May 28, 2015

Milestone for IS&T and EMR

It’s official. University Hospital has achieved Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model. This distinction honors our accomplishments in implementing technology solutions that have the ability to improve patient safety and quality of care.

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Currently only 23% of hospitals nationwide have earned this designation. Stage 6 hospitals have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A letter from the Chairman of the Board of HIMSS Analytics announced this achievement and congratulated University Hospital on our “exemplary work.” He added, “We know that it takes executive commitment, support and a great team of healthcare professionals to achieve this pinnacle level.”

I know that it took an extraordinary effort by many people to get to this stage. I am proud of this milestone and am appreciative of the teamwork of our entire IT staff, the faculty and physicians, and the patient care and ancillary personnel who made this achievement a reality. I add my special thanks for their hard work to Rich Tunnell, our Chief Information Officer, and directors Joan Neugebauer and Mary Beth Lav.
James Gonzalez
James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE

Sharing Network Walk
NJ Sharing Network

This year University Hospital is a bronze sponsor of The Sharing Network’s 5th Annual Celebration of Life 5K. The walk will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the NJ Sharing Network Headquarters, 691 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ. Registration opens at 7:30 AM. Register now to join the hospital’s team, the University Hospital Gratefuls, which will be led by the Liver Transplant Support Group. For more information contact Stacie Newton at 2-8761 or newtonsj@uhnj.org or go to: njsharingnetwork.org.

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From the Desk of the Chairman of the Board

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am announcing that Jim Gonzalez will transition from his position as President and CEO of University Hospital effective June 1, 2015.

I am sure you will agree that Jim’s accomplishments during his tenure as President and CEO have helped University Hospital become a leading tertiary and trauma center for the State of New Jersey.  The Board is very grateful for his leadership and dedication to the advancement of our mission.  Jim has successfully guided University Hospital through the historic separation from UMDNJ.

During the transition, Nancy Hamstra will serve as the interim President and CEO.

Red Noses, Big Smiles

IST Group

The entire IS&T staff at UH joined last week’s Red Nose Day.  Members of the department decided that participating in this event was something they could do together.  Red noses were purchased for $1, and then the staff decided that each would pay $5 per nose to increase their donation to the charities supported by the campaign.  Plans are for the department to champion a different charity each month, and they promise to keep us posted.
Not everyone who participated was available for the photo. UH’s Chief Information Officer Richard Tunnell was there with the group.  Can you find him?

UH’s Miracle Worker

Dr. Ona Fofah
(l-r) UH Board Member Keith Greene, Chief of Staff Mary Jo Lopez, Honoree Dr. Onajovwe Fofah, UH Board Member Tanya Freeman and President and CEO James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, The "Night of Miracles", organized by the Women in Support of United Way of Essex and West Hudson honored Ona Fofah, MD, FAAP as a healthcare “miracle worker.”

Dr. Fofah  is the Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Newborn Services at University Hospital where he works to save the lives of premature infants born with complex, life-threatening conditions.  The award noted: “Not only are his clinical skills among the best, Dr. Fofah is known for his compassionate care. He comforts and provides solace to the infants’ families, during what is often the most difficult time in their lives. He understands that sometimes words are inadequate, but that holding a distraught mother’s hand or giving a worried father a smile can make all the difference.”

Dr. Fofah is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and Neonatal- Perinatal Medicine and graduated from Medical School in 1984 from his native country, Nigeria.

Springtime In The Cafeteria


It’s cherry blossom time in the UH cafeteria.  The installation is the first phase of a project that will bring colorful artwork to new areas in the hospital along with opportunities for digital and print advertising from a variety of businesses.  We hope that the wall will be eye-catching but hands-off, please.

Infection Prevention and Control at University Hospital

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University Hospital’s Infection Prevention and Control Department is focused on preventing healthcare-associated infections and containing existing infections. All sorts of communicable diseases, including blood-borne pathogens, TB and multi-drug resistant organisms can be spread from patient-to-patient, patients-to-staff, staff-to-patients and even among staff and visitors. The May issue of Ready highlights key principles and guidelines for reducing the rate of infections and gives practical measures to improve quality of care, minimize risk, save lives, and reduce costs. Be sure to read this newsletter and share it with you staff. The success of our Infection Prevention and Control Program is up to all of us.

Recognition for Poster Presentations

Debra Callendar
Debra Callendar, MSN, RN, CNOR - Director of Perioperative Services

When the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) called for posters to be presented at its Expo 2015 in Denver this spring, University Hospital answered the call. All three submissions were accepted for poster presentation. Two of the three joined the 10% of all posters chosen for excellence in clinical practice awards.

The three accepted in the Clinical category included “Managing OR Time: Room Turnover Initiative,” submitted by Debra Callendar, MSN, RN, CNOR, Teresita Abad, BSN, RN, CNOR and Michelle Matthews, BSN, RN. This poster received a ribbon for poster excellence in the Clinical Improvement/Innovation category.

A second poster, “Changing the Impressions of Sterile Processing,” also received a ribbon for poster excellence in the same category. It was submitted by Debra Callendar, Nancy Chobin, RN, CSPDM, Valerie Jackson, MBA, PMP, and Ernest Nichols, BA, CSPDM.

“Perioperative Nurses Drive Education: Resident Orientation” was submitted by Debra Callendar, Michelle Matthews and Kimberley Doran, BSN, RN, CAPA.  Ms. Callendar was asked by the AORN editors to publish an article in their journal based on the process outlined in this poster. Her work in collaboration with two colleagues had been published in the AORN Journal in February.