While the union says its members feel "dismissed" by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital management, administrators say it "is doing everything it can to end" the dispute.
Direct support professionals "do a lot but receive little recognition. It’s time for action. If you’re reading this, help us help others," writes Monet Cephas, lead DSP with Easterseals New Jersey.
Funded by a two-year, $8.2 million state grant, NJ4S Bergen was launched this summer to address the urgent need for care in the area.
Invented by Drs. Jeffrey Carpenter and Katherine McMackin, the innovation gives cardiac teams more options and greater flexibility during a procedure and can also lead to a reduced risk of infection for the patient.
The new federal funding will continue a study of the disease among African Americans, who are more than twice as likely to develop the condition than white Americans.
Five of the network's facilities earned the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence from the American College of Cardiology – the only hospitals in the state to do so this year.
Additionally, a judge issued a temporary restraining order requested by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital management regarding the picket line outside of the New Brunswick facility.
According to a report from the state, the mandate “will not increase premiums in any material way,” and any that do occur could be mitigated by savings from a reduction in pregnancy care, including prenatal visits, delivery and postnatal visits.
“Through our work with Americares, we are able to provide more access to testing services for people who need them, which we hope will provide better health outcomes," said Quest for Health Equity Senior Director and Leader Michael Floyd.
After meeting for the first in nearly four weeks, the stalemate between more than 1,700 workers and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital persists.
"This is what the future of cancer care looks like in the Garden State and beyond," said Dr. Michael Scoppetuolo, medical director of the cancer center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center.
Community Medical Center has opened the CMC Women’s Health Center at 368 Lakehurst Road in Toms River.