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From a family practitioner to the most sophisticated neurologists, JFK Medical Center's staff includes some of the most highly respected physicians in the northeast. For a referral to a JFK physician, click here.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.

Click here to download the flyer.

JFK Adult Medical Day Program Client Celebrates 102 Years Young


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. 


Life without limbs: Amputees bond at 'Ampuversary'


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.


JFK Nurses Provide Hats with Hearts


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.


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


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. 


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Teenagers Attend Nursing Boot-Camp at JFK Medical Center

High school juniors attended nursing boot-camp at JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing from June 20 through the 24

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.


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

MW Winner2016 RGB 72dpiFor the second consecutive year, JFK Medical Center is proud to be recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired™ Hospitals. The designation is based on survey results designed to measure the level of information technology (IT) adoption in U.S. based hospitals and health systems.


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.


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.


Nursing Boot Camp Teaches High School Students About the Profession

By Briana Vannozzi

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.

Caucus New Jersey: Interviews Dr. Renee Armour on Breast Cancer

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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


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.


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. 


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.


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.


TBI Survivor Continues Making Progress

By Briana Vannozzi

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


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.


Join Us for a Free Stroke Seminar and Health Screening


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.


Career Options Day to be Held at JFK Medical Center


Please join JFK Medical Center at its 33nd Annual Career Options Day on April 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Career Options Day is the premier career event in New Jersey that brings together private sector businesses, service organizations and people with disabilities.

For more information on attending the Career Options Day or to be an exhibitor, call 732-321-7069, e- mail to aiwashyna@jfkhealth.org or log onto www.jfkmc.org/clinical-services/jfk-johnson-rehabilitation-institute.

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Local Women to be Awarded for Contributions to International Humanitarian Projects

During the 7th Annual Value of Women in Our Community program, awards will be presented to two women for their inspiring local and international humanitarian efforts: Kavitha Thukkaram, M.D., for her work at JFK Medical Center’s Haven Hospice in Edison and the Dean Foundation in Chennai, India, and also to Gulzade Oral for her contributions to the Embrace Relief non-profit organization in both New Jersey and Haiti.


National Healthcare Decisions Day April 14 at JFK Medical Center

The JFK for Life Health & Fitness Center, an affiliate of JFK Health, was awarded a grant from the State of New Jersey, JFK Medical Center, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 14 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, JFK Medical Center is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with New Jersey state laws.


JFK For Life Health & Fitness Center Receives Community Grant for Falls Prevention

The JFK for Life Health & Fitness Center, an affiliate of JFK Health, was awarded a grant from the State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, Division of Aging, to provide a Falls Prevention Program to the community.  The Program will focus on A Matter of Balance:  Managing Concerns about Falls (MOB), an eight-week program, for older adults and people with disabilities.


CDC: New Jerseyans Among the Most Sleep Deprived

"I think sleep deprivation has become an epidemic in the modern society," said Dr. Divya Gupta, sleep specialist at JFK Neuroscience Institute Sleep Center.

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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. 


National Guard helped Edison respond to historic storm


The weekend snowstorm in Edison was so bad that the snow-covered streets looked ike a war zone. The town called in 16 guardsmen and five military-style Humvees to help bring EMTs and first-responders to the homes of sick people. They were from the 102nd Calvalry of the New Jersey National Guard, based in East Orange.


JFK Sleep Study Finds Texting Source of Sleep Deprivation in Teens

The recording says it all. High school students weren't even able to make it through a sleep study session without resisting the urge to respond to that late night text. The effect of smartphones on teenagers' sleep is the focus of new research by JFK Medical Center.


Haven Hospice's new Wishes Team helps grant patients' requests


For Woodbridge resident Bill Smith, 82, the definition of a perfect day was simple — he longed to be reunited with an old friend he hadn't seen in years and have breakfast the way they used to each week.

Though the request for a meal with a friend at a favorite spot might appear relatively straightforward for those who take mobility for granted, it was all but out of the question for Smith, who suffers from a heart condition and has been on hospice for the past year through JFK Medical Center's Haven Hospice in Edison.

That, is, until Haven Hospice's new Wishes Team stepped in to help.


A Robot Named "Trudy" Comes to JFK Medical Center & Disinfects Rooms by Itself


Imagine walking the halls of the JFK Medical Center and seeing a robot coming out of an empty hospital room, beeping out "All Clean!" and then moving down the corridor to another room. Would it feel like you're in a science fiction movie?


Hope for tinnitus sufferers through JFK's Center for Audiology

Ringing or other noises in one or both ears – affects up to 16 million American adults annually, with roughly one in seven people in their 60s experiencing the unwelcome sensation.  The condition has a name – tinnitus.  "People experience tinnitus in very different ways, not only in terms of what they hear, but in the extent to which it interferes with their ability to enjoy life," explains Virginia Gural-Toth, AuD, CCC-A, a doctor of audiology who is manager of audiology programs at the Center for Audiology at JFK Medical Center in Edison.

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N.J. has 5th safest hospitals in the U.S., report says

New Jersey scored fifth best in the nation for having the safest hospitals, including eight that have earned straight A's since the Leapfrog Group started its biannual survey hospital performance in 2012. Among the straight-A hospitals for all eight report cards is  JFK Medical Center in Edison.