February 26, 2015

UH Neonatologist is a
“Miracle Worker”

Onajovwe Fofah, MD

Onajovwe Fofah, MD, has been awarded a 2015 Health Miracle Maker Award. The annual awards are presented annually by the United Way of Essex and Hudson counties to honor organizations and individuals who have made a special contribution to their local communities. Dr. Fofah is the only healthcare professional who received a 2015 award.

Here is an excerpt from Dr. Fofah’s nomination. “Under Dr. Fofah’s guidance, miracles often happen in the FICU. He works tirelessly, 24/7, to save the lives of the most vulnerable and fragile patients: premature infants with complex, life-threatening conditions. …Along with his outstanding clinical skills, Dr. Fofah is known for his compassionate care. He provides comfort and support to 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 will be recognized with other 2015 Miracle Makers at the annual “Night of Miracles Gala” in May.

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Meet the Team

Group photo of Members of the Healthy Heart team

Members of the Healthy Heart team are (l-r) Meredith Yorkin, Registered Dietician; Walter Bryant, Chief of Staff, Newark Municipal Council; Pallavi Solanki, MD, Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support; Natalie Colimon-Fitzgerald, Program Administrator; Carolyn Thomas, RN, Practice Manager; Sheila Walsh, APN; Monica Hanna, Health Educator; Melissa Garganta, Social Worker

A presentation on heart health and meeting members of the new healthcare team were some of the activities that took place at the official launch of UH’s Healthy Heart program on February 19. The new initiative is designed to help heart failure patients successfully care for themselves at home, with the help of health professionals at UH.

Visitors to the ACC stopped by tables in the lobby for information on the program and had their questions answered. Later guests helped themselves to healthful snacks while listening to program director Pallavi Solanki, MD, Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support at UH, give a presentation on heart failure. Guests also met members of the team, which includes a dietician, advanced practice nurse, a health educator, a social worker and administrators.

The Healthy Heart program is the hospital’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) initiative. In partnership with the federal government, DSRIP projects are designed to improve access and quality of care resulting in better outcomes. Hospitals could opt to design programs to improve one of eight chronic diseases/medical conditions: HIV/AIDS, cardiac care, asthma, diabetes, obesity, pneumonia, behavioral health and substance abuse.

For more information on the Healthy Heart Program, call (973) 972-1182.

March of Dimes Walk is Slated

group phot of Walk for Babies

Giving out information on the Walk for Babies in the Cafeteria are: (l-r) Gloria Igwe, MD, Assistant Director, Family Health Services; Peggy Quinn-King, RN, Assistant Nurse Manager, Family Health Services; Damali Campbell, MD, Attending Physician; Lynda Arnold, MHA, RN, NE-BC, Director of Family Health Services; Debra Brendel, APN, Family Health Services; Ingrid Bruce, RN, Assistant Director, Family Health Services

Each year nearly 500,000 babies are born too early. You can help support lifesaving research and programs to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality by joining the 2015 March of Dimes (MOD) March for Babies Walk. This year’s walk will be on Sunday, April 26 at Brookdale Park in Montclair. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

President and CEO James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, is chair of this year’s Essex County Walk and Onajovwe Fofah, MD, is co-chair. “As a father and grandfather, I understand how significant the work of the March of Dimes is to every baby,” says Mr. Gonzalez. Dr. Fofah, a neonatologist at UH, has first-hand experience with the birth of a premature baby. “My daughter was born at only 27 weeks,” he says. “Today she is a healthy 13-year-old, thanks to the March of Dimes.”

To register for the Walk contact Stacie Newton at 2-8761 or email any of the team captains: Lynda Arnold, Dr. Gloria Igwe, Dr. Fofah and Dr. Damali Campbell. Donations can also be made online here. The goal for 2015 is $50,000.

The entire hospital is encouraged to get everyone involved by joining the Department Challenge competition. The department that raises the most money for the MOD will receive a prize. And, any individual who raises at least $200 will receive a MOD t-shirt.

Employees Receive Kudos

Edith Ike, Kasie Bailey, Veronica Campbell, and Jocelyne Crevecoeur,

A few of the honorees are: Edith Ike, G-Blue; Kasie Bailey, G-Blue; Veronica Campbell, Patient Care Services; and Jocelyne Crevecoeur, H-Yellow

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” That quote from Aristotle was the theme of the first U are UH Employee Recognition ceremony of 2015. A total of 100 employees were honored on February 20 for service above and beyond the norm.

COO Nancy Hamstra hosted the event and President and CEO James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, was on hand bestowing congratulations. A highlight was a video produced by Shizelle Small, Program Support Specialist, Patient Relations Department, that showcased those who were recognized, as well as feedback from patients and employees. You can view it here.

It’s Not Too Late

book cover

You can still join the free workshop being offered by UH, titled “Take Control of Your Health.” The six-session program began on Tuesday, February 24, but there are still spots available. It is designed for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or any other chronic medical condition. Everyone who attends will receive a free book.

Upcoming dates are Tuesday March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. The sessions begin at 10 a.m. and run until noon in Room E-1635 of the ACC. Topics to be discussed are pain, fatigue, exercise, medication management, proper nutrition and more.

To sign up, call 973-972-6984 or 973-972-5207. The program is funded by University Hospital, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services.