NEWARK, New Jersey, June 20. 2012 – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) were presented with the EDUCATION HERO – ORGANIZATION Award from NJBIZ Magazine on Tuesday, June 19. The award was presented at the magazine’s annual HEALTHCARE HEROES Awards ceremony in Somerset. NBIMC and CHoNJ were one of five statewide nominees for the award. NBIMC and CHoNJ were honored for their three award winning wellness programs; The Beth Challenge, Kids Fit and The Beth Garden.
“Wellness is the foundation of our mission and vision at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of NBIMC and CHoNJ. “’Innovation and Integration in Community Wellness’ is our mantra – our goal was to create a new paradigm in hospital based wellness to reduce obesity in New Jersey and to promote healthy living – these award winning programs have helped us to accomplish our goals.”
According to NJBIZ, the NJBIZ Health Care Heroes Awards program was created to honor the efforts of individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of health care in New Jersey. The awards are divided into 11 categories. The Education category recognizes individuals and organizations making a difference in health education either in the community or the industry. A panel of independent judges from the state carefully reviewed and scored each nomination. The top nominees in each category were chosen as finalists and one was selected as the winner.
Thomas F. Curtin, Publisher of NJBiz said, “Amid contentious debates over the future of health care, it is worth recognizing the pioneers who are finding new ways to care for patients and communities.”
The Beth Garden was recognized by the New Jersey Hospital Association as the Community Project of the Year for 2012. Kids Fit has won numerous awards as well. Participants in The Beth Challenge, a 12-week weight loss and nutrition program, has reached thousands of people since it began in 2009 and is responsible for weight loss totaling more than 15,000 pounds.
Barbara Mintz, MS, RD, Assistant Vice President of Wellness said, “We are passionate and committed to helping our community stay healthy and well.”
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.
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Date: June 20, 2012
Contact: Tracy Munford
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