LONG BRANCH, NJ – Members of the new 11th District of the New Jersey State Legislature recently paid a visit to Monmouth Medical Center and had the opportunity to meet with the hospital’s senior leadership, physicians, members of the Board of Trustees and employees.
Bill Arnold, Chief Operating Officer at Monmouth Medical Center; Frank Vozos, MD, Executive Director of Monmouth Medical Center and Jim Vaccaro, immediate past Chairman of the Monmouth Medical Center Board of Trustees, greet Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblywoman
Mary Pat Angelini at the hospital.
Debra Petersen, Clinical Director of Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center; Senator Jennifer Beck; Susan Hudome, MD, Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Monmouth Medical Center; and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, take a moment to tour the NICU at Monmouth Medical Center.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R), previously of the 12th legislative district, and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R) began the visit in a meet and greet with Monmouth Medical Center’s senior leadership, top doctors and board members to discuss issues of importance to Monmouth Medical Center specifically and hospitals generally in New Jersey. The discussion focused on the importance of ensuring continued access to the highest quality of healthcare in this fiscally constrained environment and Senator Beck discussed proposed legislation which she sponsors to address the shortage of physicians in the state.
Frank J. Vozos, MD, Executive Director of Monmouth Medical Center, said, “We are pleased that Senator Beck and Assemblywoman Angelini were able to join us today and provide their insights on issues ranging from medical malpractice reform, state funding for hospitals, and improved access to health care.”
Senator Beck and Assemblywoman Angelini also took the time to meet with an auditorium filled with Monmouth Medical Center employees, before taking a tour of the hospital. Employees applauded the legislators as they have made history in becoming New Jersey’s first all-female legislative delegation. After, the legislators toured the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Emergency Department.
Vozos added, “Both Senator Beck and Assemblywoman Angelini are well-versed in issues pertaining to health care. Their insight and pledge to superior health care services in the state of New Jersey parallels Monmouth Medical Center’s longstanding commitment to providing leading edge treatment while maintaining the steadfast ideals of patient satisfaction and overall medial excellence.”
Before serving in the Senate, Beck served one term as a member of the New Jersey Assembly and two terms on the Red Bank Borough Council. She is also a trustee with the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, a member of the Red Bank Women’s Club and formerly served as a rape crisis counselor. Senator Beck is a tri-athlete who advances the message of health and wellness and is the co-chair of the "NJ Statehouse Challenge," a bipartisan weight loss initiative of the New Jersey Legislature which is orchestrated by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System.
During her tenure in the legislature, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, a former employee of Monmouth Medical Center has sponsored legislation to improve the conditions at state psychiatric hospitals, and to address underage drinking and drug abuse. She was the prime sponsor of the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights,” and the “911” or “Lifeline” legislation, which establishes a “safe haven” from prosecution for minors who summon medical assistance for intoxicated underage persons. Assemblywoman Angelini serves on the Assembly Health & Senior Services Committee and the Assembly Human Services Committee.
About Monmouth Medical Center:
As one of New Jersey’s largest academic medical centers and an academic affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine, Monmouth Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center have notable advantages over many institutions in providing — and demonstrating — quality. Monmouth is Drexel’s largest major academic medical affiliate in New Jersey and is the only area academic medical center to achieve regional medical campus status. It is recognized as a Distinguished Academic Medical Center among an elite group of the nation’s nine leading teaching hospitals, by Press Ganey. Additionally, Monmouth Medical Center has earned the coveted Solucient 100 Top Hospitals – Performance Improvement Leaders award, recognizing Monmouth Medical Center for its clinical outcomes and patient safety among 100 top hospitals in the nation.
For more information about Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org or call 1-888-724-7123.
May 31, 2011
CONTACT: Kristine Brown
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