Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer with Go4theGoal

11875210 1151440101537743 5947328185211462907 oIn support of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, we have partnered with Go4theGoal, a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research, and granting personal wishes.

Go4theGoal has two national awareness campaigns: Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer and National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day that St. Joseph’s will be participating in and “Going Gold!” for this September into mid-October.

Please join us in spreading the word among your families, communities, schools, and sports teams; further information on how you/they can participate is attached. You can get your own gold laces or ribbons —for a $5 donation—to show your support! You can visit to learn more, sign up a team today as well as get your laces/ribbons. You can also contact Amanda Yetman at for further assistance. As always, if we can answer any questions please give us a call at 973.754.4483.

Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer gives local athletic teams the opportunity to support the cause by ordering gold shoelaces to wear at games, tournaments, etc. this Fall. Proceeds from this effort will benefit the pediatric patients and their families being treated at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

On National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day (Friday, September 25) wear your gold laces or ribbons and show your support!  Again, proceeds from any Go4theGoal merchandise will benefit our pediatric cancer patients.

Thanks in advance for your time and support of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and all the children and families for whom they provide excellent care.

Go 4 the Goal



City Green Pop Up Farm Stand at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center

City Green Farm Stand at St  Josephs Wayne HospitalFarm fresh produce from the City Green urban gardens in Clifton and Paterson was available at a Pop Up Farm Stand on campus at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, thanks to the collaboration between City Green and St. Joseph’s Health. The farm stand offered an array of colorful, delicious vegetables, including herbs, peppers, heirloom tomatoes and squash to area residents as well as St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center employees and visitors. St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center Chef Maurice Alameda and Joy Adriano MS, RD, CDN, Senior Dietitian, Clinical Nutrition Services, St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, shared nutrition and health information and preparation techniques, including recipes related to the season’s farm fresh produce offered at the pop up farm stand.

“Sound nutrition is the foundation for overall wellness. I applaud City Green as they work to provide healthy food options at affordable prices, as well as nutritional education programs to our communities,” said Kevin Slavin, President & CEO, St. Joseph’s Health.

“We are pleased to bring City Green’s Pop Up Farm Stand to St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center. The turnout was great and we enjoyed the interaction with so many St. Joseph’s employees,” said Jasmine Moreano, Director of Community Engagement for City Green. A Passaic County-based nonprofit organization, City Green manages two organic, urban farm sites: a half-acre Learning Garden & Farm at Eastside Park in Paterson and a five-acre Learning Farm & Eco-Center in Clifton. Produce from City Green’s farms is sold at their stands in downtown Paterson, downtown Passaic and Clifton and through the mobile pop up farm stand that operates in Passaic County. As an added incentive for low-income customers to shop at the City Green Farm Stand, City Green operates a farmers' market incentive program enabling all SNAP and WIC customers to receive a dollar in City Green Bucks for every dollar spent in federal nutrition benefits. Last year, City Green sold over 25,000 pounds of fresh produce at their farm stands. To learn more about City Green, please visit

Seen in photo l to r: Daniel Kline, Vice President, SJH, and Site Administrator, SJWMC; Kevin Slavin, President and CEO, SJH; Ruthanne Braddock, MA, RN, NEA-BC, Site Director, Nursing, SJWMC; Colin English, AmeriCorps Youth Programming Assistant; Jasmine Moreano, Director of Community Engagement for City Green; Eric Batiz, Patient Representative, Patient Relations Department, SJWMC; Fr. Martin Rooney, Director, MissionServices, SJH; Kenneth Morris, Jr., Vice President, External Affairs, SJH.


SJCH and Community Partners Offer Food Gifting Program to Families

Healing Meals-02Healing Meals Assures Nutritious Meals for Ill Children

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital has launched the first Healing Meals food gifting program in Passaic County.  Healing Meals provides nutritious meals for families with children undergoing treatment for cancer, serious blood disorders and sickle cell anemia distributed through the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.

Stacey Antine, MS, RDN, founder of HealthBarn USA and director of HealthBarn Foundation, launched this one-of-kind food gifting program in 2014, in collaboration with community partners to assure that all children have access to healthy meals when their nutritional needs are heightened.  “We are thrilled to welcome the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital community into this dynamic partnership of serving others in need.  We are committed to supporting families during this stressful time with the gift of food and to make sure that all children in treatment have access to good nutrition through delicious meals made with love,” said Stacey Antine.

“This partnership with Healing Meals supports the mission of our Clinical Nutrition Department; as every day we encourage our patients and community to making nutritious food choices, in order to improve the healing process and promote healthful lifestyles,” says Lara Zamajtuk, MS, RDN, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for St. Joseph’s Health.  

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital staff hand selected the kid-tested, family-friendly recipes from Appetite for Life, a child-friendly cookbook authored by Antine.  Culinary student volunteers from the Bergen County Academies’ SkillsUSA Club in Hackensack prepare the recipes at No Fuss Lunch commercial kitchen in Hawthorne, NJ using fresh, natural and organic foods donated by Whole Foods Market locations in Edgewater, Paramus and Ridgewood.  The HealthBarn Foundation oversees the operation and provides additional ingredients and packaging.  A variety of Healing Meals’ breakfast items, soups, dinners and snacks are made readily available on the treatment floor in a Whirlpool freezer donated by Reno’s Appliance of Paterson.

“The Healing Meals program will enable our families to take home a nutritious meal after spending a long day at the hospital. It also helps our staff educate families about healthy food choices, and now we can literally hand the family this amazing gift,” says Jill Menell, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hemotology/Oncology at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.

The HealthBarn Foundation’s program has distributed over 6,000 Healing Meals since it was introduced at Tomorrows Children’s Fund, Hackensack University Medical Center in 2014.  Funding for this program is made possible through public donations at

HealthBarn Foundation is a New Jersey non-profit organization and a federally recognized 501(c)(3) public charity with a mission to gift children and families healthy food through access and in conjunction with nutrition education. There are currently three initiatives that are being funded with generous support from the public including: Healing Meals, Garden-to-Table Scholarships and School Nutrition Education. Email or call 201.241.2774 for more information. 

August 26, 2015


SJH Mitch G. Sobel Appointed to the NABP Task Force

Mitch Sobel Pharmacy photoMitch G. Sobel, BS Pharm, MAS, FASHP, was appointed to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Task Force on the Regulation of Pharmacist Care Services by the President of NABP.  The task force examines the provision of pharmacist care outside the traditional pharmacy setting. 

Mr.  Sobel is currently the Director of Pharmacy Services for the St. Joseph’s Health.  He provides administrative pharmacy leadership over the Department of Pharmacy Services for St. Joseph’s University Medical Center which includes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, and St. Joseph's Nursing Home. He is also currently adjunct professor for Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy teaching a required course in Pharmacy Leadership and Management.  He is also an adjunct professor for Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy teaching an elective course in Hospital Pharmacy Practice.

Mr. Sobel is a graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and received his Masters in Administrative Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  In addition, Mr. Sobel is a past Resident from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Residency Program.  Mitch is also a graduate of the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Institute at the Boston University School of Management. He is also a New Jersey Pharmacist Immunizer.

Outside of the office, Mr. Sobel has been President of the North Chapter and Director of Organizational Affairs of the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP) as well as President of the NJSHP and is an ASHP Regional Delegate representing NJSHP alongside 3 additional Board Members.  He has received the Greg Santora Leadership Award from NJSHP (2012) and was awarded as Fellow for ASHP (2012).  He also participates with the Greater New York Hospital Association Pharmacy Advisory Committee.

In addition, Mr. Sobel was appointed by Governor Christopher Christie to serve on the New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy. He previously served on NJ Governor John Corzine’s Task Force On Health Care Professional Responsibility and Reporting.  He is currently on the Division of Consumer Affairs Pharmacy Security Committee.

Mr. Sobel has presented numerous posters and lectures on pharmacy law, clinical practice, and pharmaceutical practice topics for Rutgers University - Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences - Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Montclair State University, Sports Medicine Department, ASHP, NJSHP, and New Jersey Pharmacists Association (NJPhA).

August 24, 2015


Theodore Brown, Esq., Named VP & Chief Compliance Officer

Theodore A Brown EsqSt. Joseph’s Health’s Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Theodore A. Brown, Esq., leads the Corporate Compliance Department and is responsible for assessing organizational risk for misconduct and noncompliance, establishing objectives for compliance and implementing initiatives to foster a culture of compliance throughout the organization.  Ted oversees financial and operational internal audits and develops metrics to evaluate compliance policies and benchmarks to monitor program performance.  In addition, he briefs the Board of Trustees and the Executive Management Team on compliance related risks, incidents and initiatives as well as progress in achieving program goals. Ted also chairs the Executive Compliance Committee.

Under his leadership, the Compliance Department investigates complaints reported through various sources, including the SJH Hotline, involving patient privacy and security violations (HIPAA), regulatory infractions, fraud and abuse allegations, and other misconduct. The Department responds to inquiries from the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the Medicaid Fraud Division, the State Comptroller, and other external agencies regarding regulatory citations, alleged violations, surveys and other compliance related matters. The Department also develops training materials and conducts initial and follow up compliance training for employees.

Ted came to St. Joseph’s from Rutgers University where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. In that capacity, Ted headed the University's new Enterprise Risk Management initiative, and was charged with identifying risks in all programs, and on all Rutgers’ campuses and prioritizing them for appropriate corrective action.

He joined Rutgers in the merger of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) where Ted served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel and successfully guided the University through a deferred prosecution agreement and a corporate integrity agreement with the federal government. Previously, Ted served as Deputy General Counsel as well as the University’s Compliance Attorney. 

A graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, Ted earned his Bachelor degree at Rutgers University, Newark.

A native of New Jersey, Ted is married to the Honorable Greta Gooden Brown, Presiding Superior Court Judge of the Family Division in Passaic County.

August 5, 2015




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