• text size:
  • or

Hunterdon News

Hunterdon Kicks Butts – 255 Patients Go Smoke Free

Psychiatric Associates of Hunterdon win Hunterdon Kicks Butts Competition.  Pictured are (standing – left to right) Lisa Amabile, Amy Seiffert, Greg Van Houten, Christine Skotzko; (sitting – left to right) Geri Pacchia and Charumathi Murali.

January 9, 2017

Last year for the November 17th Great American Smokeout, Hunterdon Healthcare practices challenged each other to inspire their patients to enjoy the benefits of being smoke free for at least a day or even the rest of their lives.  Sixteen practices competed for the coveted golden boxing glove trophy awarded to the practice motivating the most patients to go smoke free from October 1st to November 16th.  A total of 255 patients took the pledge.  First prize went to Psychiatric Associates of Hunterdon led by champions Charu Murali and Geri Pacchia.  The second place prize was awarded to Hunterdon Family Physicians with Jacqui Miles and Rona Lee leading their efforts.  Third place was earned by Hunterdon Family Medicine at Cornerstone championed by Lynn Furman and Sara Trawin.  

An annual event since 1977, smokers from across the United States participate in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on the 3rd Thursday in November.  By quitting, even for just one day, smokers take an important step towards reducing their cancer risk and the risk of other diseases including heart disease.  “Patients who quit smoking significantly lower their risk of heart attack by 50% in only 1 year!” says Cardiovascular Care Coordinator and Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Maria Feo.

“Hunterdon Healthcare supports tobacco cessation year round” notes Senior Director of Population Health Rose Puelle.  “If you or someone you care about would like to learn about the health benefits of going tobacco free and methods to achieve success, talk to your primary care provider.”  You can find a primary care provider by calling the Hunterdon Healthcare Partners referral line at 908-806-9118.




ways to give

view all

news room

view all

healthcare library

view all
Event Calendar

Hunterdon Healthcare offers an array of educational events, including childbirth, healthy living and fitness classes.

Health and Wellness Centers

Where health and fitness meet to help you stay healthy at every age.

Health Resource Library

Hunterdon Healthcare is pleased to provide our website visitors with this comprehensive Health Resource Library.