September 25, 2014

The University Hospital Annual Report

University Hospital Annual Report

UH’s first year as a standalone medical center has been an exciting one, with a number of remarkable achievements.

The Public Affairs Office has recorded the many milestones of this memorable year in an annual report, titled One Year. This is the first report of its kind to be published at UH. In addition to highlighting the accomplishments of our first year, the book tells the stories of six patients whose lives were changed by care they received at UH. A teenager with cancer, a liver transplant patient, a young couple whose daughter was born with a genetic disorder, a woman with unspeakable pain, a teen who had cochlear implant, and a man who nearly lost his eye all tell compelling stories of the dedicated staff and outstanding physicians at University Hospital.

You can read the annual report on the website, or if you’d like a hard copy, stop by the Public Affairs Office on C-Level 1240 and pick one up.

Please Take Note

Effective Monday, September 29, the Surgical Oncology Clinic, currently located on C-Level of the Cancer Center, will be located in the Oncology Physician Practice Suite on A-Level of the Cancer Center.

Both clinics may continue to be contacted as follows:
Surgical Oncology 2-0670
Medical Oncology 2-5108

Save the Date

Monday, September 29
Lunch and Learn
Understanding Our Business
Noon and 1 p.m. (Two sessions) Bistro Café

Sunday, October 19
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
8 a.m. registration
10 a.m. walk begins
Military Park, Newark
For more information, contact UH Team captain
Betty Patterson at 2-4965, Stacie Newton at 2-8761,
or Tiffany Smith at 2-1065.
To make a donation, click here

Thursday, December 18
UH Holiday Party
6 to 11 p.m.
Nanina’s in the Park
Belleville, NJ

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New Executive Director Announced
Mary Jo Lopez

Mary Jo Lopez has been appointed Executive Director of Special Projects at University Hospital. She will report directly to the Office of the President and Chief Executive Officer. One of her major responsibilities will be coordinating our efforts with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) to assure full compliance with UH’s Clinical and Transitional Services Agreements.

For the past year, Ms. Lopez has provided consulting services, focusing on our managed care strategy and the implementation of several new agreements with major health insurance providers. In addition, she was instrumental in the preliminary development and structure of the new Observation Unit. She has an extensive background in the healthcare insurance industry, including experience in operations, process engineering, and regulatory affairs. She has also served in various executive roles with major national consulting firms.

“Night Owls” Enjoy Breakfast

Alicia McIntosh, CNA, is served a hot bowl of grits by Thomas Daly, Chief Financial Officer
UH “night shifters” enjoy a hot breakfast

Few people can do what they do: work at night, sleep during the day and successfully juggle their personal/work lives. The “night shifters” at UH are a dedicated group of people, who keep the hospital humming while the rest of the world sleeps. From caring for patients to keeping the building safe and warm, these extraordinary employees are invaluable.

As a way of saying thank you, the Leadership treated the nocturnal workers to a hot breakfast on Wednesday, beginning at 2:30 a.m. About 250 employees enjoyed eggs, sausage, grits, oatmeal, fresh fruit, pastries and bagels, all served by the Leadership Team and William Cassidy, PhD, Secretary of the Board of Directors.

This breakfast is wonderful,” said Alicia McIntosh, CNA on E-Blue. “It truly does make me feel appreciated.”
More pictures here.

Don’t go Viral, Play it Safe
Get your Flu Shot

It’s a fact: Improved patient outcomes and reduced staff absenteeism in healthcare facilities have been linked to high rates of flu vaccination in workers. Protect yourself and others by getting the flu vaccine.

You don’t need an appointment to get your free flu vaccination in Occupational Medicine, SSB/GA-167, weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vaccinations will also be offered from September 30 to October 30 in the UH Cafeteria, from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. Additional flu vaccination sessions will be held in the ACC in November, as well as weekend, evening and smaller group sessions by appointment in December. Dates, times and locations will be announced. Please get the shot, not the flu.

Pick up Your Photos Here
Gayan McGrath and Anila Baig of the GNICU Unit pose in the photo booth at the annual BBQ
(l-r) Gayan McGrath and Anila Baig of the GNICU Unit pose in the photo booth at the annual BBQ.

If you had your portrait taken in the BBQ photo booth last week, you can get it right here. First click on the picture(s) you want then click on the three dots at the bottom of the photo(s). Next click on download, then save, and then select the location where you want the photo(s) saved.

Understanding Our Business
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Human Resources, Learning and Organizational Development, is partnering with key UH departments to conduct Lunch and Learn sessions each month, devoted to a specific, mission-critical topic. This will provide employees with a better understanding of how the Hospital operates and keep everyone up-to-date on current issues and initiatives.

The first session, “A Primer on HCAHPS and Press Ganey,” will be presented by Patricia Rondan-Mann, Director of Patient Relations, on Monday, September 29 in the Bistro Café. There will be two, 60 minute-sessions: one at noon and another at 1 p.m. You do not need to register, just show up. Bring your lunch and your friends. Drinks will be provided.

Watch for announcements of future Lunch and Learn sessions. Some of the topics are: Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Healthcare Finance, Emergency Department (ED), Patient Care Services, Affordable Care Act, Trauma, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Liver Transplant, and Advance Directives.