April 16, 2014

A Message from the President and CEO

UH President and CEO James R. Gonzalez

Children in the UH Workplace?

If you've already marked your calendars for April 24 – Take Your Children to Work Day – please note that this year UH has reluctantly decided NOT to participate. Here's why.

I'm sure there's not any member of the UH community who is not aware that we are in a continuing state of readiness in anticipation of the visit from The Joint Commission. We can't be sure when this visit will occur, but it will probably be anytime between now and the end of May. So it would be very difficult to plan the kind of event that Take Your Children to Work Day requires.

Instead please share with your children exactly what you do to make UH a place of excellent medicine and excellent care. And tell them, too, that the leadership of this hospital very much appreciates all you do every day to make the words of our credo come alive: One Goal. One Passion. Every Patient. Every Time.

Thank you,
Jim Gonzalez
James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE

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With Sincere Appreciation
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UH President and CEO James R. Gonazalez, MPH, FACHE, with members of the Financial Counseling Department.

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted, UH immediately got busy. A total of 23 members of the Financial Counseling staff completed two eight-hour days of training and became certified to assist people in applying for health coverage through the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace and NJ FamilyCare (Medicaid). The department extended its regular hours in order to enroll as many community members and patients as possible by the March 31, 2014 deadline. As a result a total of 1283 NJFamilyCare applications and 220 ACA applications were completed for a total of 1,503.

We believe that University Hospital had more certified enrollment counselors than any other hospital in New Jersey. Their extraordinary efforts paid rich dividends for those seeking insurance coverage, and as special recognition of their accomplishments, President and CEO James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, hosted a luncheon on Friday, April 11, for the financial counseling team.

The final rush to enroll in the ACA insurance marketplace is behind us, but efforts to enroll eligible New Jersey residents in NJ FamilyCare continue. So there is no rest for the Financial Counseling Department, which has extended its hours to 5 pm to 9 pm, Monday through Friday until April 30.  Counselors will be available in C203 during these extended hours to help members of the community enroll.

UH Welcomes Spring

breakfast reception

Mother Nature was not kind this winter; she bombarded the Northeast with rapid fire snowstorms and subzero temperatures. But nothing she did kept UH employees from doing whatever it took to get to work.

In recognition of everyone's extra efforts and to welcome the long-awaited spring, UH President and CEO James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, and the Leadership Team hosted a breakfast reception on April 11 in the Bistro Café. The leadership team greeted nearly 1,500 employees, as they enjoyed bagels, donuts and breakfast cake with their morning coffee.

View additional photos of the event here.

Raising Awareness for Organ Donation
group photo from National Donate Life Day
James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, President and CEO, University Hospital (seated, third from left) joins NJ Sharing Network volunteers and members of the University Hospital Center for Liver Diseases during National Donate Life Blue & Green Day.

It wasn't St. Patrick's Day, but Friday, April 11, was a day for the wearing green and blue when UH joined the rest of the country in marking National Donate Life Day. The day is set aside for people to demonstrate their support for organ/tissue and eye donation and to celebrate those who saved lives through their donations. It is part of National Donate Life Month, which was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003.
Visitors to the Cafeteria were able to register to become donors and meet some of the recipients of donated organs. Joining those at UH were employees from the NJ Sharing Network, a non-profit, organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for the residents of New Jersey who need them.

View additional photos of the event here.

We Need Your Help
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Did you know that it was the March of Dimes that identified the gene responsible for oral cleft, and that it is working on methods of prevention? Did you know that the organization is currently funding the development of a vaccine that can prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV), which causes birth defects in 8,000 babies each year? Research is only one aspect of its work, however. The March of Dimes reaches out to moms with information on having full-term, healthy pregnancies, and it supports families when something goes wrong.

Each year the March of Dimes holds its annual March for Babies, to help fund this worthwhile work. This year's March is on April 27 in Brookdale Park in Bloomfield/Montclair. Please join us and help us meet our goal of $5,000. Check-in is at 8 am and the walk begins at 9 am. You can register in the Cafeteria at the March of Dimes table or online. If you can't walk, please consider making a donation. For more information call Stacie Newton at 2-8761.