November 20, 2014

UH to Hold Open Enrollment Days

healthcare insurance marketplace

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare insurance marketplace is now open for 2015 enrollment, and UH is ready to help. People in the community without health insurance who want to sign up, those who want to change their existing coverage, or those who simply have questions are welcome to attend three open enrollment Saturdays, November 22, December 13 and January 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The UH Financial Counseling Department is hosting the event in Room C-203, where certified counselors will be on hand, free of charge, to help people navigate the ACA insurance marketplace. You do not have to be a UH patient or live in Essex County to attend. The deadline to enroll or make changes is February 15. Please let all your friends and neighbors know.

Save the Date

Saturday, Nov. 22
Update on Liver Diseases
7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
50 12th Avenue
Newark, NJ
To register or for information.

Activity Director will be
Nikolaos Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF
Physicians from UH will speak

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Celebrating Employee Service

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Those celebrating 35 years of service include (l-r) Esperanza Herrera, Milagros Valera, Octavio Balza, Joyce Williams, Eileen Smith and Alesia Smith. Not pictured are James Carr and Janice Cole.

University Hospital said thank you to its longtime employees recently at two Employee Service Award Programs. On November 11, those who marked five, 10 and 15 years of service were honored. Among the honorees was President and CEO James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, who received his 15-year certificate from Chairman of the Board Donald T. DiFrancesco. The Chairman also congratulated everyone on behalf of the Board. “This year there are 396 of you celebrating five, 10 or 15 years,” he said. “All of you together represent 3,885 work years. …The Board sends its gratitude for your loyalty and hard work.”

On November 17, staff members celebrating 20 to 35 years of service were honored. Octavio Balza, Pathology; James Carr, Shipping and Receiving; Janice Cole, Neuro ICU; Esperanza Herrera, Ambulatory Care Services; Alesia Smith, Admitting; Eileen Smith, Radiology; Milagros Valera, Cardiac Cath Lab; and Joyce Williams, Emergency Department marked 35 years.

Photos of the events can be seen/downloaded here.

Legislators Get a Close Look at UH

NJ capital dome

University Hospital participated in the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Advocacy Day on November 13 at the State Capitol. The annual event gives lawmakers an opportunity to talk with healthcare leaders and learn more about the healthcare community’s contributions to New Jersey’s health and economic well-being and the need for continued support. Thaddaeus Diggs, Director of Government Relations, represented UH at the event.

Twenty members of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly participated along with several staff members.

We’ve Got Their Backs!


University Hospital wants all kids to be warm this winter. To help achieve that goal, the Coats for Kids program is underway. Any UH patients in need of coats for their children can get them free by asking his or her social worker for a Coats for Kids voucher then calling Sharon Sneed at 2-7264 to arrange to pick up the coats.

Paying it Forward

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Thank you to everyone who donated at this year’s fall blood drive. A total of 62 units were collected, which exceeded the number of pints donated this time last year.

According to the American Red Cross, 97 percent of Americans will need a transfusion at some point in their lives. Whether it’s the result of an accident, surgical procedure or other health-related issue, someone is getting blood every two seconds of every single day.

It is generous donors, like those who participated in this week’s drive, who help these people stay alive. Giving blood is nearly painless, is completely safe and takes only about ten minutes. Please join us at the next drive. Stay tuned for the date and time.

Party Time is Fast Approaching

Susan Delia, Patricia Rondan-Mann and Robyn Hines
Members of this year’s holiday party committee, Susan Delia, Patricia Rondan-Mann and Robyn Hines, spread the word about the upcoming party during rounding.

Everyone is invited to the University Hospital Holiday Party on Thursday, December 18, from 6 to 11p.m. at Nanina's in the Park, in Belleville. Tickets are $45 and will be available for purchase in the hospital cafeteria beginning this Friday, November 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be a cocktail reception, buffet dinner, dancing to the DJ “Mojo” and much more. Come join the fun!