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Friday, January 20, 2017

NJHA 98th Annual Meeting

The New Jersey Hospital Association held its annual meeting in Princeton, NJ.  After nearly a century, the Association membership now includes 105 hospitals who together provide $19 billion in jobs, spending and other economic benefits to New Jersey.

Steve Littleton, president of the Hospital Services Division and chief operating officer at Hackensack Meridian Health, took the helm as the NJHA board chairman.  Steve talked about the need for NJHA's diverse membership to continue the progress that has been made in quality and community health while protecting the positive aspects of the Accountable Care Act.  An excerpt from his speech:  

“As fast as our industry has been changing in the last couple of years, it is hard to imagine the pace of change getting any faster. But it has to. In fact, the challenge to all of us is that this year –2017— may well be a year of unprecedented change in our industry.... My motto for 2017 is ‘All In’… None of us can improve the health of the people of New Jersey by going it alone.”

The Association also recognized the significant contributions of individuals to New Jersey's healthcare community.  The Healthcare System Trustee of the Year was Joseph Simunovich who serves as co-chairman of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees.  He has played a key role in organization, fundraising and facilitation change for nearly 25 years at HackensackUMC and the recent transition to Hackensack Meridian Health. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Healthy Eating Gets a Boost at the Family Health Center in Neptune

Thanks to a grant funded by the Our Family Foundation and implemented by The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, families receive a supply of #healthy #foods at the Family Health Center run by Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Qualifying families receive a voucher, which enables them to get a variety of items from the food truck that visits the Family Health Center once a month. About 140 families associated with the Family Health Center receive a selection of fresh fruits, rice, milk, oatmeal, and other healthy foods. Katie Friedland, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Program Coordinator for The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, was busy bagging and distributing food during a recent visit.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Stamford Hospital

Thank you to the Stamford Health leadership for a tour of their new hospital.  Through the support of their community, staff and donors, a $450 million facility was designed and built with a Planetree Philosophy of Care that embraces the patient as the center of everything they do. 

Liz Longmore, MSN, RN, director of clinical operations, critical care and new hospital operationalization, served as our guide.  She took us through the bed tower and family spaces, intensive care unit, cath lab, pre and recovery, emergency department and the chapel. 

Pictures from the tour: