Accra Metropolitan Assembly delegates arrive at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
May 31, 2016) — Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
of New Jersey (NBIMC), on behalf of the Honorable Ras J. Baraka, Mayor
of the City of Newark, hosted a 24 member delegation from the Accra Metropolitan
Assembly from Accra, Ghana on Friday, May 13. The delegation was led by
Robert Ansah, the Executive Secretary of the Office of the Mayor of Accra
and representatives from Mayor Baraka’s office.
The delegates touring NBIMC visited the Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Comprehensive
Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey
Breast Health Center at NBIMC, the Children’s Heart Center at Children’s
Hospital of New Jersey, the inpatient critical cardiothoracic care units
of the Heart Failure Treatment and the Advanced Lung Disease Transplant
Programs and The Beth Fitness Health and Wellness Center.
“Making connections with our global colleagues can bring mutual benefits,”
said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
of New Jersey. “The opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices
from various perspectives can aid in addressing issues most relevant to
our communities and patients.”
The group, consisting of elected officials, engineers and public health
leaders from Accra, Ghana, had toured several locations in Newark including
City Hall, the Department of Sanitation, The Office of Emergency Management,
and the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation. “This
is a great hospital, an organization worth emulating,” stated Mr.
Ansah, Accra Metropolitan Assembly Office of the Mayor. “We can
congratulate the administration of the City and of the hospital.”
During the tour, one of the delegates, Helena Owasu, who splits her time
between Newark and Accra, thought her tour guide, Diann Boyd-Barnett BSN,
RN, OCN, looked familiar. They quickly established that 15 years ago she
was a patient at the Cohen Cancer Center and both Ms. Boyd-Barnett and
Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN, who is now Interim Vice President of Community
Relations, were her nurses assigned to her care.
Robert Ansah, Office of the Mayor, Accra Metropolitan Assembly tours radiation
oncology at the Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Comprehensive Cancer and Blood
Disorders Center with Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President
and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s
Hospital of New Jersey.
Joyful reunion with Diann Boyd-Barnett BSN, RN, OCN, Nurse Manager, Frederick
B. Cohen, MD, Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Helena
Owasu, Accra Metropolitan Assembly delegate, 15 year cancer survivor and
former Cohen Cancer Center patient; and Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN, Interim
Vice President of Community Relations, NBIMC.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center & Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive
health care to its local communities and beyond with over 1,000 physicians,
3,200 employees, 150 volunteers, over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000
admissions annually. It is home to the nation’s 3rd largest heart transplant center, RWJBarnabas Health’s Heart Failure
Treatment and Transplant Program; NJ’s only Advanced Lung Disease
and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve
procedures, including TAVR, than any other center in the State. The robotic
surgery program is the broadest and most experienced in northern New Jersey.
The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and new
Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless
integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options.
Children's Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at Newark Beth
Israel Medical Center cares for children from newborn to adolescent years,
with over thirty specialized pediatric services, with New Jersey’s
only Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy, as well as preventive
programs that promote wellness in the community. The Children’s
Heart Center has a complete range of medical and surgical treatments for
the most complex cardiac abnormalities and The Valerie Fund Children’s
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