health Home at Jersey Shore has received certification from The Joint Commission (TJC), providing additional recognition for Jersey Shore’s behavioral health services. The Behavioral Health Home is a high intensity outpatient service targeting

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David M. Walker, M.D. Joins Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital as Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Joseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalPediatrics

David M. Walker, M.D. has joined Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital as its new division chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Walker previously served as vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and director of

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Return Your Survey for Jersey Choice Top Doctors

All LocationsAll Specialties

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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K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital Welcomes New Pediatric Specialists

K. Hovnanian Children's HospitalPediatrics

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital welcomes new pediatric specialists Marian Khrizman, D.O., pediatric neurologist; Marianna Nicoletta Gentile, D.O., pediatric endocrinologist; Anna Carmela Gironella, M.D., pediatric rheumatologist and Reena Jethva, M.D., pediatric geneticist to the team. Marian Khrizman, D.O., specializes in treating

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Hackensack Selected as Site for Multiple Sclerosis Mental Health Mentorship Program

All LocationsNeurology

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

All LocationsAll Specialties

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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Oncology Breakthrough: Life-Saving CAR T-Cell Therapy Now Available

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalOncology

What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health is at the forefront of advanced cancer treatment in New Jersey and the nation. Two sites, the John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC), and Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, are the first in New

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HMH Invests in UV Technology to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections

All LocationsAll Specialties

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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Mountainside’s Center of Advanced Bariatric Surgery Achieves National Accreditation

BariatricsMountainside Medical Center

What you need to know Mountainside Medical Center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for

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Jersey Shore Launches High Risk Genetics Clinic Targeting Cancer Risk Assessment

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterOncology

What you need to know Jersey Shore has opened a comprehensive High Risk Genetics Clinic.  The program is designed to address hereditary cancer risk assessment. Each patient has the opportunity to meet with several specialized cancer experts and a genetics counselor in

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John Theurer Cancer Center Recruiting a Phase II Clinical Trial for Pancreatic Cancer

John Theurer Cancer CenterOncology

What you need to know John Theurer Cancer Center is now recruiting a Phase II clinical trial for pancreatic cancer called PROTACT (Precise RNAi for Obtaining Targeted Cancer Therapy). During PROTACT treatment, a miniature biodegradable polymeric matrix called “LODER” that

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Arlene O’Brien, DMD Honored by Academy of General Dentistry

DentistryJersey Shore University Medical Center

Arlene O’Brien, DMD, a past Jersey Shore Resident and Attending Faculty Member of the Department of Dentistry, was recently honored by the Academy of General Dentistry for her dedication to Continuing Dental Education.

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

All LocationsBehavioral Health

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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Slingshot Health Now Available for Practices in Jackson Health Village

All SpecialtiesHackensack Meridian Health Medical Group

What you need to know Slingshot Health is now available at Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group integrative medicine and primary care practices in Jackson Health Village. Details Slingshot Health is a healthcare marketplace that allows patients to self-pay for care

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Epic Update: Jersey Shore, Ocean, Southern Ocean: September 30 Go Live

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterOcean Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Jersey Shore Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center will go live on Epic on September 30, 2019. How Epic will streamline how we share patient data Moving to Epic will enable

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Epic Update: Bayshore, JFK, Riverview: June 1 Go Live

Bayshore Medical CenterJFK Medical CenterRiverview Medical Center

What you need to know Bayshore Medical Center, JFK Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center will go live on Epic on June 1, 2019. How Epic will streamline how we share patient data Moving to Epic will enable us to

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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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Vito Buccellato Appointed Chief Operating Officer for Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterOcean Medical Center

Vito has been the chief operating officer at Ocean Medical Center since 2017, where he has been responsible for improving performance, patient satisfaction, team member engagement and quality. His appointment to Chief Operating Officer for Jersey Shore University Medical Center

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Jersey Shore Named Behavioral Health Home from The Joint Commission

Behavioral HealthJersey Shore University Medical Center

What you need to know The Behavioral Health Home at Jersey Shore University Medical Center has received The Joint Commission (TJC) Certification. This optional certification goes above and beyond what is required for accreditation and provides additional recognition for behavioral

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Jersey Shore’s Respiratory Program Earns AARC Apex Recognition Award

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterPulmonology

What you need to know The respiratory team at Jersey Shore University Medical Center was recently awarded the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Apex Recognition Award. Details Jersey Shore earned this award because of their high quality care, dedication

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JFK Chief Operating Officer Scott Gebhard to Retire in March

Uncategorized

After an impressive 37-year career at JFK, Scott Gebhard has decided to retire.  Scott played a pivotal role in creating the nationally renowned JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and the JFK Neurosciences Institute and in establishing JFK Medical Associates.  “Scott leaves

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Amie Thornton Promoted to Chief Operating Officer for JFK Medical Center

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical Center

Amie Thornton has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for JFK Medical Center, replacing Scott Gebhard, who will retire in March. In her new role, Amie will oversee several areas at JFK, including operations, facilities, nursing, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute,

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Eric Alcera, M.D. and Ramon Solhkhah, M.D. Named to NJHELA Class of 2019

Behavioral HealthJersey Shore University Medical Center

Eric Alcera, M.D., associate corporate medical director of Hackensack Meridian Behavioral Health Services, and Ramon Solhkhah, M.D., Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Corporate Medical Director, HMH Behavioral Health Care Transformation Service, were named

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Paul Condello, DMD Leads Dental Education Program to Best ADA Rating

DentistryJersey Shore University Medical Center

The American Dental Association awarded Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Continuing Dental Education Program its highest rating. This recognition is thanks to in part to Dr. Paul Condello’s continued dedication to the medical center’s continuing dental education program and the

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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

All LocationsNeurologyOncology

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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Congratulations to Jersey Shore’s Pediatric and Internal Medicine Residents

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterPrimary Care

What you need to know Three of Jersey Shore’s pediatric residents matched into fellowship programs, and seven internal medicine residents matched into their chosen fellowships. Details Here are the Pediatric and Internal matches: Pediatrics Matches Samantha Butzke, M.D. – Pediatric

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Department of Dentistry Donates $25,000 to Foundation

DentistryJersey Shore University Medical Center

During their holiday party in December, the Department of Dentistry donated $25,000 to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation’s endowment fund.  Over the years, through money generated from the Continuing Dental Education Program, the Department of Dentistry has been able

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Michael Ciencewicki, M.D. Retires

Raritan Bay Medical Center

Former Chief Medical Officer Michael Ciencewicki, M.D. retired from Raritan Bay on January 11, 2019. Dr. Ciencewicki served in Raritan Bay’s hospital administration for 12 years, helping launch the hospital’s patient portal, open the Medical and Surgical Pavilion at Raritan

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Raritan Bay Medical Center Restricting Visitors

Raritan Bay Medical CenterSpecialties

What You Need to Know Beginning January 14, Raritan Bay Medical Center–Old Bridge and Raritan Bay–Perth Amboy are temporarily suspending visitor privileges for children age 11 and younger due to New Jersey’s high flu activity. Anyone with a fever or cough

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Bayshore Temporary MRI Location

Bayshore Medical CenterImaging and Radiology

What you need to know Effective Monday, January 7, 2019, all MRI exams will be performed on a MRI mobile unit located adjacent to the elevators on the ground floor by Administration. The mobile MRI trailer will be in place

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OMC’s Sleep Medicine Center Certified by Industry Leader

Ocean Medical CenterPrimary Care

What you need to know The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has fully re-accredited Ocean Medical Center’s Sleep Medicine program. Ocean was recognized for its commitment to high quality, patient-centered care thorough the adherence of the AASM Standards and

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Do Not Move Epic Deployed Equipment at Palisades

All SpecialtiesPalisades Medical Center

What You Need to Know Much of the IT equipment needed for Palisades’ Epic go live has been delivered and installed. This equipment includes computers, monitors, printers, and other peripheral devices. In preparation for February’s go live, many of these

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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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New Wound Healing Specialists at Raritan Bay

All SpecialtiesRaritan Bay Medical Center

What you need to know The Center for Wound Healing at Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy has added three wound specialists to address the underlying conditions that cause non-healing wounds.  Services offered Our expert medical practitioners provide

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HMH Launches Task Force To Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

All LocationsOB/GYN

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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Reporting is Now Open for Promoting Interoperability

All SpecialtiesHackensack Meridian Health Partners

What you need to know All practices must report the “Promoting Interoperability” category by April 2, 2019. This category is part of your overall MIPS score, which determines your additional incentive percentage reimbursement for all eligible Part B services. How to

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H1N1 Flu Activity is High: Administer Antiviral Treatment

All LocationsAll Specialties

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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HMHP: New Member Update

All SpecialtiesHackensack Meridian Health Partners

December 2018 Hackensack Meridian Health Partners welcomed the following new members in December 2018: Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine Advanced Infectious Disease Alan L. Schechter, M.D., PhD Associates In Kidney Disease & Hypertension Atlantic Pediatrics Belanger Podiatry Associates, LLC Bergen Endocrinology Brian

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2019 MIPS requirements: 4 ways to prepare

All LocationsAll Specialties

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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Palisades Epic Update: February 28 Go Live Date

All SpecialtiesPalisades Medical Center

What you need to know Palisades Medical Center’s new Epic Go Live date is February 28. Below are key dates: February 11-15 – Downtime Drill February 16 -17 – Appointment Conversion February 18 – Scheduling Go Live February 25 – Go Live Orientation February

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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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Palisades Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer

Palisades Medical Center

What you need to know Heather Veltre, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC is the new Chief Nursing Officer at Palisades Medical Center. Details Experience Heather brings more than 25 years of experience in both large healthcare systems and community hospitals.  Heather

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Get to Know Carrier Clinic

Carrier Clinic

What you need to know Carrier Clinic has officially joined Hackensack Meridian Health. This merger will help Hackensack Meridian Health grows its behavioral health services by: Opening new addiction treatment centers in New Jersey, including the first one in 2020.

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New Bayshore Emergency Notification System: Everbridge

Bayshore Medical Center

What you need to know Effective January 2019, Bayshore’s Emergency Notification System will switch from Zip It to Everbridge.  Using the new Everbridge system will allow Bayshore to immediately page all Team Members in the event of a disaster.   What

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Red Bank Pledges Support to Bayshore Medical Center

Bayshore Medical Center

What you need to know Red Bank Anesthesia, LLC has generously pledged $100,000 in support of Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center’s new Emergency Care Center. Details The new Emergency Care Center will offer private emergency treatment rooms and waiting

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Meridian ACO Extends Agreement to June 30, 2019

All LocationsAll Specialties

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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Check Out Our New Physician Directories

All SpecialtiesHackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupHackensack Meridian Health Partners

It is now easier to find fellow Hackensack Meridian Health providers. The following provider directories are now live and online: Hackensack Meridian Health Partners: Visit HMHPDirectory.org to access the directory. Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group: Visit HMHMGDirectory.org to access the Medical Group’s directory. Both directories can also be printed out in a PDF

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HMH Medical Group: 5-Star Ratings Live on Physician Directory

All SpecialtiesHackensack Meridian Health Medical Group

What you need to know NRC Real Time patient survey ratings are now available for more than 800 providers on the physician directory. The details In 2018, Hackensack Meridian Health implemented NRC Real Time patient surveys to acquire patient feedback for

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Bayshore OR Sets Record

All SpecialtiesBayshore Medical Center

Congratulations to Bayshore’s OR, SDS, PACU, and SPD departments who handled 30 cases on December 13th! Not only did they break the record at Bayshore, but they handled it with professionalism and enthusiasm. Thank you!

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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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Epic Updates

All SpecialtiesHackensack Meridian Health Medical Group

What you need to know The Epic project timeline has been adjusted. Below are updates to the 2019 Epic Go Live slots. You can now view a patient’s immunizations from outside sources using the Care Everywhere activity. After reviewing the

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The Top 5 Benefits of Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

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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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Welcome Douglas Wright, M.D. to Southern Ocean Orthopedic Surgery

OrthopedicsPrimary CareSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Douglas Wright, M.D. joined Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center’s orthopedic surgery department. Education And Certifications Dr. Wright is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in trauma, foot and ankle. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College

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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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Bayshore Medical Center Back To Full Capacity After Fire

All SpecialtiesBayshore Medical Center

Bayshore Medical Center is functioning at full capacity for the first time since a minor fire in February reduced the hospital’s capacity by 65 beds. Repairs are now complete to the hospital’s ICU and its second- and third-floor units.  

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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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Welcome Herbert Kunkle, Jr., M.D., to Southern Ocean Orthopedic Surgery

OrthopedicsPrimary CareSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Herbert L. Kunkle, Jr., M.D.  joined Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center’s orthopedic surgery department. Education and Certifications Dr. Kunkle is board certified in orthopedic surgery. He received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College and completed his residency and internship at

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3 Ways We’re Expanding Our Cardiovascular Program

All LocationsCardiology

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

All LocationsCardiology

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

All LocationsCardiology

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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MIPS Deadline: Security Risk Analysis Due by Dec. 31

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What you need to know Physicians who intend to submit data for the 2018 Promoting Interoperability (PI) category must complete a Security Risk Assessment (SRA) by December 31. The SRA can be completed by an outside organization or by someone

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Specialty Update: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Services at HUMC and JSUMC

All LocationsBariatricsPrimary Care

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

All LocationsPrimary Care

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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JSUMC verified as Level II Pediatric Trauma Center

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterPediatrics

What you need to know Jersey Shore University Medical Center is now the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties, and in the eastern part of New Jersey to verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American

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Drug Shortages: Update

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Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of the following drugs: Atropine 0.4mg vials Bupivacaine + Epi Vials Diazepam 10mg/2mL Injection Dipyridamole vials Dobutamine 500mg/250ml Bags – limited supply Dopamine 400mg vials & 400mg/250ml Bags – limited supply Famotidine 20mg vials Heparin 1000units/500mL

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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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Surgery Update: Riverview Adds Second da Vinci Robot

All SpecialtiesCardiologyGastroenterologyGeneral SurgeryOB/GYNOncologyRiverview Medical Center

What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center has acquired the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, providing its surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity, and control that allows for a minimally invasive surgical approach for many complex surgical procedures. Already

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Free Program for High-Risk COPD and CHF Patients

All SpecialtiesCardiologyHackensack Meridian Health PartnersJersey Shore University Medical Center

What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health Partners is launching a new high-risk management program for patients recently discharged from the hospital and living with congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). This program recently launched at Jersey

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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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Bayshore Medical Center Earns Nuclear Medicine Accreditation

Bayshore Medical CenterImaging and Radiology

What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Diagnostic Imaging Department at Bayshore

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Andrew L. Pecora, M.D. Receives 2018 Dr. Sol J. Barer Award

John Theurer Cancer CenterOncology

Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE, President, Physician Enterprise and Chief Innovations Officer at Hackensack Meridian Health, was honored with the 2018 Dr. Sol J. Barer Award for Vision, Innovation and Leadership at the Gateway Gala, BioNJ’s 25th Annual dinner meeting, networking

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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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HMHP Adopts New Quality Measures

Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health Partners (HMHP) has adopted two new metrics for the 2018 performance year. This year the following quality measures have been added: Adult BMI Assessment Statin Therapy for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease (SPC) HMHP’s Quality

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Commercial Rosters To Be Available

Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health Partners (HMHP) is making commercial payor patient rosters available to our primary care physicians. The rosters will be available online in the coming weeks and will also be hand delivered to select practices. How

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From 100 Seizures a Day to None: How a Jersey Shore University Medical Center Neurosurgeon Improved a Patient’s Life

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterNeurology

Lawrence Daniels, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center, has performed the hospital’s first craniotomy for placement of subdural grids leading to a successful temporal lobectomy. The procedure involves placing electrode grids on the surface of the

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HMH Partners Links and Contacts

Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

Hackensack Meridian Health Partners is Hackensack Meridian Health’s clinically integrated network of health care providers who share the common goals of improving health outcomes, reducing health care costs, and enhancing the patient experience. You can learn more about the benefits of HMH Partners here.

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