April 23, 2015


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University Hospital’s last triennial survey by The Joint Commission (TJC) concluded in May 2014. This means our next survey can occur as early as December 2015 and means as well that every member of the staff must commit to a constant state of readiness.

Two things will help us get there.

First, the Public Affairs office has produced a newsletter called READY (what else) with helpful information about preparing for the survey and focusing on the values of a High Reliablity Organization. Since success will require the cooperation and support of the entire staff and depends also on everyone’s familiarity with TJC requirements in their particular area, we urge you to read this and future issues carefully. You can read the Ready newsletter here.

Second, the hospital has engaged a consulting firm focused on regulatory compliance and accreditation excellence for a Mock Survey on April 28, 29 and 30. The consultants will access our organization’s strengths and gaps, and help us chart a course to success.

Accreditation is a nationwide seal of approval that indicates a hospital meets high perfor­mance standards. We want to be sure that any survey reflects the quality of patient care at University Hospital and our commitment to patient safety and positive outcomes.

UH In the News

MD News cover

University Hospital physicians from the Departments of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery are featured in the cover story of the latest issue of MD News. The article looks at how these specialists take a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to treating spine-related problems. It also discusses research being conducted here to further improve clinical results. You can read it here.

Save the Date

Sunday, April 26
March of Dimes
March for Babies
8 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. March begins
Brookdale Park
Donate here

Monday, April 27
Spring Blood Drive
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grand Foyer

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It’s Not Too Late…

March of Dimes March for Babies

…to join the UH Team and participate in the March of Dimes March for Babies. The March is this Sunday, April 26th at Brookdale Park in Montclair. University Hospital President and CEO James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE and Neonatologist Onajovwe Fofah, MD will lead the Essex County March for Babies Walk. The walk will be held rain or shine.

If you want to participate, just go to marchforbabies.org and register online for the walk, or meet us at the UH tent on Sunday at 8 a.m. The March will begin promptly at 9 a.m. You can enter the park from the Watchung Avenue entrance, and the lot will be on your left. Parking will be available along the park on the left and in the parking lot near the football field.

If you can’t join the March but want to donate, you can do that here. For additional questions, please contact Stacie Newton at 2-8761.

A Celebration of Life

Karl Halpin and Michael Nazmy
(l-r) Karl Halpin and Michael Nazmy, both liver transplant recipients, at the Blue and Green Day celebration

University Hospital joined thousands across the country on Friday, April 17 in wearing blue and green as part of National Donate Life Blue and Green Day. UH had a table in the cafeteria where individuals could get information and register to become organ, eye and tissue donors. The table was manned by organ recipients and relatives of organ donors who volunteered their time.

“Increasing the number of registered organ and tissue donors that save lives and help patients heal is part of our daily work,” says Joseph S. Roth, President and CEO, NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit agency responsible for recovering organs and tissue in central and northern New Jersey “This month serves to honor those who have given and received and to remember those who died while waiting. It is also an opportunity to renew our commitment to saving lives.”

You can view media coverage of the event here.

Don’t Forget


Monday, April 27, is a day when you can actually save someone’s life. All you have to do is come to the spring Blood Drive and donate. It only takes about a half hour, from start to finish, and you’ll get a free tee shirt and free refreshments.

The drive will be held in the Grand Foyer, B-Level of the MSB, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You can schedule an appointment, but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment go to http://tinyurl.com/uh-rbmhs

More details are available here.

It’s Not Necessarily in the Stars

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid recently introduced a website that lets consumers compare patients’ experiences at hospitals nationwide, using one to five stars. Five stars, just like hotels, are the best. No New Jersey Hospitals received five stars. Even the world-renowned Mayo Clinic rated only four stars. University Hospital and Newark Beth Israel got two stars.

A look at the 32-question survey puts all of this into perspective. People who take the survey rank quality of care by answering questions such as, how well the nurses and doctors communicate and how quickly the hospital staff responds. And there is a question asking how quiet the hospital is, especially at night.

While these qualities do have an impact on patients’ experiences, experts say they are not the most important issues and are not the criteria used by organizations like The Joint Commission (TJC) and the CDC to assess quality of care. “It would be much better to focus on a hospital’s ranking in preventing hospital-acquired infections, for example, rather than how quiet the hospital is,” says David Knowlton of the NJ Health Care Quality Institute.

If you look at objective data from TJC and the CDC, University Hospital ranks on par or above with the state and national averages for quality care.

You can read more about the survey here.

Raising Awareness

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Members of the Oral Cancer Screening team.

Chances are you read or heard about the Oral Cancer Screening that was held last Thursday, April 16. The Department of Otolaryngology was very pleased with the outcome. Akosua Serwah-Boadu, APN, from the ENT Department who coordinated the event, contributes much of the success to the teamwork of the many staff members who participated. The volunteers included dentists and residents from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, nursing students from Rutgers School of Nursing and ENT technicians from UH.

Thanks to their efforts, 37 patients were screened. Of those, six were advised to follow up with dentists and eight were advised to follow up with ENT. Most importantly, the event spread awareness. Those who attended learned that oral cancer is one of the most curable if it is found in the early stages. A ten minute, painless oral cancer exam is one of the easiest ways to help you stay healthy.

Recognizing our OTs

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April is Occupational Therapy Month.

OTs help patients develop skills that will lead to success in everyday life, usually after surgery or an accident. They also help children with autism and other neurological disorders navigate their worlds. These highly skilled professionals go through rigorous training in the biological, physical, medical and behavioral sciences. For their vital role in helping our patients, we thank them.