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Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Welcomes a "Twosday" Baby - Born 2-22-22

Washington Township, NJ, February 22 -- A “Twosday” baby – born on February 22, 2022 – was welcomed at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Jefferson Washington Township in South Jersey. Little Haillie Marie was born to parents Kaydee Weaver and Tyler Viscardi from Pitman, NJ. The new baby, who has older big sisters and a big brother at home, is 21 inches long and weighed 8 pounds 10 oz. at birth. OB/GYN Jessica Pescatore, DO, was the delivering physician. Read more →


Jefferson Stratford Hospital Patient Care Technician Receives BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers

Jefferson Health’s Maria Giangiulio, a Patient Care Technician on the 4-East/West units at Jefferson Stratford Hospital, was recently honored with a BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers. A Sewell, NJ, resident who joined Jefferson nearly seven years ago, Giangiulio was nominated for going “above and beyond” to assist her nursing colleagues during a patient’s end-of-life care. "Maria is an incredible asset to Jefferson,” said the nominator, one of the patient’s family members. “She is empathic, sympathetic, and has an incredible heart." BEE honorees — nominated by patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees — are non-nursing employees who work side-by-side with clinical... Read more →


13 Project SEARCH Interns Graduate from Work-Transition Program at Jefferson Health – NJ

Thirteen young adults received Project SEARCH graduation certificates at an outdoor ceremony, marking their participation in a longstanding work-transition program at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital and, for the first time, Jefferson Stratford Hospital. These Project SEARCH interns attended classes at both hospitals every day throughout the school year, working and learning alongside Jefferson Health's employees. Jefferson Health – New Jersey has been involved with Project SEARCH -– an international work-transition program for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities -- since 2016. Since its launch, 51 students from Cherry Hill’s Y.A.L.E. School have “graduated” from the Project SEARCH program... Read more →


Jefferson Health NJ Hospitals Receive AHA/ASA Gold Plus Stroke Awards

Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey hospitals have each received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, Jefferson Stratford Hospital and Jefferson Washington Township Hospital each earned the Gold Plus award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. Before hospital discharge, patients should also receive education and have a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions. “The Get With The... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Awarded $574,503 Grant to Expand Education and Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Jefferson Health – New Jersey has been awarded a $574,503 grant from the New Jersey Department of Health to establish an outreach program to provide education, as well as COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, to a wide array of community members in southern New Jersey. The grant awarded to Jefferson Health – New Jersey will be used to fund and train a team of social workers and community health workers to connect with various segments of the population throughout Camden and Gloucester counties, and provide education and needed vaccinations. Although New Jersey has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in... Read more →


Sanderson Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Children of Two Jefferson Health – New Jersey Employees

Two children of Jefferson Health – New Jersey employees have been named recipients of the Annual Sanderson Memorial Scholarship. Two $2,500 scholarships are given to two eligible dependent children of regular full- or part-time associates with at least one year of service. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Sarah Sanderson, an original Board Member of then-Kennedy Health. Sanderson generously bestowed funds to promote the continuation of health education among promising young students. The scholarship winners are: Kassidy Farnum, of Medford, NJ, daughter of Colleen Farnum, Nurse Director of Surgical Services at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital. Kassidy will graduate from... Read more →


Jefferson Health - New Jersey Clinicians Receive Bereavement Training from Regional Nonprofit ‘Three Little Birds Pregnancy & Infant Support’

Several Jefferson Health clinicians recently completed a six-week online perinatal bereavement training program, offered at no cost by South Jersey/Philadelphia based nonprofit, Three Little Birds Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support. Jefferson Health – New Jersey was lead sponsor of the organizations 2021 “Wave of Light” ceremony held at Cooper River Park. There, Jefferson was presented with two Cuddle Cots –- aimed at providing solace for parents who experience infant loss in a hospital setting –- as well as access to Three Little Birds bereavement training. The online training program included a wealth of research, along with topical videos to address... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Gala Raises more than $600,000 for Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in NJ

More than 400 supporters of Jefferson Health – New Jersey attended its annual Gala, held May 7th at the Borgata Hotel & Casino. The event -– the first in-person gala since 2019 –- raised about $635,000 to support the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in New Jersey. The iconic Beach Boys provided entertainment for the Gala. Shown here are several key Jefferson NJ leadership members, along with two members of the band. From left: Larry Slagle, Associate VP of Development; Mike Love of The Beach Boys; Lisa Dutterer, VP of Operations, Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital; Autum Shingler-Nace, VP of Operations, Jefferson... Read more →


Winners of Jefferson Health – New Jersey ‘Giving Tank’ Awards Named at Annual Gala, Held May 7th

Six winners of the Jefferson Health – New Jersey recently named six winners of its first-ever “Giving Tank” competition at the Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey Gala held this past weekend at Borgata Hotel & Resort. Much like the popular ABC television show “Shark Tank,” more than 30 Jefferson Health NJ employees submitted proposals that would either help improve their work, benefit patients, or enhance well-being. Six awards — ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, and totaling up to $275,000 — were granted in categories that included: Clinical, Spaces, and Wellness. The12 finalists presented their ideas before a panel of... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s Three Hospitals Nationally Recognized with ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey hospitals -- located in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township -- were each awarded an ‘A’ in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Jefferson New Jersey’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems that hospitals have in place to prevent harm. “At a time when... Read more →


Time for Some Fun, Fun, Fun: Jefferson Health – NJ Gala featuring The Beach Boys Set for Saturday, May 7th, at Atlantic City’s Borgata Tickets Available Now

Community members are invited to put on their dancing shoes for a good cause! Tickets are now available for the Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey 2022 Gala, featuring the famed Beach Boys, on Saturday, May 7, at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa. Proceeds from this year’s Gala will benefit the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in New Jersey. Black tie optional. Seating will be confirmed on a first-paid, first-served basis. Must be 21 to attend. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The Beach Boys concert begins at 9:30 p.m. Also, winners of... Read more →


Jefferson Health–New Jersey Kum Kay Pai Receives BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers

Jefferson Health - New Jersey’s Kum "Kay" Pai, a Patient Care Technician on the C4 unit at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, was recently honored with a BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers. A Mt. Laurel, NJ, resident, who joined Jefferson in late 2017, was presented the award by Coordinator of Patient Care Services Dawn Scott, RN, and Senior VP & Chief Nursing Officer Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC. Kay was nominated by a grateful patient, who praised her for being welcoming and easy-going: "From the moment Kay walked through my door, warmth and comfort came with her. She took my vitals... Read more →


Gwyn Parris-Atwell Recognized for Top Research Poster at NJENA Emergency Care Conference

Congratulations to Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s Gwyn Parris-Atwell, DNP, FNP-BC, CEN, FAEN, whose poster presentation received First Place in the Research category at the recent New Jersey Emergency Nurses Association's (NJENA) 43rd Annual Emergency Care Conference. The NJENA conference, held in Atlantic City, featured timely educational topics in emergency nursing practice — while also providing key networking opportunities for attendees. A Nurse Practitioner with the Jefferson Occupational Health Network, Parris-Atwell's First Place poster is about mitigating fatigue to improve the health and well-being of shift-work nurses. During the three-day conference, Parris-Atwell also presented on wound care practices. When not... Read more →


Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Employees Receive DAISY, BEE Awards

Mercedes Kallal, BSN, RN — a Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital — was recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. In addition, Sabrina Bogert, an Environmental Services housekeeping attendant at the hospital, was presented with a BEE Award for excellence in supporting nursing care. Kallal, of Turnersville, NJ, and Bogert, of West Deptford, NJ, were each nominated by Director of Surgical Services Irene Houck. The oldest full-time nurse at Jefferson Health – New Jersey, the 83-year-old Kallal, was praised for her strong work ethic, dedication to her nursing career, and willingness to help... Read more →


All Jefferson Health New Jersey Hospitals Earn Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR®) Strong Designation

Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s Operating Rooms at its hospitals in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township have earned the Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR®) Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50 percent of its Operating Room staff CNOR certified through training specific to their area of expertise. According to CCI, research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice, having validated their specialized knowledge in perioperative nursing. Thus, a team of CNOR certified nurses who have mastered the standards... Read more →


Jefferson Health–New Jersey Employees Recognized with DAISY Awards

Cody Ramos, BSN, RN, CCRN, and Helen Gudin, BSN, RN, were both recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Additionally, the Jefferson Washington Township Hospital MS-3 Unit received the DAISY Team Award. Ramos, who lives in Cherry Hill, works at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The son of one of his patients nominated him for this award, citing his compassion and ability to connect with his mother. The patient’s son also appreciated Ramos keeping him informed and explaining medial terms to him. A resident of Philadelphia, Gudin works at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital’s C5 Unit.... Read more →


Bill Bottino Cancer Foundation Donates $50,000, Benefits Cancer Patients at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

The Bill Bottino Cancer Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township, recently donated $50,000 to the Patient Assistance Fund at Jefferson Health – New Jersey. Cancer patients who need help with rent, utilities, or transportation during their treatment can receive financial assistance from this fund. “The generosity of the Bill Bottino Foundation means so much to our patients and their families, said Ana María López, MD, MPH, Chief of Cancer Services at Jefferson Health – New Jersey. “I speak for everyone at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township when I say, ‘Thank... Read more →


Jefferson-NJ's Hospitals Receive 2021 Quality/Safety Award from Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition

Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey acute care hospitals – Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, Jefferson Stratford Hospital and Jefferson Washington Township Hospital – have each been honored with a 2021 Hospital Quality & Safety Award by the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH).The awards were announced at the Inaugural GPBCH Hospital Quality and Safety Awards virtual event, held March 3, and then presented to Jefferson Health – New Jersey leadership in person. Hosted by GPBCH and the Health Care Improvement Foundation, the awards program brings together healthcare leaders and employers to discuss the value of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and... Read more →


Brian Jones Named Chair of Jefferson Health Foundation-New Jersey Business Leadership Council

Brian W. Jones, President & CEO of The First National Bank of Elmer, has been appointed to the Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey Business Leadership Council (BLC) to serve as Chair. Brian W. Jones, Jones will serve as liaison to the Foundation Board and lead its members in establishing initiatives that encourage more meaningful relationships with JHNJ and the business community. The Business Leadership Council promotes partnerships with socially conscious businesses that make it a priority to give back to the community. Business partnerships help Jefferson Health promote awareness of its many services, offer expanded visibility and networking opportunities,... Read more →


Congressman Donald Norcross Speaks at Jefferson Health – New Jersey Sponsored Southern New Jersey Development Council’s Public Policy Speaker Series

Earlier this week, Congressman Donald Norcross (center) gave the keynote address at the Southern New Jersey Development Council’s Public Policy Speaker Series at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Glassboro. Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s President and COO Brian Sweeney and VP of Government and External Relations Lisa Morina also attended. Jefferson Health - New Jersey was the title sponsor for this event, where Norcross discussed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Build Back Better Act, American Rescue Plan, and more. Founded in 1951, SNJDC strives to create a better economic environment in the region, functioning as a government affairs liaison... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey ER Nurse Honored with DAISY Award

Lisa Caudill, BSN, RN, a nurse at Jefferson Stratford Hospital’s Emergency Department, was recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The Deptford resident was presented the award by Nurse Manager Stephanie Maxwell and Senior VP & Chief Nursing Officer Helene Burns. They praised Caudill for putting a patient first who entered the hospital without shoes. Caudill gave the patient an extra pair of her own shoes, after discovering she and the patient wore the same size. Caudill used patience, empathy, and kindness to alleviate this patient’s anxiety. Part of an international program, DAISY honorees are nominated by patients,... Read more →


Students from Hammonton Elementary School Bring Gratitude Gifts to Jefferson Health–New Jersey Hospital Staff

Students from the Warren E. Sooy Jr. Elementary School in Hammonton, NJ, visited Jefferson Washington Township Hospital on February 17 to deliver supportive messages to staff at Jefferson’s three New Jersey hospitals who have been working hard during the pandemic. The messages from the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be displayed at the Jefferson NJ hospitals. The children were thanked for their kindness and each received a gift bag from Jefferson staff. Shown here with the students and their principal, Dr. Damiso Josey (standing, far right), are: hospital administrators Autum Shingler-Nace (Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, front row, far... Read more →


Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Employees Receive DAISY, BEE Awards

Dina Zdon, BSN, RN, SGRN — Manager of Same-Day Surgery, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Endoscopy and Infusion at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital —was recently honored with a DAISY Team Leader Award for Extraordinary Nurses. In addition, Maxine Schneidt, an Environmental Services housekeeping attendant at the hospital, was presented with a BEE Award for excellence in supporting nursing care. A 29-year Jefferson Health employee Zdon, of Bellmawr, NJ, was nominated by a colleague for helping lessen their anxiety during a challenging day. Schneidt, of Pleasantville, NJ, was nominated for continually going out of her way to ensure her nursing colleagues’ work environment... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Receives $30,000 Quality of Life Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Jefferson Health – New Jersey was recently awarded $30,000, as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) 2021 Priority Impact Quality of Life grants. The grant will be used for Jefferson NJ’s Maressa Center for MS Wellness, which strives to enhance the quality of life for South Jersey residents living with multiple sclerosis through innovative, educational, and therapeutic wellness classes. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Jefferson Health – New Jersey was one of 17 organizations awarded grants, totaling $499,700 for 2021. Since its inception,... Read more →


Valerie Nerenberg, MSN, RN, CNL, Promoted to Corporate Director of Nursing at Jefferson Stratford Hospital.

Valerie has been employed at Jefferson Health - New Jersey in various leadership roles since February 2011. Previously, she served as Nurse Manager of the Intensive Care and Intermediate Care units at Jefferson Stratford Hospital for more than six years. “During that time, she was a key lead on several successful initiatives,” said Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “Valerie has been a proven leader and is committed to creating an outstanding patient experience for patients and families.” With more than 20 years of nursing experience, Valerie earned her Associate of Science in Nursing... Read more →


1st Robotic Surgery Performed at Jefferson Stratford Hospital

STRATFORD, NJ--The first robotic surgery using the da Vinci® XI Robotic Surgical System at Jefferson Stratford Hospital took place on Wednesday, January 12. The procedure was done by Jefferson NJ Chief of Surgery Roy Sandau, DO, (standing, third from right). Sandau, who posed with members of the Stratford hospital surgical team, has completed more than 1,000 robotic procedures at Jefferson NJ. Robotic surgery is known for less pain, smaller incisions, and a quicker recovery time for patients. For more information about robotic surgery at Jefferson Health – New Jersey, visit: https://NewJersey.JeffersonHealth.org/GeneralSurgery. Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s Robert Murphy Receives BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers

Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s Robert Murphy, a perioperative audio-video and robotics specialist, was recently honored with a BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers. A 17-year Jefferson employee, the Atco resident was presented the award by Irene Houck, Director of Surgical Services (shown far left), and Elaine Joyce, Assistant VP of Surgical Services. Murphy was nominated for the honor by Certified Surgical Technician Michelle Fischer, who praised him for going “above and beyond” in helping an elderly woman recently. This woman — who was mistakenly dropped off at the Jefferson Washington Township Surgery Center — had wanted to visit her brother,... Read more →


Frank Rocco Promoted to VP of Operations, Jefferson Stratford Hospital

Congratulations to Frank Rocco, MSN, RN, NE-BC, our newly named Vice President of Operations for the Jefferson Stratford Hospital campus at Jefferson Health - New Jersey. Frank had previously as Corporate Director of Nursing for Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital since May 2014. Frank’s career at Jefferson began in 2002 as an Emergency Department Nurse, and he has held a series of progressively more advanced leadership roles in the organization over the years. A seasoned clinician and leader, he is passionate about the patient experience, quality, and employee engagement. Most recently, he was instrumental in leading Jefferson Health - New Jersey's... Read more →


Jefferson Health – NJ Chief Nursing Officer Helene Burns Named President of Nurse Leaders New Jersey (ONL-NJ)

Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Jefferson Health - New Jersey has been named President of Nurse Leaders New Jersey (ONL-NJ) for a two-year term beginning in January 2022. With more than 600 members, ONL-NJ engages and develops nurse leaders in advocacy, research, education, mentorship, and collaborative relationships. Burns, who became a member of the organization in 2008, is also a member of its Nursing Workplace Environment and Staffing Councils Task Force, and served as Co-Chair of the Education Committee. In addition, Jefferson Health – New Jersey Assistant Vice President of Clinical Services,... Read more →


New Jersey’s Baby Born at Jefferson Washington Township at 12:58 a.m. – First in SJ Region outside of Philadelphia

The first baby of 2022 in the South Jersey region outside of Philadelphia was born at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital at 12:58 a.m. Saturday morning. Caden Nguyen Tran – weighing in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces and 20.5 inches long – was born to Linda Nguyen and husband, Vankiet Tran, of Pennsauken, NJ. The couple also has a three-year-old daughter, Sofia, at home. Linda Nguyen is a medical-surgical nurse at the Jefferson New Jersey hospital where she gave birth to little Caden. She thanked her delivering OB/GYN, Kelly Park, DO; nurse midwife, Jennifer Barraclough, CNM; and Labor & Delivery nurses... Read more →


Jefferson Washington Township Hospital ICU Nurse Michaela Bailey Receives DAISY Award

Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse Michaela Bailey, RN, was recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. A seven-year employee of Jefferson Health, the Pennsauken resident (shown middle) was presented the award by ICU Nurse Manager Lorraine “Kim” Kulikowski, BSN, RN, CCRN (left), and Jefferson NJ Senior VP & Chief Nursing Officer Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC (right). They praised Bailey for her hard work, kindness and compassion — and for taking care of patients as if they were a member of her own family. Part of an international program, DAISY honorees are nominated by... Read more →


Area Children Deliver Handmade Holiday Cards to Sidney Kimmel Cancer Centers

Mt. Laurel students Christina Soule and her brother Nicholas (pictured center) delivered handmade holiday cards from classmates at Mt. Laurel’s Harrington Middle School and Hartford Elementary School to Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Centers in Center City, Abington and New Jersey. The project – dubbed “Cards Conquering Cancer” – generated 640 cards that each bear an email and Twitter handle for patients to send comments if they choose. Pictured, from left, at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township on December 22: Jefferson Radiation Oncologist Dr. Nicole Simone; Harrington Middle School teacher and project sponsor Christina Paterno; Nicholas Soule and... Read more →


Area Teen Delivers Gifts to Jefferson Health - New Jersey Patients in Honor of Late Brother for 10th Year Straight

DJ Alexis, a 19-year-old college student and native of Sicklerville, NJ, came to Jefferson Washington Township Hospital on Monday, December 20, to deliver toys, books, and games for young Emergency Department and Pediatric Unit patients, as well as kids and teens who receive care through Jefferson’s New Jersey-based Behavioral Health program. DJ also presented a $1,000 check to the hospital, collected through his own efforts via a GoFundMe drive. Donations were made by friends, family, schoolmates, his alma mater and businesses that have contributed over the years. “Emanuel’s Annual Toy Drive” — held in honor of DJ’s late newborn brother,... Read more →


Jefferson Health - New Jersey Home Health Nurse Gillian Reeve Receives DAISY Award

Jefferson Health – New Jersey Home Health nurse Gillian Reeve, MSN, BSN, RN — who specializes in wound care — was recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. A 40-year employee of Jefferson Health, Medford resident Reeve was presented the award by Jefferson NJ Senior VP & Chief Nursing Officer Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, and praised for her positive attitude, commitment to patient safety, and ability to connect with patients and families through trust and emotional support. Part of an international program, DAISY honorees are nominated by patients, family members, and colleagues. DAISY Award winners are chosen... Read more →


First Harvest Credit Union Donates $25,000 to Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township

First Harvest Credit Union, formerly South Jersey Federal Credit Union, recently deepened its commitment to the health and wellness of the community, with a gift of $25,000 to support patients of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township. Presented to the Jefferson Health Foundation - New Jersey, this generous donation will be used to offset transportation expenses for cancer patients. “Any interruption in care can have a severe, negative impact on our patients' ability to battle their disease,” said Larry Slagle, MBA, Associate Vice President, Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey. “We are so grateful for benefactors like First... Read more →


 Area Mom Donates Gift Bags to Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Katie Korbel, a young mom from West Deptford, recently visited the Jefferson Washington Township Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to drop off care packages for current NICU families. “I am so grateful to Jefferson,” said Katie, whose now-3-year-old son, Bernie, spent 39 days at the hospital when he was born 8 weeks early in July 2018. Katie has since become an “Ambassador” of a nonprofit, Cleveland-based national organization called Project NICU, which offers support and education for families whose child is in -- or who has been in -- a NICU due to prematurity or other medical issues. In this... Read more →


Yo Cuz!/Kidz4Cuz Foundation Spreads Holiday Cheer to Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township

As a way to spread holiday cheer, patients at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township recently received care packages from the Yo Cuz!/Kidz4Cuz Foundation. Included among the 150 donated packages were blankets, water bottles, tissues, hand sanitizer, snacks, crossword puzzles, and more. Children from the foundation, known as Kidz4Cuz, also sang cheerful holiday songs in the Cancer Center lobby. “We are happy to give back and make the holidays brighter,” said Yo Cuz!/Kidz4Cuz Foundation founder, Debra Michaels — a cancer survivor who was treated by Robin Wilson-Smith, DO, medical director of Jefferson Health - New Jersey gynecologic oncology... Read more →


Jefferson Health - New Jersey Hospitals receive 2021 NJ Gold Award for Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey hospitals have been awarded the 2021 NJ Gold Antimicrobial Steward Award for their ongoing antimicrobial stewardship program. The award is presented by the Communicable Disease Service of the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). Jefferson Health – New Jersey is among an elite group of facilities statewide that have remained steadfast — from 2020 to 2021 — in promoting antimicrobial stewardship practices, which encourage and maintain the health of patients, residents, personnel, and the general population. Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s three hospitals also received the Gold Award in 2019 and again in 2020. The... Read more →


Two Jefferson – Health New Jersey Hospitals Earn 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital and Jefferson Stratford Hospital were each named a Top Teaching Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality. “This recognition points to our singular focus on patient safety and quality,” said Jefferson Health – New Jersey President... Read more →


Dr. David P. May Named New Chief Quality & Safety Officer at Jefferson Health – New Jersey

David P. May, MD, MBA, FACS, has been appointed Vice President and Chief Quality & Safety Officer at Jefferson Health – New Jersey. In this role, Dr. May will lead the New Jersey division of Jefferson Health — made up of three acute care hospitals and numerous outpatient facilities — in its goal of delivering consistent, high value, coordinated care and standard-setting patient outcomes across the continuum of care. Dr. May will also be responsible for overseeing quality, patient safety, infection control, clinical risk management, patient experience and outcomes and managing Jefferson’s leading enterprise safety management sytem, OnPoint. He joins... Read more →


Six Certified Nurse Midwives Join Jefferson Health – New Jersey

Six Certified Nurse Midwives have joined the staff of Jefferson Health – New Jersey as members of Jefferson NJ Primary & Specialty Care. They will practice at Jefferson offices in Mullica Hill, Sewell, West Deptford, Haddonfield, and its newest location, 205 E. Laurel Road in Stratford, which recently opened. The new Jefferson NJ Nurse Midwives are: · Ellen Appleton, CNM · Jennifer Barraclough, CNM · Victoria Asturrizaga, CNM · Jessica Hayes, CNM · Meredith Stein, CNM · Katherine Wormster, CNM Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are master’s level clinicians who provide primary healthcare to women of all ages. Using a team approach,... Read more →


Jefferson Health’s 3 NJ Hospitals Nationally Recognized with ‘A’s’ in Fall 2021 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 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction recognizes Jefferson New Jersey’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. “At a time when... Read more →


Jefferson NJ ICU Staff Honored as Models at recent Fundraising Fashion Show

Congratulations to the 11 Jefferson Health NJ ICU nurses who strutted the runway Sunday at the 2nd annual Strut For Fearless Futures Fall Fashion Show, held at the Collingwood Ballroom. The event, attended by more the 120 supporters, was organized by and benefitted Fearless Movement, South Jersey-based Epilepsy and Mental Health non-profit organization founded by Glassboro resident Ashley Kulikowski – niece of Washington Township ICU Nurse Manager Kim Kulikowski. Jefferson Washington Township Hospital ICU RNs who served as models are, shown with event organizer/founder Ashley Kulikowski, from left: Andrea Trubin, Rebecca Drames, Shawn Lake, Cari Winiarski, Michaela Bailey, Kelly Vazquez,... Read more →


CNB Travel News: Experience a Romantic Escape Above the Clouds in Philadelphia

image provided PHILADELPHIA PA--Experience a romantic escape above the clouds at Philadelphia’s first-and-only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel and Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center. Unwind together in secluded settings while soaking in unobstructed SkyHigh views or celebrate life’s special moments with celebratory amenities and luxe Jeff Leatham florals. Be inspired by this itinerary for time together. 1. Take love to new heights Embark on a journey above the clouds to the highest situated hotel in North America. Guests arrive in style as they check-in at the Sky Lobby, located on the 60th floor. 2. Plan a... Read more →


SJ Resident Donates $9,000 to Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township

Michelle Donio, of Buena, NJ, donated $9,000 from a fundraiser held last month in her honor to the Patient Assistance Fund at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township, where she has received care since December 2020. The Patient Assistance Fund provides financial assistance with rent and utilities for those in need during cancer treatment. The presentation took place at a special event for women, titled “Innovations in Women’s Health,” recently held at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital. Donio, a lifelong competitive equestrian and riding instructor for 30 years, thanks friend Jackie Smith of Summer Jade Stables in Waterford, NJ -... Read more →


Jefferson Health - New Jersey at Supports ACS's Making Strides for Breast Cancer Event

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Team from Jefferson Health - New Jersey was out in force Sunday at Cooper River Park for the annual American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event. For more than two decades, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” has united communities throughout the U.S. in the fight against this deadly disease. Today, Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation. Sunday's event at Cooper River Park was sponsored by Making Strides of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. For more information about cancer care and services at Jefferson Health - New Jersey,... Read more →


Jefferson Health Honored at Three Little Birds “Wave of Light” Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Event

Jefferson Health was honored at Friday night’s “Wave of Light” event at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, NJ. The event was sponsored by Three Little Birds, a nonprofit organization that provides pregnancy and infant loss support. Jefferson Washington Township Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia were presented with two CuddleCots, for use in their hospitals to support parents who have experienced infant loss. The CuddleCots were provided through the fundraising efforts of Elmer, NJ, couple Quinn Labriola and Steve Wdzieczkowski, who lost their full-term baby, Cash, in September 2020. The two wanted to make the donation in memory... Read more →


Edward Sullivan & Family Solarium Lounge Dedicated at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital

The Edward and Patricia Sullivan & Family Solarium Lounge was dedicated with a plaque unveiling at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital in early October. More than 30 friends, family, board members and past colleagues came out to honor Sullivan, who served as Kennedy Health’s, and later Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s Senior VP and Chief Legal Officer from 1975 to 2019. For more than 40 years, Sullivan provided expert legal guidance and played a key role in many important milestones in Kennedy’s history, including the 1977 affiliation with the UMDNJ-SOM (now Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine), and Kennedy’s acquisition of... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Awarded $100,000 CDC Grant to Expand Education and Access to COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines

Jefferson Health – New Jersey has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the national CDC Foundation to establish an outreach program with community-based minority organizations to dispel myths about and increase access to vaccinations. Jefferson NJ is the only health system south of Trenton to receive a CDC grant under this program. Jefferson Health is one of more than 100 community-based organizations (CBOs) throughout the U.S. awarded support — through this more than $30-million overall grant program — to promote COVID vaccination and reduce the disease’s burden. The work of CBOs has been critical throughout the pandemic response, especially in... Read more →


New $184 Million Silvestri Tower Opens at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital

It was a big day at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital on Tuesday, when a ribbon cutting celebration was held for the new seven-story, $184 million Silvestri Tower. The Tower’s opening marks the conclusion of the final phase of an overall $222-million construction project at the hospital. The first phase, completed in 2019, included a new 8-level, enclosed parking facility. The new hospital tower features 90 private rooms, a new main entrance and two-story lobby, a new cafeteria with outdoor dining space, a new Same-Day Surgery Unit, new Admissions and Pre-Admission Testing areas, and much more. Shown at the ribbon cutting,... Read more →


Gwyn Parris-Atwell Honored by the Garden State Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Congrats to Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s Gwyn Parris-Atwell, DNP, FNP-BC, CEN, FAEN, who, on Monday night September 20, will be honored as the Salem County recipient of the “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” by the Garden State Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Parris-Atwell is a Nurse Practitioner with the Jefferson Occupational Health Network. As the Commander of the 166th Medical Group, she is responsible for overseeing medical operations for 1,500 Air Force service members. A resident of Alloway, NJ, and a five-year Jefferson employee, Parris-Atwell was activated to a large medical center in southern Delaware, where she... Read more →