Five Garden State emergency departments were recently recognized by the Emergency Nurses Association with prestigious ENA Lantern Awards. Established in 2011, the recognition – the only such award dedicated to showcase emergency departments for their outstanding work – was awarded to 29 hospitals nationally.
The five New Jersey 2022 ENA Lantern Award recipients are: Chilton Medical Center Emergency Department in Pompton Plains; Inspira Medical Center Vineland Emergency Department in Vineland; Monmouth Medical Center Emergency Department – RWJ Barnabas Health in Long Branch; The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department in New Brunswick; and Valley Hospital’s David F. Bolger Emergency Department in Ridgewood.
“These emergency departments are doing so many remarkable improvements and initiatives and they deserve to be honored for their work,” said ENA President Jenn Schmitz. “I look forward to meeting some of these emergency nurses in Denver and celebrating them for their incredible achievement.”
The 2022 ENA Lantern Award recipients will also receive a physical award. They will be officially recognized during the group’s annual conference – Emergency Nursing 2022 – in Denver from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3.
“The Pediatric Emergency Department at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital is the only pediatric emergency department in New Jersey to receive the prestigious Lantern Award,” said Pam Harmon, nursing director of Saint Peter’s Woman and Children’s Division.
“Earning the Lantern Award shows that The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s has met the highest standards for pediatric emergency care. Our nurses strive to provide the highest level of patient care and service excellence every day.”
The award was created to recognize emergency departments that demonstrate exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
St. Joseph’s Health recently celebrated the opening of the new St. Joseph’s Totowa Health Campus, offering primary, urgent and specialty care services all in one place.
Located at 225 Minnisink Road in the Passaic County municipality, the multispecialty care model offers access to health care services in a way that’s efficient and convenient for patients.
“We’re excited to bring a new outpatient facility to the surrounding community,” said St. Joseph’s Health President Kevin Slavin. “We’ve created a one-stop model in this new setting, where access to multiple services, at one location, will enhance overall patient experience and improve clinical outcomes.”
Slavin presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony with an audience of more than 100 that also included a blessing by the Rev. Kevin Sweeney, bishop of the Diocese of Paterson; U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-9th District; Totowa Mayor John Coiro; and state Sen. Kristen Corrado, R-40th District, according to St. Joseph’s.
“St. Joseph’s Health is growing to deliver the right care at the right time and the right place,” added Slavin. “The new campus provides an innovative setting that incorporates seamless access to a variety of St. Joseph’s high-quality services.”
The facility measures 140,000 square feet. Included with its integrated outpatient services are primary and urgent care; diagnostic imaging including MRI and CT; Radiology; Lab Services; and Pharmacy. The campus also hosts medical and surgical physician offices, including cardiology, urology and gynecology, along with specialty centers for Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy.
This fall, St. Joseph’s said the new Comprehensive Cancer Center will also open at the site.
“St. Joseph’s Health has successfully redesigned the delivery of health care with the integration of numerous specialists and health care services into one location,” said Wilfredo Fernandez, chairman, St. Joseph’s Health board of trustees.
The building is situated in the Totowa Medical Arts Complex and is included in the Master Plan from CHA Partners‘ transformation of the former North Jersey Development Center campus. The multiphase project – which St. Joseph’s said will add up to more than 1 million square – is also set to include the ground-up construction of a senior living facility, data center, and additional research and development projects.
“This project was many years in the making and we’re honored to stand alongside St. Joseph’s Health and all of the various stakeholders who made today’s opening possible,” said CHA Managing Partner William Colgan in a statement. “The Totowa community and surrounding regions will undoubtedly benefit from the opening of this facility, which will provide a comprehensive array of health care services, including the most technologically advanced cancer center in the area.”
The U.S. Senate voted in July to confirm Dr. Shereef Elnahal – most recently the president and CEO of University Hospital in Newark – as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ under secretary for health.
On March 9, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate 12 individuals to serve as key leaders in his administration, including Elnahal.
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, strongly backed Elnahal’s appointment for the position, which has not been permanently filled since 2017.
“Dr. Shereef Elnahal has an impressive record of leading health care systems and agencies, and has shown a strong commitment to serving millions of veterans and hardworking employees at VA,” Tester said. “Now more than ever, the department needs permanent, qualified leadership to guide the nation’s largest integrated health care system in the right direction. I look forward to working with him in his new role to implement needed reforms to ensure veterans have access to the timely health care and services they’ve earned.”
In this new position, Elnahal will oversee the VA health care system, which provides care to more than 9 million veterans and employs more than 347,000 health care workers.
Elnahal served as president and CEO of University Hospital from 2019 through 2022. Before that, he was New Jersey’s health commissioner. He also served as assistant deputy under secretary for health for quality, safety and value at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and in 2012 earned both his MBA in operations management from Harvard Business School and an MD from Harvard Medical School.