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Author Archives: Bethany Wiegand

Warning shot

St. Francis Medical Center nurse Lisa McCormick gets her flu vaccine Oct. 6 at the inaugural Families Fighting Flu Fest, held at the Trenton hospital. More than 200 people were inoculated at the community health fair that provided free influenza vaccinations to children and adults. The hospital collaborated on the event with the New Jersey Immunization Network, Henry J. Austin Health Center, New Jersey Department of Health, Capital Health, Bellevue Pediatrics, Aetna, Horizon, Pfizer and Walgreens.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year.

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Holding their own

Gail Friedberg Rottenstrich, CEO, Zago Manufacturing Co.

Since 2000, manufacturing employment plunged by nearly 5 million, or more than 28 percent, as the number of manufacturing establishments dropped by more than 78,000, a 22 percent decline.

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Making strides

Hackensack Meridian Health Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Wayne Boatwright.

The Oct. 8 Women of Color Leadership and Empowerment conference – sponsored by Color Magazine, NJBIZ and Hackensack Meridian health – underscores diversity efforts at the health care system.

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A hands-on approach

A North Jersey veteran in his late 20s who was working without much growth potential wanted make a career change into the growing advanced manufacturing segment. “The problem was, he didn’t have any manufacturing background,” recounted Patti Moran of NJMEP. “Fortunately, after reading about some apprenticeship programs, he was motivated enough to contact the U.S. Department of Labor, which referred him to us. In September we placed him in a salaried apprenticeship program.”

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