April 10, 2014
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Don't Forget…
…to wear blue and green on Friday, April 11, in support of organ donor awareness.

If you are not already an organ/tissue donor, you can register in the Cafeteria on Friday, between 10 am and 2 pm. You can also meet individuals who are alive today because someone gave them the gift of life through organ donation.

Tips for Survey Readiness


The Joint Commission requires the Management of Human Resources function identifies and provides the appropriate number of competent staff to fulfill the mission of University Hospital and to meet patient needs.

In this area, The Joint Commission requires that health organizations establish consistent standards for the following processes: Planning; Providing competent staff; Assessing, maintaining and improving staff competence; and Promoting self-development and learning

These processes do not apply solely to the Human Resources Department. All hospital leaders participate in this process and support the management of the Human Resources function.

Here are some questions you may be asked.

Q: What types of orientation did you receive when you were hired? What were some of the topics?

A: You attended a hospital-wide, New Employee Orientation and a Department Orientation.
The New Employee Orientationcovered the history and mission of University Hospital; patient rights and confidentiality (including HIPAA regulations); how to report an incident; provision of culturally competent care; environment of care; general safety; fire safety; hazard communication; emergency management; security; infection control; our Corporate Compliance program; University Hospital's policies on Employee Equity; and sexual harassment.

Department Orientation included information about your job description/responsibilities; departmental policies and procedures; fire and safety procedures in your department; and other information specific to your department/position.

Q: How does your manager or supervisor assess your competency?

A: Competency may be determined through direct observation of skills and/or a review of documentation; through the Performance Appraisal process; and through quality improvement activities that identify performance or skills that need to be improved. Your manager may use additional methods.

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Tee Time Will Soon Be Here
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On June 5 golfers at the Maplewood Country Club will be teeing up and playing an 18-hole round for more than fun; they'll be raising money for University Hospital. You can join them by registering now for the Third Annual Medical Staff Golf Classic.

The daylong event begins at 11 am with the golf tournament and is followed by a cocktail hour and a gala dinner and auction. This year for the first time bidders can use their mobile devices to place their bids, making the auction even more fun. Previews of some of the items up for bid will be available for preview beginning on May 6. Donations for the auction are being accepted and sponsorships are available.

The Golf Classic, dinner and auction are medical staff philanthropic efforts that support capital improvements, educational programs, and cutting-edge clinical research throughout University Hospital.

UH Physicians to Speak on Parkinson's

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April is Parkinson's Disease (PD) Awareness Month, and people living with the disease and their caretakers are invited to a free, daylong symposium, "Parkinson's Disease and Exercise." The event includes three speakers from UH: Tasneem Peeraully, MD, and Antonios Mammis, MD, both from the Department of Neurology, and Evelyne Kalyoussef, MD, from the Department of Otolayngology. Visitors can watch a documentary, learn about the latest research, ride a recumbent bike, and speak with physical therapists.

The symposium is on April 12, from 10:30 am-4 pm at Alaris Health, 110 Grove Ave., Cedar Grove, NJ. Those who wish to attend should email the number of guests to: pd.exercise@rutgers.edu.

Team to Take Steps for Babies
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The March of Dimes' March for Babies is still a few weeks away, but the race to raise the most money is well under way in Family Health Services. Co-captains of the UH Team, Gloria Igwe, RNC, BSN, MSN, DNP, Nurse Manager in NICU, and Onajovwe Fofah, MD, Director of the Division of Neonatology, are going head-to-head in a (friendly) competition to see which unit can raise the most money. The best fundraisers will win a sweet prize: a dessert party.

The two are also working to recruit as many people as possible to participate in the march, including UH physicians. "Recruiting physicians is my part of my job," says Dr. Fofah. "Our foremost concern is to support premature babies and their families. The March of Dimes helps us do that, so we'd like to not only meet our $5,000 goal, but surpass it."

The March for Babies in on April 27, beginning at 8 am, at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield/Montclair. You can register online or in the Cafeteria at the March of Dimes table.

UH to Host Free Oral Screening

Research has shown that a person cannot achieve good overall health without good oral health. With that in mind, University Hospital is hosting a free Oral Cancer Screening for UH employees and the public. It will be held on Thursday, April 24, from 9 am-noon in the Bistro Café (inside the cafeteria) on B Level.

Besides being screened for oral, head, and neck cancer, participants will receive useful information on oral health and have the opportunity to speak with UH nurse practioners and physicians from the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.

For more information contact Akosua Serwah-Boadu, APN, at 973- 972-1515 or Ray Scarpa, DNP, AOCN, APN-BC at 973- 972-1923.

Give a Gift like No Other
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The need for blood is never ending. About one in seven people going into the hospital will need a blood transfusion of about three pints. There is no substitute for human blood; it can't be manufactured, it can only come from donors
On Monday, April 28 there will be a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Medical Science Building on B level. You can either make an appointment or walk in. For eligibility questions, call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566) or go to www.nybloodcenter.org.

Earn While You Learn
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You can help UH lower readmissions while earning 1.0 CEU by taking "Your Collaborative Roll in Reducing Readmissions" a course for nurses, dieticians and case managers. The Department of Education and Professional Development is offering the course on April 25 in the D-Yellow classroom. To accommodate everyone there will be three sessions: 8 am, 10 am and 1 pm.  The course will cover changes to health care driven by CMS/government legislation and profitability; the need for multidisciplinary collaboration evidence-based nutrition protocol intervention; and how clinicians can impact care to reduce readmissions.
For more information, call Miriam Velazquez at 2-6681.