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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 →

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CNB Medical: Never One to Shy Away from a Challenge - Including Testicular Cancer

James Harabedian Jr. has never been one to shy away from a challenge. Growing up in NJ, he and his competitive nature fell in love with ice hockey, soccer and lacrosse. So when the 28-year-old sales manager and lacrosse coach was diagnosed with testicular cancer last winter, he knew it would be the greatest test of his adversity to date. And in this ultimate competition with cancer, Harabedian is prevailing. Last February, the Berkeley Heights man discovered a lump in his left testicle. Startling because he knew it wasn’t there the week before. He didn’t hesitate to take action. Within... Read more →


John Driscoll | Special to CNBNews “The Debate between Autism Awareness’ Blue Identity and Autism Acceptance’s Red Identity. (Historically, Autism Awareness has been associated with Blue Lighting and Autism Acceptance with Red.) Can I accept something that I am not aware of? In 1988 President Ronald Reagan issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring April as Autism Awareness Month. Around that time there was a shift in economic “policies” regarding funding for care for persons with disabilities. Many of the government-operated institutions began to shut down and many school districts began offering greater services for children with disabilities. Programs like “early... 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 →

April 8th's Total Solar Eclipse Seen Across North America

\ (CNBNews)(April 8, 2024)--On Monday, April 8, 2024, North America experienced a rare natural phenomenon, a total solar eclipse. The eclipse was visible across the entire continent, and Dan Vaultier managed to capture some stunning photos of it in South Jersey, using only his cell phone. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, completely obstructing the Sun's image for an observer on Earth. The scientific fact is that when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than that of the Sun, it results in a total solar eclipse, blocking all direct sunlight and turning... Read more →

Dr. Ernest J. Gentchos, Surgeon, Vietnam War Army Veteran, Camden High Alum

Ernest J. Gentchos, M.D. died peacefully on March 27, 2024. He was 87. A graduate of Camden High School, he attended Illinois Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He interned at Albert Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He served in the U.S. Army with the First Air Calvary Division on active duty in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Upon his return, he completed a general surgery and an orthopedic residency at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Gentchos began his private practice... Read more →

Is Belly Liposuction Safe? Everything You Need to Know About Belly Liposuction Risks

Belly liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that has become increasingly popular for those looking to remove excess fat and contour their belly. Despite its allure, it's crucial to understand the risks and complications associated with this surgical procedure. This blog will guide you through the essential aspects of belly liposuction, ensuring you're well-informed before making a decision. What is Liposuction / Lipoplasty? Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to remove fat deposits from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. This cosmetic procedure aims to contour and sculpt the... 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 →

CNB MEDICAL NEWS: Some Medicines and Driving Don’t Mix

If you’re taking a medication, is it safe to drive? Most likely, yes. Still, before driving or operating other heavy machinery, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises you to make sure it is safe to do. Although many medicines will not affect your ability to drive, some nonprescription (also called over-the-counter, or OTC) and prescription medications can have side effects that may make it unsafe to drive or operate other heavy machinery. Side effects can include: sleepiness/drowsiness blurred vision dizziness slowed or uncoordinated movement fainting inability to focus or pay attention nausea excitability Some medicines can affect your driving... 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 →

Are Utah Doctors Performing Unnecessary Surgeries on Children?

A Utah Cleft Palate Team Says Its Approach Is Innovative. Others See a Pattern of Unnecessary Surgeries on Children. by Megan Rose ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Returning to his home state of Utah, where more babies are born with cleft lip and palate than is typical, Dr. Devan Griner made plans to open his own practice, joining the small cohort of plastic surgeons nationwide who treat the condition. As he recruited doctors to fill out a team in 2017, Griner had... Read more →

CNB Medical News: Syphilis Is Killing Babies. The U.S. Government Is Failing to Stop the Disease

by Anna Maria Barry-Jester ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Karmin Strohfus, the lead nurse at a South Dakota jail, punched numbers into a phone like lives depended on it. She had in her care a pregnant woman with syphilis, a highly contagious, potentially fatal infection that can pass into the womb. A treatment could cure the woman and protect her fetus, but she couldn’t find it in stock at any pharmacy she called — not in Hughes County, not even anywhere within... Read more →

Age Gracefully: How Testosterone Boosters Can Support Healthy Aging in Men

As men age, maintaining vitality and well-being becomes increasingly important. While aging is a natural process, there are ways to support healthy aging and promote overall wellness. Testosterone boosters have gained attention as a potential solution for men looking to age gracefully and maintain their vitality. In this article, we'll explore how testosterone boosters can support healthy aging in men and enhance overall quality of life. Understanding Testosterone and Aging Testosterone is a hormone that plays a vital role in male health and vitality. It is responsible for regulating various functions in the body, including muscle mass, bone density, libido,... 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 →

Health Matters: The Impact of THC Carts on Your Well-being

In the ever-evolving landscape of cannabis consumption, THC carts have gained popularity as a convenient and discreet method for enjoying the benefits of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). While these vaporized cartridges offer a modern approach to cannabis use, it's essential to delve into the impact of THC carts on your well-being. In this comprehensive blog, we'll explore the potential effects, considerations, and responsible usage to ensure a balanced perspective on the impact of THC carts on your health. Understanding THC Carts: Before delving into the impact, let's first understand what THC carts are and how they function. THC carts, short for THC... Read more →

Deciphering the Stars: A Thoughtful Guide to Understanding Astrology's Role in Wellness

Astrology, an ancient practice that maps the positions of the stars and planets to predict earthly and human events, has found a modern renaissance in personal wellness. This guide delves into the nuanced relationship between astrology and wellness, shedding light on how celestial movements can influence our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. By understanding the intricate dance of the cosmos, individuals can unlock a deeper awareness of themselves and navigate life with greater harmony. The Foundations of Astrological Wellness Astrology posits that the alignment of the stars and planets at the moment of our birth encapsulates a blueprint for our... 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 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 →

How does TMS contribute to the management of treatment-resistant mental health conditions?

In the field of mental health, treatment-resistant conditions can cast a long and challenging shadow over the lives of those affected. Traditional therapies may sometimes fall short of providing the relief individuals desperately seek. Enter Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a promising frontier in the battle against treatment-resistant mental health conditions. In this article, we'll look into how TMS contributes to managing these conditions, offering a beacon of hope for those processing the complexity of mental health challenges. Understanding Treatment-Resistance Understanding the challenges posed by treatment-resistant mental health conditions reveals the daunting battle that individuals endure in confronting persistent disorders. Conditions... 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 →

NJ Law Allows More Residents to Receive “Hospital at Home” Care

New Law Enables More N.J. Residents to Receive ‘Hospital at Home’ Those with private, commercial health insurance or Medicaid are now eligible to receive comprehensive, acute care at home. Virtua Health is among N.J.’s largest providers of Hospital at Home (MARLTON, NJ…January 23, 2024) An emerging form of health care that enables patients to receive hospital-level services at home is now available to many more New Jersey residents, thanks to a law enacted today (Jan. 23). Called Hospital at Home, this care model is now available to both Medicaid participants and people with private, commercial health insurance, when medically appropriate.... 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 →

Mastering Advanced SEO Techniques: Tips and Tricks for Dominating Search Engines

Mastering Advanced SEO Techniques is essential for businesses that want to improve their online presence and increase their website traffic. SEO, or search engine optimization, is the process of optimizing a website to rank higher on search engines like Google. By mastering advanced SEO techniques, businesses can improve their website's visibility, attract more visitors, and ultimately increase their revenue. Advanced SEO techniques involve a variety of strategies, including keyword research, content creation, link building, and technical optimization. By utilizing these techniques, businesses can improve their website's ranking on search engines and attract more organic traffic. However, mastering these techniques requires... 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 →

Twin Brothers Born on Different Days and even in Different Years! 

Mother Welcomes Twin Boys – Before and After Midnight – at Virtua Voorhees Hospital (Left to right) Twins Ezekial and Ezra. (Voorhees, NJ…) Twin brothers were born at Virtua Voorhees Hospital, but they don’t share the same birthday. One entered the world late into the evening on December 31; the other arrived on January 1, soon after 2024 began. Older brother Ezra was born at 11:48 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, weighing 6 pounds and measuring 18¾ inches long. Slightly younger brother Ezekial was born at 12:28 a.m. on New Year's Day, weighing 4 pounds and measuring 17¼ inches long.... Read more →

CNB Medical News: Finding Hope, Meaning This Holiday Season

Cedars-Sinai Newswise — LOS ANGELES (Dec. 26, 2023) -- Wars abroad. Struggles at home, including record-setting inflation and political polarization. Although the holiday season can trigger a range of emotions, this year may feel especially challenging. Yet there still are ways to find hope, light and joy, say Cedars-Sinai leaders in spiritual care, cancer support and mental health. To discover ways to find solace during the holidays, the Cedars-Sinai Newsroom spoke with the Rev. Hannah Rhiza, chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, and from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: Arash Asher, MD, director of Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship; the Rev. Peggy... Read more →

In 2024 Take Charge of your Brain Health

The start of a new year is the perfect time to take charge of your brain health by incorporating habits which can lower the risk of developing cognitive decline and possibly dementia. Follow these tips—and more—to benefit your brain and body. It's never too late or too early to start! Protect your brain Help prevent injury to your head by wearing seat belts while driving and helmets when playing contact sports or riding a bike. Get moving Engage in regular physical activity that raises your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain. Challenge your mind Put your brain... 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 →

Samaritan Names Lisa Dutterer New COO of the Organization

Gibbsboro Resident Has 30+ Years of Healthcare Leadership Experience Mount Laurel, N.J. – Samaritan, a not-for-profit, leading provider of home-based primary care, palliative medicine and hospice care, as well as grief support, education and advocacy, is proud to announce that it has named Gibbsboro resident Lisa Dutterer as its new Chief Operating Officer, effective December 2023. “We are honored to welcome Lisa to our leadership team,” said Phillip W. Heath, president and CEO of Samaritan. “Lisa brings 30+ years of leadership experience in healthcare operations throughout the South Jersey and Philadelphia region to our organization and will be responsible for... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Newark Native Serves Aboard Guided Missle Destroyer in Red Sea

By Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Petty Officer Third Class Andrew Gonzalez, a native of Newark, New Jersey, serves aboard USS Carney, currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Gonzalez currently serves as a boatswain’s mate and was aboard the ship on Oct. 19, when the crew of Carney shot down multiple land attack cruise missiles and unmanned aerial drones launched by Houthi forces in Yemen while the ship was operating in the northern Red Sea. The missiles and drones were believed headed toward Israel when Carney intercepted them. “My role was... Read more →

Benefits of Using Cannabis for Anxiety: A Comprehensive Guide

Many people suffer from anxiety and are looking for ways to manage their symptoms. While traditional treatments such as therapy and medication can be effective, some individuals are turning to cannabis as an alternative option. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries and is becoming increasingly popular, available at Atom Cannabis for its potential benefits in treating anxiety. Cannabis, particularly the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), may help alleviate anxiety symptoms due to its interaction with the body's endocannabinoid system. However, individual responses and the effects of different cannabis strains and dosages can vary. While there... 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 →

How Can Med School Admissions Consulting Personalize Your Prep Strategy: 5 Prep Tips

Embarking on the journey to medical school can be complex, but what if you had a roadmap tailored just for you? 'How Can Med School Admissions Consulting Personalize Your Prep Strategy: 5 Prep Tips' offers exactly that. This guide unveils how expert consultants can transform your med school preparation into a personalized, strategic journey. We'll discuss five essential tips highlighting the importance of understanding your unique strengths, crafting a study plan that fits your life, and more. Get ready to discover how a customized approach can significantly enhance your chances of success in the competitive world of medical school admissions!... Read more →

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Nursing Success at College: Clear Assignment Help for Academic Excellence

Nursing is a demanding field, and the academic journey can be equally challenging. Nursing assignments are an integral part of this journey, and they require a unique blend of knowledge, critical thinking, and practical application. The role of a nursing student goes beyond memorizing medical terminologies or understanding disease processes. It calls for a deep understanding of patient care, empathy, professionalism, and ethical considerations. Many students may need help with nursing assignment as they navigate this complex journey. The wide range of topics, coupled with the constant pressure of deadlines, can make the task overwhelming. However, with a clear roadmap... 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 →

Engineered bacteria paint targets on tumors for cancer-killing T cells to see

BYLINE: Holly Evarts Newswise — New York, NY—October 12, 2023—For several years, researchers have been successfully using chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells to target specific antigens found on blood cells as a cure for patients with leukemia and lymphoma. But solid tumors, like breast and colon cancers, have proven to be more difficult to home in on. Solid tumors contain a mix of cells that display different antigens on their surface-often shared with healthy cells in the body. Thus, identifying a consistent and safe target has impeded the success of most CAR-T cell therapy for solid tumors at the... 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 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 →

CNB Medical News: Our Lady of Lourdes/Virtua Hospital Plans Six Story Addition

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews CAMDEN CITY, NJ (September 15, 2023)(CNBNews)--Our Lady of Lourdes/Virtua Hospital is planning an expansion. The hospital announced to the Courier Post on August 20, 2023 that it has plans to construct a six-story tower addition amounting to 254,155 square feet. The expansion will not include any new patient rooms but will include new elevators and renovations to the existing hospital to be completed in two phases. The tower will include new operating suites for cardiac and neurosurgical procedures and for organ transplants. The helipad, which is currently at ground level will be raised to the rooftop... Read more →

FDA Approves New COVID-19 Vaccines; Urges Public to Get Their Needle ASAP

(SEPTEMBER 11, 2023)(CNBNews)--Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action approving and authorizing for emergency use updated COVID-19 vaccines formulated to target currently circulating variants more closely and to provide better protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death. Today’s actions relate to updated mRNA vaccines for 2023-2024 manufactured by ModernaTX Inc. and Pfizer Inc. Consistent with the totality of the evidence and input from the FDA’s expert advisors, these vaccines have been updated to include a monovalent (single) component that corresponds to the Omicron variant XBB.1.5. What You Need to Know Individuals 5 years of age... 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 →

Cooper University Health Care Offering New Treatment for Disorders of the Lung

(CAMDEN CITY, NJ) – Pulmonary experts at Cooper University Health Care were the first in the world to use Boston Scientific’s iNodTM Ultrasound Guided Biopsy Needle in conjunction with robotic bronchoscopy, a new tool used to investigate suspicious peripheral pulmonary lesions in the lung, potentially leading to earlier diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Peripheral pulmonary lesions are small suspicious growths located in distant outlying regions of the lung that are often hard to reach and biopsy due to their size and location. The iNod system allows physicians to accurately maneuver through the lung tissue to reach these small lesions... 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 →