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Hunterdon Medical Center is one of only 300 hospitals in North America to be designated a NICHE hospital and one of only 10 hospitals in New Jersey to have earned both MagnetTM and NICHE status. We are proud to carry the NICHE designation as a sign of our commitment to holistic care for our older adults.

NICHE stands for Nurses Improving Care to Healthsystem Elders and is the only national designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to elder care excellence. The program puts evidence-based principles and tools into the hands of nurses at the bedside.

The focus of NICHE is on programs and protocols that are under the control of nurses so that they may have a positive impact on patient care. As part of the program Hunterdon Medical Center offers nurses specialized nursing education and the opportunity to earn the designation of Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN). GRNs understand the specific needs of elderly patients and become a resource for their peers to enhance their ability to improve outcomes and foster greater patient and family satisfaction.

Common geriatric syndromes, such as incontinence, pressure ulcers and delirium, often result in increased lengths of stay and increased expense for the patient. Nurses have the principle role to play in prevention or management of these conditions.

Both NICHE and MagnetTM programs concentrate on transforming nursing care from a task-oriented approach to one of evidence and outcomes. Forty-nine hospitals have made the administrative and financial commitment to implement both programs. Hunterdon Medical Center is proud to be one of them.

Awards & Recognitions

Hunterdon Medical Center has received accreditation and national recognition that verifies our position as a leading provider of quality healthcare.

The administration and staff of Hunterdon Medical Center are extremely proud of the many awards the community hospital has earned. Each one is the recognition that Hunterdon Medical Center ranks within the top 10% of national and New Jersey hospitals in many performance indicators for quality healthcare.

Hunterdon Medical Center has achieved:

Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) awarded Hunterdon Medical Center’s, Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center the CoC’s 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA).  Attaining the OAA demonstrates that our cancer program has met the requirements for all seven commendation-eligible CoC standards following our 2017 accreditation survey.  (A CoC survey is performed every three years.) Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is one of a select group of 16 U.S. accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor and the only Cancer Center in New Jersey to be awarded.  There are more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States, and Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is part of this elite group!

Women’s Choice Award

In 2019 Hunterdon Medical Center was awarded the Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospital in the categories of Breast Centers, Cancer Care, and Heart Care. The ‘America’s Best’ hospitals demonstrate exceptional ratings, providing the highest level of care and commitment to their patients’ health and well-being. This Award is the only designation that takes into consideration the preferences of women when selecting a hospital.

 

 

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to Hunterdon Healthcare’s Breast Care Program in Flemington, New Jersey.   To achieve voluntary NAPBC accreditation, a breast center demonstrates compliance with the NAPBC standards that look at a center’s leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.  Breast centers seeking NAPBC accreditation undergo a site visit every three years. As an NAPBC-accredited center, Hunterdon Healthcare is committed to maintaining levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered, multidisciplinary care resulting in high-quality care for patients with breast disease.  Patients receiving care at an NAPBC-accredited center have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivor’s quality of life.

US News & World Report

Hunterdon Healthcare ranked among US News and World Report’s “Best Regional Hospitals” in New Jersey and the New York metro area for 2017-2018. We also received their seal of approval as a high performing hospital for the treatment of COPD, Colon Cancer Surgery and Heart Failure.

In their latest report dated August 2018, Hunterdon Healthcare ranked 10th regionally in New Jersey and was recognized 20th in the New York metro area. We also received their seal of approval as a high performing hospital for the specialties: Adult Geriatrics and Nephrology (Kidney) Care and for the treatment of Heart Failure. US News and World Report is the nation’s most high-profile hospital rankings report.

New Jersey Top Doctors

Hunterdon Medical Center attracts some of the best doctors with training at the nation’s finest institutions and healthcare organizations. New Jersey Monthly, Jersey’s Best and NJ Family magazines have recognized our “top docs” in many specialties year after year.

 

 

 

 

Magnet™ Recognition Program

For the past three review cycles (2008, 2013, and 2018), Hunterdon Medical Center has achieved Magnet™ designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credential Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. ANCC is the largest and most prestigious nursing credentialing organization in the United States.  Magnet™ designation is the highest honor given to hospital nursing. Only six percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned this prestigious award.

The Magnet™ Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services.  Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and a review of nursing services.

NICHE Designation

Hunterdon Medical Center is one of only 300 hospitals in North America to be designated a NICHE hospital and one of only 10 hospitals in New Jersey to have earned both Magnet™ and NICHE status. We are proud to carry the NICHE designation as a sign of our commitment to holistic care for our older adults.

NICHE stands for Nurses Improving Care to Healthsystem Elders and is the only national designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to elder care excellence. The program puts evidence-based principles and tools into the hands of nurses at the bedside.

Accreditation by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (TJC)

The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations sets the standards by which health care quality is measured in America and around the world. It is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies over 17,000 health care organizations and programs. To maintain and earn accreditation, organizations must have an extensive on-site review by a team of TJC health care professionals, at least once every three years.

Hunterdon Medical Center Awarded Platinum Award for “Outstanding Achievement”

The New Jersey Smart Workplaces Program (NJSW) is a statewide recognition program that lauds employers who demonstrate leadership by providing quality commuter benefits to their employees. Employers are recognized at one of four levels of achievement: bronze, silver, gold, or platinum, based upon the level of activity at the worksite. Hunterdon Medical Center was awarded the Platinum Award for “Outstanding Achievement” in creating programs that provide and promote commuting options for employees.

 

 

Hunterdon Medical Center Awarded the 2019 Silver Award in the New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Program

Hunterdon Medical Center was recognized with the 2019 Silver Award in the New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Program through the New Jersey Department of Health. There was a rigorous application process reviewing the capacity in which institutions were able to meet the CDC core elements for stewardship and were awarded based on the level of difficulty of interventions. Hunterdon Medical Center has prioritized judicious antimicrobial use as part of our goals and standard of care for over a decade.

 

Hunterdon Happening Winners

Each year local residents vote on “favorites” in various categories of retail and service-oriented businesses. The 2019 winners that are part of our healthcare family are:
Hunterdon Healthcare for “Best Hospital”
Hunterdon Pediatric Associates for “Best in Pediatrics”
Hunterdon Family Medicine at Riverfield for “Best in Family Medicine”
Ms. Cathleen M. Siessel, BSN, RN-BC, Director, Briteside Adult Day Center for “Best Power Person”

Ms. Kathleen Seelig, Corporate Director of Public Relations for “Best Services for Public Relations”
Dr. Yaser Elnahar, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates for “Best Cardiologist”  Congratulations to our Team!

Wound Care Center Recognized with Two Awards for Excellence in Wound Healing

The Hunterdon Wound Healing Center was awarded the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award and the Center of Distinction Award which recognizes a Center that meets the highest quality standards.  This Center received these awards because it has achieved patient satisfaction rates over 92% and a healing rate of greater than or equal to 91% in less than 30 median days, among other quality standards.  The Center was awarded this prestigious honor by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.

Additional Awards & Recognitions

  • Hunterdon Medical Center upgrades to the latest state-of-the-art, Hill-Rom Centrella® Smart+ Beds, throughout the hospital.  The Centrella bed offers optimized patient safety, superior comfort, enhanced patient satisfaction and advanced caregiver-focused technology.
  • Your Doctors Care becomes a newly operated family practice of Hunterdon Medical Group. The practice name has changed to Hunterdon Family Medicine at Your Doctors Care, located at 71 Route 206 in Hillsborough.
  • Hunterdon Medical Center has received the 2019 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Silver Plus & Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
  • Hunterdon Medical Center Makes the New Jersey Department of Health Influenza Honor Roll. Hunterdon Medical Center was recently awarded the 2018-2019 New Jersey Influenza Honor Roll because of its stellar employee influenza vaccine program and compliance rates.
  • On March 29, 2018, Hunterdon Healthcare was awarded the Workplace Transformation Award. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health systems nationwide that have made transformational change in their employee engagement. Hunterdon Healthcare is one of six organizations nationwide to receive the award. Winners showed the highest level of improvement on engagement, coupled with levels of disengagement below the national average.
  • In 2018 and 2019 Hunterdon Medical Center was awarded Platinum Recognition for activities to increase enrollment in their state registry as organ, eye, and tissue donors via the “National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign” – From the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services and Health Resource & Service Administration.
  • Listed as a Top Hospital in Inside New Jersey Magazine.  Hunterdon Medical Center was also recognized for the treatment of breast cancer, prostate cancer, hip and knee repair, heart failure, stroke, and neurological disorders.
  • 2018 – Fitch rating upgraded to an A+ based on Hunterdon Medical Center’s improved profitability, dominant market share, low debt burden, and solid equity.
  • Hunterdon Medical Center designated a Primary Stroke Center.
  • Received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal for Hunterdon Healthcare’s Palliative Care Program.
  • Latino Outreach Program recognized at the 89th Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Hospital Association for Hunterdon Healthcare’s Latino Outreach Initiative.
  • Received national recognition of the Antibiotic Stewardship Program identified by the American Hospital Association as Best Practice.
  • National accreditation of the postgraduate yearly Pharmacy Residency Program.
  • Hunterdon Medical Center is one of 12 hospitals participating in the Physician Hospital Collaboration Demonstration, a Medicare project that will evaluate gainsharing as an innovative method that aims to reduce healthcare costs while improving quality care.
  • Hunterdon Regional Breast Care Program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
  • Hunterdon Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • Cardiac Testing Department is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.
  • Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer-Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.
  • Accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey as an Intrastate Provider of Continuing Medical Education for Physicians.
  • Accredited by the College of American Pathologists.
  • Certification by the American Heart Association.
  • Certificate of Recognition from the American Diabetes Association.
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner.
  • Beckers Hospital Review listed Hunterdon Medical Center among its top 45 hospitals in the country with the lowest heart failure readmission rate – 18.5%. The national average is 21.5%.
  • Platinum designation as New Jersey Smart Workplaces.
  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has granted Patient-Centered Medical Home certification at the highest level to many Hunterdon Healthcare System practices.
  • Emergency PTCA Door to balloon time under 60 minutes.
  • Named a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
  • Accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.
  • On average, Hunterdon Medical Center recycles 298.71 tons, which equates to 3,356.93 lb per patient bed.

Hunterdon Heart and Vascular Center

The Heart and Vascular Services Team of Hunterdon Healthcare offers the expertise of a dedicated staff of board certified cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists, and a vascular surgeon. We combine a knowledgeable staff of physicians, specialists, nurses, technologists, as well as a dedicated care coordinator, to bring you the most advanced cardiovascular care in New Jersey. We consider you and your family the most important part of the team.

Our caring, professional and dedicated cardiovascular nursing units provide around-the-clock care. Hunterdon Medical Center is one of the few hospitals to achieve Magnet™ status for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credential Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® and NICHE designation. Hunterdon Medical Center is also one of the highest scoring hospitals in terms of patient satisfaction.

Geriatrics

A Geriatric Assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of the older adult by a team of health care professionals who specialize in geriatrics (the care of the elderly). Hunterdon Medical Center’s Geriatric Assessment Team looks at all areas of life – health habits, medications, social support, physical abilities, emotional health, and the environment – to help the seniors and family members adjust to the transitions associated with aging. The goal is to help elders live life to the fullest and help family members provide the best care possible.

Hunterdon Medical Center is one of 300 hospitals in North America to be designated a NICHE hospital. NICHE is the only national designation for nursing excellence indicating a hospital’s commitment to elder care excellence.

In addition to the Geriatric Assessment, The Hunterdon Center for Healthy Aging offers the following educational programs:

55 Alive

This defensive driving course, co-sponsored with the AARP, is offered for drivers over 50 every month.

The Aging Experience

In this sensitivity training program for professional and non-professional caregivers, participants learn and feel what it is like to be aged.

Support Groups

A caregivers support group for nurses and an arthritis support group are offered at Hunterdon Medical Center. For more information please call (908) 788-6373.

Speaker’s Bureau

If your club or organization would like to host a presentation on a health topic or issue, please contact our Speaker’s Bureau to make arrangements.

Our Team

The Heart and Vascular Services team of Hunterdon Healthcare offers the expertise of a dedicated staff of board-certified cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists, and a vascular surgeon. We combine a knowledgeable staff of physicians, specialists, nurses, technologists, as well as a dedicated care coordinator, to bring you the most advanced cardiovascular care in New Jersey. We consider you and your family the most important part of the team.

Our caring, professional and dedicated cardiovascular nursing units provide around-the-clock care. Hunterdon Medical Center is one of the few hospitals to achieve Magnet™ status for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credential Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® and NICHE designation. Hunterdon Medical Center is also one of the highest-scoring hospitals in terms of patient satisfaction.

Cardiologists

Ted Bialy, MD, FACP, FACC, RPVI

Yaser Elnahar, MD, FACC

Jonathan Horiuchi, MD, FACC

Austin H. Kutscher, Jr., MD, FACC

Robert S. Lind, MD, FACC

Rupen Parikh, MD, FACC, RPVI, FASNC, FASE

Andrew G. Rudnick, MD, MS, FACC

Izzat H. Shah, MD, FACC

Dubravka I. Starcevic, MD

Ankur Tiwari, MD

Interventional Cardiologists

Harnish S. Chawla, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Andrey Espinoza, MD, FACC, FSCAI

William Schafranek, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Glen E. Tonnessen, MD, MMM, FACC, FSCAI

Vascular Surgeon

Herman Maeuser, MD

Interventional Radiologists

Andrew Loesberg, MD

Thomas. H. Woo, MD

Emergency Department Team

The Emergency Room is staffed around-the-clock by:

  • Board-certified emergency medicine physicians
  • Board-certified physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Certified registered nurses
  • Patient care technicians
  • Unit coordinators

MICU Team

  • Director of MICU Services
  • Paramedics certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support ( ACLS)

Cardiac Catheterization Lab Team

  • Interventional cardiologists
  • Invasive cardiologists
  • Electrophysiologist
  • Certified registered nurse manager/supervisor
  • Certified registered nurses
  • Registered cardiovascular invasive specialists (RCIS)
  • Radiographic technologist
  • Cardiovascular technologist
  • Unit coordinator

Interventional Radiology Team

  • Interventional Radiologists
  • Radiology registered nurses
  • Registered interventional radiographic technologists

Inpatient Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

  • Nurse Director
  • ICU Clinical Coordinator
  • Telemetry/critical care certified registered nurses
  • Patient care assistants (PCA)
  • Nurse Interns
  • Unit coordinators

Cardiovascular Nursing Units

  • Nurse Director
  • Clinical Nurse Leaders
  • Telemetry certified registered nurses
  • Patient care assistants
  • Nurse Interns
  • Unit coordinators

Non-invasive Heart and Vascular Services Team

  • Dedicated registered supervisors
  • Registered cardiac sonographers
  • Registered cardiovascular specialists
  • Registered vascular technologists
  • Registered diagnostic medical sonographers
  • Cardiac technicians
  • Nuclear cardiac technicians
  • Certified nuclear medicine technologists
  • Registered radiographic technologists

 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Team

  • Cardiac Medical Director
  • Pulmonary Medical Director
  • Cardiologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Primary care physicians
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Director
  • Certified Cardiopulmonary Rehab Nurses
  • Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists
  • Respiratory Therapists

Additional Staff and Services

Pastoral Care – The hospital Chaplain and a group of volunteer ministers are available to all patients and their families. Please contact your nurse to request these services. A chapel is located on the first floor of the hospital near the information desk.

Pharmacists – While you are in the hospital all of your medications are dispensed by our hospital pharmacists. They can answer any questions you have regarding your medications.

Dietitians – Registered dietitians are experts in developing a diet appropriate for you. A registered dietitian will review your medical record and work with your health care team to develop a nutrition care plan for you. Registered dietitians are also available to educate you about any diets you may need to follow after you are discharged.

Partners of the Heart volunteer support team  Our Partners of the Heart volunteers are integral members of our healthcare team, adding a component to care that others simply cannot. Their personal experiences allow them to give the same support they received during their time of need to others and express their gratitude.

Volunteers – Volunteers give thousands of hours of service each year to our hospital to enhance the care of our patients and their families. They provide support throughout the hospital, including staffing the information desk, delivering mail and flowers, operating the gift shop, and escorting patients.

Nursing

Dear Patient,

On behalf of the more than 500 nurses working throughout Hunterdon Healthcare, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to care for you.  We take your health very seriously and want your visit to be comfortable and pleasant. All our nurses are proud to be part of a team that works each day to provide the best care and outcomes for our patients.  Our job is not only to help our patients heal physically but also spiritually and emotionally.

I am proud to tell you that you are receiving nursing care from a Magnet Nurse.  Hunterdon Medical Center has been designated a Magnet Hospital for outstanding nursing care. Only six percent of hospitals in the country achieve Magnet status. In addition to being a Magnet hospital, Hunterdon Medical Center is a NICHE certified (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) and accredited by the Joint Commission.

If you need anything while a patient, please talk to your nurse.  He/She will be more than happy to help guide you through our healthcare system.

To your health,
Patricia Steingall, MS, RN, NE-BC
Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Hunterdon Healthcare

 

Patient Experience

The Nursing staff at Hunterdon Medical Center is committed to providing quality health care that is compassionate and effective.  We are proud of the services that our dedicated nursing professionals provide.  We believe that loyalty to our patients is at the cornerstone of our organization, which creates an environment that brings out the very best in everyone.

At Hunterdon Medical Center, hospital care is not just about the clinical aspects of your care but the entire care experience.  Hunterdon Medical Center consistently ranks as the Number One top performing hospital in New Jersey for overall inpatient satisfaction. The staff is noted for treating patients with respect and providing the communication that patients and their loved ones rely on when requiring hospitalization. Hunterdon Medical Center has the lowest rate of complications in the country.

Hunterdon Medical Center has achieved Magnet™designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credential Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. ANCC is the largest and most prestigious nursing credentialing organization in the United States.  Magnet™ designation is the highest honor given to hospital nursing.

Hunterdon Medical Center is a NICHE designated hospital.  We are proud to carry the NICHE designation as a sign of our resolve to commit to patient-centered care for our older adults.  NICHE is the only national designation for nursing excellence indicating a hospital’s commitment to elder care excellence.

Nursing

The hospital experience is shaped often by the experience that a patient has with the nursing staff. Caring, professional and dedicated nurses set Hunterdon Medical Center apart as one of the highest scoring hospitals in terms of patient satisfaction.

Our holistic approach to patient care, professional development programs, and collaborative environment contribute to the success of our superior nursing program. We are one of the few hospitals to achieve Magnet™ status and NICHE designation. We are proud of the culture established and maintained by our nurses, which makes Hunterdon Medical Center the right choice for patients and nursing professionals.

Nursing Positions at Hunterdon Medical Center

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

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A Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is an advanced generalist that oversees patient care coordination, assesses health risks, develops quality improvement strategies and implements evidence-based solutions at the unit level. A few of the daily activities of a CNL include environmental assessments, reviewing patient charts and rounding. High-risk patients and new admissions are a CNL’s priority. A CNL is focused on quality and safe patient care and improved patient outcomes. Currently, Hunterdon Medical Center has four CNLs located on 5 North, 5 South, 5 West, and 3 West.

Pictured: Pam Abraham MSN, RN, CNL, Marianne Sweeney, MSN, RN, CNL, Cathy Consalvo, MSN, RN, CNL, Jennifer Kareivis, MSN, RN, CNL

 

 

Careers

Hunterdon Healthcare is a great place to work offering a positive work environment, competitive salary and benefits and opportunities for personal growth and development. The organization has a long-standing commitment to excellence consistently striving to be a national model for community health care. Our nurses have achieved national recognition by earning both Magnet™ and NICHE status.

The Hunterdon Healthcare System is comprised of Hunterdon Medical Center, Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation, Hunterdon Regional Community Health, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners, LLC, and the Midjersey Health Corporation. It is a leading community healthcare system located in the beautiful suburban communities of Hunterdon County.

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