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Certified Therapy Dogs Visit Long-Term Care Residents at Jefferson Health Care Center

Long-term care residents at the Jefferson Health Care Center (JHCC) in Washington Township recently enjoyed a special visit from certified therapy dogs Cole and Cece — along with their owners, Chris Hannah and fiancée, Nicole Sapello. The visit, held in collaboration with Angelic Health, was part of the Team Cole Project’s annual summer "Kindness Tour" to area schools, hospice patients, and veterans' homes. South Jersey dogs Cole, five, and Cece, 15 months, are anything but your typical canines, as the pit bulls were both born deaf. Cole has learned some American Sign Language commands from Chris. The Team Cole Project began when Chris adopted Cole when he was a puppy: "I have a deaf nephew, who at the time was only nine," said Chris. "I immediately thought of him and the relationship they could have." Chris says his pit bulls Cole, Cece, and youngest canine sibling, Alice (also born deaf),... Read more →


Jefferson Health - New Jersey Employee Earns BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers

Jefferson Health’s Kellie Lytle — an administrative assistant for Clinical Education/Professional Development/Life Support Education and Clinical Excellence — was recently honored with a Beyond Expectations of Excellence (BEE) Award for Extraordinary Caregivers. The Westampton, NJ, resident was nominated for displaying a positive attitude, treating others with respect, placing patients and families at the center of all she does, and promoting a positive patient experience. "Kellie is proactive and extremely attentive to the smallest details," wrote the award nominator. "She goes above and beyond to coordinate programs and education sessions, and to ensure our departments run smoothly. Kellie always makes us smile." BEE honorees — nominated by patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees — are non-nursing employees who work side-by-side with clinical nurses to provide exemplary patient care and improve the patient experience. This award complements the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, bestowed on nurses who make a profound difference in... Read more →


Health Providers Get Into the Halloween Spirit at Fall Open House

Haddonfield, NJ -- Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ Affirming Medical Practice in Haddonfield, NJ, recently held a Fall Open House with a Halloween tailgate theme. This unique medical office – which opened in January 2021 – continues to grow, offering an array of services: primary care, infectious diseases, behavioral health, gynecology, medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, and hormone replacement therapy (HRT)/gender-affirming therapy, among others. To learn more, visit: JeffersonHealth.org/NJ_LGBTQ_Care. Shown at the recent Fall Open House event are members of the medical practice’s clinical and administrative team, several in Halloween garb. Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Awarded $375,000 in Multi-Year Grant to Expand

...Language Access to Individuals with Limited English Proficiency Voorhees, NJ, October 31, 2022 -- Jefferson Health – New Jersey, part of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, has been awarded a $375,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) to increase language access services to patients throughout Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington counties. According to HHS, 26 million people across the U.S. have limited English Proficiency (LEP), and recent U.S. Census data shows nearly 31,500 LEP individuals across Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties speak English “less than well” or “not at all.” Jefferson Health’s hospital is examining readmission data for acute care, and there is a need to improve language access, advocacy, and education for these community members. Jefferson Health is one of eleven grant recipients nationally. This three-year initiative will enable Jefferson to effectively promote equitable access to language services by: Increasing awareness... Read more →


Maressa Center for MS Wellness Program Dedicated at Special Event

The expansion and relocation of Maressa Center for MS Wellness at Jefferson Health – New Jersey was celebrated recently at a special event in Voorhees. The Maressa Center offers free comprehensive in-person and online sessions to enhance the quality of life for those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Funded by the Maressa family, the Center has offered unique experiences and education since 2019 for people living with MS and their care partners. The Center recently relocated to Voorhees from Cherry Hill, and a special dedication event was held. The Maressa Center for MS Wellness aims to help those with MS increase mobility, improve mental health, and reduce pain through services that include acupuncture, art therapy, cooking demos, informational lectures, and massages. Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s specially trained clinicians and our guest speakers foster a caring, supportive and inclusive atmosphere that encourages participation. The Maressa Center for MS Wellness is... Read more →


 New Molecular Virology Laboratory at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital Opens

Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital recently unveiled its new, state-of-the-art Molecular Virology Laboratory. Established through a $4.7 million pandemic preparedness grant from the NJ Department of Health, the new laboratory will provide PCR-based testing for SARS-CoV-2, as well as other common viruses, using an instrument capable of performing more than 3,000 tests in 24 hours. Working in collaboration with the Jefferson Health Genomic Laboratory in Philadelphia, the new lab also has the capability to develop new PCR tests for both known and emerging pathogens, and will help with community preparedness for any future pandemics. Guests at a special open house event Thursday were able to tour the new facility. Shown here, left to right: Lisa Dutterer, VP of Operations at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital; Judith M. Persichilli, NJ Commissioner of Health; Dr. Zi-Xuan Wang, Jefferson Cherry Hill Molecular Virology Lab Project Director; Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Shin Angulo; and Louis D.... Read more →


Project SEARCH at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital Wins Award

Project SEARCH at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital was recognized with an "Excellent Outcome Award" at the 15th annual Project SEARCH Conference in Baltimore, MD, on July 26. This is the fifth time the hospital has received this recognition for high employment outcomes. Project SEARCH at Jefferson Health partners include Jefferson, the Y.A.L.E. School, the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities, the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey. Interns at Jefferson train in a variety of hospital departments, including Health Information Management, Patient Transport, Pharmacy, Storeroom, Food Service, Maintenance, and Environmental Services. Jefferson has hired several interns upon completion of their Project SEARCH internships. There are now 681 Project SEARCH programs in 48 states and nine countries, including 15 programs in New Jersey. Read more →


‘I Support the Girls’ Donates Feminine Hygiene Products and Bras to Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital CAPU Patients

I Support the Girls (ISTG) –- an international nonprofit organization that donates feminine hygiene products, toiletries, and new and gently used bras to girls and women in need –- has established a partnership with the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Unit (CAPU) at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, making its first delivery of items on July 19th. Founded in 2015 by Maryland resident Dana Marlowe, ISTG has grown around the country and the world through Affiliate Directors, who create donation programs in their local communities. Women and girls should never have to compromise on dignity -- whether they are homeless, refugees, in transitional housing, hospitalized, or fleeing domestic violence. “Collect locally, donate locally” is the driving methodology behind ISTG Affiliate Networks, which are supported by both businesses, and private individuals. Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital is now the first healthcare organization locally to receive donations from I Support the Girls – Central/South New... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Hosts CCRCC 'Business After Hours’ Event

Jefferson Health – New Jersey recently hosted a “Business After Hours” networking event at its Cherry Hill hospital, in partnership with the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce (CCRCC). Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital VP of Operations Lisa Dutterer; Associate Chief Medical Officer Jayci Knights, MD; and other leadership and healthcare providers shared valuable information on breast surgery, gastroenterology, the importance of not delaying medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. Shown, from left: Robert Weil, CCRCC Chairperson; Lisa Dutterer; Kristin Brill, MD, Enterprise Director of Breast Oncology; Jayci Knights, MD; Kristin Ferraro, CCRCC Brand Ambassador; Gastroenterologists Anthony Infantolino, MD, and Lucy Joo, DO; Jefferson Health – NJ President Brian Sweeney; and Lisa Morina, VP, Government and External Relations. Read more →


Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in New Jersey Launches Community Outreach ‘COPE’ Program

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – New Jersey — with locations in Cherry Hill and Washington Township — has launched a new patient and community-centered outreach program, COPE. COPE — which stands for Community Outreach Partnership and Engagement — is a wide-reaching initiative aimed at supporting all people with a diagnosis of cancer and their families by partnering with the community to increase access to cancer-related education, cancer risk reduction services, as well as early detection and screening care. “As part of the nationally acclaimed Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, we have a very strong commitment to the communities we serve,” said Ana María López, MD, Professor and Chief of Cancer Services at Jefferson Health – New Jersey. “Along with caring for people with cancer, we plan to partner with the communities we serve to reduce cancer risk. The new COPE program is very outward-focused, as well as proactive, so we... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Hosts 11 Educators Taking Part in CCSNJ’s 'South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators'

Jefferson Health – New Jersey recently hosted 11 teachers of students in grades 5-12 from schools throughout the region, as part of the three-week South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators, established by the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) 30 years ago. The annual summer program helps regional educators visit area businesses and keep pace with changes in the business community — while also providing them with tools to better prepare the future workforce, their students. Since its inception, 638 teachers from dozens of South Jersey schools have “graduated” from the Institute, reaching more than 60,000 students with information they learned. At the event, Jefferson Health – New Jersey President Brian Sweeney spoke about the health system’s current state and future growth. Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital VP of Operations Lisa Dutterer presented on programs and services offered at the campus. Later, Jefferson Medical Group VP of Ambulatory Operations... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s Heleema Jackson Honored at NJHA’s ‘Best at the Beach’ Event

Jefferson Health - New Jersey’s Heleema Jackson, MSN, RN, Director of Patient Flow Management Center, was recognized as an “Emerging Leader” at the New Jersey Hospital Association’s (NJHA) recent “Best at the Beach” event at Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, NJ. Jackson was among the healthcare leaders, policymakers, and community members celebrated at the beachfront celebration for their commitment to good health in the Garden State. Based at Jefferson Stratford Hospital, the Patient Flow Management Center increases patient throughput and efficiency at all three Jefferson Health – New Jersey hospitals — also including Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital and Jefferson Washington Township Hospital. Jackson oversees a team of Patient Flow Nursing Supervisors and Patient Care Coordinators who achieve this goal through a complex and highly precise system of moving patients efficiently from their initial admission to their return home (or to another level of care) — 24 hours... 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 nurses to improve the patient experience. This award complements the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, bestowed to nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of their patients and their families. For more information, visit www.JeffersonHealth.org Presenting Maria Giangiulio (far right) with her BEE Award are, from left, Senior... 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 at Jefferson Health – New Jersey hospitals. Nearly a third of the graduates have been employed by Jefferson. Others found employment with various businesses in the community. Project SEARCH interns at Jefferson work in a variety of departments that teach them job skills, including: Food Service, Patient Accounts, Storeroom, and... 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 Guidelines-Stroke initiative has improved the quality of care and outcomes for our stroke patients, providing us the most up-to-date, research-based treatment guidelines,” said Cheryl Griffith, MSN, RN, Jefferson (NJ) Stroke Program Director. “Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.” Jefferson Cherry... 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 the nation, there are still communities and subpopulations where rates remain under 70%. In addition, only 53.2% of residents of Gloucester County and 50.4% of residents of Camden County have received a booster shot. The Grant will fund education and vaccinations for more than a dozen communities in Camden and... 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 Shawnee High School in June, and will attend The College of New Jersey, majoring in computer science and mathematics. Kassidy is part of her high school Jazz Ensemble and was Brass Captain of the Marching Band. She won the Overall Best Musician Award and Outstanding Soloist Award and is also... 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 the multi-faceted grief associated with perinatal loss. This includes an overview of local and national statistics, patient perspectives, resources, and how to effectively communicate and advocate for families. The program also included a review of six different scenarios that incorporated diversity and communication tools to effectively support families. For more... 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 Washington Township Hospital; Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys; Lisa Morina; VP of Government and External Relations; and Brian Sweeney, President and Chief Operating Officer. 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 judges at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital last week; the winners were announced at the Gala, Jefferson NJ’s largest annual fundraising event. The winning proposals will fund various projects in service lines ranging from Behavioral Health and cancer care to Jefferson NJ’s LGBTQ+ affirming medical practice. Grants were also awarded for... 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 healthcare organizations are more vital than ever to the communities we serve, it is gratifying to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to safety,” said Brian Sweeney, RN, MHA, FACHE, Jefferson Health – New Jersey President & Chief Operating Officer. “We are honored to have all three of our New... 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 the Jefferson Health “Giving Tank” – a program to encourage employee creativity in support of healthcare initiatives at Jefferson NJ - will be named. Several awards will be presented, totaling $300,000. No hard copies of Gala tickets will be distributed; attendees will receive a confirmation e-mail prior to event. For... 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 and did her job perfectly. We had conversations I will never forget. She’s a true gem." BEE honorees — nominated by patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, and employees — are non-nursing employees who work side-by-side with clinical nurses to improve the patient experience. This award complements the DAISY Award for Extraordinary... 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 at Jefferson, the Alloway, NJ, resident serves as Commander of the 166th Medical Group, where she oversees medical operations for 1,500 Air Force service members. "Throughout Gwyn's distinguished career, which began in the Army Nurse Corps Reserve, she has held a variety of nursing, educational, and leadership positions," said Jefferson... 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 her colleagues. Bogert was nominated for her commitment to improving communication and operational workflows with Surgical Services, as well as taking on duties outside of her role to ensure a positive patient experience. DAISY and BEE honorees are nominated by patients, visitors, family members, nurses, physicians, and other colleagues. Part... 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 of perioperative practice furthers a culture of professionalism, and has been associated with improved outcomes in surgical patients. Congratulations to our Jefferson NJ surgical teams! 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. An 81-year-old patient nominated Gudin for making her feel safe, providing encouragement during her recovery and listening to all of her concerns. The MS-3 Clinical Team became the primary COVID Unit at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital during the pandemic. Led by a new Nurse Manager and a new Clinical Coordinator,... 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 you — your generosity will improve lives.’” Pictured from left: Associate VP of Development Larry Slagle; Director of Development Julie Fink; Assistant Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations Joanne Sabatini; Bill Bottino, President of the Bill Bottino Cancer Foundation; Jefferson Health – NJ Chief of Cancer Services Dr. Ana María... 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 Safety Grade in driving safety, and to recognize top performing hospitals in our region. This year’s winners were selected based on their 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Safety Grade results. Jefferson’s New Jersey hospitals each received “A” grades in the Spring and Fall 2021 Leapfrog Safety Reports; Jefferson Cherry Hill... 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, and show philanthropic support of the organization. “I am excited to chair the Jefferson Health Foundation New Jersey Business Leadership Council. We have a distinguished group of community leaders, and the opportunity to promote the outstanding work of the Jefferson Health Foundation is a privilege,” Jones said. A resident of... 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 and economic development advocate. In December, SNJDC recognized Jefferson Health with a Continuous Member Award in honor of our 10 years of membership. For more information, visit https://fal.cn/3muOO. 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, family members, and colleagues. DAISY Award winners are chosen following a review of nominations by Jefferson’s Clinical Recognition Committee in New Jersey. The nonprofit DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in late 1999 from complications of an autoimmune disease. For more information about the... Read more →


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 →


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 left); Lisa Dutterer, (Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, standing, far left); and Frank Rocco, (Jefferson Frankford Hospital, 2nd from right). 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 is clean and well-maintained. DAISY and BEE honorees are nominated by patients, visitors, family members, nurses, physicians, and other colleagues. Part of an international program, DAISY awards are bestowed to nurses who make a profound difference in the lives of patients and patients’ families. BEE honorees, meanwhile, are non-nursing employees... 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, nearly 3,500 grants totaling more than $36 million have been awarded. “We are grateful for the visionary partnership the Reeve Foundation shares with Jefferson Health - New Jersey and our Maressa Center for MS Wellness,” said Larry Slagle, MBA, Associate VP of Development, Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey. “This... 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 and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from La Salle University. Valerie has been employed at Jefferson Health - New Jersey in various leadership roles since February 2011. Previously, she served as Nurse Manager of the... 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, a patient at nearby Jefferson Washington Township Hospital. Murphy safely transported the woman across the street to her brother's fourth-floor hospital room. Fischer said this is “only one of many examples of how Bob is there for everyone he comes in contact with each day." BEE honorees — nominated by... 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 response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the design and opening of the new Cherry Hill pavilion, Medical Office Building, and ambulatory Surgery Center. Frank earned both his BSN degree and Master’s of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 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, Diane Juliano, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, has been appointed to the ONL-NJ Board for a two-year term. In her role at Jefferson Health – New Jersey, Dr. Burns has overall responsibility for patient care services and nursing operations, with oversight of its more than 1,400 RNs and nursing staff. In... 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 Brigith Abreu, Alena Peterson and Colease Gamble: “I want to share my appreciation for the awesome doctors, nurses and residents who made this experience so wonderful,” Linda Nguyen said. 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 patients, family members, and colleagues. DAISY Award winners are chosen following a review of nominations by Jefferson’s Clinical Recognition Committee in New Jersey. The nonprofit DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in late 1999 from complications of an autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and... 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 Christina Soule (children of Dr. Simone); Dr. Tamara LaCouture, and Dr. Michael Rotkowitz. 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, Emanuel, who died at the hospital during the holiday season in 2006 — has provided more than 1,000 gifts during the holidays over the past 10 years. DJ, a sophomore studying public health at American University in Washington, D.C., was joined by his parents, Lesli and Daniel, and several friends.... 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 following a review of nominations by Jefferson’s Clinical Recognition Committee in New Jersey. The nonprofit DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in late 1999 from complications of an autoimmune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired... 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 Harvest Credit Union, which have made a huge difference in our patients’ lives by helping remove these types of barriers so they can focus on their treatment.” First Harvest Credit Union, under the leadership of President & CEO Ernest Huggard, has supported Jefferson Health - New Jersey since 2014, and... 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 role, Katie visits area hospitals to provide care packages for families who are going through what she once did: “I think it’s very important to support the families who have a baby in the NICU. It’s a very challenging time for new moms and dads.” Bernie, who is now “doing... 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 services. “We hope these packages uplift cancer patients, especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.” This marks the third year that the Yo Cuz!/Kidz4Cuz Foundation delivered gifts to cancer patients at Jefferson Health’s Washington Township campus. 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 2021 award was presented at a special virtual award ceremony today, where Dr. Lauri Hicks, Director of the Office of Antimicrobial Stewardship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), spoke on “The Importance of Antimicrobial Stewardship During Times of COVID-19.” Established in 2014, the goals of the Jefferson... 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 Jefferson from Shore Medical Center, where he had served as Chief of General Surgery since 2018 and as Chair of its Hospital Quality & Safety Committee since 2014. Dr. May also served as President of the multi-specialty Shore Physicians Group in Somers Point from 2012 to his appointment at Jefferson... Read more →