Ju l y / Au g u s t 2 0 0 8 A New You, A New Game Thanks to Knee Surgery at CentraState Healing Wounds with Oxygen CentraState Medical Center is a Magnet hospital. ® Community Voices Dear CentraState, My husband and I extend a warm thanks to the staff in the Labor President’s Message and Delivery Department. Your staff helped to deliver our beautiful baby boy on January 17. We arrived at CentraState Medical Center at approximately 2 a.m., and I was dilated about two centimeters. The Healing Touch I was immediately admitted and introduced to my nurse, Alison Sooner or later, we all suffer minor cuts, scrapes, or bruises. Weyersberg. She established that I was in labor and proceeded to Unfortunately, for the millions of Americans whose wound- make my husband and me feel comfortable. Throughout the early healing process is compromised by a chronic condition like morning hours, Alison constantly monitored my need for pain relief. diabetes or multiple sclerosis, even a minor injury can result When it came time for my epidural, Alison was so sweet and kind in a non-healing wound and infection, possibly leading to further complications. and walked me through the entire process. She put me at ease and spoke to me in an informative manner. For those with non-healing wounds, CentraState Medical Center now offers the most advanced treatment for wound My epidural was not working to full efficiency due to the fact that I healing. Even patients whose wounds have not responded have scoliosis. My right side was not getting numb. Throughout this to traditional therapies may experience life-changing healing process, Alison made sure that the anesthesiologist was available and with hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy, now available at the Central Jersey Wound Treatment Center at CentraState. reiterated my concerns to him. My right side was finally numbed and I felt relieved. I can’t say enough about Alison’s professional, HBO therapy is painless and safe, involving the exposure to 100 percent oxygen over the course of several relaxing calm, and warm demeanor. She is perfectly suited for her profession. treatment sessions. In this issue, you’ll learn how oxygen At about 7 a.m. my charge nurse changed. Alison told me that my supports the healing process and share in the dramatic new nurse would be Eileen Meyers and that she would take great improvements experienced by patients who have received HBO therapy at CentraState’s Wound Treatment Center. care of me and my family. She couldn’t have been more correct. Eileen helped to deliver our son The HBO program—directed by Jody DiGiacomo, MD, FACS, who is board certified in surgery and hyperbaric and also constantly monitored my need medicine—is part of the Central Jersey Wound Treatment for pain management. Alison did not Center’s powerfully effective, multidisciplinary approach to immediately leave. She checked in a the diagnosis and treatment of chronic wounds. The Center few hours after her shift had ended, is located at the Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, just to see if I delivered my baby. offering convenient access to a wide range of other healthcare resources at the Health Awareness Center, the Fitness and This was my second pregnancy, but Wellness Center, and the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center. my first delivery at CentraState. I CentraState’s HBO program demonstrates how, in the hands had a great experience in your Labor of caring and highly trained clinicians, new technologies and Delivery Department. Mark Seigel, and innovative procedures open the door to the successful MD, was the Ob/Gyn who delivered our treatment of challenging health issues. CentraState maintains a Mark Seigel, MD, board-certified commitment to providing these sophisticated services so baby. He, as well, was the epitome obstetrician/gynecologist all members of our community, even those with chronic of professionalism. I hope that you health conditions, have every opportunity to enjoy healthy, share these sentiments with these healthcare active lives. professionals. Their jobs are extremely Yours in good health, stressful and the rewards are sometimes far and few between. My family is glad to know that they are working to help us. John T. Gribbin, FACHE President and CEO Sincerely, Angela and David Rivera On the cover: Jodi DiGiacomo, MD, medical director of the Central Jersey Wound Treatment Center and the hyperbaric oxygen (left to right): therapy program (seated), communicates with a technician in one Alison Weyersberg, RNC, and Eileen Myers, RNC of CentraState’s hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Healthy Directions is produced by Benjamin Weinstein, MD, PhD Managing Editor We hope you enjoy this issue of Healthy Directions. Comments about CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold, New Jersey. Senior Vice President & Medical Director Renee Crotts the publication can be directed to the Public Relations and Marketing Department, CentraState Healthcare System, 901 West Main Street, CentraState Healthcare System is a member of the Linda W. Geisler, RN, MNEd, CNAA, BC Writers Freehold, NJ, 07728. (732) 294-7080. Robert Wood Johnson Health Network and Vice President, Patient Care Services Stephanie Duncan Gabrielle Fernandez Healthy Directions is published by CentraState Healthcare System to The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. James M. Goss provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal Vice President, Public Relations and Marketing Jenny Poole Havron Hillary Myers medical advice, which should be obtained directly from July/August 2008 a healthcare provider. Kim A. Kelly, RN, MS, CNAA, BC Dorothy Piatt Editorial Advisors Vice President, Clinical Services Elizabeth Stinchfield-Hixson C E N T R A S TAT E H E A LT H C A R E S Y S T E M , I N C . Ruben Cardona Angela Williams Chair, Board of Trustees Roman N. Lucky, CFRE Vice President, Development Photographers John T. Gribbin, FACHE Kevin Birch President and CEO Rich Mackesy Vice President, Strategic Planning & Business Development Ron Wyatt (8 0 0) 624 -749 6 Daniel J. Messina, PhD, FACHE, LNHA Designer Senior Vice President & COO Jay Solomon, MPA, LNHA Vice President, Senior Services Sherri Thornton GETTING BACK in the Game Faster A fter playing basketball for 35 years on concrete surfaces, would actually decrease the pain in my knee. I had no idea Mitch Martinez gradually began to feel the effects on his the improvement would be this significant.” 40-something-year-old knees. In one knee particularly, The players in the basketball league had better be at the top he knew something was wrong, and the pain became more of their games—Mitch Martinez is back and better than ever. pronounced each time he played. “It felt like a hamstring injury—but in my knee. Sometimes the cramping sensation was CentraState’s Total Joint Center of New Jersey offers a wide so strong, I had to sit out part of my game.” range of minimally invasive and computer-assisted orthopedic Mitch, a business owner from Marlboro, doesn’t recall a services. For more information call (866) CENTRA7. HD single point in time that the injury occurred. “I really only experienced the knee pain when I was playing. But over the course of time, the pain became more significant.” Orthopedic Surgeons on Staff at CentraState Finally, Mitch asked one of his basketball league teammates, Privileged to Perform Microfracture Technique Gregg S. Berkowitz, MD, of Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, for assistance. Dr. Berkowitz, Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with an interest in Manuel T. Banzon, MD, FAAOS arthroscopic treatment of knee injuries and a physician at Gregg S. Berkowitz, MD, FAAOS CentraState Medical Center’s Total Joint Center of New Jersey, James Cozzarelli, MD scheduled a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan Gerardo Goldberger, DO to identify the problem and determine a course of action. Michael Greller, MD, FAAOS Alan S. Nasar, MD THE MICROFRACTURE TECHNIQUE The MRI revealed damage to knee cartilage. Central Jersey Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Center Dr. Berkowitz recommended an arthroscopic surgical Andrew Harrison, MD, FAAOS procedure called the microfracture technique (also called abrasion chondroplasty), which allows for the regrowth of new cartilage. “This procedure, one of several available Mitch Martinez is back on the court and playing his favorite sport again to repair damaged cartilage, uses the body’s own healing after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery at CentraState Medical Center. abilities and provides an enriched environment for cartilage regrowth at the affected area,” notes Dr. Berkowitz. Signs and symptoms of a knee cartilage injury, some of which may require the microfracture technique, are intermittent swelling, pain with prolonged activity, hearing “noise” from the knee during motion, and knee locking, catching, or giving way. The procedure is not appropriate for arthritis patients, however. SURGERY CONVENIENCE Mitch was ready to move forward with the surgical repair of his knee. He arrived at CentraState’s Ambulatory Surgery Center at 11 a.m. for the procedure. The Surgery Center is conveniently located at CentraState’s Medical Arts Building connected to the Medical Center, providing additional resources for patient safety and peace of mind. Mitch was on his way home later that afternoon. “I had undergone other surgeries so I was prepared for a lot of pain. But because this was an arthroscopic procedure, it was a completely different experience. In fact, I only used crutches for two days.” Mitch was driving his car and back to work less than a week after surgery. A few months later, after a period of rehabilitation, he gradually returned to the action on the basketball court. Reflecting on his decision to proceed with the surgery, he notes, “I’ll be honest. I was Gregg S. Berkowitz, MD, skeptical about how much this surgery board-certified orthopedic surgeon July/August 2008 Healthy Directions 3 www.centrastate.com weight-loss surgery Opens new doors K aitlyn Jacob, 18, of Neptune “The surgery can vastly improve the than 80 pounds. Dedicated to improving City, wasn’t always able to do quality of life for older teens who, like her health and embracing her new everything she enjoyed. While Kaitlyn, are unable to lose weight life, Kaitlyn now works as a teaching other teenagers played sports, went to through diet and exercise. With a body assistant at an area preschool and has the mall, and spent time with friends, mass index (BMI) over 60, Kaitlyn was a no problem keeping up with the kids. Kaitlyn struggled with limitations caused good candidate for this surgery.” In her spare time, she plays soccer on a by her weight. However, thanks to According to the National Institutes of traveling team. the Bariatric Surgery Program at Health, a person is “morbidly” obese CentraState Medical Center, Kaitlyn is “Gastric bypass has changed my life when he or she reaches a BMI of 40 completely and opened doors for now able to enjoy the activities she once or greater, or is 100 pounds over his thought were impossible. me,” says Kaitlyn. “I can’t thank the or her ideal body weight. An estimated physicians and nurses at CentraState “I first heard about gastric bypass 5 million to 10 million Americans are morbidly obese. enough for all that they did for me.” surgery when Kaitlyn was 16,” says Kaitlyn’s mother, Kerrie Jacob. Before her surgery, Kaitlyn underwent For more information about both types “Initially, I was upset with her a variety of tests and screenings, as of weight-loss surgery available through the pediatrician for mentioning the option do all weight-loss patients. Between Bariatric Surgery Program at CentraState— in front of her. But it turned out to be standard visits with a cardiologist and gastric bypass and laparoscopic banding— a blessing in disguise.” a psychiatrist as well as pre-surgery call (866) CENTRA7. HD nutrition classes and a medical diet, both WEIGHING THE OPTIONS Kerrie and Kaitlyn realized the level of Kaitlyn wasn’t able to lose weight using commitment required for the surgery. special diets or personal trainers. In “The procedure involves a complete fact, instead of losing weight, Kaitlyn Bariatric Surgeons on Staff lifestyle overhaul,” says Kaitlyn. “I was was still gaining weight despite her best efforts. Naturally, Kerrie became always eating the wrong foods and the at CentraState wrong portion sizes. When I decided to concerned about the possibility of her Endo-Surgical Associates of go through with the surgery, it meant teenage daughter developing other Central Jersey a future commitment to eating right health conditions common with obesity, and exercising.” Morris Washington, MD including heart disease and diabetes. Kerrie began researching bariatric Ragui Sadek, MD SEEING POSSIBILITIES surgery, and that research led her to Lisa Dobruskin, MD Morris Washington, MD, bariatric Kaitlyn’s surgery at CentraState was a surgeon on the medical staff complete success, and she has lost more Earl Noyan, MD at CentraState and medical director of the Bariatric Surgery Program. With more energy and a positive outlook “Gastric bypass surgery makes the after undergoing weight-loss surgery stomach smaller and allows food and losing 80 pounds, Kaitlyn to bypass part of the small intestine. Jacob enjoys playing goalie Patients feel full more quickly than with her traveling when their stomachs were their original soccer team. sizes, which reduces the amount of food they eat and thus the calories consumed,” says Dr. Washington. Morris Washington, MD, board-certified surgeon www.centrastate.com 4 July/August 2008 Healthy Directions kids learn Healthy Lifestyle Lessons It’s important to teach kids line skating to hoola hoops and healthy eating and exercise jump-roping. habits. That’s the goal Martin Araujo, MD, a first- of CentraState’s new healthy living year resident in the Family program—Project: Fit Kids—designed Medicine Residency for fourth and fifth grade students at Program, says that the the Park Avenue Elementary School, students were at the Freehold Borough. The Star and Barry optimal age to learn Tobias Health Awareness Center and about health and the CentraState Family Medicine nutrition. “Ten- Residency Program partnered with the and 11-year-old school in late 2007 to offer the free, children are still eight-month program that teaches kids young enough how to make living a healthy lifestyle to change and part of their everyday lives. adopt new ways Eighteen students participated in the of thinking about program. Cara Megill, 10, signed their health. In up for the program at her mother’s turn, the tools recommendation. “I thought a class they absorb from about health and fitness might be our program will boring, but it’s been really fun. They be shared with the give us a lot of cool games to play and whole family,” says we’re learning at the same time,” Dr. Araujo. Cara explains. LIFELONG GAMES, “GOOD” FOOD, AND HEALTHY HULA HOOPS LIVING TOOLS Nutrition and fitness-focused games CentraState physicians were designed to educate children provided each child with a about the importance of fats, proteins, preliminary health assessment at the and carbohydrates. The program also beginning of Project: Fit Kids and supplied samples of tasty “light” foods monitored their progress throughout that the students, often to their Caryn Alter, MS, RD, Health Awareness the program. A registered dietitian surprise, actually enjoyed. Additionally, Center, speaks to students of Project: Fit Kids and certified personal trainers from the group examined fun, diverse, and about nutrition and healthy eating choices. the Health Awareness Center also challenging fitness options—from in- worked directly with the children. “Our mission is to help them make the healthcare provider perspective, we right choices now so they can avoid want to learn whether kids will apply health challenges when they’re adults,” what they’ve learned and what the says Karen Scott, RN, program outcome will be to their overall health coordinator, Health Awareness Center. down the road.” Kenneth Faistl, MD, medical Cara’s mother, Denise Megill, smiles director of the Family Medicine as she notes that her daughter came Residency Program, explains that home from school and recapped the one of the goals is to measure healthy items she ate for lunch that and monitor each participant’s day. “Project: Fit Kids has much long-term success. “From a more impact on all the kids because they are learning from healthcare professionals, not just their parents,” Martin Araujo, MD, CentraState Family she says. Medicine Center, checks in with Cara Megill For more information about CentraState’s (left) and her mom, Denise, during a Health Awareness Center roster of parent/child dinner held at Park Avenue Elementary School. programs, call (732) 308-0570. HD July/August 2008 Healthy Directions 5 www.centrastate.com YOUR HEART IS IN Good Hands At 425 pounds, longtime Howell resident Jim VanWie, 51, knew he had considerable health problems. It Cardiologists on Staff Privileged to Perform wasn’t until he began experiencing shortness of breath after walking only short distances that he realized Cardiac Catheterization something may be very wrong. “I could barely walk 15 or 20 feet before I would be out Jack Dworkin, MD, FACC John Checton, MD, FACC of breath, and it was really keeping me from the things I Steven Daniels, MD, FACC wanted to do in life,” says Jim. “That’s when I decided it Scott Eisenberg, DO, FACC was time to see the doctor.” Nelson LaMarche, MD, FACC Heart Specialists of Marcia Liu, MD, FACC In June 2007, Jim visited an internal medicine physician Central Jersey Charles Mattina, MD, FACC at CentraState Medical Center. The doctor suspected Jim Ashish Awasthi, MD, FACC Gregory Noto, MD, FACC might have a heart condition and referred him to Gregory Ted Gutowski, MD, FACC Mark A. Rosenbloom, MD, FACC Noto, MD, FACC, medical director of CentraState’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Jim underwent cardiac catheterization— Monmouth Cardiology Shore Heart Group a procedure in which a long, flexible tube is inserted into an Associates, LLC Renato Apolito, MD, FACC artery in the arm, neck, or groin and threaded into the heart Matt Bach, MD, FACC David Pinnelas, MD, FACC for diagnostic testing.Although slightly nervous at first, Jim Lance Berger, MD, FACC soon found he had nothing to worry about. “It was a lot easier than I thought it would be,” says Jim. “I didn’t feel a thing, and the staff was excellent and kept me relaxed throughout the procedure. It was also neat because I giving back through the Grateful Patient Program “Thanks to our many grateful patients, CentraState Medical Center remains a premier healthcare facility and offers quality diagnostic and treatment services using state-of-the-art technology.” —Roman Lucky, CFRE, vice president of Development at CentraState Grateful to be healthy and back on the green, Roger Knox shows his appreciation for the care he received at CentraState by donating to the hospital Foundation’s “Grateful Patient” Program. Jim VanWie says he feels better than ever after receiving rehabilitative care was able to see everything that was happening on a screen.” for multiple heart problems revealed by a cardiac catheterization procedure THE RESULTS ARE IN performed at CentraState. Based on the results of the cardiac catheterization, Dr. Noto diagnosed Jim with multiple heart problems, including coronary arthrosclerosis (a thickening of the coronary arteries); aortic and mitral stenosis (a narrowing of the aortic and mitral valves in the heart); coronary artery disease; and pulmonary hypertension. “Jim also may have acquired rheumatic fever as a child, which is a slow, progressive disease that could have contributed to many of his problems,” says Dr. Noto. “Without surgical intervention, he was headed for heart failure.” BETTER THAN EVER Since undergoing valve replacement and bypass surgery in August 2007, James has been undergoing cardiac rehabilitation at CentraState. He says he has never felt better. “I’ve lost 125 pounds in the last 18 months and feel 300 percent better than I did,” says Jim. “Dr. Noto calls me ‘the miracle man,’ and I can’t thank him or the CentraState Cardiac Rehab nurses enough for everything they’ve done for me. If it weren’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be here today.” For more information about Cardiac Services, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, or the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at CentraState, call (866) CENTRA7. HD A bout a year ago, CentraState the Radiation Therapy Department and through the Grateful Patient Program. Healthcare Foundation started Nurse Education programs. For the “The first time I stepped into CentraState, a program that gives patients medical staff in radiation therapy, the and their families a way to show their “wall” is the best reward. I was immediately impressed,” says gratitude to medical staff who go above Roger. “From the people in admitting to “Every day, as I walk to Radiation the nurses—everyone was unbelievably and beyond in their care by making a Oncology, I look at the wall of plaques professional and pleasant.” donation to the department where they from patients who have contributed to received their care. Since that time, the Roger was first admitted to CentraState this department,” says Edward Soffen, program has raised more than $130,000 MD, chairman of Radiation Oncology for a heart problem, which was for new equipment and technology at CentraState and member of the resolved with stent surgery. Since that that will benefit patients today and in CentraState Healthcare Foundation time, he has also been admitted for the future. Board of Trustees. “It creates both a nice colon cancer treatment. “The ‘Grateful Patient’ Program creates feeling and a lasting impression in our awareness and an opportunity for department knowing that we have made “Coming to CentraState was one of the patients and their families who wish a difference in patients’ lives.” best decisions I ever made,” says Roger. to do more than say ‘thank you’ to “It is a wonderful community hospital nurses or a doctor who played a critical A GRATEFUL PATIENT and something we should be proud to role in their care,” says Roman Lucky, Roger Knox, chairman of Commonwealth support. I am glad I was able to give CFRE, vice president of Development at Title-Monmouth located in Freehold, CentraState. “It also allows patients to back to the hospital that gave so much had been traveling to New York for his to me.” make a tangible difference for their healthcare needs. One day he decided community hospital.” For more information on the Grateful to give CentraState a try. Roger was Some of the areas that have benefited amazed by the quality care he received Patient Program, call the CentraState from “grateful patient” gifts have been and has since made several contributions Healthcare Foundation at (732) 294-7030. HD July/August 2008 Healthy Directions 7 www.centrastate.com healing chronic wounds with High-Pressure Oxygen E very day, new technology brings renewed hope to people suffering from chronic diseases. Now, patients suffering with non-healing wounds are receiving long- awaited relief. CentraState Medical Center offers a new hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy program located in the Central Jersey Wound Treatment Center. HBO is a non-invasive, safe, and painless treatment for wound care. During the therapy session, patients lie down in a specially designed glass chamber and comfortably breathe 100 percent oxygen. This, in turn, provides increased oxygen to damaged tissue. RETIRED JEWELER’S SUCCESS STORY Today, approximately 5 million Americans suffer from non-healing wounds as a result of several conditions, including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, poor circulation, side effects of radiation therapy, advanced peripheral artery disease, or extended immobility. For these chronic sufferers, even the most minor injuries can result in non-healing wounds and subsequent infections. Often, non-healing wounds can lead to even more serious complications. Stanley Abrams, a retired jeweler and patient with diabetes from Monroe, recently completed 20 HBO treatments after previous attempts to heal a leg wound proved unsuccessful. “I didn’t think anything was going to work,” recalls Stanley, “but I realized, never say ‘never.’” Today, Stanley no longer requires HBO treatments and only visits the Wound Center for routine monitoring. During his 90-minute therapies, Stanley would pass the time watching his favorite programs Stanley Abrams is enjoying walking again after hyperbaric oxygen on television. treatments at CentraState healed a chronic wound on his leg. PAIN-FREE TREATMENT Physicians on the Wound Care Team The HBO therapy program is directed by Jody A.K. Bhattacharya, MD, plastic surgery DiGiacomo, MD, FACS, board certified in surgery Jody DiGiacomo, MD, surgery and hyperbaric medicine, and Anthony Fiorilli, DPM, podiatry medical director of the Jody DiGiacomo, MD, board certified Wound Center. “Patients in surgery and hyperbaric medicine Steven Lemberger, DPM, podiatry undergoing a variety of Henry Miller, DPM, podiatry treatments at CentraState can now receive wound treatment care in the newest hyperbaric chamber available in New Jersey at one of the most advanced hyperbaric centers in the world,” Dr. DiGiacomo says. Dr. DiGiacomo explains that HBO therapy is the single most sophisticated treatment for promoting wound healing. Patients with osteomyelitis (chronic hard-to-heal wounds and diabetic ulcers of the feet and legs) for whom traditional medication and surgical management have failed, may heal with HBO therapy and also prevent the need for amputation. Oxygen is the critical element necessary to fight infection and support the healing process. HBO stimulates new blood vessel growth in damaged tissue, enhances the infection- fighting power of white blood cells, kills bacteria, and reduces inflammation and swelling that disrupts blood flow to the tissue. Outpatients are generally treated for two hours per day, five days a week. The number of treatment sessions range from 20 to 60 over a span of several weeks. Chambers are also equipped with audio-visual entertainment systems, allowing patients to relax and listen to music or watch television or movies. SIGNS OF HEALING Anthony Modafferi watches television while undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the Central Jersey Wound Treatment Center at CentraState. Freehold resident, Anthony Modafferi, has seen more than his share of illness over the course of his life. But with the support of his wife, Maureen, and HBO therapy, he is successfully fighting back against one of the complications the latest evidence-based medicine. “We continue to be of diabetes. focused on CentraState’s ‘big picture’ development plan Anthony, a former dock builder for the City of New York, because it illustrates our commitment to continually adding lost one of his legs late last year to complications from new programs supported by the latest technology. This diabetes. He was one of the first patients to undergo this commitment is not only important for our hospital, but for treatment for his non-healing wounds on his other leg. the community at large.” “We’d been battling Anthony’s open wounds for the past five The Central Jersey Wound Treatment Center team includes years and had no success whatsoever. After last year, we were advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, and board- truly desperate to find a solution to save my husband’s other certified physicians from a variety of specialties, including leg,” Maureen notes. podiatry and general, vascular, and plastic surgery. Staff Henry Miller, DPM, a podiatrist and member of the wound members also educate patients and caretakers on optimal care team, is Anthony’s physician. “Hyperbaric therapy is wound care, appropriate nutrition, and exercise, which can a wonderful option for patients who are not candidates accelerate healing and prevent recurrences. for vascular surgery,” Dr. Miller says. “Without hyperbaric The Center helps more than 700 patients annually recover therapy, there was a high probability that Anthony would from non-healing wounds. “We’re one of the top-performing lose a second leg. Now, we’re seeing signs that his wound wound care centers in the region,” says Brian Mason, DPT, is healing.” clinical director of Rehabilitation Services. Many medical Maureen has watched her husband’s improvement firsthand. issues can affect wound healing, and patients often require “Over the past several years, we’ve experienced so much a wound specialist rather than a traditional primary care disappointment and frustration in trying to overcome physician, he explains. “The specialized care provided by Anthony’s wounds,” says Maureen. “The change in my our team of professionals can make a huge difference on the husband’s leg over just a few months has been nothing short quality of life of our patients.” of incredible.” The Center also offers convenient access to a wide range of OFFERING MULTI-DISCIPLINED additional healthcare resources, including nutritionists at the Health Awareness Center, exercise physiologists at the HEALTH SERVICES Fitness and Wellness Center, and foot screenings at the Novo James Karaman, assistant vice president of Ambulatory Nordisk Diabetes Center. Services, says that CentraState’s addition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy enhances the Wound Treatment Center and To learn more about HBO therapy or the Central Jersey Wound supports the hospital’s dedication to offering the community Treatment Center, call (866) NJWOUND. HD July/August 2008 Healthy Directions 9 www.centrastate.com Patient Safety is Our priority Using the new Soarian clinical information to exceed the national standards for system, nurses can access comprehensive patient safety. patient information from portable, computerized workstations. Medical Response Team through the right method, at the right Research has shown that during the six dose, at the right time. To accomplish to eight hours prior to patients going these goals, the pharmacy labels each into cardiac arrest, their breathing, individual dose of the medication with consciousness, urinary output, pulse, a barcode, and the nurse scans his or and blood pressure can make subtle her own barcoded ID card and the or dramatic changes. When a staff patient’s barcoded wristband prior to member notices these changes have administering medication. If there is a occurred in patients already admitted problem with any aspect of delivering to the hospital, he or she can alert the the medication, a tone sounds and a medical response team—a physician, visual “X” appears on the monitor to respiratory therapist, and nurse who alert nurses that there is a reason to work together to regulate problems reevaluate the situation. before cardiac arrest occurs. Less than 10 percent of hospitals in “Patient safety is an ongoing, collaborative effort that involves every W the country use barcoded medication hile medical errors are an verification technology, according to department in the hospital,” says unfortunate reality in hospitals the American Society of Health-System Linda Geisler, RN, MNEd, CNAA, across the country, CentraState Pharmacists. MAK’s use at CentraState BC, vice president of Patient Services. Healthcare System is helping to was recently recognized by InfoWorld “We’re continually working to improve the safety of its patients by magazine as one of the top 100 improve our protocols to better serve making a $17 million investment in technology projects in the United States. our patients.” new technology and initiatives. Siemens Soarian Plan of Care To learn more about patient safety “Our mission is to provide high To help make patient care more initiatives at CentraState, call quality and compassionate care to our community,” says Neal Ganguly, vice consistent, CentraState has (866) CENTRA7. HD president and chief information officer implemented Soarian Plan of Care for CentraState. “We can’t accomplish technology. CentraState partnered with Patty Barnosky, RNC, scans a patient’s barcoded this without making patient safety a Siemens Medical Solutions, a leader in wristband to ensure that the patient is getting core part of the equation.” healthcare technology, to develop this the right medication and dose, through the right new state-of-the-art clinical information route, at the right time. CHANGING FOR THE BETTER system. The system allows nurses to To improve patient safety, the hospital more efficiently manage patients, direct made numerous changes from both interventions, and monitor outcomes. technological and clinical standpoints. Using the system, nurses develop flowcharts that consistently lead By bringing together departments them to certain actions that should within the hospital, CentraState be performed in order to promote was able to use several types of patient safety. Examples of the advanced technology and develop new flowcharts include direction on procedures to take patient safety to the follow-up lab work that should next level. be taken with certain medications, Medication Administration Check evaluations for the risk of falling, (MAK) System and reminders about removing At CentraState, the complex, bedside catheters. Through this system, MAK system ensures the right patient CentraState has seen improvements is receiving the right medication in several areas that allow the hospital www.centrastate.com 10 July/August 2008 Healthy Directions reaching new heights in MATERNITY CARE C entraState’s Maternal Child Health RNC, BSN, MHA, director of Maternal again, where many physicians and other staff Department experienced a variety of Child Health at CentraState. “We handle lots come for their personal needs. highlights for both mother and baby of deliveries, and area physicians recommend over the past year. “When physicians and employees choose our our facilities to their patients.” hospital for their deliveries, it’s the ultimate DEALING IN MULTIPLES To meet this growing need, two local recommendation,” says Kline. “It says a lot practices added physicians—Neeti Misra, about the hospital and the maternity unit CentraState’s third set of triplets arrived MD, joined Healthy Woman, and Women’s that our staff feels comfortable here and in January. Michael, Benjamin, and Kelsey Physicians and Surgeons welcomed Karen chooses our facility for their own needs.” Marzarella were delivered by Joseph Krieg, DO. Overall, the number of Ob/Gyns Cipriano, MD, and Susan Pacana, MD, of To learn more about CentraState’s on staff has risen from 12 in 2000 to 18 Healthy Woman Ob/Gyn (formerly Colts Maternity Center or to schedule a tour, call this year. Neck Ob/Gyn). A comprehensive staff, CentraState’s Health Awareness Center at including neonatologists, pediatricians, MORE BABIES (732) 308-0570. HD nurses, and respiratory therapists, works Since 2000, births at CentraState’s First to ensure the highest level of quality care in Impressions Maternity Center have increased delivering multiples. by more than 60 percent. CentraState HANDLING SPECIAL NEEDS marked the deliveries of 2,026 babies in 2007—another hospital record. More Obstetricians/Gynecologists on CentraState’s Colette Cipriano Special Care mothers are choosing CentraState for their Staff at CentraState Nursery provides specialized care for babies delivery needs for a variety of reasons, born prematurely. The facility is equipped including high-quality patient care, physician and ready to handle nearly any complication Drs. Back, Seigel & Goldstein expertise, and a warm and inviting a premature baby may encounter. Norman Back, MD, FACOG environment. In response, CentraState plans to add three additional postpartum beds to Mark J. Seigel, MD, FACOG MILESTONE its growing Maternity Pavilion. Steven A. Goldstein, MD, FACOG CentraState celebrated a milestone in June Susan Schneider, RN, APNC “The environment that our mothers are 2007 when Peter Mandel, MD, of Women’s laboring and delivering in and the quality Physicians and Surgeons, delivered Jason Healthy Woman Ob/Gyn care they are getting in the unit explains (formerly Colts Neck Ob/Gyn) Lopes—the 40,000th baby born since why our numbers keep rising,” says CentraState opened 36 years ago. Joseph Cipriano, MD, FACOG Norman Back, MD, with Drs. Back, Seigel & Goldstein and chair of the Ob/Gyn Rebecca Cipriano, MD, FACOG ON THE INCREASE Neeti Misra, MD Department at CentraState. “Maternity services in the area are growing,” Susan Pacana, MD, FACOG says Dawn Kline, NO PLACE LIKE HOME Gabrielle Pinzon, MD Safrir Neuwirth, MD, an Ob/Gyn on Helen Simigiannis, MD staff at CentraState with Women’s Physicians and Robert Mayson, MD, FACOG Surgeons, and his wife were blessed with their Women to Women Obstetrics third child in 2007. and Gynecology Assoc., LLC They chose to deliver Casandra Hicks-Autry, MD, FACOG at CentraState Kimberly Baldwin, MD, FACOG Women’s Physicians and Surgeons CentraState’s Michael Dimino, MD, FACOG third set of Michael Kirwin, MD, FACOG triplets, Ben, Karen Krieg, DO, AOBOG Kelsey, and Michael Peter Mandel, MD, FACOG Marzarella (left Safrir Neuwirth, MD, FACOG to right), are Robert Portadin, MD, FACOG held by parents Stefanie Spadafino, PA-C Jennifer and Michael as older sister Cecilia smiles for the camera. July/August 2008 Healthy Directions 11 www.centrastate.com Excellence next door D uring three weeks of rehabilitation levels of functioning in a program Everyone is pleasant and cheerful,” she at The Manor Health and nationally recognized for excellence. says. “They taught me how to do things Rehabilitation Center, Eleanor “Only 12 percent of skilled nursing and properly. I’m doing so much better now.” Nover had to relearn how to do some of rehabilitation facilities in New Jersey are For more information on comprehensive the simplest things, like walk across the accredited by The Joint Commission, and room and fold clothes. The independent services or to arrange a tour, call The Manor The Manor Health and Rehabilitation 90-year-old from Manalapan, who has Health and Rehabilitation Center at Center is one of them,” says Andrew problems with balance and falling, didn’t Harris, LNHA, FACHE, administrator (732) 431-5200. For more information on understand the value of these simple at The Manor Health and Rehabilitation CentraState’s lifecare and assisted living exercises at first. “It’s funny. At my age, Center. “We achieved the perfect score communities, call (800) 438-0888. HD they’re teaching me how to walk and of 100 in our last survey for functional stand. It seemed ridiculous,” Eleanor says. independence measure self-care (FIMS), reflecting our expertise in quickly Eleanor was admitted to The Manor after returning patients to functional ability.” SF receiving treatment at CentraState Medical Center for pneumonia and doctors learned CUSTOMIZED CARE that she had been falling frequently before her hospital stay. Therapists at The Manor Family and friends are invited to C E observed Eleanor walk from one end of participate in the rehabilitation and the room to the other while carrying an treatment plan, which is created when a J A object. They noticed that she turned in one patient is still at the medical center. Each Call (732) 780-3013 for reservations for all programs. of her feet while walking, which affected patient is thoroughly evaluated before her balance and caused her to fall over. individual rehabilitation goals are set. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP By the time her therapy was completed, Jackson, NJ Eleanor realized the improvement. “I can As therapy at The Manor progresses, a staff monitors patient improvements, and Mondays, July 14 & August 11, 2 p.m. do things I couldn’t do before, like balance on one foot,” she says. the entire clinical team evaluates each DINING OUT PROGRAM AND patient weekly. The focus is on progressive From elective orthopedic procedures to rehabilitative care to facilitate optimum SENIOR GAMES medically complex procedures, The Manor outcomes. The average length of stay for The Wellness Center at CentraState is an integral part of a patient’s path to Join us for good food and fun with other rehabilitation is 14 days, compared to the recovery. Individualized treatment plans seniors. Breakfast: scones, muffins, and hot national average of 20. created by the therapy team are focused on beverages. Lunch: sandwiches, wraps, pasta, returning each patient to maximum Education for patients and their families soda, and water. $7 pay at door. allows them to take control of the ongoing recovery and rehabilitation process. Before Wednesdays, July 16 & August 13, discharge, a home evaluation ensures each 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. patient’s living environment is optimized SENIORSFIRST MEMBERSHIP for transition to home care. Eleanor says LUNCHEON— “IT’S A GRAND OLE FLAG” she felt prepared going home—she Applewood Estates Performing Arts Center had a new walker, plans for delivery 1 Applewood Drive, Freehold of meals, instructions for home exercises, and arrangements for $9. Friday, July 25, 11:30 a.m. a visiting nurse and physical PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP therapist. “I’m glad to be Manalapan Senior Center going home,” she says. “I 211 Route 522, Manalapan feel like I can take care of Tuesdays, July 15 & August 19, 11:15 a.m. myself, although I realize I do need some help.” SENIORSFIRST MEMBERSHIP Eleanor says she’s been LUNCHEON— pleased with CentraState “DOWN BY THE SEASHORE” during the past 28 years Applewood Estates Performing Arts Center while living in the area. As 1 Applewood Drive, Freehold for her time at The Manor, $9. Friday, August 22, 11:30 a.m. “They are wonderful here. To learn more about the lifecare During her stay at The Manor advantage at Applewood Estates, attend Health and Rehabilitation Center, an information session. Please RSVP to Eleanor Nover worked with therapists (732) 303-7416. to learn how to properly perform simple tasks, like folding clothes, to avoid injury. Integrative Medicine— Proactive Heart Disease Prevention “C ardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. Fortunately, most cardiovascular disease can be prevented. Vivian Kominos, MD, and Large epidemiologic studies Andrew Weil, MD have shown us that diet, exercise, stress reduction, friendship, and affiliation all have a large impact on if we will get sick, and if we will be able to get healthy again when the patient takes a we get sick,” says more active role in his Vivian Kominos, MD, or her care. program director of Integrative Health CUSTOMIZED and Preventive TREATMENT Cardiology at CentraState. “Integrative STRATEGY medicine offers a way During an initial to address and ward off consultation with Dr. disease before it manifests Kominos, groundwork itself in the body, and for a customized plan is ways to treat disease that established and risk factors are are individualized to a identified. Participants provide patient’s needs.” a detailed health history that also CentraState’s new Integrative Health includes information related to career and Preventive Cardiology Program and work environment, diet, vitamin and offered at the Star and Barry Tobias supplement usage, exercise, and family Ambulatory Campus combines disease can be avoided before they occur. relationships. Additionally, information traditional medicine with evidence- Integrative medicine also can treat certain about the patient’s community based alternative medicine. diseases where conventional medicine has environment, such as ethnic, cultural, failed. For instance, botanicals may not and socioeconomic background, also Integrative medicine looks collectively provides key information for creating an at the entire person: the body, mind, have the same side effects as prescription drugs, and sometimes can be used in individual healthcare plan. This report spirit, and even the community place of prescription medicine.” will be supplied to the patient and any connection. Partnering this treatment requested physicians. with conventional medical care can Dr. Kominos, who completed a two- help prevent, identify, and treat the root year fellowship with the program Potential candidates for the program are causes of a variety of heart and other in Integrative Medicine, directed by people who are motivated to take an health conditions. Andrew Weil, MD—the world-renowned active role in their healthcare and use integrative medicine specialist—says an a combination of resources to achieve PREVENTING DISEASE integrative cardiology program does improved health. AND ILLNESS not replace a patient’s primary medical Whether they are seeking to improve their Dr. Kominos, of Heart Specialists of doctor or cardiologist. health and vitality, protect themselves Central Jersey, and board-certified in Rather, it expands the overall treatment against a history of family disease, or cardiovascular disease, says there are a plan to include the patient’s lifestyle, looking for ways to manage a preexisting multitude of reasons to adopt proven personality, environment, and life condition such as coronary disease, the integrative heath services. “Conventional circumstances. program can help change their lives. medical care generally addresses afflictions that have already occurred Dr. Kominos says that integrative CentraState’s Integrative Health and in the body, not what actually caused medicine is a true partnership between Preventive Cardiology Program is located patient and physician because the at the Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory them. Integrative medicine takes a more relationship is based upon a whole-body Campus. For more information, call preventive approach so that sickness and approach to wellness and healing, and (732) 637-6366. HD July/August 2008 Healthy Directions 13 www.centrastate.com Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center Programs July–August 2008 Ambulatory Campus 901 West Main St., Freehold Student Health Awareness Center Infant/Toddler Classes Call (732) 308-1850 for information or to register. Programs for students A variety of parenting programs for moms, dads, and infants/toddlers up to 3 at all grade levels include substance abuse prevention, family life, general years old are offered with age-appropriate topics by an RN instructor. Class health, and nutrition. size is small, and registration can be prorated into currently running sessions if space is available. Call (732) 308-0570 for information or to register. Girls Grow Up Babysitting Clinic Monday, July 14, 7–8:30 p.m. or For girls and boys, ages 11 to Newborn Parenting Jumping Jacks & Jills II Monday, August 4, 7–8:30 p.m. 15. This one-day, all inclusive For parents and newborns up Ages 19–25 months. $18 per child, parents free. information session will to 4 months. Tuesdays, July 1, 10:30–11:45 a.m. help babysitters become more Fridays, July 18, 10–11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, July 2, 10:30–11:45 a.m. Boys Grow Up conﬁdent by teaching them 4 weeks, ﬁrst week 4 weeks, $52. Thursday, August 7, 7–8:30 p.m. free, then $35 for remaining Fun Time about safety issues and how to three classes. $18 per child, parents free. Ages 26–36 months. handle emergencies. Bag lunch required. Baby & Me Tuesdays, July 1 or July 29, 10:15–11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19 or August 16, Ages 2–6 months. 4 weeks, $52. Thursdays, July 17, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $35. HD 12:15–1:30 p.m. Stroller Strides Stroller Strides is a total ﬁtness 5 weeks, $65. program that new moms can do with Wee Two their babies. Taught by a nationally Ages 7–12 months. certiﬁed instructor. Fridays, July 11, 12:30–1:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 6 weeks, $78. or Thursdays, 9:30–10:30 a.m. $15 per class. Jumping Jacks & Jills I One month unlimited, $60. Ages 12–18 months. 10 classes, $100. Wednesdays, July 2 or July 30, 12:15–1:30 p.m. SAFE (Safety Awareness Thursdays, July 17 or August 7, Family Education) 10:30–11:45 a.m. Information on keeping your home 3 weeks, $39. safe for your family. Thursday, August 14, 7– 8:30 p.m. $10 per person/$15 per family. HD Adventure to Health This totally interactive health science museum continues to impress adults and children who experience it! Nineteen exciting exhibits encourage children to explore the wonders of the human body and learn while having fun. School groups are scheduled during the day, while families Childbirth Preparation Call (732) 308-0570 for information or to register. All prenatal and childhood can participate in this adventure on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and programs taught by registered nurses. daily during school vacations. Scout groups are welcome by appointment. Adventure to Health is best experienced by children over 6 years old. Journey Through Childbirth Sibling Preparation Understanding comfort measures Ages 3–10, How about scheduling a unique birthday party? Adventure to Health is for labor and birth. Thursdays, July 10 or August 7. reserved just for the “party-goers.” Healthy snacks, goody bags, special gifts • Tuesdays, July 15, 7:30–9:30 p.m., $15 each child, discounts for for the birthday child, and other features make this a one-of-a-kind 5 weeks, $120 ($175 package price multiple children. birthday. Let your child be the ﬁrst on the block to experience this special available for prepared childbirth, party venture. breastfeeding, and infant care). • One-Day Class, Saturday, July 12 Please call (732) 308-1850 for information, fees, and scheduling. HD or Sunday, July 13 All prenatal and childhood 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $130 programs taught by ($175 package price). registered nurses, Kid’s Classes • Breastfeeding Class, Thursday, July 24, 6:45–9:45 p.m. and all free community screenings, including Kids Crafts Two Doodle Musical Saturday, July 12 and August 9, blood pressure, glucose, Ages 3–5. Ages 2 1/2–3 1/2 Munchkins 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $45. and mobile wellness van • Infant Care Class, outreach are cosponsored Mondays, July 21, and their parents. Ages 2–3 with Saturday, July 26 or August 23, by the Visiting Nurse 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Mondays, July 21, parents, 3–5 9–4 p.m. Association of 5 weeks, $50. 10–11 a.m. without parents. 3 weeks, $63. Central Jersey. 5 weeks, $50 Thursdays, July 24, • Multiple Birth, Tumbling Tots Call the VNA 10:45–11:30 a.m. (with Thursdays, July 17 & 24, 7–9 p.m. of Central Jersey at Ages 3–5. Fridays, July 25, parent); (800) 862-3330. HD 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 10:45–11:30 a.m. (without parent). 5 weeks, $50. 5 weeks, $50. HD www.centrastate.com 14 July/August 2008 Healthy Directions F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o n t h e s e c l a s s e s a n d o t h e r p r o g r a m s o f f e r e d a t t h e H e a l t h A w a r e n e s s C e n t e r, i n cl u d i n g s c h e d u l e a n d d e s c r i p t i o n , p l e a s e v i s i t w w w. c e n t r a s t a t e . c o m o r c a l l ( 7 3 2 ) 3 0 8 - 0 5 7 0 . Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center Integrative Therapies Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, this comprehensive program teaches people with diabetes all they need to know to lead normal, healthy lives. Please call (732) 308-0570 for information or to register. Classes include: • Survival skills • Meal planning, • Stress management • Blood glucose including carb and exercise Reiki Meditation for Self-Renewal, monitoring and counting One hour, $60. 1/2 hour, $35. Health, and Well-Being medications • Risk reduction Experience and explore several The Center also offers an insulin pump program, a gestational diabetes Yoga for Those with sitting, easy movement, and program, individualized insulin starts, and carbohydrate counting with insulin Multiple Sclerosis visualization meditation adjustment protocols. Work your muscles at your techniques. Ease tension, feel For more information, please call (732) 294-2574. HD own pace with specially trained more positive, and boost your Yoga instructors. immune system. Mondays, 6–7:15 p.m., Thursdays, 7–8:15 p.m., 8 weeks, $60. Weight Management Reiki Certiﬁcation Classes 5 weeks, $85. for the Whole Family $150. Nutrition consultation and personal training by appointment. Reevue Metabolic Analyzer Healthy Cooking Demos The Lebed Method: Focus on Healing Learn your resting metabolic rate and New! Bring out your “inner chef” This is an exercise program for men and women who are ﬁne-tune your weight management ef- with interactive meal makeovers recovering from surgery or who have a history of cancer, forts. A simple, 30-minute, noninvasive that will tantalize your taste lymphedema, ﬁbromyalgia, or arthritis. This fun and medically testing procedure helps to identify how buds and boost your nutrient sound six-week program, which is great for seniors, is taught many calories your body needs. Then intake. Learn simple tips that will by a specially trained Lebed Method instructor. Using music learn how to use that information to transform your favorite meals and gentle ﬂowing movements, this class improves circulation make a difference in your health. By into scrumptious, heart-smart and overall sense of well-being. Chairs are used for exercise and appointment. $59. selections. Call the HAC at resting. $59. (732) 308-0570 for a list of Individual Consults: upcoming demos, including Registered Dietitian diabetes, low fat, low carb, and Healthy meal planning for weight management and improved well-being. children’s cooking classes. CPR First Aid Training By appointment. Shapedown for Children Use of these materials in the educational course does not represent course Mini-Summer Shapedown sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees for this course Twist & Shout 5-Week Session, and/or material do not represent income for the American Heart Association. Aerobic and body building program for This nationally known program Call (732) 308-0570 for more information. kids ages 8–12 who want to strengthen helps children ages 8 to 12 muscles and improve balance and work together to develop Friends and Family CPR Heartsaver First Aid ﬂexibility using varied, fun equipment. healthy eating and activity Basic CPR training designed to Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. A great program for young athletes. $79. behaviors while developing teach one-rescuer CPR and relief $50. Custom Fit Weight-Loss powerful communication skills of choking. This is a non- to better navigate the formative certiﬁcation class. Healthcare Provider Lecture Series Full course. NEW, coming this fall. years. Taught by specially Saturday, August 16, 9–11:30 a.m. trained professionals. $35/$60 (couple). Saturday, August 2, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Starting in September, you can choose Tuesdays, July 15 through August 12, $65. from 10 different lecture topics and Heartsaver AED (Adult/Child CPR several different cooking classes. In 5:45–7:45 p.m., Health Awareness Center. with AED) Pet CPR and First Aid addition, you choose the class date and Learn how to provide immediate $235 per child and parent, Friday, July 25, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. time that ﬁts into your schedule. Don’t care for an injured or suddenly miss classes because they don’t ﬁt into $25 for additional sibling. HD Friday, August 29, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $50. ill pet. your life. Sunday, July 13, Pay for only the classes you need—set of 4, 6, or all 10. Price reﬂects the Heartsaver CPR 11 a.m.–3 p.m. $35. number of classes chosen. Adult, child, and infant. Call the Health Awareness Center at Saturday, July 26 or August 23, We also offer ACLS (732) 308-0570 to get your Custom Fit 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $50. and PALS. HD Weight-Loss Lecture Series calendar. CORPORATE HEALTH SERVICES TIME TO QUIT! SMOKING CESSATION The Health Awareness Center offers a full range of health screenings, Trained tobacco dependency treatment specialists provide private informative seminars, a mobile wellness van, health fairs, and assessments to determine which path you should take to quit smoking customized corporate health programs. Screenings include preventive based on your health and social history. health, blood pressure, vision, hearing, and cholesterol screenings. Six group and individual classes are offered. The program is brought on-site to large and small businesses. Please call (732) 308-0570 for upcoming summer dates. HD Call (732) 308-0570 for more information. HD July/August 2008 Healthy Directions 15 www.centrastate.com CentraState Briefs PERINATOLOGY SERVICES GROW CentraState has expanded its Perinatology Program in collaboration with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine Department at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick. The comprehensive program is under the direction of Edwin Guzman, MD, chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Saint Peter’s. The program provides consultations for maternal and fetal conditions affecting pregnancy along with routine ultrasounds, first trimester screening for aneuploidy (a condition in which the number of chromosomes is abnormal due to extra or missing chromosomes), level II/genetic ultrasounds, 3-D/4-D ultrasounds, and a wide range of fetal testing and genetic counseling. Located at CentraState’s First Impressions Maternity Center, the program’s initial hours are Sandra Connolly, MD (second from left) and Anthony Emanuel, MD (third Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from left) are the “Physicians of the Year” at CentraState Medical Center. They Telephone consultations are available 24 hours a day, seven are flanked by Steven Mishkin, MD, chief of staff, and John Gribbin, president & days a week, through CentraState and the Labor and Delivery CEO, CentraState Healthcare System. Dr. Emanuel, a board-certified pediatrician Department at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. For more with Pediatric Health, PA, is the immediate past chief of staff at the hospital and information, call (732) 303-5114. a previous chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Connolly, board certified in family medicine, is a house physician at CentraState and previously worked in the NATIONAL CANCER GROUP CITES Emergency Department. “STELLAR PERFORMANCE” BY CENTRASTATE The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has CENTRASTATE WOMEN’S HEALTH presented CentraState Medical Center an Outstanding Achievement CENTER OFFERS DIGITAL Award for high-quality cancer care. After conducting an on-site survey last November, the Commission announced in April a MAMMOGRAPHY three-year re-accreditation with commendation through 2010 for The Women’s Health Center at CentraState Medical Center now CentraState as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer offers digital mammography, the latest technology that provides Program. This is CentraState’s second consecutive Outstanding superb images and greater exam efficiency for patient comfort. Achievement Award from the Commission, which sets the The system also features computer-aided detection (CAD), which standards for cancer care nationwide. Only 66 of the 453 cancer immediately provides a “second read” of the mammography by programs surveyed in the U.S. in 2007 received this award. a computer. The Women’s Health Center also provides a breast CentraState’s was one of only five in New Jersey to do so. health specialist who is knowledgeable about breast disease and is a public educator on early breast cancer detection. For more information about CentraState Medical Center’s Women’s Health Center services, call (732) 294-2626. To schedule an appointment, call centralized scheduling at (732) 294-2778. SAVE THE DATES Kid’s Health Fair Saturday, September 6 Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus Daniel J. Messina, PhD, FACHE, senior vice president and COO, CentraState Healthcare System and chairman, Mid-Jersey Chapter of the National Multiple Weight-Loss Symposium Sclerosis Society (center), poses with the first graduates of the new MS Wellness Tuesday, September 23 Program offered through CentraState’s Linda E. Cardinale Multiple Sclerosis Center. Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus The 12-week program includes education, stress management, and aquatic therapy Call (866) CENTRA7 to register. and exercise programs that focus on balance, movement, strength, and flexibility. The MS Center treats more than 500 patients and will be offering clinical trials.