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May 26, 2016

EMS Gets the Gold

EMS Gold Award

For the third consecutive year, University Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline┬« EMS Award. The hospital is the first two-time Gold award recipient in New Jersey, receiving the only gold award this year and in 2015. In 2014, our EMS received the Silver Award, which was the highest possible award at that time.

The criteria for the award is based on meeting the achievement measures, collected annually for two years, with no single measure scoring below 75 percent. In short, that means our EMS is applying the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes in the Newark community.


The Count Down Begins

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In exactly seven days, the University Hospital Golf Classic will be taking place at the beautiful Cedar Hill Country Club, in Livingston. It’s not too late to register and join your colleagues in supporting this worthwhile cause.

The event promises to be enjoyable, with 18 holes of golf, a cocktail reception, dinner, and both a live and silent auction. The highest bidders can win things like a private plane ride for four along the Hudson, an Apple watch, a Fender guitar bundle, and two orchestra seats to the Broadway show “Waitress.” You can see all of the items here.

Besides enjoying a day on the links, you will be helping the Medical Staff Organization fund hospital capital improvements, educational programs and strategic initiatives.


Save the Date

Sunday, June 5
Donate Life Walk
Registration 8:45 a.m.
Walk begins at 10 a.m.
NJ Sharing Network Headquarters
691 Central Ave.
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Bright Smiles and Red Noses
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Members of the UH IS&T Department weren’t just clowning around today, when they donned red noses, wrist bands and pins and wrote with red “nose” pens. They were participating in the Red Nose Campaign for impoverished children. Principal Management Assistant Jenene Newsome spearheaded the effort. So far the department raised nearly $700. “It’s been a lot of fun,” Ms. Newsome said. “And we’re helping kids everywhere.”


Employees Celebrate Landmark Years of Service
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(l-r) Nimia Valencia of HR, President and CEO John N. Kastanis, MBA, FACHE, and Nenita Paschal, RN

Two employees were honored at a luncheon on Tuesday, for marking nearly a half century of service. Nimia Valencia of Human Resources, and Nenita Paschal, RN, of Same Day Surgery, are celebrating their 45th year at University Hospital.

The two honorees were joined by the Leadership Team, who congratulated them on their remarkable achievement. President and CEO John N. Kastanis, MBA, FACHE, traced the two women’s history at UH and thanked them for their dedication to the hospital.


UH on the Air
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(l-r) Steve Adubato, Sara Peña, and Imam Abdul Razzaqq

Sara Peña, MPA, Senior Marketing and Communications Coordinator in Public Affairs, and Imam Abdul Razzaqq, from the Islamic Community Health Collaborative, will appear on the NJTV show “One-on-One with Steve Adubato” tomorrow, Friday, May 27, at 7p.m.11:30 p.m. They will discuss the successful, longstanding relationship between University Hospital and the Collaborative. Be sure to tune in.


 Managing Health
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Four of the five participants who completed the self-management course are pictured with Monica Hanna, MPH, CHES, Educator (left) and Meredith Yorkin, RD, (right). They are Jacky Holmes Goodwin; Ann Roberson; Carolyn Roberson; and Kenel Hyppolite.

Medical advances have made it possible for chronically ill people to lead full, productive lives. A person needs to understand his or her illness, however, and know how to manage it. That’s where UH’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program comes in. It teaches people the skills needed to take control of conditions like heart and kidney disease and diabetes.

Five participants recently completed the six-week course, led by Meredith Yorkin, RD, Registered Dietician, and Monica Hanna, MPH, CHES, Health Educator. Among the many things the patients learned are how to solve problems, manage medication, eat healthful meals and work with healthcare providers.


Pre-Ramadan Fair Draws Crowd
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(l-r) Jack Farrell, Shá Suliman Al-Hadi, Jimmy Small, Sara Peña, Mujiba Wadud, Imam Abdul Aleem Razzaqq, Imam Akbar Muhammad, Stacie Newton

More than 100 people attended the 12th annual Unified Pre-Ramadan Health Fair on Saturday, May 21, held at NJMS. The event was sponsored by UH and the Islamic Community Health Collaborative.

The keynote speaker, Imam Akbar Muhammad of Masjid Ali K Muslim, discussed the “Virtues of Fasting During Ramadan.”

Eight community-based organizations were on hand, along with vendors from the Newark area. Participants could take part in four wellness workshops and opt to have free glucose, blood pressure and/or eye screenings. Representatives from the OB/GYN Department offered education on women’s health and made appointments for qualified women to have a free mammogram in the UH mobile mammography van.


2016 Compliance Training to Begin
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On Monday, June 13, employees can begin their 2016 Mandatory Compliance Training. The deadline for completing the training is Friday, September 16.

Everyone will receive an email on June 13 outlining his or her compliance training requirements. You can access the training here or at MY.UHNJ.ORG. If you go to the website, select “my apps,” then select “UH Mandatory Compliance Training.” You can find step-by-step training access instructions with screenshots here.