October 16, 2014

A Message from the President and CEO

James R. Gonzalez

We are all aware of the challenge to our healthcare system presented by Ebola Virus Disease.  This dynamic, constantly changing environment requires extraordinary preparation and vigilance, and I want to share with you some of the steps that we are taking at University Hospital to protect patients and personnel.  I will be sending regular updates so that we can all be kept informed.  The first of these was sent on October 16. 

University Hospital is fortunate to have a dedicated and loyal staff, a comprehensive Emergency Medical Services system, and top specialists from Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences faculty working together to address the challenge. 
James Gonzalez
James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE

Save the Date

Sunday, October 19

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
8 a.m. registration
10 a.m. walk begins
Military Park, Newark
For information, contact
Betty Patterson at 2-4965
Stacie Newton at 2-8761 or Tiffany Smith at 2-1025
To make a donation, click here

Walk for Hearing
10 a.m. registration
11 a.m. walk begins
Mercer County Park
West Windsor
For information contact
Nicole Raia, ACC, E-1700
Donate here
Order UH t-shirt here

Tuesday, October 21

Broadway House Quality Week project presentations and awards
2 p.m.
298 Broadway
For information contact,
Kathleen Martin at 973-268-9797, ext. 1012
or martin5k@uhnj.org

Rutgers School of Nursing
Alumni Awards and Reception

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Grand Summit Hotel
570 Springfield Ave
Summit, NJ
For information contact
Nadia Ragolddrisu at 973-353-5771, or nrago@rutgers.edu

Thursday, October 23

Broadway House Quality Week film presentation,
“Quest for Excellence”

2 p.m.
298 Broadway
For information contact,
Kathleen Martin at 973-268-9797, ext. 1012
or martin5k@uhnj.org

Friday, November 7

Urban Mental Health Conference
7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Rutgers NJMS
MSB Room B-556

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UH Welcomes New Board Members

Tanya Freeman and Keith Green

Two new members have joined the UH Board of Directors: Tanya Freeman, Esq., and Keith Green.

Tanya Freeman is a partner in Freeman Hughes Freeman, LLC., a New Jersey based law firm with offices in Jersey City and Short Hills. Ms. Freeman focuses her law practice on family matters. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science cum laude from Caldwell College and her Juris Doctor cum laude from Touro Law School. Prior to joining her husband to practice law, Ms. Freeman spent fifteen years in banking and insurance in a variety of capacities directing operational audit teams.

In addition to the practice of law, Ms. Freeman devotes time to community efforts, which include her service as Chair to the Juvenile Justice/Family Court Subcommittee of the Hudson County Vicinage Minority Concerns Committee. Additionally, she previously served as a member of the Board of Directors, Salvation Army in Jersey City, New Jersey and a member of the Board of Directors for the University of Phoenix, Jersey City Campus. Ms. Freeman lives in West Orange with her husband and six children.

Keith Green is President and CEO of United Way of Essex and West Hudson, a position he has held since 2007. He has had a professional association with the United Way Organization that began in California in 1991. He came to Newark from Los Angeles, where he was Senior Vice President of its United Way. In addition, Mr. Green has extensive experience as a corporate trainer and an organizational training consultant for major companies.

Mr. Green attended Tuskegee University, the executive leadership program at UCLA, and the Union Institute in Los Angeles, from which he received a BS degree. He is the recipient of many community partnership awards, including those from Leadership Newark, the Girl Scouts, La Movida, Inc., and Habitat for Humanity, Newark. He has served on the community advisory boards of the Rutgers Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies and the UMDNJ School of Nursing. Mr. Green is a resident of Newark.

UH Unveils Renovated Spaces

Nancy Munoz and Joseph Muscarelle
Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and Joseph Muscarelle cut the ribbon to the new surgical and perioperative waiting area on E-Yellow.

A ribbon cutting ceremony on October 9 celebrated the opening of three newly refurbished and expanded areas in UH. “This project was a collaborative effort that would not have been possible without the generosity of the medical staff, the Eric Munoz Tree of Life Foundation and Sharon and Joseph Muscarelle,” said James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE, in his opening remarks. “We are extremely grateful to them and to everyone who had a hand in this project.” He added that it is a pleasure to be enhancing the environment of care for UH patients and their families.

Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and Joseph Muscarelle had the honor of cutting the first ribbon, unveiling the surgical and perioperative waiting area on E-Yellow, with its three new consultation rooms. Amenities include, a coffee refreshment station, several seating areas, a flat screen television, a dashboard that keeps each family updated on their loved one's surgical status and two workstations for visitors.

The pediatric ICU waiting room on G-Green and the pediatric playroom on F-Blue were the next stops on the tour. “The peds ICU waiting room was funded by the 2013 medical staff golf classic,” said Michael Curi, MD, chair of that event. “These are our sickest children. Their families are struggling and will greatly benefit from a calm environment like this. And the pediatric playroom on F-Blue is packed to the gills with technology. That’s a great way for kids to forget why they’re here, at least for a little while.”

Back to Sleep

back to sleep logo

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) awareness month. Here are some facts about SIDS:

It is the leading cause of death in infants 1 month- to 1-year old. Africa-American babies are more than two times as likely and American India/Alaska Native babies are three times more likely to die of SIDS than white babies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) launched the “Back to Sleep” campaign in 2000 to emphasize placing infants on their backs and not their stomachs to sleep. The AAP wants all caregivers to know the safety measures they can take to help reduce the risk of their babies dying of SIDS. You can access this valuable information here.

Keep Someone Warm

clothing drive

You can help patients ward off the cold this winter by donating your clean, gently used clothing and shoes. The UH clothing drive is underway and donations are being accepted at the Department of Volunteer Services office, C-341, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The only items UH cannot accept are underwear, formal attire and maternity clothes. The entire of list of items that are needed is here.

Everyone is hoping for a mild winter, but just in case Mother Nature is unkind, let’s be prepared.

Use Your Street Smarts

Check Your Vital Signs

University Hospital is once again teaming up with the City of Newark to promote a pedestrian safety campaign known as “Be Street Smart.” Designed to help reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities on New Jersey roadways, the campaign urges people to “Check Your Vital Signs.” For pedestrians that means using the crosswalks and waiting for the “walk” sign, and for motorists it means obeying speed limits and stopping for pedestrians. UH helped pilot the program in Newark last November, and is now part of the team that is officially launching the effort.

Stay Fashionably Warm


You can protect yourself against the winter winds and display your UH pride with a University Hospital fleece jacket. The jackets, which come in navy and black and bear the UH logo, are available at Lori’s Gift Shop on C-Level. Regular sizes are $44.95 and 2X and 3X are $49.99. And who knows, buying a UH fleece might even make you hate winter just a little bit less.