Innovative Partnership with Physicians for Improved Quality-Driven Care

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St. Joseph’s Health Selected for CMS Initiative

to Build on Success of Accountable Care

Innovative Partnership with Physicians for Improved Quality-Driven Care

PATERSON, NJ (Feb. 14, 2018) – The St. Joseph’s Health Accountable Care Organization (Mission Health Coordinated Care) has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the Next Generation ACO Model. Through this innovative program, St. Joseph’s Health will partner with over 100 of its affiliated physicians in coordinating care for more than 8,000 New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries.

 “We are extremely pleased to have been chosen to participate in the Next Generation ACO Model stemming from our years of experience in providing high quality and cost-efficient care to New Jersey residents," stated Kevin Slavin, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Health. “We consider this partnership with CMS, and some of the finest physicians in Northern New Jersey, an important step towards advancing Alternative Payment Models of care that reward value over volume in care delivery under Medicare Payment Reform.”

Amid the rising costs of healthcare, and an aging population, the healthcare industry is challenged to develop innovative ways to transform how and when beneficiaries are treated. The Next Generation ACO Model is designed to improve the care Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries receive while lowering costs.

“It’s about providing proactive care coordination outside the walls of the hospital, improving access to care and smoothing transitions,” says Dr. Michael DeLisi, Medical Director of Mission Health Coordinated Care. 

“Our new ACO will better coordinate care for members, especially those who have more significant needs due to multiple or severe chronic conditions. And, most importantly, it means care starts at the moment the relationship is established between the physician and the Medicare beneficiary, and not simply in response to symptoms,” adds Dr. DeLisi.

The Next Generation ACO Model is a CMS Innovation Center initiative. It builds upon experience from the Pioneer ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. With 58 participating ACOs, the Model encourages greater accountability for patient care management across the country. This model enables providers to deliver more coordinated care to beneficiaries while also attaining the highest quality standards of care. Unlike other models, this model includes a prospectively (rather than retrospectively) set benchmark, which allows beneficiaries to choose to be aligned to the ACO. This model also tests beneficiary incentives for seeking care from Next Generation providers, including increased availability of telehealth and care coordination services.

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ABOUT ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH

St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. The health system operates a full continuum of care, including a university tertiary care medical center, a state-designated children’s hospital, an acute care medical center, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility, a comprehensive home care program, and multiple outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers throughout Northern New Jersey. U.S. News & World Report recognized St. Joseph’s University Medical Center as a Best Hospital in the New York Metropolitan Area and among the Top 10 Hospitals in the State of New Jersey for 2017-2018. St. Joseph’s is a four time recipient of the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence and was awarded the prestigious Lantern Award™ by the Emergency Nurses Association, one of only 11 hospitals selected nationwide.

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Pam Garretson, Director of Public Relations, 973-754-4500 (garretsonp@sjhmc.org)

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St. Joseph’s Health offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the organization. We would like to offer you the opportunity to use your discretionary time for the benefit of others through service as a volunteer. Each and every charitable act of a volunteer contributes to the excellence of care delivered to our patients.

Volunteer Opportunities are available at:

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center
With genuine concern and compassion, volunteers can provide support by transporting a patient from one area to another and assisting in the daily operation of various departments, such as: Food Services, Environmental Services, Medical Records, and more. Helping friends and families who await news of a loved one after surgery, assisting customers in our gift shop, or working “behind the scenes” in our business offices, you can be assured that your time will be well spent.

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
Each role is essential in helping to brighten the lives of our pediatric patients. Whether volunteers are interacting with patients, siblings and families in the playroom, assisting with special events or helping to organize and maintain a safe, clean environment - they are helping to support our patients and families.

St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center
Currently, St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center is in need of volunteers in the Gift Shop late afternoon/early evenings and on weekends.

St. Joseph's Healthcare and Rehab Center
Volunteers contribute with one-to-one visits, assisting with transportation, special activities with residents, staffing the gift shop and café and more.

Volunteering schedules are flexible and based upon the availability of the individual volunteer.

Volunteer Application

Please note, teen volunteers must be at least 16 years old and they must commit to a minimum of 60 hours before receiving a certificate.

For more information please contact: 973.754.2970 or guiderb@sjhmc.org

Thank you for your interest in joining St. Joseph’s Health Volunteer Services!

 

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St. Joseph’s University Medical Center offers the world’s smallest pacemaker

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Media Contact:
Pam Garretson
Director, Public Relations
973.754.4504 garretsonp@sjhmc.org

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center Offers the World’s Smallest Pacemaker

PATERSON, NJ, DECEMBER 7, 2017 – St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, part of St. Joseph’s Health, announced that it is among the first hospitals in New Jersey to offer the world’s smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia, a slow or irregular heart rhythm. The Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker.

Bradycardia is a condition characterized by a slow or irregular heart rhythm, usually fewer than 60 beats per minute. At this rate, the heart is unable to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body during normal activity or exercise, causing dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath or fainting spells. Pacemakers are the most common way to treat bradycardia to help restore the heart’s normal rhythm and relieve symptoms by sending electrical impulses to the heart to increase the heart rate.

“We are pleased to offer the latest in pacemaker technology to our patients who are struggling with slow heart rhythm,” said Satish Tiyyagura, MD, director of cardiac electrophysiology, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center. “The Micra TPS has proven valuable to our higher-risk patients who require a basic pacemaker to live symptom-free.”

Comparable in size to a large vitamin, the Micra TPS does not require cardiac wires – or leads – or a surgical “pocket” created under the skin to deliver a pacing therapy. Instead, the device is delivered through a catheter and implanted directly into the heart with small tines, providing a safe alternative to conventional pacemakers without the complications associated with leads – all while being cosmetically invisible. The Micra TPS is also designed to automatically adjust pacing therapy based on a patient’s activity levels.

The Micra TPS also incorporates a retrieval feature to enable retrieval of the device when possible; however, the device is designed to be left in the body. For patients who need more than one heart device, the Micra TPS was designed with a unique feature that enables it to be permanently turned off so it can remain in the body and a new device can be implanted without risk of electrical interaction.

About St. Joseph’s Health

St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. The organization operates a full continuum of care, including a regional tertiary care medical center, a state-designated children’s hospital, an acute care hospital, rehabilitation and long-term facilities, and comprehensive home care. U.S. News & World Report recognized St. Joseph’s as a Best Hospital in the New York Metropolitan Area and among the Top 10 Hospitals in the State of New Jersey for 2016-17. St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is a four-time recipient of the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence and was awarded the prestigious 2016 Lantern Award™ by the Emergency Nurses Association, one of only 11 hospitals selected nationwide. 

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Health Coalition of Passaic County received grant from the Nicholson Foundation to launch asthma in-home intervention pilot project

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HEALTH COALITION OF PASSAIC COUNTY RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE NICHOLSON FOUNDATION TO LAUNCH ASTHMA IN-HOME INTERVENTION PILOT PROJECT


Program Deploys Community Health Workers to Identify and
Reduce Asthma Triggers in the Home

PATERSON, NJ, NOVEMBER 14, 2017 -- The Health Coalition of Passaic County (HCPC) announced today that it has been awarded a $210,000 grant from The Nicholson Foundation to implement the New Jersey Asthma In-Home Intervention Pilot Project – a new evidence-based intervention serving children ages 2-17 enrolled in NJFamilyCare. The goal of the project is to improve asthma outcomes while reducing overall healthcare costs.

“We are honored to work with The Nicholson Foundation, other grantee organizations and our Passaic County community partners on this innovative project,” said Kimberly Birdsall, executive director of the Health Coalition of Passaic County. “More than 10 percent of children in Passaic County under the age of 18 are asthmatic, and many of those children have asthma that is not controlled. This project presents an opportunity to address individualized in-home asthma triggers so families can better manage their child’s asthma and improve their overall quality of life.”

An estimated 173,858 of New Jersey’s children have asthma. Asthma attacks are triggered by environmental factors such as dust, mold and roaches in homes, schools and workplaces. In 2015, there were 1,516 hospitalizations for children younger than age 5 in New Jersey due to asthma, and 116 deaths among all age groups attributed to the disease.

Through the New Jersey Asthma In-Home Intervention Pilot Project, the HCPC and its partnering organizations will combat asthma by employing community health workers to deliver clinical asthma care and education programs. Community health workers are frontline public health workers, often from the communities they serve, who are trained to deliver preventive care. They will conduct in-home interventions, including environmental assessments, education and guidance on reducing asthma triggers that may cause asthma attacks and contribute to avoidable hospitalizations.

The New Jersey Department of Health and The Nicholson Foundation also are funding an evaluation of the pilot project, to be conducted at its conclusion. The evaluation will look at post-intervention changes in pediatric patients’ asthma control and evaluate the cost effectiveness of the intervention in order to determine its long-term sustainability, allowing the model to be widely adopted by other healthcare organizations.

“Asthma is a very manageable disease, and it is unacceptable for anyone to be dying of asthma in 2017,” said Arturo Brito, executive director of The Nicholson Foundation. “By integrating asthma in-home interventions with asthma clinical care, this project will give children and their families a chance to breathe easier and live healthier lives.”

The Health Coalition of Passaic County is one of four New Jersey healthcare organizations selected for this initiative. Other selected organizations include Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune City, and a partnership made up of the Departments of Pediatrics at University Hospital and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and Rutgers University School of Nursing.

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About The Health Coalition of Passaic County (HCPC): The Health Coalition of Passaic County is led by a diverse 15 member Board of Community Organizations working to create a thriving and sustainable community coalition.  The HCPC is dedicated to significantly improve the health and overall quality of life for residents of the Greater Passaic County area.  For more information about the HCPC, visit   http://www.healthcoalitionpc.org/


About The Nicholson Foundation: The Nicholson Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in New Jersey. The Foundation’s approach emphasizes partnerships and performance-based grant making; its goal is sustainable systems reform. For more information about the Foundation, visit http://thenicholsonfoundation.org.

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St. Joseph’s Performs Innovative Robotic Procedure to Stop Acid Reflux


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Pam Garretson
Director, Public Relations
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St. Joseph’s Performs Innovative Robotic Procedure
to Stop Acid Reflux
Among First in NJ to Use LINX System

 

PATERSON, NJ, JANUARY 23, 2018 – St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, part of St. Joseph’s Health, announced that it has become the first hospital in New Jersey to use the LINX Reflux® Management System to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) through robotic-assisted surgery.

LINX is the latest tool in fighting GERD, a chronic, often progressive disease resulting from a weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) that allows harmful gastric fluid to reflux into the esophagus, resulting in pain and injury to the esophageal lining. The LINX System, designed by Torax Medical, Inc., is designed to augment the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, restoring the body’s natural barrier to reflux.

“We are pleased to offer our patients suffering from acid reflux a permanent and minimally-invasive solution, giving them freedom from lifelong antacid medications which can help with the symptoms but don’t stop the reflux,” said Tanuja Damani, MD, Director of Robotic Surgery, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center. “Performing robotic-assisted surgery to implant the LINX System provides our patients with same-day hospital discharge, quick recovery, the ability to resume a normal diet immediately following the procedure and enhanced quality of life.”

The LINX System is a small ring of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores, which is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps the Lower Esophageal Sphincter resist opening to gastric pressures, preventing reflux from the stomach from entering the esophagus. However, LINX is designed so that swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach. The magnetic attraction then acts like a valve and allows the device to close the LES immediately after swallowing, restoring the body’s natural barrier to reflux.

According to the American Gastroenterological Association, more than 60 million Americans experience GERD symptoms about once a month and 15 million suffer from it daily. Symptoms of GERD include heartburn, regurgitation, sore throat, cough and chest pain, and is also associated with a pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus, which increases the risk of esophageal cancer.

About St. Joseph’s Health

St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. The organization operates a full continuum of care, including a regional tertiary care medical center, a state-designated children’s hospital, an acute care hospital, rehabilitation and long-term facilities, and comprehensive home care. U.S. News & World Report recognized St. Joseph’s as a Best Hospital in the New York Metropolitan Area and among the Top 10 Hospitals in the State of New Jersey for 2016-17. St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is a four-time recipient of the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence and was awarded the prestigious 2016 Lantern Award™ by the Emergency Nurses Association, one of only 11 hospitals selected nationwide.

Robotic Surgery at St. Joseph’s Health

St. Joseph’s Health leads the way in robotic-assisted surgery, offering patients less pain and faster recovery with the most advanced treatment options, including the daVinci and the Mako systems. The program, led by some of the most experienced robotic-assisted surgeons in the country, promotes enhanced outcomes, quicker recovery and a better patient experience. For more information, please visit www.stjosephsrotobtics.com.

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News 12 NJ

St. Joseph’s Health was featured on News 12 New Jersey– highlighting our efforts to care for communities, patients and care teams impacted by Hurricane Harvey. James Pruden, MD, Director of Emergency Preparedness, SJH, and Kim Russo, RN, Emergency Services, SJUMC, spoke with News 12 prior to leaving for Texas for a one-week rotation providing clinical expertise and compassion for those in need.

Dr. James Pruden and Nurse Kim Russo were among two doctors and three nurses from St. Joseph’s University Center who volunteered.

“The hospital is supporting us. We are engaged and ready to go, so we are looking forward to it,” said Pruden.

New Jersey nurses, doctors head to Texas to offer relief

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