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Congratulations to JFK Family Medicine Center: Center for Pregnancy for being selected as a 2015 Community Leader of Distinction!

October is National Audiology Awareness Month

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Active toddler, Arav Naik with JFK Johnson Audiologist, Dr. Sarah Kader, during his quarterly follow-up tests at JFK Johnson Speech and Audiology. Photo: Insight Photography.

Arav Naik is your average toddler, talking, playing, and curious about the world around him. Two and a half years ago, however, his future looked very different. His parents, Mahesh and Shantala, of Edison, NJ, look back at his first few months, grateful for the fast action by the audiology team at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

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JFK Nurse Chronicles Recovery After Coding Own Stroke

By Phillip Castillo, Contributor

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After suffering a stroke, 30-year-old JFK Medical Center nurse Phillip Castillo was pulled back from the brink of death by a team of JFK surgeons, medical physicians, nurses and rehab specialists, then accomplished his goal of running a 5K this summer.

A healthy, 30-year-old male nurse working in the stroke unit at JFK Medical Center in Edison had a stroke and called his own code. Along with a team of JFK surgeons, medical physicians, nurses and rehab specialists, he was pulled back from death and eventually achieved a full recovery. This summer, he accomplished his goal to run a 5K. Following is his story, in his own words.

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Comedian Tracy Morgan Presents Award to Nurse Juan Ramirez

Comedian Tracy Morgan gives first annual award for rehabilitation nursing to JFK Johnson nurse, Juan Ramirez.

JFK Emergency Department Patient Arrival Pavilion Named after Dr. Thomas H. Paterniti

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Photo: (Left to right) Donna Meade, President of the JFK Medical Center Foundation, Helen Paterniti, Carmen Paterniti, and Raymond Fredericks, President & CEO, JFK Health, stand in front of the entrance to the newly dedicated Dr. Thomas H. Paterniti Patient Arrival Pavilion.

On Friday, September 22, a signage dedication ceremony was held at JFK Medical Center as the Emergency Department’s Patient Arrival Pavilion was named after former Edison mayor and long-time member of JFK’s medical/dental staff, Dr. Thomas H. Paterniti. To honor the memory of his brother, Carmen Paterniti and his wife Nan made a $500,000 contribution to the JFK Foundation to establish the Dr. Thomas H. Paterniti ED Endowment Fund, to support the needs of JFK Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

JFK Medical Center Awarded the Labor and Delivery 5-Star Excellence Award and Named in the Top 10% in the Nation by Healthgrades

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JFK Medical Center is the recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ and a 5-Star rating, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This distinction places JFK Medical Center in the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated for the exceptional care of mothers during labor and delivery.

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The Auxiliary of the JFK Foundation hosts trip to 'CHIHULY Nights' at New York Botanical Garden

The Heather Twig, a committee of the Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation, is proudly hosting a trip to the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) after hours adventure at the CHIHULY Nights exhibit on Thursday, September 14th. The cost per person is $80 and includes: an unforgettable self-guided tour of the New York Botanical Garden at night, a stop at Little Italy’s Arthur Avenue in the Bronx (leisure time for shopping and dinner on your own) and round trip transportation to and from JFK Medical Center’s campus in Edison.

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JFK Medical Center Honored for Lactation Care Services

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized JFK Medical Center for excellence in lactation care.

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JFK Medical Center Celebrates 50th Birthday with First Baby

David DeSantis has always liked to be first. It began with his birth — the first at the just-opened maternity ward at JFK Medical Center — on Jan. 15, 1968.

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JFK Medical Center Again Named 2017 Most Wired Using Technology to Partner with Patients on Healthcare

Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. JFK is proud to be named a ‘Most Wired’ hospital for demonstrating a commitment to technology that increases patient safety and communication.

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New JFK Johnson Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Opens To Speed Recovery and Extend Lives for Patients with Heart and Lung Disease

The new JFK Johnson Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation opened this week to speed the recovery and extend the lives of people with heart and lung disease. The newly expanded and renovated center provides highly specialized, closely monitored exercise programs as well as nutritional counseling, stress management and behavioral modification.

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Suffering stroke has changed the way this JFK nurse will treat patients

"This is the worst headache of my life."

 Those are the eight words nurse Philip Castillo texted his wife Robin shortly before a searing pain ripped through his body. The 31-year-old was working his last shift in JFK Medical Center's stroke unit one Friday afternoon in November.

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Exceptional Nurses Lead The Way To A 5-Star Rating

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JFK Medical Center's golden anniversary year has been marked with numerous commemorative events and highlights. Most recently, the labor and delivery team was recognized for their outstanding performance in women's care with the prestigious 2017 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ and in the top 10 percent of all hospitals by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

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Specially Trained Pediatric Nurses and Physicians Staff Pediatric Emergency Department

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A trip to the hospital Emergency Department can be stressful no matter at what age or the reason for the visit. That stress can be even greater for a child who doesn't know what to expect, and who can be overwhelmed and frightened by the sights and sounds of an Emergency Department that serves patients of all ages.

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Dr. Kirmani Receives American Heart Association - NJ Physician of the Year Award

Robotic Surgery at JFK Helps Patients Avoid Chemotherapy

Michael Lasser, MD, Urologist, consults with robotic surgery patient Martin Joseph of Old Bridge, after prostate procedure.

Martin Joseph of Old Bridge wasn’t alarmed when he was told that his annual physical showed his PSA (prostate-specific antigen) was elevated from the year before. He went to see a urologist, who recommended a biopsy of his prostate.

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JFK Health and Hackensack Meridian Health Sign Definitive Agreement to Merge

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Today, the Boards of Trustees of JFK Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced that the two not-for-profit health networks signed a definitive agreement to merge. The agreement follows more than five months of due diligence where a thorough review of clinical, regulatory, service, and financial issues occurred. The agreement now undergoes regulatory review with the state Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission.

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Parkinson's Patient Can Control Treatment with iPod

By Briana Vannozzi, Correspondent

You can’t see tremors in Paul Detlefsen’s hands now, but a decade ago, the outlook for this 43-year-old Parkinson’s disease patient looked a lot different. “My symptoms were mostly in the right arm, sever tremors,” he said. Detlefsen underwent what’s called deep brain stimulation surgery.

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Career Options Day

The Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at JFK Medical Center invites you to the 35th annual Career Options Day on April 7, 2017 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Career day features workshops for career and job seekers and provides and opportunity to meet and discuss positions and career paths with company reps.

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JFK Adult Medical Day Program Client Celebrates 102 Years Young

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Eva Gemma Curcione (pictured on the left) wanted to celebrate her special (102nd) birthday by honoring the memory of her four brothers, who were firefighters. Eva was quite touched and surprised when an entire Fire Department came parading in behind the Edison Mayor along with former Councilman, Dr. Prasad. 

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Life without limbs: Amputees bond at 'Ampuversary'

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It's what they are missing that brings them together. Every year, nearly 2,000 amputees from across the tristate area visit the JFK Johnson Institute for treatment.

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JFK Nurses Provide Hats with Hearts

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The nursing staff at JFK Medical Center are gifting newborn babies born in the month of February and their moms handmade red hats in honor of Heart Month and an in support of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts™ program.

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JKF Medical Center Goes Red for Women to Support the American Heart Association

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JFK Medical Center staff wore red in honor of Wear Red Day on Feb 3, 2017 to promote awareness for women and heart health. Women’s heart attack symptoms differ from men’s, as does their heart health risk. 

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Olympian JFK Doctors Helps Swimmer Get Back in the Pool

BC freshman swimmer Devon Black overcame a serious back injury and the catalyst in her return to the pool was a 1992 Olympic swimmer and JFK doctor:

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Teaching Life and School Lessons at the Keith Wold Johnson Childcare Center

Teachers at the Keith Wold Johnson Childcare Center in Edison strive to create activities that help build character skills and connect teachers to children and their parents.

Once Kindergarten teacher Erin Sullivan learned of "The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive" a program spearheaded by Scholastic, she knew she wanted to incorporate the aspect of charity in her classroom.

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JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Receives Top Five-Star Rating for Residency Program

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute has received Five Stars — the highest rating — for its Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program from Doximity, the leading network for American physicians.

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JFK Medical Center Earns the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

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JFK Medical Center was recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). JFK Medical Center is one of a select group of 20 U.S. accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed January 1 – June 30, 2016.

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JFK Health and Hackensack Meridian Health Announce Letter of Intent For Proposed Affiliation

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Today, JFK Health and Hackensack Meridian Health have announced the execution of a Letter of Intent (LOI) between the organizations regarding a potential affiliation.

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JFK Medical Center Recognized as Top 10% in Nation for Stroke Care by Healthgrades

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Stroke Care at JFK Medical Center is among the top 10% in the nation as measured by volume-weighted performance according to this year's evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital for the right care.

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Piscataway Man Regains Health with JFK for Life Surgical Weight Loss & Lifestyle Program

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For Juan Key, the benefits of participating in the JFK for Life Surgical Weight Loss & Lifestyle Program at JFK Medical Center go far beyond the pounds he lost to the things he gained. Among those gains, the Piscataway resident counts increased energy, an enhanced sense of self, and a new ability to engage in workouts and outdoor activities with his teenaged son.

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JFK Medical Center Honored with Mission: Lifeline Achievement Awards

JFK Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures for patients who suffer severe heart attacks. In addition, JFK has been recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline's Silver-Plus award, which recognizes the hospital's achievement score of 75 percent or greater for treating ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) transfer patients from other facilities within 120 minutes.

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N.J. Olympian Shakur Stevenson Fulfills an Old Boxer's Final Wish on his Special Day

The old boxer had three requests when the volunteers at his hospice told him they could make his "wishes" come true. He wanted to sit ringside and see one more fight. He wanted to tour the city where the learned the sport generations ago one more time.

And, maybe most of all, he wanted to meet the young fighter from that city who went to the Rio Olympics this month and came home with a silver medal. He wanted to meet Shakur Stevenson.

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JFK Medical Center’s Plainfield Health Connection Improves Health

For Steven Rhim, the problem was no medical coverage for 40 years. For Patricia Lee, the daily struggle was chronic bronchitis. Both adults made frequent panicked visits to the ER due to their unignorable and seemingly unfixable problems.

And they aren't alone. Many uninsured and underserved individuals live out a similar story when it comes to health care, focusing on short-term care for long-term problems.

Plainfield Health Connection is a program within the Edison-based JFK Medical Center that works to change that story, by bridging the gap between ER visits and aftercare.

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JFK Medical Center is Honored for Lactation Care Services

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized JFK Medical Center for excellence in lactation care.

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Teenagers Attend Nursing Boot-Camp at JFK Medical Center

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Parents do not always have to ship their children off to boot-camp against their will. At least, that was the case for the parents of 15 high school juniors who attended nursing boot-camp at JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing in Plainfield from June 20 through the 24.  The camp is called the Judy Travis Health Careers Camp. Rising juniors and seniors from high schools in the Plainfield and Edison area spent five days voluntarily attending the five day camp, to experience nursing life.

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Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation Provides Strong Support to Hospital

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Established in 1962, the Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation has worked to support the hospital by conducting fundraisers, holding community service programs and promoting health education. NJ Advance Media recently spoke with Co-Presidents Fran A. Yorey and Judith L. Spiegel about the Auxiliary and its efforts to support JFK Medical Center.

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JFK Medical Center Among Nation's 'Most Wired' Hospitals of 2016

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JFK Medical Center Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

American Heart Association recognizes JFK Medical Center's commitment to high quality stroke care.

JFK Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

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JFK Medical Center Honored with Mission: Lifeline Achievement Award

JFK Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

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Nursing Boot Camp Teaches High School Students About the Profession

By Briana Vannozzi
Correspondent

There’s no push-up requirement here, but this boot camp is just as rigorous. Fifteen high school juniors are scrubbing in for a week of nursing boot camp.

“I think the biggest impact it has on them is they understand what a nurse is, and what all that we do, and that there’s so much more than they realized,” said Kim Seaman, professor at JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing.

The JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing started the free course six years ago. Since then more than 100 students have circulated through, all from the Plainfield and Edison area..

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JFK Brain Tumor Center Dr. Discuss Brain Tumor Therapy

JFK Brain Tumor Center's Dr. Joe Landolfi discusses a new gene and immunotherapy for the treatment of brain tumors.

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Dr. Joe Landolfi of the JFK Brain Tumor Center discusses the new clinical trial of a new therapy to treat brain tumors using gene and immunotherapy.

Comedian Hands Out First "Tracy Morgan Award for Excellence In Rehabilitation Nursing," Created to Honor JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Nurse Exemplifying Highest Level of Skills, Compassion

Comedian's Recovery Shines Light on Rehabilitation Nursing Specialty

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PHOTO CAPTION: Tracy Morgan with Jackie Chirichella, BSN, RN, and other members of the health care team at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Photo credit: Steve Berg

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan last night handed out the first "Tracy Morgan Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation Nursing," created to honor a rehabilitation nurse at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison.

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JFK Medical Center Receives Grief Reach Grant From The New York Life Foundation

The JFK Medical Center Foundation announced a $15,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support JFK Medical Center's Bereavement Outreach to Disadvantaged Youth program. 

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JFK EMS receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

JFK EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

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JFK Neuroscience Institute Invites You to Our Zappulla Day Open House

The Neuroscience Institute attributes its reputation as a premiere Center to founder Russ Zappulla, MD, PhD, who created a patient-centered focus on advancing the well-being of adults and children, through innovative basic and clinical research. Dr. Zappulla’s legacy continues through the efforts of a dedicated team of physicians who lead the field of neuroscience with research breakthroughs and exceptional patient care.

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TBI Survivor Continues Making Progress

By Briana Vannozzi
Correspondent

We last caught up with John Francisco 16 months ago. The Rider University student survived a traumatic brain injury. He was paralyzed on the right side of his body, missing half his skull and unable to speak or swallow.

What a difference a year can make.

"I've made a great amount of progress. I used to not be able to walk. I know my voice isn't like perfect yet, but I couldn't even talk a while ago. So I've come a long way and I'm going to keep going a long way,' Francisco said.

He's gone through intense, physical, occupational and speech therapy at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute to get him here.

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JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder Schools of Nursing Accepts Presidency at New Jersey League of Nursing

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Donna L. Murray, MSN, RN, APN, WHNP-BC, Assistant Director of Admissions & Recruitment at the JFK Muhlenberg School of Nursing, has been elected as President at the New Jersey League of Nursing (NJLN) for the 2016 - 2018 term. Murray has been employed with the JFK Health for more than 29 years, most recently as the Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment, as well as a member of the faculty. Murray also is employed with Robert Beim, MD, as a Women's Healthcare Nurse Practitioner.

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Join Us for a Free Stroke Seminar and Health Screening

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

JFK Conference Center
70 James Street , Edison, NJ
(Across the street from the hospital)
Dinner will be served.
To register, please call 732.744.5615 or email strokesupport@jfkhealth.org

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JFK Adult Medical Day Program & Metuchen Rotary Club Bowls a Strike For Alzheimer’s Disease

bowlathonThe Metuchen Rotary Club and the JFK Adult Medical Day Program understand the affect that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related disorders can have on the individual and his/her caregivers. They will once again be sponsoring a Bowl-A-Thon. The Proceeds of the event will be used to supplement the cost of attendance at the JFK Adult Medical Day Program for financially needy participants.

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