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RWJBarnabas Health Announces 15 Finalists Selected for NJBIZ Healthcare Hero Awards


West Orange, N.J., May 11, 2016 –RWJBarnabas Health has announced 15 finalists in NJBIZ’s 10th annual Healthcare Heroes awards program which honors individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in New Jersey. Finalists will be recognized and winners announced during an awards breakfast and ceremony on June 21 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset.

“We’re proud to receive such incredible recognition in NJBIZ’s awards program,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJBarnabas Health. “I commend the many dedicated staff and physicians being honored for creating and implementing such unique and effective programs to enhance the health and wellness of New Jersey residents,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJBarnabas Health.

RWJBarnabas Health finalists, chosen by an independent panel of judges, were recognized in the following categories:

  • Education Hero (individual) – Tom Yanisko, Administrative Director of Hospitality Services and Certified Executive Chef, Community Medical Center, Toms River; Whimsical Foodtastic Fun Tour – Children’s Nutritional School Assembly
  • Education Hero (organization) – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC), Newark; Structured Learning Experience Program (SLEP) - a unique academic and vocational partnership between NBIMC and the Newark public school system, where students who have learning disabilities and other challenges complete their senior year within the walls of the hospital.
  • Innovation Hero (organization) - Saint Barnabas Medical Center's Special Needs Ambassador Program, Livingston (SNAP) - the program helps individuals with special needs and their families navigate through the hospital in order to enhance the patient and caregiver experience; Jersey City Medical Center’s United Rescue – a community-based emergency medical care program that utilizes technology and trained community volunteers to improve survival rates for critically ill and injured patients
  • Nurse of the Year - Dorothy Beauliere, RN, CCRN - Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark; Lea Rodriguez, MAS, BS, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville; Andrew Thomas, APN, Director of Care Transitions, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick
  • Physician of the YearBruce Haffty, MD, Interim Director, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Chief of Radiation Oncology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; Amor Mehta, MD, Medical Director of the Level 3 Epilepsy Center at the Jay and Linda Grunin Neuroscience Institute at Community Medical Center; Shamkant Mulgaonkar, MD; Chief, Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division Barnabas Health; Mark Russo; MD, Director, Center for Aortic Diseases and Cardiothoracic Research, Barnabas Health Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Public Health Hero - Diane Weeks, RD, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway
  • Hospital of the Year - Jersey City Medical Center; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway; and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

About RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, treating over 3 million patients a year. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations.

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding quality and safety.

CONTACT: Carrie Cristello

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