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Delegates from Ghana Tour Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey as Newark’s Healthcare Destination

06/01/2016

NBIMC Ghana Visit

Accra Metropolitan Assembly delegates arrive at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

(NEWARKMay 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.

NBIMC Ghana Visit

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.

NBIMC Ghana Visit

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 Center for

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