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Knowledge is power: Get facts straight during Colorectal Awareness Month

Did you know that colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer death among American men and women combined? One out of every three people are not up-to-date with screenings. Sadly, 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented with screening: in fact, getting screened routinely starting at age 45 or 50, at the latest — is the most effective way to reduce your risk. Abnormal growths, called polyps, can form in the colon or rectum. Through screenings, they can be removed... Read more →


Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey 2020 Gala Raises Nearly $900K for Planned Jefferson Pride Primary and Specialty Care Practice

Nearly 900 supporters of Jefferson Health New Jersey enjoyed an evening of dancing and dining at the organization’s 24th annual Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey fundraising Gala, held at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. The February 29th event — headlined by performances from Motown legends The Temptations and Four Tops — raised close to $900,000 to benefit the planned Jefferson Pride Primary & Specialty Care practice, set to open in Collingswood later this year. For more information, visit JeffersonHealth.org/JeffPrideNJ. Shown, from... Read more →


Topping Off Ceremony Held for $184M Patient Tower at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital

Jefferson Washington Township Hospital reached a major milestone on Thursday, February 20th, as a “topping off” ceremony was held for its new $184 million patient tower, slated to open in summer 2021. Jefferson leadership and staff — including Dr. Stephen Klasko, President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health — were in attendance, along with NJ state and local officials, as the final beam was lifted by a crane and put in place. The 7-floor, 243,500-square-foot tower, being named in honor of Jefferson... Read more →


Jefferson Health Hosts FREE Wellness Programs for Seniors Through May 2020

Join Jefferson Health experts for FREE community wellness programs for seniors through May: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - The Basics; Thursday, March 5, 2 p.m.; Kennedy Health & Wellness Center (405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Suite 201, Sewell): COPD affects almost 15 million Americans. Learn what COPD is; how it affects the lungs; causes, signs and symptoms; and disease management. Weight Loss and Fiber – What’s the Connection?; Wednesday, March 18, 11 a.m., at the Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library (606 Delsea Drive, Sewell):... Read more →


Jefferson Primary & Specialty Care offices celebrate “Patient Appreciation Day”

There was a sweet treat awaiting Jefferson Primary & Specialty Care patients in New Jersey on Valentine’s Day. Four of our medical practices – Marlton, Voorhees, Regulus (Turnersville) and Kingsway (Sewell) – celebrated "Patient Appreciation Day” as a well to thank patients for trusting us with their healthcare needs. The all-day events featured snacks, Jefferson “swag” and a chance to win a gift basket. Patients could also learn about the benefits of MyChart, which offers free, online access to their medical record, and allows patients... Read more →


Jefferson Health Patient Engagement Scheduling Center Opens in Cherry Hill, NJ

Jefferson Health Patient Engagement Scheduling Center Opens in Cherry Hill, NJ Cherry Hill, NJ, February 13, 2020 – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this week for the new 35,000-square-foot Jefferson Health Patient Engagement Scheduling Center in Cherry Hill. This new call center is designed to increase efficiency and ensure a seamless patient experience. It combines several existing call centers in southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, and will handle everything from ‪1-800-JEFF NOW calls to appointments for Medical Imaging studies, and Jefferson Primary & Specialty Care... Read more →


FREE Wellness Programs for Seniors at Jefferson Health

VOORHEES, NJ (Feb. 4, 2020) – Join Jefferson Health experts for FREE community wellness programs for seniors through May: Wound Care for Caregivers; Tuesday, February 11, noon, at Cherry Hill Public Library (1100 Kings Highway): Join Jefferson Health’s Dr. Lisa Derr, Cherry Hill Wound Center Medical Director, for a lunch and learn discussion on educating family members and patients on wound care basics and the Do’s and Don’ts. Light refreshments will be served. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - The Basics; Thursday, March 5, 2... Read more →


Jefferson Health’s Lisa Morina Receives Corporate Excellence Award from Gloucester County NAACP

On November 3, Lisa Morina, Vice President of Government & External Relations, received the Corporate Excellence Award from the Gloucester County NAACP. Morina was one of 20 recipients of a “Game Changers” award at the annual Black & White Gala, held at Auletto’s Caterers in Deptford, NJ. “Game Changer awards recognize those who, through their organization, provide significant financial or in-kind resources to assist organizations like the NAACP in meeting community needs,” said Loretta Winters, President, Gloucester County NAACP. “Through Lisa’s community involvement, she has... Read more →


Jefferson Health’s New Jersey Hospitals Nationally Recognized

with ‘A’s’ in Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey hospitals — located in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township — were each awarded an “A” in the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Jefferson’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization — driven by employers and other purchasers of health care — committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.... Read more →


Jefferson Health in New Jersey Receives MAAPE Proficiency Award

CHERRY HILL, NJ (Nov. 22, 2019)--Jefferson Health in New Jersey (JHNJ) recently received a Proficiency Award from the nonprofit Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE). The award is the next tier in JHNJ’s journey to achieve Baldrige Performance Excellence, after receiving MAAPE’s Commitment Award in 2017. JHNJ began its Baldrige journey in 2017 — under the leadership of Dr. David Condoluci, Senior Vice President and Chief Patient Safety & Quality Officer; Kathleen Victor, Corporate Director for Performance Improvement; and Abbey Driendl, Performance Excellence Specialist —... Read more →


Jefferson Health New Jersey Using MyChart for Patient Medical Records

On September 28, Jefferson Health in New Jersey transitioned to a new patient portal called MyChart. The innovative, user-friendly platform will enhance the safety and security of the organization of medical records, as well as offer unique benefits to patients. MyChart allows patients to access real-time results, right at their fingertips, explains Brenda Gorman, oncology assistant at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township. “It’s one chart – everywhere you go,” said Gorman. “That’s what we are so excited about! All of the patient’s... Read more →


New Patient Tower at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital to be named in Honor of Board Member John Silvestri

The Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey announced today that the new patient tower under construction at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital will be named in honor of John P. Silvestri and his family, who have made a gift of $5 million to the New Jersey arm of the organization, the single largest in its history. “John Silvestri and his family have been wonderful advocates for our organization for over 30 years,” said Joseph W. Devine, President of Jefferson Health in New Jersey. “Their generous gift... Read more →


Infection Control Officer Dr. Cindy Hou Speaks at 4th Annual Jefferson Sepsis Symposium

Jefferson NJ Infection Control Officer Dr. Cindy Hou recently was among speakers at the 4th Annual Jefferson Sepsis Symposium, held at Thomas Jefferson University. In addition to being on the “Debates in Sepsis” panel discussion, Dr. Hou individually lectured on “The Global Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance.” Everyone involved in the care of patients with sepsis, or at risk of sepsis, was invited to attend the symposium, which coincided with September being Sepsis Awareness Month — designated to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of... Read more →


Jefferson Health’s Wound Care Center in Washington Township Recognized with National Award for Excellence in Wound Healing

Physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered on September 19th to celebrate the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award, which was given to our Center for Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Washington Township. The Center was awarded this prestigious honor by Healogics, the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. The award recognizes the Center having achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent, and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to... Read more →


Jefferson Health New Jersey Upcoming Fall and Winter Wellness Events

Jefferson Health to Host Fitness Classes in Stratford, NJ Jefferson Health offers a wide variety of fitness classes, and this fall, all community members are invited to get fit with basic yoga and resistance training classes at Jefferson Stratford Hospital (18 E. Laurel Road, 3rd Floor Room L). Basic Yoga: A mixed-level yoga experience with the basics for new students, yet still challenging for advanced students. Bring a yoga mat. When: Thursdays Session I: September 26 Session II: January 9 Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $75... Read more →


Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital’s Christina Romano Receives Partnership in Philanthropy Award from OIA

Congratulations to Christina Romano, Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital’s Director of Service Excellence and Guest Relations, who recently received the Partnership in Philanthropy Award from Jefferson’s enterprise-wide Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA). The Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey, which is part of the OIA, nominated Christina for the award, which recognizes colleagues across the enterprise who have a deep understanding of philanthropy’s power to shape Jefferson’s future, and a determination to see that future realized. “Regardless of what’s needed - a tour for a potential... Read more →


Jeffrey A. Dubnow Named Associate VP of Development for Jefferson Health New Jersey

The Jefferson Office of Institutional Advancement has announced that Jeffrey A. Dubnow has been named Associate Vice President of Development for Jefferson Health in New Jersey. In this role, Dubnow will oversee all fundraising efforts for the healthcare organization’s New Jersey operation, including bolstering its major and planned giving programs, in addition to its annual gala and golf outing, which raise funds to support various patient-centered programs and services. Prior to joining Jefferson Health, Dubnow served three years as Vice President of Development and Communications... Read more →


Meet Brian Duffy - Real Men Wear Pink 2019 Representative

Brian Duffy, Jefferson Health New Jersey’s Director of Rehabilitation and 12-year employee, is one of South Jersey leaders representing this year’s American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink breast cancer awareness campaign. Learn more about Brian and what inspired him to get involved: What is your role as Director of Rehabilitation? I oversee operations, hiring, scheduling, performance reviews, policy and procedures, survey readiness, and other duties as assigned. In addition to sitting on multiple committees, I am chair of Kennedy Fitness: A Jefferson Health Affiliate,... Read more →


Save the Date: Jefferson Health in New Jersey Hosts Weight-Loss Surgery Fashion Show at Cherry Hill Mall on Saturday, September 21st

Prepare to be amazed at Jefferson Health New Jersey’s Weight-Loss Surgery Fall Fashion Show, featuring bariatric success stories, at the Cherry Hill Mall (Grand Court between the Macy’s and Nordstrom wings) on Saturday, September, 21, from 1 – 3 p.m. This celebratory event will feature 19 female and male weight-loss surgery patients who’ve lost a combined total of more than 2,000 pounds since their procedures with one of Jefferson’s New Jersey-based bariatric surgeons: Dr. Marc Neff, Dr. Louis Balsama, Dr. Adeshola Fakulujo, or Dr. Adam... Read more →


Comfort Bags Donated to the Gynecologic Oncology Department at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – WT from Mothers Matter

Women who have had surgery or are about to begin chemotherapy or radiation treatments at SKCC – WT will now receive a “comfort bag” donated by Mothers Matter – the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation. These spa-type gift bags include a pillow made by local Girl Scouts and the Mothers Matter volunteers, a journal, lotions, breath mints, nail polish, eyebrow pencils and more. The Gynecologic Oncology office staff were excited to receive the comfort bags for their patients. Pictured here (standing from left): Tracy Reynolds, RN;... Read more →


Jefferson Health Hospitals Among Nation’s Best According to U.S. News & World Report Rankings

The specialty care provided at Jefferson Health hospitals ranks among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 annual Best Hospitals rankings. In the regional rankings, Jefferson Health New Jersey ranks: 11th in New Jersey 13th in the Philadelphia metro area High Performing in three categories: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Heart Failure, and Knee Replacement. “Delivering exceptional care and outcomes with compassion and empathy is part of the mission for each hospital within Jefferson Health,” saidBruce Meyer, MD, MBA,... Read more →


A Day to Celebrate: ‘Topping Off’ Ceremony for New $165 Million Patient Pavilion at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital

On Tuesday, July 30, Jefferson Health employees, construction workers, Board members and elected officials gathered to sign the final beam for the Cherry Hill Patient Pavilion and watched it soar into the sky at this special event. Among those who offered remarks were: Jefferson Health New Jersey President Joe Devine; NJ State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney; NJ Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald; and Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn. The “Topping Off” marked a milestone in the $165 million second and final phase of an... Read more →


New Jefferson Health ENT Practice Opens in Cherry Hill

A new ENT medical practice -- Jefferson Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery – is now open at the Jefferson Cherry Hill Medical Office Building at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital. The practice offers comprehensive ENT, allergy, and audiology care services that include: Allergy testing and therapy Audiology (Diagnostic Testing & Hearing Aids) General ENT care Head & Neck Surgery Laryngology (Voice & Swallowing) Otology (Balance & Hearing) Rhinology (Sinus & Skull Base) Sleep & Snoring Surgery There is also a comprehensive Balance & Hearing Center... Read more →


Innovative Digital Platform NeuroFlow Informs Jefferson NJ OB/GYN of Patients’ Mental Wellness Between Visits

Bridging the gap between physical and mental health is becoming more and more important in the modern health care system. This rings especially true for OB/GYN providers, who often treat expectant and new mothers facing a hurdle of mental and emotional challenges. Inspired to further integrate care, Jefferson Health and Philadelphia-based NeuroFlow collaboratively designed a patient-focused, digital health platform. The innovative, mobile-friendly NeuroFlow application offers a variety of evidence-based resources and tools to support the mental wellness of patients, in addition to giving providers relevant... Read more →


Jefferson Health in NJ Offers New, More Comfortable 3D Digital Mammography

Jefferson Health’s Outpatient Medical Imaging Center, located at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township, now offers a more comfortable mammography system, GE Healthcare’s Senographe Pristina™ with next-generation 3D digital mammography technology. This state-of-the-art system offers patients a faster and quieter exam, with greater comfort and less pain during compression. “This new system will help dismiss any preconceived fears women have about mammography, and hopefully encourage more compliance with annual screening.,” said Dr. Kahyun Yoon-Flannery, Medical Director of the Jefferson Health Comprehensive Breast Center,... Read more →


Jefferson Health New Jersey’s Bariatric Surgery Program Completes 4,000th Surgery!

When it comes to bariatric surgery, having a strong support system is key to success. For the past 12 years, the bariatric surgery program at Jefferson Stratford Hospital has continuously supported the unique opportunity for patients to speak with program employees who walked an identical path to a healthier life. In addition, support groups, exercise and healthy eating classes are also provided to patients no matter where they are in their journey. After completing 500 surgeries annually for the past three years, the program hit... Read more →


The Truth about Men’s Nutritional Needs: A Round Table Discussion with Jefferson Health New Jersey Dietitians

In support of Men’s Health Month, the Nutrition Team at Jefferson Health in New Jersey recently sat down to discuss men’s nutritional needs, breaking the common misconception that they differ from the needs of women. Do men and women have different nutritional needs? Lindsay Friel, MS, RDN: This is more stereotype-based than it is fact-based. Men need a balanced diet, just like women, with the same amount of fruits and vegetables, not just protein. Lauren Falcone, RD: The only real difference is minor. Because men... Read more →


Jefferson Health Introduces Direct Primary Care Practice in Haddonfield

A new type of family medicine practice — providing patients with greater access to their care providers and more in-depth visits — will launch in Haddonfield on July 1st. Jefferson Health Direct Primary Care - Haddonfield, led by family medicine physicians Dr. Leonard Ridilla and Dr. James Runfola, is a new model of care that ensures patients more accessibility and longer visits. This Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice is a member of Jefferson Health Primary & Specialty Care. Patients who become part of this practice,... Read more →


Be You, The Solasta Group Donate 25 Baby Baskets to Support Jefferson Family Health Services in New Jersey

On Thursday, June 20th, Be You — a Burlington, NJ-based nonprofit affiliate of The Solasta Group — donated baby baskets for the third consecutive year to Jefferson’s New Jersey-based Family Health Services. Since 2017, Be You has donated more than 100 baskets, including 25 this year, at both Jefferson Family Health Services locations (Somerdale and Washington Township) for patients/families with newborns. Shown from left: Kimberly Pearson, Jefferson Family Health Services Nurse Manager (Washington Township); Pediatrician Xiomara A. Penn-Becoat, MD; Jennifer Martin, The Solasta Group CEO;... Read more →


Jefferson New Jersey Hospitals Each Receive Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award

Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, Jefferson Stratford Hospital and Jefferson Washington Township Hospital have each received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award. Additionally, Jefferson Washington Township Hospital — a state-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center — received the Target: StrokeSMHonor Roll Elite Plus Award, while Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital and Jefferson Stratford Hospital each received the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Award. The awards recognize our commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized,... Read more →


Seven Jefferson Health New Jersey Interns Graduate from Project SEARCH Work-Transition Program

The third class of talented Y.A.L.E. School interns recently graduated from Jefferson Health’s Project SEARCH program at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital. Launched in Cincinnati in 1996, Project SEARCH is a work-transition program for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities; it has grown to more than 400 host employer sites worldwide, including Jefferson — which in 2017 began the first such program in South Jersey. This year’s class featured seven interns who worked in various departments throughout Jefferson (NJ), including: Health Information Management, Patient... Read more →


Joy through Art: How an Associate's Son Spreads Happiness through Creativity

Nick Farrauto, 17-year-old son of Jefferson Washington Township Hospital ED Nurse, Tracey Sosa, has a unique talent that he shares not only with his mother’s coworkers, but with the world. Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as a young child, Nick’s tendencies began to worsen during his adolescence. But after a six-month period of treatment, his behavior improved tremendously, and he found a means of expressing himself through artwork. Nick recently drew a portrait of Dr. Jim Baird – whom he refers to as “Dr. Beard”... Read more →


Gloucester County Freeholders Donate Harm Reduction Kits to Jefferson Washington Township

The Emergency Department (ED) at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital received 100 Harm Reduction & Recovery Kits from the Gloucester County Freeholders on Wednesday for those who have overdosed and have used Narcan®. Jefferson’s Washington Township ED, the ED at Inspira Medical Center - Woodbury, and Gloucester County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) each received 100 kits at a presentation held at EMS headquarters in Woodbury. The kits contain generic Narcan nasal spray packs, along with resource materials for those seeking help to break the cycle of... Read more →


Jefferson Health, Washington Township Partner to Launch Bike Share Program at Washington Lake Park

Jefferson Health’s presence and impact within the Washington Township community extends beyond the hospital campus, and the latest example of that became evident Monday morning at Washington Lake Park (626 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Sewell). Washington Township launched a new Bike Share program at the popular community park, following a $20,000 donation from Jefferson to support the project and Mayor Joann Gattinelli’s overall Wellness Campaign. “This is a great fitness and wellness initiative, and it’s easy to use. We encourage people to exercise as much as... Read more →