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Monmouth Medical Center’s Chinese and Russian Medical Programs Honored with Community Outreach Award from New Jersey Hospital Association


Monmouth Medical Center's Chinese and Russian Medical Programs, which provides patient-centered, family-oriented and culturally sensitive health care to the Chinese and Russian/Ukrainian populations of Monmouth and Ocean counties, was honored with a statewide award recognizing hospital-community collaborative efforts that emphasize prevention and minimize illness.

The Chinese Medical Program (華人醫療服務部), the only program of its kind in New Jersey, and the Russian Medical Program (Русская Медицинская Программа) at Monmouth Medical Center were honored with the 2015 Community Outreach Award at the New Jersey Hospital Association's (NJHA) 96th Annual Meeting, Awards and Luncheon, which was held January 30 in Princeton.

The Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey (HRET), a nonprofit affiliate of the

New Jersey Hospital Association, founded the Community Outreach Awards in 1991 on the belief that the partnerships between a hospital and its community are necessary to improve and sustain peoples' health.

"We are proud to be honored with this award, which recognizes that the development of integrated 'community care networks' enables hospitals to collaborate with communities to emphasize prevention and minimize illness," says Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS. "We share in HRET's vision that through hospital community outreach programs, the infrastructure is created to bring about changes needed to attain improved health and well-being for the community."

A joint effort between Monmouth Medical Center and its Southern Campus in Lakewood that was introduced in 2014, the Chinese and Russian Medial Programs provide designated bilingual patient navigators who provide individualized support for Chinese and Russian patients, as well as physician liaisons who coordinate in-hospital care, referrals to specialists, communication with referring physicians, and assistance in arranging transportation to and from the hospitals, completing forms and translating during medical appointments. The Chinese Medical Program was developed in 2010 as an outreach initiative to provide the Chinese community with comprehensive medical care. The Russian Medical Program was launched in January, 2014. Both programs offer health workshops in the community providing education on relevant medical topics, health screenings and exercise sessions.

On September 20, more than 200 people attended the Chinese Medical Program 4th annual health workshop titled "Living Well with Diabetics, Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Update and Foot Care" at the Crowne Plaza in Edison. Speakers included Mark K. Hirko, M.D., chairman of the Department of Surgery, endocrinologist Sudha Ganne, M.D., and podiatrist David M. LaPorta, D.P.M. Highlights of the workshop included a question-and-answer session that opened the floor for more than 20 diabetes-related questions for the doctors, a fun and fast-moving Zumba workout led by Zumba Joe, door prizes and free lunch for everyone.

Most recently, more than 90 people turned out for the Russian Medical Program's inaugural health workshop held in November at St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson. The event featured Monmouth Medical Center surgical specialists Mark K. Hirko, M.D., FACS, chairman of the Department of Surgery, who provided a peripheral artery disease (PAD) update, and bariatric and minimally invasive surgeon Steven J. Binenbaum, M.D., FACS, who spoke in Russian about recent advancements in general surgery. The workshop also offered health screenings and information tables, exercise sessions and free refreshments and door prizes.

To learn more about the Community Specific Medical Program (Chinese and Russian), contact Director, Angela Lee, at 732-923-6560 or

Celebrating the receipt of the 2015 Community Outreach Award at the New Jersey Hospital Association's (NJHA) 96thAnnual Meeting, Awards and Luncheon are, from left, Monmouth Medical Center's Shirley Hwang, VP of Business Development and Clinical Integration; Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, President and Chief Executive Officer; Bill Arnold, Chief Operating Officer; and Angela Lee, Director of Community Specific Medical Program; and Jean McKinney, Director of Development, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation.

About Monmouth Medical Center

Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit

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