November 25, 2014

A Message from the President and CEO


A new UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH CENTER will open on December 1 on A-level of the main hospital building, Suite A-1020.  It will replace the arrangement we had with the Rutgers Occupational Health Center in the Bergen Building.

The University Hospital Employee Health Center will provide a variety of health services delivered by trained medical staff.  The Center will be operated by Concentra, a leader in occupational health with more than 30 years experience and a staff of nationally recognized expert clinicians. Concentra is focused on keeping you healthy and productive.

The Employee Health Center will be open to serve all our employees. You can schedule an appointment between 7 a.m. and  3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or stop by A-1020 any time during those hours. 

Everyone at University Hospital is committed to the health of our patients.  Nothing is more important than your own good health.  I encourage you to take advantage of our new Employee Health Center.

I wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
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James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE
President and CEO

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Wednesday, Nov. 25
Yoga class
MSB Grand Foyer.
Yoga mats are provided

Saturday , Dec. 13
Open Enrollment Day
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
UH Room C-203

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UH Hosts Ebola Briefing

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(l-r) Former Governor Donald DiFrancesco, UH Board Chairman; William Cassidy, PhD, Secretary, UH Board of Directors; Honorable Sheila Y. Oliver, NJ General Assembly; Honorable Cleopatra Tucker, NJ General Assembly, Honorable Mila Jasey, NJ General Assembly; Senator Ronald L. Rice, NJ Senate; and Torian Easterling, MD, MPH, Department of Family Medicine, Rutgers NJMS

University Hospital partnered with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to host a briefing for state legislators, public health officials, and healthcare partners in Essex County highlighting the hospital’s Ebola preparedness efforts.
Honorable Donald T. DiFrancesco, UH Board Chairman; James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, UH President and CEO; and Robert L. Johnson, MD, Rutgers NJMS Dean, welcomed everyone to the event. Three physicians gave an update and overview of staff training, community outreach, patient safety and education on Ebola virus disease that’s been provided by UH.

After a question and answer session, COO Nancy Hamstra, MPA, and Gregory Sugalski, MD, of the Emergency Department, took the visitors on a tour of UH’s Extended Treatment Area, which has been specially constructed for patients suspected of having Ebola virus disease.

State legislators who attended were Senator Ronald Rice (D-28); Assemblywomen: Mila M. Jasey (D-27), Cleopatra G. Tucker (D-28), and Sheila Oliver (D-34); Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin (D-34),  Chief of Staff, Office of  Senator Richard Codey (D-27), Justin Davis, and Raul Medina, Legislative Aide, Office of L. Grace Spencer (D-29).

Open Enrollment Day at UH

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(l-r) UnitedHealthcare staff members Luz Ramirez and Jonathan White with guest Manuel Ortiz, during open enrollment day

Members of the community looking to get healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had a chance to do exactly that at an open enrollment day at UH on November 22.

The Financial Counseling Department hosted the free event, and representatives from insurance plans distributed information and/or enrolled people in their plans. UH financial counselors answered questions about the ACA and helped those who wished to change their existing coverage navigate the website.

The 2015 healthcare insurance marketplace will remain open until February 15, 2015. Additional open enrollment events will be held at the hospital on December 13, 2014, and January 31, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors.

Radiation Oncology Moved

we have moved

Radiation Oncology has relocated from A level of University Hospital to A level of the Cancer Center. Outpatients should no longer use A level of the hospital to get to Radiation Oncology. They should now enter through the main entrance of the Cancer Center at 205 So. Orange Ave and take the elevator to level A

The main number for Radiation Oncology is (973)-972-5053. For questions or more information, please contact Leslie Jusinski, Assistant Manager of Patient Business Services at 973-972-4295.

A Physician’s Love of Newark

Karma Warren, MD
Karma Warren, MD

The current issue of Positive Community magazine features Karma Warren, MD, whose love and appreciation for the City of Newark and its residents is manifested in her work every day as an attending physician in the UH Emergency Department. To read Dr. Warren’s inspiring story, see page 50 in the current issue.

Get Your Dancing Shoes On


Learn to line dance before this year’s Holiday Party. There will be two free line dancing clinics on Wednesday, December 3 and December 10, so everyone can be ready to rock and roll at the party.

The sessions will be taught in the UH Cafeteria from noon to 2 p.m. Don’t be out of step. Join the fun.