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September 18, 2014

Flu Season is Almost Here

Mr. Gonzales gets his flu shot

The best way to avoid the flu is by getting the vaccine. Once again UH is offering free influenza vaccinations to all of its employees. In fact, more than 500 employees who attended the annual BBQ got their vaccinations, including President and CEO James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE. This year for the first time, the flu vaccination will be the Quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against four strains of influenza viruses.

You can get your free flu vaccination in Occupational Medicine Service in SSB/GA-167, weekdays from 7:30 am to 4 pm. No appointment is needed.

Vaccinations will also be available in the UH Cafeteria every Tuesday and Thursday from September 30 to October 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. This year to accommodate everyone, we have expanded the hours.

Additional building-wide flu vaccination sessions will be held in the Ambulatory Care Center in November, as well as evening and weekend sessions and smaller group sessions by appointment in December. Specific dates and locations will be announced.


Music at the Market

Mr. Gonzales gets his flu shot

At the Farmers Market next week, Tuesday, September 23, University Hospital's own trumpet player, Bruno Lee, will perform. Mr. Lee will play jazz from noon to 1 p.m. on the plaza adjacent to Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Bring your lunch or buy fresh food at the market to enjoy while you listen to live music. It's sure to be a treat.


Save the Date

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Fall is just beginning, but the holiday celebration will be here before we know it. Be sure to circle Thursday, December 18 on your busy December calendar. The celebration will be held at Nanina's in the Park, Belleville, NJ, from 6 to 11 p.m.


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Annual BBQ is a Huge Success
/Employee Appreciation Barbeque
(l-r) James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, UH President and CEO, and William D. Cassidy III, PhD, Secretary of the UH Board of Directors, grill chicken at the End of Summer/Employee Appreciation barbeque.

Great weather and luscious food were the order of the day on Wednesday, when 2,500-plus UH employees enjoyed the second End of Summer/Employee Appreciation Barbeque. The annual event is one way leadership says thank you to employees for their hard work and dedication to the hospital.

From noon to 5 p.m. employees from all corners of the hospital made their way to the Cafeteria Patio, where they could opt for burgers and chicken, hot off the grill, and hot dogs, black bean burgers and an array of sides. For dessert there was ice cream and watermelon. Inside the Cafeteria a DJ played music and employees could pose for free photos holding the letters UH in front of the UH backdrop.

/Employee Appreciation Barbeque

Staff members at UH are a very diverse group, but they have one thing in common: they love to eat. Together, employees consumed approximately: 2,500 hamburgers, 3,000 pieces of chicken, 400 black bean burgers, 1,600 hot dogs, 300 pounds each of macaroni and potato salad, 1,200 bags of chips and 60 gallons of baked beans. Volunteers cut up and served 100 pounds of watermelons and distributed about 1,500 ice cream cups. And then there were the incidentals, such as 32 gallons of barbeque sauce, 60 pounds of brown sugar used to make the baked beans, 100 pounds of sliced tomatoes, a total of 300 dozen hot dog and hamburger rolls, and thousands of packets of mustard, ketchup, relish and salad dressing. "It was a bit tricky serving that many people, because we were also serving people inside the Cafeteria and taking care our patients, who are our number one priority," said William Wishard, Assistant Director of Food Services and Operations Manager. "But everyone worked together and got the job done."

/Employee Appreciation Barbeque

A special thank you to Paul Luchese, Executive Director of Hospital Support Services, to Kitty Donohue of Public Affairs, and to the 50 volunteers who helped make the day a memorable one.

Night shift employees can look forward to an Early Bird Hot Breakfast, served by Leadership on Wednesday, September 24 from 2:30 to 5 a.m.
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Inaugural Class Completes Program

Five nurses made up UH's first "graduating class," which completed the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses' (AORN) program, "Period 101: Essential PeriOperative Nursing." Considered the "gold standard," the six-month program teaches the most current AORN standards and recommended practices, through online courses and hands-on training.

Debra Callender MSN, RN, CNOR, Director of PeriOperative Services; Adreiana Silva, RN; Fernanda Nogueira, RN; Barbara Carroll, DPM, Executive Director of Patient Care Services; Carolina Gomez, RN; Sam Ummini, RN; Lorraine Butler, RN, PeriOperative Services Consultant; Susan Palma, RN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer; and Nancy Hamstra, Chief Operating Officer.Debra Callender MSN, RN, CNOR, Director of PeriOperative Services; Adreiana Silva, RN; Fernanda Nogueira, RN; Barbara Carroll, DPM, Executive Director of Patient Care Services; Carolina Gomez, RN; Sam Ummini, RN; Lorraine Butler, RN, PeriOperative Services Consultant; Susan Palma, RN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer; and Nancy Hamstra, Chief Operating Officer.
(l-r) At the celebration luncheon are Debra Callender MSN, RN, CNOR, Director of PeriOperative Services; Adreiana Silva, RN; Fernanda Nogueira, RN; Barbara Carroll, DPM, Executive Director of Patient Care Services; Carolina Gomez, RN; Sam Ummini, RN; Lorraine Butler, RN, PeriOperative Services Consultant; Susan Palma, RN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer; and Nancy Hamstra, Chief Operating Officer.

The five graduates, Carolina Gomez, RN; Katarzyna Getto, RN; Sam Ummini, RN; Fernanda Nogueira, RN; and Adriana Silva, RN, were honored at a luncheon on September 11. Debra Callender MSN, RN, CNOR, Director of PeriOperative Services, presented each with a certificate of completion and a University Hospital lapel pin.

"You took advantage of this wonderful opportunity for professional growth and now will give back to our hospital," said Susan Palma, RN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer. "University Hospital now has an exceptional group of skilled, well-trained perioperative nurses. Thank You.


There is Still Time
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
(l-r) Recruiting people for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk are Stacie Newton of Public Affairs; Ogori Kalu, MD; Lindsey Freeman from the American Cancer Society; UH team captain Betty Patterson from Ambulatory Care; and Tiffany Smith from Public Affairs.

It's not too late to become part of the UH Team that will be participating in the 2014 "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk" on Sunday, October 19. The walk begins in Newark's Military Park at 10 a.m. (Registration starts at 8 a.m. for those who have not previously signed up.)

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, topped only by lung cancer. But the good news is, more and more lives are being saved. There are now 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., and the number of deaths has been declining since 1989. By joining the UH Team, you can help make breast cancer a thing of the past.

For more information or to make a donation without walking, contact Betty Patterson at 2-4965, Stacie Newton at 2-8761 or Tiffany Smith at 2-1025.


Showcasing Our Staff
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The UH website carousel is now featuring employees who have been thanked for their outstanding service by patients, through the U Are UH program. The first person you'll see is Okeshia Dupress, a nurse in the Emergency Department.