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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... Read more →


Jefferson Washington Township Nurse Honored by NBNA/South Jersey Chapter

Jefferson Washington Township Hospital ICU Nurse Renee Stephens, BSN, RN, CCRN, a resident of Glassboro, was recently honored with a Nurse Excellence Award by the South Jersey Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Stephens, who has been a nurse with us for 25 years, was celebrated with other award winners at a special ceremony held this month at the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill. The first Jefferson Health nurse in New Jersey to receive a COVID vaccine in December 2020 – Renee was honored for her commitment to nursing and to the communities we serve. She is... Read more →


Bill Bottino Cancer Foundation Donates $45,000 to Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Washington Township, NJ

The Bill Bottino Cancer Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, recently donated $45,000 to the Cancer Center’s Patient Assistance Fund at Jefferson Health in New Jersey. Last year, dozens of cancer patients who needed help with rent, utilities, or transportation received financial assistance from this fund, allowing them to continue focusing on their treatment and care. "Living with cancer is challenging for patients and their families, and can be made harder with financial worry,” said Tamara LaCouture, MD, Chief of Cancer Services, Jefferson Cherry Hill & Washington Township Hospitals. "We thank The Bill Bottino Cancer Foundation... Read more →


Jefferson Health Employee Receives BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers

Jalen Stewart, a Patient Transport Associate at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, was recently honored with a Being Extraordinary Everyday (BEE) Award for Extraordinary Caregivers. The Pennsauken resident was nominated for building trusting relationships, treating others with dignity and respect, and placing patients and families first to promote a positive hospital experience. “Patients recognize, smile, and look forward to seeing Jalen. I know my patients are in good hands with him,” wrote a nursing colleague. “A team player, Jalen stays at work late and never leaves a patient until we meet all their needs. The Post-Anesthesia Care Unit recently had many... Read more →


Ribbon Cutting Celebration Held for New Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Oncology Suite in Cherry Hill

Dozens of well-wishers, community leaders and Jefferson Health physicians attended a Ribbon Cutting event and reception for the new Oncology Suite at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Cherry Hill. This location is part of the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Jefferson. The new, expanded Medical Oncology suite includes 20 infusion chairs and 10 examination rooms. Other services offered within the suite include blood draws, a clinical trials office, patient navigation services, social work, genetic counseling, and nutrition counseling — providing a wide array of cancer services, all in one location. This expansion at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer... Read more →


Two Jefferson Hospitals in NJ Earn ‘A’ Grades in Leapfrog Spring 2024 Safety Report

Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital and Jefferson Washington Township Hospital each earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade in the Spring 2024 rankings from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog that sets standards for excellence in patient care. “Patients have healthcare choices. It is important for them to understand the differences in how healthcare systems treat individuals and deliver on the promise of improving health,” said Aaron Chang, President of Jefferson Health – East Region. “The Leapfrog organization allows our South Jersey community members to compare, and it gives me great pride to know that we stand out with our top-tier... Read more →


Jefferson Cherry Hill Nurse Manager Presents at NJ Nursing Leaders Conference

Kristina Johnston, DNP, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC, a Nurse Manager at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, presented a poster at the recent annual meeting/conference of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey (ONL NJ), held in Princeton. Some 200 nurse executives and leaders from across the state -- including direct care providers, managers and administrators from all practice settings encompassing acute care, post-acute and long-term care, academia, and industry -- attended the event. Johnston’s poster was titled Development and Evaluation of a Nurse Leader-Driven Pre-Fall Huddle in High-Fall Risk Patients on a Medical-Surgical Unit. Johnston, left, is shown at the event... Read more →


Jefferson Stratford Hospital Nurse Receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Lori Harris, RN, CAPA, an Emergency Department nurse at Jefferson Stratford Hospital, was recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. A resident of Glassboro, NJ, Harris saw a community member in need in the hospital lobby and stopped to talk to him. Lori, who was returning to the building with her food truck Hospital Week celebratory meal, then offered her meal to this resident. Harris says she believes in doing good and that her reward was his thanks and appreciation. She consistently shows professionalism and a positive attitude toward her co-workers and patients. Part of an international program,... Read more →


Jefferson Health Employees Receive BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers

Two Jefferson Health Patient Care Technicians in New Jersey were recently honored with a Beyond Expectations of Excellence (BEE) Award for Extraordinary Caregivers — Lisa Hawkins, of Clementon, NJ, and Rosa Lopez, of Philadelphia. Hawkins, a Jefferson Stratford Hospital 2-East Unit tech, received a patient compliment for being an helpful, friendly person who responds quickly to call bells with a smile. Lopez, who works in the Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital ICU, is described by her co-workers as a caring and personable tech who goes above and beyond with patients. She is also an immense help to the dietitians by always... Read more →


1000th Robotic Surgical Procedure Milestone Reached at Jefferson Stratford Hospital

It was a day for celebration as the 1000th Robotic Surgery using the da Vinci Xi surgical system took place at Jefferson Stratford Hospital. Robotic surgeries at the hospital began in January 2022. Surgeon Adeshola Fakulujo, MD, performed the 1,000th robotic procedure on March 27. Dr. Fakulujo (seated, front row, right) is shown with members of the Jefferson Stratford Hospital surgical services team. The surgical robot at Jefferson Stratford Hospital is used for bariatric (weight loss) surgery, along with gynecologic, urologic, and general surgery procedures. Jefferson Health in New Jersey also offers robotic procedures with the da Vinci Xi system... Read more →


Jefferson Health Opens Nurse Emeritus Program to Retired Area RNs

A Jefferson Health program that offers retired nurses an opportunity to help new-to-practice nurses hone their skills through in-person mentoring is being expanded to potential hires from outside of the health system. “We’ve had great success with our Nurse Emeritus program, originally offered to Jefferson Health nursing retirees, and we’re ready to take it to the next level,” said New Jersey Program Coordinator Marilyn Goodman, MSN, RN. First established during the pandemic in 2022, more than 12 nurses who had retired within the past three years (a requirement of the program), joined the Nurse Emeritus team at Jefferson in New... Read more →


Jefferson Leaders attend NAWBO Gala

Members of Jefferson Health’s New Jersey leadership team were out for a night of networking and knowledge at the recent “Beyond the Glass Ceiling” Gala held by the National Association of Women Business Owners of South Jersey (NAWBO). Jefferson was the Gold Sponsor for the event, held at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees. The gala honored extraordinary individuals and businesses for their contributions to women and women business owners, as well to as the community at large. Jenny Breunig, Vice President of Operations at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, spoke about Jefferson’s continually expanding patient-focused programs and services, as... Read more →


Jefferson Health's 2024 New Jersey Gala: Elevating Healthcare and Celebrating Excellence

Jefferson Health in New Jersey held its major fundraiser of the year at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City in late February. Some 400 guests attended the event, which raised nearly $400,000 to support Jefferson's programs and services. A highlight of the evening was the announced winners of the 2024 Giving Tank, an initiative inspired by the popular "Shark Tank" television show. Through generous donations, the Jefferson Health Foundation - New Jersey awarded $225,000 in grants to employees’ best ideas for elevating patient care or employee well-being. The top $100,000 grant was given for anoscopy equipment and... Read more →


Jefferson East Region Gala Held Giving Tank Winners and Healthcare Heroes Named

Some 400 guests enjoyed a night of dining and dancing – as well as recognition for some special Jefferson team members -- at the recent 2024 Gala held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Nearly $400,000 dollars was raised though the event, held on February 24, to support programs and services in the Jefferson - East Region. The entertainment headliner was DJ Jazzy Jeff. A great time was had by all! Thank you to everyone who supported this important fundraising event for our region. Winners of the 2024 Giving Tank – a “Shark Tank” type contest... Read more →


Jefferson Health - New Jersey Leaders Attend SNJDC Event

Cherry Hill, NJ, February 27, 2024 -- Aaron Chang, President of Jefferson Health – East Region in New Jersey, along with other members of the leadership team, attended the Southern New Jersey Development Council’s Public Policy Speaker Series on February 27, held at the Tavistock Country Club. Congressman Andy Kim was the keynote speaker at the event, which was presented by Jefferson. Congressman Kim detailed his approach regarding issues facing our region and nation, including economic growth, innovation, competition, and national security. Jefferson Health was recognized by Kim for the investments it has made to improve the health of our... Read more →


Donald C. Gibbs Jr., Longtime Nurse and EMT; K of C #674

West Deptford - passed away on February 15, 2024 at the age of 64. Predeceased by his wife of 41 years Karen Gibbs (Sbalcio); father Donald C. Gibbs, Sr., Survived by his cherished children, Brett (Julia) and Brittany Gibbs; devoted mother, Georgeanna Gibbs, dear sister Bridgett, Brenda (Steve) Erika (Dean), Nicole (Randy) and brother Kirk (Dawn). Loved by many cousins, nieces and nephews and in-laws. Donald graduated from nursing school in 1985 and worked as a Registered nurse since 1986. Before that Don worked as an EMT for North Wildwood Beach Patrol and he also worked as a Respiratory Therapist.... Read more →


Jefferson Surgery Center Nurse Receives DAISY Award

Blackwood, NJ, resident Barbara Lamaina, BSN, RN, CAPA, CPEN, a Jefferson Health nurse based at its Washington Township Surgery Center, was recently honored with a Daisy Award for Nursing Excellence. “Her kindness, compassion and sincerity is contagious and promotes a positive work environment,” says Regional Chief Nursing Officer Diane Juliano. Barb assisted a fellow RN with the discharge of a patient who was apprehensive about returning home without a nurse to assist with post-op care. Barb, overhearing the conversation, knew her co-worker needed support and volunteered to talk with the patient. After speaking with Barb, the patient felt confident and... Read more →


New Leaders Appointed at Jefferson Health in New Jersey

Jefferson Health, which includes Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, Jefferson Stratford Hospital and Jefferson Washington Township Hospital in New Jersey, has announced promotions and appointments of several leaders: Diane Juliano, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, has been named regional Chief Nursing Officer. In this role, Dr. Juliano has overall responsibility for patient care services and nursing operations, with oversight of more than 1,400 RNs and nursing staff. Dr. Juliano joined Jefferson in 2019 as Corporate Director of Nursing for the Stratford Hospital and, in 2021, was promoted to Assistant VP of Clinical Services. Most recently, she had served as Associate Chief... Read more →


Jefferson Health to Provide Support Services for Delsea Regional Students and their Families

Representatives of Jefferson Health in New Jersey and the Delsea Regional School District in Franklinville, NJ, have formalized an agreement for Jefferson to offer specialized support services for students coping with lasting impacts of the pandemic. Jefferson Health will provide four social workers in the K-12 district and to neighboring parochial school, Our Lady of Mercy Academy, to address student needs. Additionally, Jefferson will provide a Community Wellness Manager to support the needs of families throughout the district. This trained professional social worker will provide resources to state and federal social programs addressing everything from food insecurity to lack of... Read more →


STEMI Cath Lab Services for Heart Attack Treatment Now Offered at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital

For patients experiencing the most severe type of heart attack – ST elevation myocardial infarction or STEMI -- time is of the essence. Jefferson Health recently received New Jersey state certification to offer a specialized treatment, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), for STEMI patients at its Washington Township Hospital Catheterization Lab. A STEMI is a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of a coronary artery. These heart attacks are extremely serious and can be life threatening. “Time is critical to open up these vessels to save the patient’s life,” said Henry Schuitema, DO, Chief of Emergency Medicine at... Read more →


New Year's Baby, Cora Jane Lacher Born at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital

Victoria and Chris Lacher of Sewell, with Cora Jane, born on New Year's Day. Congratulations! Sewell, January 1, 2024 -- The Jefferson Washington Township Hospital welcomed its first baby of the year, Cora Jane, on New Year's Day. She was born to Victoria and Chris Lacher of Sewell at 12:41 p.m. on January 1st. The baby weighed 7 lbs., 2 ounces, and measured 19 ½ inches long. Little Cora Jane also has a cleft chin like her parents and three-year-old brother. Moreover, Jefferson is celebrating a significant milestone this year, as the health system and university will turn 200 years... Read more →


Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Welcomes Its 1st Baby of 2024

Jefferson Washington Township Hospital greeted its first baby of 2024 on New Year’s Day! Victoria and Chris Lacher of Sewell, welcomed little Cora Jane at 12:41 p.m. on January 1st. The baby weighed 7 lbs., 2 ounces, and is 19 ½ long. And like her parents and three year-old brother, little Cora Jane has a cleft chin! Jefferson is also celebrating a major milestone this year. The health system and university turn 200 this year and will celebrate its bicentennial throughout 2024. Happy birthday to all the region’s New Year’s babies and happy birthday, Jefferson! Read more →


Jefferson Washington Township Hospital ED Receives DAISY Team Award

Members of the Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Emergency Department (ED) were recently honored with a DAISY Team Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award was presented in recognition of their commitment to compassionate care and collaborating with nursing to identify and exceed patient needs. The team devoted hours to stabilize a patient and maintained clear communication with the family, while seamlessly attending to other patients. “The team showed extraordinary dedication, prioritizing the urgent situation and skillfully applying their expertise to save a young man's life,” said Diane Juliano, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Jefferson Health – East Region. “His parents expressed overwhelming... Read more →


Two Jefferson Hospitals -- including Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital -- Earn ‘Top Teaching’ Awards from the Leapfrog Group

Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital and Jefferson Einstein Montgomery Hospital Earn 2023 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety Philadelphia, PA, December 5, 2023 -- Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital and Jefferson Einstein Montgomery Hospital were each named a Top Teaching Hospital 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, known as the toughest... Read more →


Jefferson Health Employees Receive BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers

Three Jefferson Health employees in New Jersey were recently honored with a Beyond Expectations of Excellence (BEE) Award for Extraordinary Caregivers — Patient Care Technicians MaryAnne Metzger and Theresa Sapigao, as well as Environmental Services associate Nicole Savoca. During a patient's 17-day hospital stay, Metzger, of Salem, NJ, stood out as an exceptionally positive and caring individual who showed compassion and sensitivity to the patient’s needs. This grateful patient from the Silvestri 4 Unit at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital wrote that “Maryanne infused care and humor into tasks such as bathing, creating a positive atmosphere." Sapigao, of Marlton, NJ, was... Read more →


Jefferson Health Nurses Honored with DAISY Award

Jefferson Health registered nurses Amber Hart, BSN, RN, and Jeong Kim, BSN, RN, PCCN, were each recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Hart and Kim — who respectively work on the Silvestri 5 and C4 patient care units at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital and Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital — were recognized for establishing a connection with patients and families through trust and emotional support. Hart, of Pine Hill, NJ, received praise from colleagues for initiating a rapid response and administering Narcan to a patient suspected of taking illicit drugs. Hart exhibited non-judgmental care while providing empathetic support.... Read more →


Jefferson Health to Hold 14th Annual ‘Tree of Lights’ Event at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township on November 29th

Area residents will have the opportunity to honor, remember, and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have battled cancer with the symbolic illumination of the “Tree of Lights” in the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township’s lobby on Wednesday, November 29. The 14th annual Tree of Lights Remembrance Celebration, set for 5-6 p.m. at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (900 Medical Center Drive, Sewell, NJ), will include music, light refreshments, and a tree-lighting ceremony, where honorees’ names will be recited aloud. A minimum $5 donation per recited name will benefit the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – New Jersey... Read more →


Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in New Jersey Receives $12,000 through fundraiser held by grateful patient

South Jersey resident and grateful patient Michelle Donio recently raised more than $12,000 in support of the Patient Assistance Fund at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in New Jersey. The Patient Assistance Fund helps patients who need help with rent, utilities or transportation, allowing them to continue focusing on their treatment. Donio, of Buena, hosted a breast cancer benefit, Sort for Support, at the Double P Ranch in Bridgeton over two days in early October for this effort. Ranch sorting is a western-style equestrian sport that involves two teams of riders separating cattle into pens on horseback against the clock.... Read more →


Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Awarded Comprehensive Stroke Certification from The Joint Commission

Jefferson Washington Township Hospital has been certified by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest distinction of its kind, which recognizes hospitals with the ability to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. “Achieving Comprehensive Stroke Center accreditation is another example of how our highly experienced teams bring the most sophisticated level of complex care to South Jersey, including world-class cancer care, specialized cardiac treatments, and OBGYN services for women’s health," said Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP, MSc, FACP, President of Jefferson Health. "I’m very proud that the Jefferson Heath Washington Township Hospital team has been recognized... Read more →


Jefferson Health Awards 3 Nursing Scholarships

Three Jefferson Health Department of Nursing employees in New Jersey received annual Nursing Scholarships through the Magnet®-designated healthcare organization. The three — all employed at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital — were chosen by the Nursing Selection Committee based on their academic achievements and support of Jefferson’s mission, vision, and values. Each year, Jefferson offers various nursing scholarships: an Entry-Level Non-RN Scholarship, open to all clinical and non-clinical employees aspiring for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree; the Gartzman Fund RN-to-BSN Scholarship; and the Leadership Scholarship, open to current BSN- and MSN-level nurses aspiring to earn a Master’s (MSN)... Read more →


Jefferson Health Awards 3 Nursing Scholarships

Cherry Hill, NJ (October 2, 2023) — Three Jefferson Health Department of Nursing employees in New Jersey received annual Nursing Scholarships through the Magnet®-designated healthcare organization. The three — all employed at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital — were chosen by the Nursing Selection Committee based on their academic achievements and support of Jefferson’s mission, vision, and values. Each year, Jefferson offers various nursing scholarships: an Entry-Level Non-RN Scholarship, open to all clinical and non-clinical employees aspiring for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree; the Gartzman Fund RN-to-BSN Scholarship; and the Leadership Scholarship, open to current BSN- and MSN-level... Read more →


Jefferson Health Hospitals Earn Special Surgical Designations

Voorhees, NJ, September 29, 2023 – Two Jefferson Health hospitals in southern New Jersey earned individual recognitions related to their surgical services. Jefferson Stratford Hospital recently earned designation as an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Quality Partner, in recognition of its dedication to the safest and most effective surgical care through its Weight-Loss Surgery Program, which also holds ACS Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) designation. More than 5,400 bariatric surgical procedures have been performed at Jefferson Stratford Hospital since the program began in 2007. An important measure of a hospital’s surgical quality, ACS Quality... Read more →


Aaron Chang Named President of Jefferson Health – East

Jefferson has announced that Aaron Chang, FACHE, has been named President of Jefferson Health – East, effective October 16, 2023. Chang brings vast experience in the academic, non-profit, and private sectors, with a passion for improving community health. In his new role, Chang will be responsible for overseeing daily operations of Jefferson’s three New Jersey acute care hospitals in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, NJ, recently ranked among the top 10 in New Jersey on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list. A results-oriented executive, Chang comes to Jefferson from Catholic Health in New York, where he was... Read more →


Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Employees Receive DAISY, BEE Awards

Jefferson Health recently presented two of its Washington Township Hospital employees — Jeffrey Szurek, RN, and Spencer Reitano, PCT — with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses and a Beyond Expectations of Excellence (BEE) Award. Jeffrey Szurek, an Emergency Department (ED) nurse, was recognized with a DAISY Award for providing compassionate patient care and assisting a co-worker. He stayed beyond his shift to offer support in a situation involving an Emergency Department patient (and his accompanying son), whose wife and mother was coincidentally a patient in the hospital’s ICU. Szurek stayed beyond his shift so the nurse caring for the... Read more →


Jefferson Health and NAWBO South Jersey Host 'Network Connect Event'

Jefferson Health recently hosted a networking event in partnership with the South Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO SJ). The Network Connect event, held at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, provided an evening of conversation, networking, and valuable information on women’s health topics. A Jefferson physician panel featuring Interventional Cardiologist Jeffrey Ogbara, MD; Neurosurgeon Richard F. Schmidt, MD; and Obstetrician–Gynecologist Tameka Sisco, DO, discussed heart health — including risk factors, symptoms, prevention and treatment of heart disease — as well as stroke and hypertension during pregnancy. The Jefferson panel also discussed the health system’s interventional cardiology,... Read more →


Jefferson Health Nurse Honored with DAISY Award

Danielle Coates, BSN, RN, a Registered Nurse on the 2-East unit at Jefferson Stratford Hospital, was recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The Williamstown, NJ, resident — a seven-year employee — was recognized for her positive attitude and establishing connections with patients and families. "I have watched Danielle become so compassionate and always find a 'soft spot' for patients," a colleague wrote in their nomination. "Her compassion and empathy inspire me." A grateful family member added that "Danielle took time to explain everything during my mom's stay. We could not be happier with the care she received."... Read more →


Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital Nurse Manager Honored with DAISY Team Leader Award

Donna Cybulski, MSN, RN, CCRN — Intensive Care Unit/Intermediate Care Unit Nurse Manager at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital — was recently honored with a DAISY Team Leader Award for Extraordinary Nurses. A 12-year Jefferson employee, Cybulski, of Stratford, NJ, was nominated by a nursing colleague who praised her for being a transformational leader who puts others before herself and inspires, trusts, and believes in her staff. Donna became the team’s Nurse Manager during the pandemic. Her nominator praised her for not only providing patient care with her team and willingly working night shifts, but also inspiring her co-workers during the... Read more →


Jefferson Health Hosts 15 Educators Taking Part in CCSNJ’s South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators

Jefferson Health recently hosted 15 fifth through 12th-grade teachers from schools throughout the region, as part of the South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators, offered by the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ). The annual three-week-long summer program helps regional teachers keep pace with changes in the business community while providing tools for them to better prepare their students — our future workforce. Since the Institute’s inception 30-plus years ago, more than 690 teachers from dozens of South Jersey schools have “graduated,” impacting more than 65,000 students. At the event, Lisa Dutterer, VP of Operations at Jefferson Cherry... Read more →


Jefferson Health Employees Receive BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers

Two Jefferson Health employees in New Jersey were recently honored with a Beyond Expectations of Excellence (BEE) Award for Extraordinary Caregivers — MaryAnne Metzger, a Silvestri-4 Patient Care Technician at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, and Matthew Rappa, a Regional Marketing and Communications specialist. Metzger, of Pilesgrove, NJ, was nominated by a patient for her empathy and compassion, who wrote: “Thank you for taking time to understand who I am, rather than considering me just an ‘addict.’ I can keep moving forward on my long road ahead if I continue to be blessed with people like MaryAnne.” “MaryAnne always connects with... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Is Nationally Recognized for its Commitment to Providing High-Quality Stroke Care

Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s hospitals in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township have each received the American Heart Association’s 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, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability. Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Nursing Leader Helene Burns Selected for Induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior VP & Regional Chief Nursing Officer for Jefferson Health – New Jersey, has been selected for induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Induction is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career, where their accomplishments are honored by colleagues both within and outside their profession. Fellows are selected based on their contributions and impact to advance the public’s health. With more than 40 years of healthcare experience, Dr. Burns is responsible for nursing operations/patient care at Jefferson’s three New Jersey acute care hospitals, with oversight of more than 1,400 RNs... Read more →


Jefferson Stratford Hospital 3-West Unit Receives DAISY Team Award

Members of the Jefferson Stratford Hospital 3-West patient care team — Norman Kiersznowski, RN (Glassboro); Paige Fiedler, RN (West Deptford); Stephanie Marucci, APN (Williamstown); Jenn Roach, RN (Berlin); Amy Santos, RN, CMSRN (Somerdale); and Nutrition Care Associate Sandra St. Germain (Woodbury) — were recently honored with a DAISY Team Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The team was recognized for their high level of care and compassion shown to a grateful patient admitted to the hospital last summer with a kidney infection. The nurses were supportive and encouraging, and the dietary associate always brought meals with a smile. DAISY honorees are nominated... Read more →


Surgery Center, Hospital OR Employees Team Up for Lifesaving Care  

Two Jefferson Surgery Center employees — Certified Surgical Technician Meghan Cummings and Registered Nurse Jacqulen McCann — recently went “above and beyond” when reporting to the nearby Operating Room (OR) at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital. Despite working in an ambulatory setting for several years, Meghan and Jackie jumped in to assist the OR team — Certified Surgical Technician Kari Dayton, Registered Nurses Robin Collins and Jennifer Delaney, and OB/GYN Chief Kenneth Covone, DO — with a patient experiencing a post-delivery hemorrhage that required immediate action and ended with a successful surgery. "Meghan and Jackie are very experienced and skilled professionals,"... Read more →


Jefferson Health Performs 5,000th Robotic Surgery in New Jersey

Jefferson Health's Surgical Services team in New Jersey recently performed its 5,000th robotic procedure. The surgical milestone took place on June 19, at Jefferson Stratford Hospital and was performed using the da Vinci® Xi robotic surgery system. Several Jefferson Health NJ surgeons are trained in robotic procedures; this particular robotic cholecystectomy was performed by surgeon Adeshola Fakulujo, MD. Celebrations noting the milestone were held at Jefferson Stratford and Washington Township hospitals. The da Vinci robot is used at these two Jefferson hospitals for an array of procedures, including general surgery, urologic surgery, GYN, and GYN Oncology surgery. Robotic surgery is... Read more →


18 Project SEARCH Interns Graduate from Work-Transition Programs at Jefferson Health – New Jersey

Eighteen young adults received Project SEARCH graduation certificates, marking their participation in a longstanding work-transition program at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, Jefferson Stratford Hospital, and, for the first time, Jefferson Washington Township Hospital. These Project SEARCH interns attended classes at the 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, 69 students have “graduated” from the Project SEARCH program at Jefferson Health – New... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Receives Magnet Redesignation

Jefferson Health's campuses in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township have achieved Magnet® Redesignation. In 2018, Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey hospitals became the first in Camden and Gloucester counties to receive Magnet designation. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program recognizes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence, based on professionalism, teamwork and patient care. It is considered the most prestigious and coveted recognition a hospital can achieve for nursing excellence. Jefferson's designation includes the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township; and its Surgery Center in Washington Township. “We are so proud of our outstanding... Read more →


Scholarships Awarded to Children of Two Jefferson Health Employees in NJ

Children of two Jefferson Health - New Jersey employees have been named recipients of the annual Sanderson Memorial Scholarship. A $2,500 scholarship is awarded each year to two eligible dependent children of regular full- or part-time employees with at least one year of service. The scholarship is 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 recipients are: Brianna Blanchard, of Somerdale, NJ, daughter of Theron Blanchard, an electrician at Jefferson Stratford Hospital. Brianna will graduate from Sterling High School... Read more →


Jefferson Health Environmental Services Associate Receives BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers

Environmental Services Associate Laura Gamez, of the 4-East unit at Jefferson Stratford Hospital, was recently honored with a Beyond Expectations of Excellence (BEE) Award for Extraordinary Caregivers. The Willingboro, NJ, resident was nominated by a nursing colleague for treating patients and families with dignity and respect, building trusting relationships, and displaying a “can-do” attitude. “Laura makes a positive difference with a smile,” writes Deborah Malone, MSN, RN, adding that Laura has done everything from washing patients’ clothes to getting them needed toiletries. “She always tries to make patients comfortable, consistently answers patient lights and asks nursing if they can have... Read more →


Jefferson Hospitals in NJ Honored with Quality & Safety Award by GPBCH

Jefferson Stratford Hospital and Jefferson Washington Township Hospital have each been honored with a 2022 Hospital Quality and Safety Award by the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH). The awards were announced at the recent GPBCH Regional Leapfrog Quality and Safety Awards event at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Hosted by GPBCH and the Health Care Improvement Foundation, the awards program brought together healthcare leaders and employers to discuss the value of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey, and Safety Grade in driving healthcare quality and safety, and to recognize top-performing hospitals and... Read more →


Jefferson Health Nurse Honored with DAISY Award

Jada Griffin-Howard, BSN, RN, a registered nurse on the C4 Patient Pavilion unit at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, was recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The Cherry Hill, NJ, resident was recognized for establishing a connection with a patient through trust and emotional support. "Jada cared for me as if she knew me all of her life. She made me feel comfortable, loved, and like I was her mother," wrote a grateful patient. "I am a mother of three children with a disabled husband, so I usually take care of everyone. Jada helped me realize it was... Read more →


Jefferson Health – New Jersey Now Offering Aquablation Treatment for BHP - New treatment has excellent outcomes with less side effects

Jefferson Health – New Jersey is now offering a new treatment option for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, a common condition resulting from an enlarged prostate. As men age, their prostate naturally enlarges, but when this condition causes urinary issues or sexual dysfunction, it is diagnosed as BPH. This non-cancerous condition is common, especially in older men, and there are a variety of treatments to relieve or address this issue. One of the newest treatment options for men with BPH is Aquablation® Therapy, which has been performed at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital by Thomas Mueller, MD, a board- certified urologist.... Read more →