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July 1, 2012 - PRLog -- If you live in Bergenfield, Englewood, Fort Lee, Garfield, Hackensack, Haworth, Leonia, Mahwah, North Arlington, Old Tappan, Teaneck, Tenafly, Upper Saddle River or anywhere else in Bergen County, New Jersey, then chances are you're familiar with This popular community website features regularly updated information on local events, kids' activities, dining out options, business and of course, North Jersey hospital and healthcare news.

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Holy Name Medical Center First to Implant MRI-Compatible Pacemaker

Holy Name Medical Center, in Teaneck, NJ, was the first hospital in northern New Jersey to offer patients the Revo MRI Surescan pacing system, the first MR- Conditional pacemaker system designed, tested, and FDA approved for use in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment.

Scott Ruffo, MD, Holy Name Medical Center cardiologist is a leader in implanting patients with the Revo MRI Surescan pacing system. “Utilizing the MRI compatible pacemaker is a standard of care for my practice,” explains Dr. Ruffo. “Given the population requiring such a device, it is essential to be able to implant an apparatus that will not hinder their subsequent medical care.” According to Dr. Ruffo, approximately 70-75% of patients who get a pacemaker require an MRI at some point.

“Holy Name is continually at the forefront of advancements in medical technology,” says Dr. Ruffo. “The Revo pacemaker is just one illustration of this accomplishment.” Prior to the Revo MRI SureScan pacing system, MRI procedures for patients with implanted pacemakers were not recommended because the patients might face serious complications, such as interference with pacemaker operation, damage to system components, lead or pacemaker dislodgement or change in pacing capture.
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Cancer Survivors Rock Out at Free Concert Event

Cover band “Come Together” recently entertained a crowd of more than 350 cancer survivors, family, friends and staff members at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s 5th annual “Survivors Rock!”concert, featuring music from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
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Kathleen Divers of Bergen Regional Medical Center Receives Certification in Patient Safety

Kathleen Divers, Associate Vice President of Quality and Outcomes Management at Bergen Regional Medical Center (BRMC), has been awarded the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety.

Recipients of the CPPS credential demonstrate proficiency with planning and implementation of patient safety initiatives including risk identification, system design and the ability to assess and manage external influences on patient safety.

Divers has more than twenty-five years of experience working in hospitals in the tri-state area. She joined BRMC in 2007 as the Regulatory Compliance and Risk Manager. In 2009, Divers was promoted to Associate Vice President of Quality and Outcomes Management where she oversees regulatory and accreditation compliance and hospital initiatives to improve patient care and safety.

Divers is nationally certified in Quality Management and Infection Control and is also a member of the Association of Healthcare Quality Professionals and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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The Valley Hospital to Sponsor Hypnosis for Weight Control Program

On Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm, The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey will sponsor a two-hour Weight Loss Program that will provide behavior modification and hypnotic suggestions to participants so they can make permanent lifestyle changes to lose weight naturally and successfully.

It is widely known that going on a diet doesn’t address the reasons for overeating. Often, people cling to unproductive habits such as overeating to ease stress or relieve boredom. This program will address the internal and external triggers of these unproductive habits by using hypnotic suggestion and behavior modification techniques to recognize them.

Hypnosis is a universal way of reaching the subconscious mind and effectively communicating new ideas and suggestions to enhance motivation and change. When a person understands why they overeat, they can make subtle changes to reduce their weight without feeling denied or deprived. By communicating in a relaxed – or hypnotic – state of mind, internal strengths and resources are brought to light, alternative behavior patterns are discovered, motivation is increased, and the self-confidence to overcome the unhealthy habit is achieved.

Participants in the program receive a 30-day reinforcement audiotape and a series of behavior modification cards to be used daily as positive reinforcement.
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Five HackensackUMC Staff Members Honored at NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Award Program

Five members from Hackensack University Medical Center were honored as finalists at the NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes award breakfast, which took place at The Palace at Somerset Park on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

“I am privileged to work with some of the best of the best in this business,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC. “Everyone has contributed to the success of this medical center, and I am glad to see some of our everyday HackensackUMC heroes being recognized by NJBIZ for their commitment to excellence in healthcare.”

The finalists were as follows: Katherine DeMarco, R.N., Pain & Palliative Medicine – Nurse Hero; Deirdre Imus, president and founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center™ at HackensackUMC – Education Hero; Herman Morchel, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine - Innovation Hero; Ellen Smith – Volunteer Hero; and Lisa Tank, M.D., chief of Geriatric Medicine – Physician Hero. The Healthcare Heroes awards program honors individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.
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