Message From Medical Staff President Stephen Brunnquell, MD

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As I reach the end of my tenure as President of the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Medical Staff, I want to thank all of you for your service and dedication to our Medical Center, our patients and your colleagues. I was privileged to serve as Medical Staff President at a very exciting time for EHMC. The Medical Center's ambitious modernization project will further strengthen its position as the region's premier healthcare institution. I'm particularly pleased that hospital leadership and Medical Staff continue to make great inroads into fostering a spirit of collaboration. I encourage all of you to engage with your colleagues as much as possible. Encourage them to get involved with the Medical Center by attending social occasions, joining committees and attending Medical Staff meetings. Working together, we've helped make our Medical Center the best in the area, and our ongoing cooperation is sure to lead to even greater achievements. I wish Dr. Jeff Matican, our incoming Medical Staff President, much success, and I'm delighted that the role of President will be in such good hands.


CEO TOWN HALL MEETING

From Warren Geller, EHMC President and CEO

This is an exciting, transformative time for Englewood Hospital and Medical Center as we proceed with a number of important initiatives to secure and strengthen our position as the area’s premier healthcare institution. You are invited to attend a CEO Town Hall Meeting where we will discuss the current accomplishments and the future direction of our Medical Center. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.



EHMC Pharmacy Newsletter

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Click here  for the latest edition of Pharmacy News from the EHMC Pharmacy. This issue contains information on the NJ Prescription Monitoring Program, Anticoagulation Safety, Drug Shortages and the Influenza Vaccine.


Radiology Reports

From Mark Shapiro, MD, EHMC Chief of Radiology 

Beginning December 16, 2013, the EHMC Radiology Department will no longer be mailing radiology reports. All reports will be faxed to your office. If you prefer to have your reports mailed to you, please contact Donna Gallagher at 201.894.3341 and arrangements will be made. Thank you.


Physician Partners


In recognition of the many physicians who actively give their philanthropic support to our Medical Center each year, EHMC Foundation is proud to announce the formal launch of our Physician Partners annual giving program. Physician Partners celebrates dedicated and generous physicians who support the mission, vision and goals of EHMC. With an annual contribution of $1,000 or more, you will be recognized as an advocate who actively promotes awareness of our fundraising initiatives in the community. To learn more, please click here  to download our brochure or contact the Foundation at 201.894.3725.

Dr. Shapiro Receives Dardik Award

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Mark Shapiro, MD, EHMC Chief of Radiology, was honored with the 2013 Herbert Dardik Research, Education and Leadership Award. The award was presented to Dr. Shapiro at the Medical Staff Recognition Dinner in November by Herbert Dardik, MD. Dr. Dardik is Chief of Vascular Surgery at our Medical Center and founder of the award, which recognizes an individual who has a high degree of clinical acumen and who demonstrates leadership and scholarship. Congratulations to Dr. Shapiro on this well-deserved honor. Pictured: Dr. Herbert Dardik (left) with Dardik Award recipient Dr. Mark Shapiro.


Dr. Shander Honored with Medical Staff Distinguished Service Award

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The 2013 Medical Staff Distinguished Service Award was bestowed on Aryeh Shander, MD, EHMC Chief of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management and Hyperbaric Medicine, and Executive Medical Director of EHMC's Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery. The award is given to a member of the Medical Staff who has been chosen by his or her peers for outstanding service, dedication and achievement. The award was presented to Dr. Shander by Stephen Brunnquell, MD, Medical Staff President, at the Medical Staff Recognition Dinner in November.

Milestone for Cardiac Surgery Program

neurovascular jpg From Warren Geller, EHMC President and CEO, and Stephen Brunnquell, MD, Medical Staff President

 Wednesday, November 13, 2013, was a monumental day in our Cardiac Surgery program. James Klein, MD, EHMC Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery (pictured), and his team successfully performed our 300th cardiac surgery case of 2013. It is the first time in our award-winning program's history that we have reached this important milestone. This achievement comes at a time when the number of cardiac surgery cases has been in decline for the past decade across the state and the country. Our congratulations go to Dr. Klein and all of our leaders for their continued support of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. A special thanks to our entire Medical Staff for making this happen.

Our entire team is excited about closing out a successful 2013, with the best yet to come in the New Year.


Diep Flap Breast Reconstruction Now Performed at EHMC

EHMC's Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center now offers another breast reconstruction option for patients who have lost one or both breasts due to breast cancer treatment. The "DIEP flap" technique uses skin and fat from the patient's own abdomen to recreate a natural-appearing breast, which preserves muscle and my reduce recovery time.

"The traditional method sacrificed the patient's abdominal muscles, causing a loss of abdominal strength and a potential for hernias in some cases," explained Cyrus Loghmanee, MD, EHMC plastic surgeon. "We do not have to remove muscle with the newer microsurgical technique, which means our patients may enjoy a better outcome and a superior aesthetic result."

Other benefits may include less pain and a more speedy recovery. "The DIEP flat technique rounds out our full slate of breast care services," said David Abramson, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery at EHMC. "We are thrilled to offer all advanced options for breast reconstruction to or patients. For many, breast reconstruction represents a significant portion of their journey to health and wellness." Click here for more information.


Yoga for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Patients

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We are thrilled to announce a new free yoga program at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, beginning in January 2014. The classes are available to all women diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. As you know, there are limited treatment options for these patients who have estrogen, progesterone and HER2 negative (i.e., triple negative) breast cancer. We anticipate that integrating yoga in their care will not only improve their sense of well-being, and allay anxiety, but may also impact their overall prognosis. The program will be overseen by EHMC hematologist and oncologist Dr. Minaxi Jhawer and Kula for Karma, a local nonprofit organization. Click here for a flyer  provides registration and schedule information. Thank you in advance for sharing this information with your patients.


Dr. Scot Glasberg Named ASPS President-Elect

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EHMC plastic surgeon Scot B. Glasberg, MD, has been named president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons and leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Glasberg took office in October 2013 at the Society's annual scientific meeting in San Diego. He will serve as President-Elect for one year and then assume the role of ASPS President. Congratulations to Dr. Glasberg on his new role. For more information, please click here .


EHMC Caregivers on Medical Mission to Dominican Republic

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 EHMC otolaryngologists Lee Eisenberg, MD, and Robin Brody, MD, and anesthesiologist Gregg Lobel, MD, recently returned from their latest medical mission, along with nurse anesthetists Janet Trinidad and Pam Weist This year, they traveled to La Romana, Dominican Republic, with the National Organization of Healing the Children to provide critical care to children in need. During the week long mission, they treated 325 children, seeing 300 youngsters on 'clinic day' alone. In addition, they performed 22 operative procedures. Thank you all for your service and generosity. Pictured: Dr. Eisenberg and Dr. Brody perform surgery on a young patient during their recent medical mission to the Dominican Republic.


Gold Doc Awards to Dr. Gillon and Dr. Pantagis

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EHMC gastroenterologist Steven Gillon, DO, (pictured, left)and family practitioner Stefanos Pantagis, MD (pictured, right), have been recognized for excellence in humanistic medicine by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which honored them with prestigious Gold DOC Awards. The Gold DOC Award program was established to give patients an opportunity to pay tribute to physicians who demonstrate exemplary skill, sensitivity, service and compassion. Congratulations to Dr. Gillon and Dr. Pantagis on this well-deserved recognition.


Dr. Gudin Published in "Postgraduate Medicine"

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Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD, of the EHMC Pain Management and Wellness Center, was co-author of an article appearing in the July 2013 issue of Postgraduate Medicine, The Rapid Peer-Reviewed Journal for Physicians. The article, "Risks, Management, and Monitoring of Combination Opioid, Benzodiazepines, and/or Alcohol Use," explores the formidable challenges that the concurrent use of opioids, benzodiazepines (BZDs) and/or alcohol poses to clinicians who manage chronic pain. Click here for the full article.


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