NEWARK, NJ - On a quarterly basis, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC), an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, presents CORE Values Awards, its highest honor, to staff members who demonstrate outstanding contributions to the mission and vision of the NBIMC and the System. Recognition is given according to five categories.
Core Values Awards were recently presented to Andrea Gonzales of Cranford, Clinical Research Coordinator, Cardiac Research Team, for her Ability to Execute; Sergeant Zachary Stokes of Union for Customer Satisfaction; Audra Clement of Roselle, registrar, Behavioral Health Services, for Financial Management; Kim Cook of Maplewood, manager of Volunteer Services for Quality, Edward Rothfeld, MD of Roseland, Director of the Heart Station at Newark Beth Israel for Sustainability.
Andrea has been described by one of her colleagues as "¡¦ an invaluable resource to our department and the entire hospital system¡¦.She is a consummate professional with excellent clinical assessment skills and is a team player." Andrea is responsible for the establishment and management of the Cardiac Research Program at The Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Under her guidance, the Cardiac Research team has been recognized both nationally and internationally for being a top enroller in various clinical trials. To her credit, the cardiac research team is currently conducting over 30 trials reaching over 300 patients with cutting-edge procedures, medications and devices that they would otherwise not receive. Andrea is recognized for having set the standard and structure for the selection of research trials and SOPs, Standard Operating Procedures. Her work is often referred to as model for other research programs within the Saint Barnabas Health Care System. The System plans to establish a corporate Research Institute.
As a veteran security officer at Newark Beth Israel, Sergeant Zachary Stokes is part of the Security team that guards and protects patients and staff at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, which is over 1.1 million square feet. "," is just one of the comments made about him. Known for his calm demeanor and exceptional ability to handle any number of situations involving patients and staff, Sergeant Stokes comes to work with the enthusiasm of a new recruit, according to his nomination. He is considered a true team player and leads by example, often stepping up when additional supervisory coverage is needed.
Kim Cook plays a pivotal role in providing valuable work and life skills to Newark youths who spend time at the medical center through the MOET (Mayor's Office of Employment and Training) after school program and summer work program. Ms. Cook also works closely with the Allied Health Programs of the Newark public school system, mentoring to disadvantaged youths. Among the more than 250 hospital volunteers whom Ms. Cook manages, she is described as approachable, encouraging, a good listener and an excellent teacher. She inspires youths to visualize and achieve their goals. Ms. Cook has encouraged teenagers who have become pregnant to go back to school even if it takes longer fulfill their dreams. Because of her involvement with youths, Ms. Cook received a 2005 PHAT Friend Award from the All-Stars Project-New Jersey.
Since Audra Clement took over the billing function for the System Billing Office in Psychiatry, there has been a considerable decrease in billing errors, insurance information errors and other pressing issues. By completing patient registration, insurance verification and treatment authorizations in a timely and accurate manner, Ms. Clement has contributed to a 47 percent decrease in number of denials that affect the payment of plans. According to her nomination, "Ms. Clement owns her responsibilities and responds immediately to billing issues resulting in prompt payment of our current recurring bills as well as older bills that were never corrected. We need more people like her to stay financially healthy."
Dr. Edwin Rothfeld of Roseland, has spent 50 years at Newark Beth Israel dedicated to the field of cardiology, achieving many "firsts" during his career. Dr. Rothfeld was The Beth's first cardiac fellow; recipient of the first National Institute for Health Grant to study, entitled "The Evolution of the ECG and the VCG in the Normal Infant;" founder of the NBIMC Heart Station; founder and first director of the NBIMC Pulmonary Function Labs; founder of the medical center's Fetal Electrocardiography Unit. In his current role as director of the Heart Station, Dr. Rothfeld has been instrumental in the evolution in cardiology from the 50's and 60's to what it is today. According to his colleagues, his wealth of knowledge in cardiology is top-notch. He has guided the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and has been the guardian and chief steward for all medications used at the medical center. He bridges the gap between adult and pediatric expertise in congenital heart disease. Among the many positive comments made, one states that "Dr. Rothfeld represents what a complete physician should be: knowledgeable, compassionate and elegant. He is definitely a true gentleman."
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 673-bed regional referral
teaching hospital with specialized programs including heart, kidney
and pancreas transplantation, cardiac surgery, robotic surgery,
oncology, and maternal/child health services. Newark Beth Israel
is home to Children's Hospital of New Jersey and the Saint Barnabas
Heart Center (at Newark Beth Israel).
Date: October, 2006
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