July 24, 2014

Message From the President and CEO

James R. Gonzalez

I am very pleased to announce that a managed care agreement between University Hospital and UnitedHealthcare will become effective on August 1, 2014.

This is exciting news for our physicians and their patients. Now more than 250,000 northern New Jersey residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare and Oxford employer-sponsored and individual health plans will have access to care at our hospital.

This is also a major step forward for University Hospital, as we become part of UnitedHealthcare's in-network option and offer UnitedHealthcare members the ability to receive the exceptional medical care and breadth of clinical services that are offered at UH.

UnitedHealthcare CEO Michael McGuire noted that University Hospital is an important provider of healthcare services, and our new network relationship gives UnitedHealthcare plan participants in northern New Jersey greater access to medical facilities and skilled physicians close to where they live and work.

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
James R. Gonzalez
James R. Gonzalez, MPH, FACHE

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UH's liver transplant program

In Case You Missed It…
UH's liver transplant program

Today's Star Ledger features a story on UH's liver transplant program. You can read the story, "Liver transplant at Newark's University Hospital gives patient a second chance," here.

And, the New York Times describes tonight's episode of "NY Med." Doctors at University Hospital in Newark work to save a woman with an aorta about to rupture who has recently met the love of her life. A mother of three with kidney failure discovers that a donor may be closer than she realizes…

Be sure to tune in at 10 p.m. on ABC for the fourth installment of the eight-episode docudrama that stars University Hospital.

Ride to Save Lives
cycle Team

If you love to cycle and are looking for a worthwhile challenge, you may want to join Team NJ Sharing Network on Sunday, September 7 for the 2014 Gran Fondo NJ bicycle ride. The Sharing Network is an organ procurement organization responsible for recovering organs and tissue for New Jersey residents in need of transplants. The team will raise funds for donor families, research and public education on organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Known as "A Celebration of Cycling," the Gran Fondo offers four routes/levels, so everyone can comfortably participate. The longest and most difficult is a 107-mile-roundtrip ride to the Delaware River with four, timed hill climbs. For a relaxing social ride there is an18-mile route to Mendham that loops back to the start/finish line in Morristown with no timed hill climbs. There are also 43- and 63-mile rides, for cyclists who fall somewhere in between. If you're not into cycling, why not come to help cheer the team on? If you or someone you know is interested in riding and/or donating, please call Jackie Lue Raia at 908-516-5686.

UH Doctor Makes Headlines
Adam Fox

Adam Fox, DO, is proud of his college alma mater, SUNY (State University of New York) Binghamton, and those at the school are quite proud of him, as well. So much so, they wrote and posted a feature on Dr. Fox and his appearance on ABC's "NY Med" on the alumni page of the website.

In the story, titled "Alumnus saves lives on ABC medical show," Dr. Fox said he hopes the docudrama will accomplish two things: promote trauma prevention and demonstrate to Binghamton students and alumni that "you can do anything you want, even end up on TV."

Lori’s Now Offering UH Merchandise
Lori's Gift Shop

Now you can demonstrate your University Hospital pride by wearing, and carrying, some of the new University Hospital merchandise available in Lori's Gift Shop. There are tote bags ($13.99), lunch bags ($8.99) and polo shirts in three colors: navy, white, and mint ($34.99), all bearing the UH logo.

Besides the new "swag," there is a giant summer sale going on at Lori’s. Designer insulated lunch bags by Sportina and plastic tumblers are both 25 percent off, and every piece of $5 jewelry is half price. A bargain table—overflowing with jewelry, pajamas, tote bags and much more—is now 50 percent off. Beginning July 28 new items will be added to the table and everything will be 75 percent off. The following week all the merchandise on the table will be marked down to 90 percent off; almost free! Don't miss the bargains.