Keeping The Meadowlands Healthy: Healthcare Facility Updates

Did you know that the healthcare and social services industry is the top employer in the Meadowlands, representing over 60,000 jobs at approximately 7,700 organizations?

Here are some recent updates and news from a few of our key healthcare facilities:

Hackensack Meridian Health announces new brand strategy

Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s most comprehensive and integrated health network, recently launched new branding accompanies by the tagline, Life Years Ahead, to emphasize Hackensack Meridian Health‘s commitment to innovation, research and forward-thinking health care initiatives.

“Over the last nine months, Hackensack Meridian Health has successfully integrated into the leading health care network in New Jersey. Our new brand is just another step toward truly becoming one network that is elevating the standard of healthcare not only in New Jersey but nationwide,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our team is redesigning how care is delivered, creating long-term sustainable solutions not only for our customers and patients, but for our care team as well. Our tagline, Life Years Ahead, reflects our commitment to pushing the boundaries of medicine to reach new heights of research and innovation.”

“Hackensack Meridian Health is committed to creating a culture that brings people together to enhance the patient experience. Our team comes together to provide a continuum of care that is truly innovative,” said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Each and every member of our team at Hackensack Meridian Health is important to creating a seamless patient experience and better patient outcomes. We look forward to rolling out our new brand, which will be integral in everything we do and make Hackensack Meridian Health a national model for changing the delivery of healthcare.”

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include the following: academic medical centers – HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

Hackensack Meridian Health is at the forefront of providing the most innovative and integrated health care. Its commitment to research is contributing to fast-track breakthroughs that are revolutionizing care. The organization is dedicated to educating the next generation of physicians and allied health professionals. Hackensack Meridian Health‘s full spectrum of services—everything from hospitals to home care to rehabilitation—are perfectly orchestrated and in tune with the needs of its patients. The more than 28,000 team members and 6,000 physicians across the health network are working together to provide the very best health care experience.

Hackensack University Medical Center recognized by Becker’s as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America

HackensackUMC, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, is pleased to announce it has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review in the 2017 edition of its list of 100 Great Hospitals in America.

“I am proud of our team for achieving this significant recognition,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of HackensackUMC. “It is a direct reflection of their daily dedication and commitment to providing the highest-quality, patient-centered care.”

According to Becker’s, HackensackUMC was chosen as a hospital renowned for excellence. The hospitals on the list are industry leaders in innovation, quality patient care and clinical research, and have received recognition across various publications and accrediting organizations.

HackensackUMC was also recognized based on a criteria of previous achievement. The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals according to analysis of several ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News and World Report’s 2016-17 Honor Roll and specialty rankings, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades, Most Wired hospitals and Magnet accreditation.

Palisades Medical Center appoints new acting president

The Board of Governors of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center (HackensackUMC Palisades) recently announced the appointment of Anthony J. Passannante, Jr., M.D., FACC as acting president.

Dr. Passannante has served as vice president, Medical Affairs/chief medical officer of Palisades Medical Center for the past two years. He has also served on multiple integration committees within the network, and also participated as a member of the faculty chair selection committee for the new Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Dr. Passannante replaces Bruce J. Markowitz, who served as president of Palisades Medical Center since 1993.

“Dr. Passannante has served with distinction in leadership roles at the medical center and will continue to inspire team members to provide highly-quality, patient-centered care,” said Robert G. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

“As a cardiologist and hospital executive, Dr. Passannante is a proven leader who will develop strategies that focus on optimal outcomes in convenient settings for patients at every level of care, ” said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

Prior to joining Palisades Medical Center, Dr. Passannante served in senior leadership roles at Saint Peters University Hospital, including interim co-chief operating officer and vice president/chief medical officer. Dr. Passannante earned his Medical Doctorate from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Saint Vincent Medical Center in New York, and his Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

“We are excited for Dr. Passannante to lead Palisades Medical Center’s efforts in providing the highest quality care for our patients and our communities,” said Theresa de Leon, chairwoman of the Board of Governors of Palisades Medical Center. “Dr. Passannante’s experience in serving in leadership roles for both our Medical Center and the Hackensack Meridian Health network will enable Palisades Medical Center to realize all of our potential as part of New Jersey’s most comprehensive and integrated health network.”

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative relocates to new space to expand scope of care

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI)—a licensed nonprofit healthcare center that provides free primary care to uninsured, low-income, working Bergen County residents—recently opened the doors of its new 5,000 sq. ft. facility, and is looking for new patients and volunteers as its operation expands.

The new Lynn Diamond Healthcare Center at 75 Essex Street in Hackensack, which is named after a long-time supporter who donated $1 million to the initiative, is an upgrade from the organization’s previous 3,500 sq. ft. space in downtown Hackensack, which is currently undergoing revitalization.

BVMI serves about 1,000 patients annually, and has a team of 55 licensed volunteer medical professionals who help treat those patients. BVMI’s free healthcare is available for adults living in Bergen County who are working, don’t have health insurance, don’t qualify for Medicaid or Medicare and earn 300 percent or less of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

“We had completely grown out of our space that we were in,” said BVMI President and CEO Amanda Missey. “We’re in a much bigger space and we can serve a lot more patients.”

The new Lynn Diamond Healthcare Center contains six exam rooms, a dedicated diabetes education room, a consult room and an additional private space for eligibility interviews and other uses. Across the hall from the clinic is 1,500 sq. ft. of administrative space utilized by the nonprofit.

“It’s big. All our volunteers and staff keep saying how quiet it is because we’re not on top of each other anymore. So really what that leads to is better care for our patients,” Missey said of the new facility. “We also have a beautiful waiting room, really nice reception area, private discharge windows [and] we have a lab.”

The initiative is also looking for more volunteer medical professionals who are licensed in New Jersey.

“As we get more patients, we’ll need more volunteers, so we’re looking for doctors, nurse practitioners [and] nurses,” Missey said. “This is a really wonderful place for people who are either thinking about retiring, have semi-retired or have retired already because we practice what we call ‘slow medicine.’ People get to spend a lot of time with patients here and our volunteers really love it.”

Additionally, as it receives no payment from patients or insurance companies, and no government funding, the nonprofit is always looking for donors. BVMI’s biggest annual fundraising event, their anniversary gala, will be held on September 13, 2017 at the Indian Trail Club. The initiative will be celebrating its 8th year since it first began serving patients in the fall of 2009.

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