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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Welcome JFK Health!

The beginning of a new year marks a moment in most of our lives when we think about family, the future, and endless possibilities. We are excited to announce that effective January 1, 2018, we have completed our merger with JFK Health. The merger follows state approval and over a year of due diligence review, which will now be followed by a transition throughout 2018 aligning our operations. 
This merger will further enhance the award-winning quality care that JFK already provides patients in Central New Jersey. Together we will be able to better meet the needs of our communities by providing them with greater access to care at our now 16 hospitals. With now more than 160 patient care locations, Hackensack Meridian Health is the largest health network in the state. 
JFK is comprised of JFK Medical Center - a 499-bed hospital that has been caring for its community for 50 years - inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities and specialized treatment programs. In addition to the services found at most community hospitals, JFK is home to the JFK Neuroscience Institute, a national leader in the diagnosis and treatment of brain and spinal disorders and the nationally recognized JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, offering state-of-the-art therapeutic programs for individuals disabled by illness or injury. In addition to providing award-winning care across many specialties, it has gone beyond its four walls to establish other avenues of care and education. From its urgent care center, to the JFK ACO, to a Satellite Emergency Department and surgery center, JFK is a perfect addition to our comprehensive health network.
And JFK shares in our commitment to education through its Schools of Nursing, Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences at the Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools. JFK also has highly-regarded academic and research programs that together with Hackensack Meridian Health can be expanded and fully optimized through the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. And through our two children’s hospitals, we can support and enhance pediatric services provided at JFK.
We’d like to thank the leadership at JFK, led by president and CEO Raymond Fredericks, and the JFK Board led by Dr. Michael Kleiman. We would also like to recognize the leadership that our board of trustees - led by co-chairs Gordon Litwin and Joseph Simunovich – has provided. We look forward to a bright and successful future with JFK now part of the Hackensack Meridian Health family!
Bob and John

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Give Thanks for the Gift of Life 2017

We commemorated the one year anniversary of our state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer center and celebrated the lives of our extraordinary cancer survivors who joined us for the evening.  It was incredible feeling looking out at all the faces of our caregivers and to hear firsthand about the challenges and triumphs of cancer survivorship from three of our brave and strong former patients.
Hackensack Meridian Health Cancer Care is focused on meeting our patients’ needs and getting them back to the life they love.  We do this by providing our patients with:
  • Access to exceptional cancer specialists
  • Excellent standard of care based on evidence-based protocols and outcomes
  • A wide range of treatments including infusion, radiation therapy and clinical trials
  • A partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering that offers patients access to the latest cancer breakthroughs.   

As everyone arrived this evening, they were asked to write a special motivational message on a rock as a special gift to encourage our current cancer patients.  This rock wall, Life Years Ahead, will serve as a symbol of hope for all cancer patients.  Thanks to Jen Sherrod for this creative display.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Great Place to Work 2017

We have an incredible group of caregivers that are passionate about taking care of our patients and each other as family.  Ocean Medical Center has truly evolved into an anchor for the region and surpassing expectations for growth, expertise and state recognition.  I am thankful.
I firmly believe that our team members make Ocean a great place to work and your contributions are a vital part of our success and culture. During our recent forums, we ask a number of team members (in the picture above) to share their perspective.  We captured their stories in the following video: 
Thanks to all of our team members who volunteered their time to talk about their sense of pride and gratitude. 

Anita Revels

Brian Dullum

Kelly Vengelis, RN

Ellen Angelo DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN

Debbie Nagel R.N. B.S.N C.A.P.A

Marie (Marivic) Mapoy - RN, BSN

Ryan Smith

Jason Wolcott

Jerry Barry RN, CCRN

Kristen Sena

Jen Reilly

Leah Guardino, RN, MSN, CCRN

Beverly Patterson

Pat Brown

Mohamed Osman

Victoria Berner RN-BSN, BC

Libby Naimo, MBA, CRA
Much appreciation to Vito, Jen, Tina for orchestrating the video shoot.  And a big, BIG thanks to our videographer AJ for skillfully capturing the spirit of our team members.