December 18, 2014

We’re Almost There! Can You Help?


The holiday season is a time of giving to others. Along with giving gifts to family and friends, we’re reminded of the many people who are less fortunate than we are and need our help. That includes people with breast cancer. With education and research, this disease can one day become a thing of the past. But we need your help.

Team UH/NJMS has raised a total of $8,598 for the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign, which is only $1,402 short of the $10,000 goal set back in October. It’s not too late to meet our goal! Donations are being accepted until December 31. You can donate here, or contact Stacie Newton at 2-8761, Tiffany Smith at 2-1025, Gary Dixon at 2-6793, or Betty Patterson Pearson at 2-4965. If everyone reading this donated one dollar, we would likely meet the goal.

Let’s all support the team and help finish the fight against breast cancer.

Cafeteria Holiday Hours

We are shortening the hours in the Cafeteria so that all of our employees will have the opportunity to enjoy the holidays with their families. We appreciate your understanding. The Cafeteria will be open:

Christmas Eve 12/24
6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Christmas Day 12/25
6 a.m.-2 p.m.

New Years Eve 12/31
6 a.m.-6 p.m.
New Years Day 1/1/15
6 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Bringing Cheer to Pediatric Patients

Khamyah Curry-Floyd and Santa

Pediatric patient Khamyah Curry-Floyd receives a gift from Santa and his elves (aka United Airlines employees)

United Airlines Delivers Gifts
December may be Santa’s busiest month, but he took time out to pay a visit to some of UH’s youngest patients: the children on F-Blue and in the Pediatric ICU. The kids were all smiles as Santa and his elves distributed dolls, puzzles, games, and an assortment of other gifts, and wished everyone a happy holiday.

The toys were donated by the United Airlines (UA) employees who work out of Newark Liberty International Airport—from mechanics and baggage handlers to pilots and flight attendants—and were distributed by UA employees who have been making annual holiday visits to UH for five years.

Robert Hughes and Princess Catalina

Eighteen-month-old Robert Hughes examines the ball he received from Princess Catalina.

Medieval Times Cast Visits UH
Straight from their castle in Lyndhurst, NJ, King Don Carlos, Princess Catalina and two chivalrous knights visited F-Blue with presents for all. Members of the troupe who perform the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament presented the gifts, which were donated by patrons who went to the show.

A Celebration of Life

Perlita Casal, Esperanza Monsanto, Jose Perez, Carol Sammartine, Yvette Alejandro-Bascara, Bernabe Santos Jr. and Lois Greene, RN MBA DHAc

(l-r) Infusion RNs Perlita Casal, Esperanza Monsanto, Jose Perez, Carol Sammartine, Yvette Alejandro-Bascara and Bernabe Santos Jr. (front) Lois Greene, RN, MBA, DHAc

The annual holiday party for cancer patients and their caregivers was held this week offering good cheer and hope for the New Year. The event was hosted by the Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology departments, with support from the community, UH physicians and staff members. Local organizations donated decorations and prizes, so every patient went home with a gift. The Bethany Senior Center in Irvington donated 35 handmade lap blankets, to help keep patients comfortable during their infusion treatments.

Frosty the Snowman made a special appearance, and patients could pose for holiday portraits. The partygoers enjoyed listening to music while they ate lunch and special holiday treats, and many participated in karaoke. There was even some dancing, especially when the winner of the 32-inch flat- screen television was announced. Maria Cunha, APN, organized the party and directed the activities of the day.

Cancer Center Welcomes Social Worker

Maria Ganduglia-Pirovano

Maria Ganduglia-Pirovano, MSW, has joined the team in the Cancer Center and will help meet the needs of UH’s oncology patients. She will perform assessments, provide counseling for patients and their families and put them in touch with community resources.

In addition, Ms. Ganduglia-Pirovano will begin tracking the use of the new distress screening tool that has been approved by the UH Cancer Care Committee. This written survey, which was designed using the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines, asks patients to rate their distress level and identify what triggers are causing the most concern. Ms. Ganduglia-Pirovano will then meet with the patients and discuss ways of working through their problems.

Ms. Ganduglia-Pirovano’s office is located in the Cancer Center A-1187, and she can be reached at 2-3206.

Lori’s to Extend Hours

Maria Ganduglia-Pirovano

If you need of a last minute gift or two, Lori’s Gift Shop in the Main Lobby will be open tomorrow, December 19, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. As an added bonus, all holiday items are 25 percent off!